Dr Megan Paull
B.A.; Grad Dip Bus (HRM); M.Bus (HRM); PhD (Bus St).
Director - Postgraduate Research; Senior Lecturer - Management ; Co-Director - Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability ; School of Business and Governance
I joined Murdoch in 2009 from another university where I had worked for 15 years.
My research interests are in the areas of Volunteering and Nonprofit organisations; Bullying and Organisational Behaviour, and Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. I am a co-founder, leader and researcher in the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability in the School of Business and Governance, which was established in October 2014. (For more information on the Centre go here: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/Research-capabilities/CRCS/)
I teach in the areas of Nonprofit Management, Human Resource Management, Business Research Methods, Organisational Behaviour, and Management.
I am the Director for Postgraduate Research in the School of Business and Governance. I also have responsibility for Doctoral student supervision in areas related to my research.
I teach postgraduate units in our MBA and Master of Human Resource Management programs, and in the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs. My teaching also reflects my research interests and I enjoy bringing my research into discussions with my students. Units I teach include: Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organisations, Qualitative Organisational Research, Organisational Behaviour and Management and Human Resource Management Perspectives. I am also involved with the development of units at the undergraduate level, particularly in association with the research spine in the Bachelor of Business.
I am a co-director of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability.
Visit the site for details on the work we are doing and how to become affiliated with us.
My research interests are in the areas of
Volunteering, Governance and Leadership in Nonprofit Organisations
- volunteering, volunteer management and volunteer managers
- nonprofit governance, boards and board/organisation interaction
I was project leader on a large project on University Student Volunteering. Visit our project website for a range of resources including Good Practice Guides:
Volunteering to Learn www.murdoch.edu.au/projects/volunteeringtolearn/
Organisational Behaviour, including when organisational behaviour is not so “good”
- bullying in the workplace
- bystander roles in bullying in the workplace
- cross cultural perspectives on workplace abuse, incivility and bullying
and in relation to volunteers:
- managing ‘difficult’ volunteers
- bullying in volunteer settings
I am also interested in the psychological contract and workplace engagement, for paid and volunteer staff in a range of settings including in the health sector and in nonprofit organisations.
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
- internationalisation of the curriculum, internationalisation at home
- peer review of teaching
- soft skills and employability
- issues associated with referencing, authorial identity and understanding plagiarism
- learning from university student volunteering
The current projects I am involved with are:
Workplace bullying in volunteer settings (with Antonia Girardi from Murdoch and Maryam Omari from ECU and Kate Blackwood from Massey, NZ)
Leadership Development: The Genesis of Wisdom for Leadership WA (with Antonia Girardi, Craig Whitsed, Simon Minaee and Ian Boudville from Murdoch)
Valuing Volunteer Managers (with Antonia Girardi from Murdoch)
Volunteering experience and employability of graduates in Accounting and Engineering (with Jo Kestel from Murdoch and Natalie Lloyd from Curtin)
Corporate volunteering and positioning theory (with Craig Whitsed from Murdoch)
Recent projects from which we are still developing publications are:
Nonprofit Governance (with Anne Clear, David Holloway, John Griffiths and Manzurul Alam from Murdoch)
Future of Homeless Connect Perth (with Jo Kestel and Sally Paulin from Murdoch)
Cross cultural perspectives on workplace bullying (with Maryam Omari from ECU, Burcu Guneri Cangarli from Izmir University of Economics, Turkey, and Premilla D’Cruz from Ahmedabad Institute of Management, India)
Cross cultural and methodological approaches to workplace abuse, incivility and bullying book project (with Maryam Omari from ECU and 11 other authors from around the world)
University Student Volunteering – Volunteering to Learn project see links under grants section.
Funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching $250 000 – Category One funding.
Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian Universities
Project team: Team Leader Megan Paull (Murdoch); Kirsten Holmes (Curtin); Rowena Scott (ECU); Maryam Omari (ECU); Susan Young (UWA); Debbie Haski-Leventhal (Macquarie); Judy MacCallum (Murdoch). Project Manager: Linda Butcher (Murdoch); Research Assistants: Gabrielle Walker (Murdoch); Simone Faulkner (Macquarie)
I regularly speak at national and international conferences in the areas in which I research. I also run workshops in and around Perth associated with volunteering and volunteer management.
In recent times these have included university student volunteering, managing older volunteers; bullying in volunteer settings; managing difficult volunteers; and using feedback to manage poor performance by volunteers.
My approach in all of the workshops I run is to share research I have undertaken and then to facilitate discussion and collaboration among participants to draw on the experience in the room (which will always be far more than I can offer alone).
For details about setting up a workshop please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have an extensive list of professional and community service activities which include:
Member Volunteering Australia National Steering Committee Review of the Definition of Volunteering
Chair Research Committee Volunteering Western Australia
Member Tertiary Community Engagement Committee Volunteering Western Australia
I am also a board member at Volunteer Task Force
I am the Murdoch University institutional representative for ANZAM and have served as a stream chair for their annual conferences (HRM, 2012, 2013, 2014, International Business,2016)
I am currently enjoying my role supervising and co-supervising students from a range of backgrounds in the following areas:
- Advocacy and Dissent in Nonprofit Organisations
- Independent School Governance
- Soft Skills in Higher Education
- Performance and Behaviour in the Nonprofit Sector
- Nonprofit youth organisations and training for leaders
- Workplace bullying of Newcomers from overseas
- Career pathways in higher education professional services
- Human Resource Development approaches
I am the Director of Postgraduate Studies for the School of Management and Governance.
Students interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree should email BGHigherDegree@murdoch.edu.au for further information on Expressions of Interest and Applications. I currently have limited capacity to take on new students, but can assist in finding out if any other supervisors might share your interest in a particular area of research.
Brueckner, M., Spencer, R., Girardi, A., Paull, M., & Klomp, S. (forthcoming). Journeying towards Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability. In Arevalo, J.A. & Mitchell, S.F. (eds). Sustainability in Management Education: In Search of a Multidisciplinary, Innovative and Integrated Approach through University Leadership, Scholarship and Partnership. New York: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Omari, M., & Paull, M. (Forthcoming). ’Robust performance management’ or workplae bullying? Not just the what but the how. Public Money & Management
Omari, M. & Paull, M. (eds) (2016).Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying: Methodological and cultural perspectives. Taylor & Francis/Routledge, eISBN 978-1-315-73972-4. – for more information go to http://www.tandfnet/books/details/9781130825802/
Omari, M. & Paull, M. (2016). Setting the Scene: Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying: Methodological and cultural perspectives. In M. Omari & M. Paull (eds.), Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying: Methodological and cultural perspectives. Chapter 1. Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Paull, M. & Girardi, A. (2016). Floorcraft: Researching subjective phenomena. In M. Omari & M. Paull (eds.), Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying: Methodological and cultural perspectives. Chapter 3. Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Paull, M. & Omari, M. (2016). Australia: The ‘fair go’ multicultural continent nation. In M. Omari & M. Paull (eds.), Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying: Methodological and cultural perspectives. Chapter 13. Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Paull, M. & Omari, M. (2016). Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying: The challenge of translational research. In M. Omari & M. Paull (eds.),Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying: Methodological and cultural perspectives. Chapter 14. Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Paull, M. (2015). ‘Yes! That means get out of your seat’: Interactive learning strategies for Internationalisation of the Curriculum in postgraduate business. In W. Green, C. Whitsed & J. Beelen (Eds.), Internationalising the curriculum in disciplines: Stories from business, education and health. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers B.V. .
Paull, M, & Omari, M. (2014). Organisational (mis)behaviour of volunteers: Profiles and perspectives. In M. Oppenheimer, & J. Warburton (Eds.), Volunteering in Australia. Sydney: Federation Press. https://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862879836
Refereed Journal Articles
Paull, M., Omari, M., MacCallum, J., Young, S., Walker, G., Holmes, K., Haski-Leventhal, D., & Scott, R. (2017). Matching expectations for successful university student volunteering. Education + Training 59 (2) 122-134.
D’Cruz, P., Paull, M., Omari, M., Guneri Cangarli, B. (2016), Target experiences of workplace bullying: insights from Australia, India and Turkey, Employee Relations: The International Journal, 38 (5) 805 – 823.
Paull, M., Whitsed, C., Girardi, A., (2016). Applying the Kirkpatrick model: Evaluating an Interaction for Learning Framework curriculum intervention, Issues in Educational Research, 26 (3) 490 – 507.
Paull, M., Scott, R., MacCallum, J., Walker, G., Omari, M., Young, S., Haski-Leventhal, D., & Holmes, K. (2015). University Student Volunteering: What’s in a name? Third Sector Review 21 (2) 49-74
Omari, M. & Paull, M. (2015). Public sector work intensification and negative behaviors. Journal of Organizational Change Management 28 (4) 603-613
Paull, M., Clear, A., Kestel, J. & Paulin, S. (2015). Exploring the influence of Homeless Connect Perth on personal agency. Third Sector Review 21 (1) 79-100
Paull, M. & Omari, M. (2015). Dignity and respect: Important in volunteer settings too! Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 34 (3) 244-255
Standen, P, Paull, M, & Omari, M. (2014). Managing workplace bullying: Propositions from Heider’s Balance Theory. Journal of Management and Organization. 20(6) 733-748 DOI: 10.1017/jmo.2014.57
Paull, M, Boudville, I, & Sitlington, H. (2013). Using Sensemaking as a diagnostic tool in qualitative research. The Qualitative Report, 18(Article 54), 1-12.
Omari, M, & Paull, M. (2013). “Shut up and bill!” Workplace bullying challenges for the legal profession. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 20(2), 141-160. doi: 10.1080/0965958.2013.886427
Teh, E, & Paull, M. (2013). Reducing the prevalence of plagiarism: A model for staff, students and universities Issues in Educational Research, 23(2 Special Issue), 283-298.
Refereed Conference Papers- Full paper published in proceedings
Omari, M., & Paull, M., (2016). Social supremacy at work: Insights from the natural world. Proceedings of the the 10th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment Toward Healthy and Sustainable Work for All, Held Auckland, New Zealand 19-22 April. (pp. 68-72)
Paull, M., Clear, A., Holloway, D., Griffiths, A., & Alam, M. (2015). Nonprofit governance: The shape of board organisation communication. Paper presented at Managing for Peak Performance, 29th Annual ANZAM conference, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2-4 December.
Refereed Conference Papers – Full paper refereed – Abstract only in proceedings
Girardi, A., Paull, M., Whitsed, C., Toohey, D., & Monterosso, L. (2016). Understanding engagement in healthcare: A mixed methods study in a large Australian nonprofit hospital. Paper presented at the 30th Annual ANZAM conference Under New Management Brisbane 6- 9 December.
Girardi, A., Whitsed, C., Paull, M., Omari, M. & Ogilvie, M. (2016). Demand and development of graduate skills: Examining employer perspectives using a mixed methods study. Paper presented at the 30th Annual ANZAM conference Under New Management Brisbane 6- 9 December.
Paull, M, Omari, M. D’Cruz, P., & Guneri Cangarli, B. (2016). To Help or Not to Help: Bystander Behaviour in Workplace Bullying. Paper presented at the Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, Toward Healthy and Sustainable Work for All, Held Auckland, New Zealand 19-22 April.
Paull, M., Whitsed, C., & Girardi, A. (2016). Applying the Kirkpatrick model: Evaluating Interaction for Learning Framework Paper presented at the 2016 Teaching and Learning Forum held in Perth, 28-29 January.
Paull, M., Omari, M., MacCallum, J., Young, S., Walker, G., Holmes, K., Haski-Leventhal, D., Scott, R. (2015). Hosting university student volunteers: Great expectations. Paper presented at Managing for Peak Performance, 29th Annual ANZAM conference, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2-4 December
Omari, M., Paull, M., D’Cruz, P., & Guneri-Cangarli, B. (2014). Fair game: The influence of cultural norms in creating sanctioned targets in the workplace. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, Milan, Italy, June 17-21.
Guneri Cangarli, B, Paull, M, & Omari, M. (2013). Workplace bullying in Turkey and Australia: A preliminary comparative investigation Paper presented at the EURAM 2013 Democratising Management 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management Istanbul 26th to 29th June 2013. (Presenters Guneri Cangarli & Paull)
Holloway, D, Jarzabkowski, L, Paull, M, & Girardi, A. (2013). Australian higher education regulatory terrain: The experience of a Self Accrediting Institution (SAI). Paper presented at the 27th Annual ANZAM conference Managing on the Edge Hobart 4-6 December.
Omari, M, Paull, M, & Crews, J. (2013). Protected species: Perspectives on organisational life. Paper presented at the EURAM 2013 Democratising Management 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management Istanbul 26th to 29th June 2013.
Paull, M, Girardi, A, Holloway, D, & Burnett, H. (2013). Break the Impasse: First Value the Manager of Volunteers. Paper presented at the 27th Annual ANZAM conference Managing on the Edge Hobart 4-6 December.
Paull, M. , Paulin, S., & Kestel, J. (2015). Future of Homeless Connect Perth. for City of Perth and Volunteering WA. Perth: Murdoch University.
Paulin, S. & Paull, M. (2014). Perth Heritage Day 2013. Report for Heritage Perth Inc on visitor feedback. Perth: Murdoch University.
Paull, M. & Paulin S. (2014) Homeless Connect Perth 2013: Review of the feedback from guests, service providers and volunteers. for City of Perth and Volunteering WA. Perth: Murdoch University
Paull, M. & Paulin S. (2013) Homeless Connect Perth 2012 Event Overview and Evaluation. for City of Perth and Volunteering WA. Perth: Murdoch University
Paull, M. & Paulin S. (2012) Homeless Connect Evaluation Report 2011 for City of Perth and Volunteering WA. Perth: Murdoch University
SELECTED EARLIER PUBLICATIONS
Paull, M., Boudville, I., Sitlington, H., (2013), Using Sensemaking as a Diagnostic Tool in the Analysis of Qualitative Data, The Qualitative Report (Online), 18, 27, pages 1 – 12.
Paull, M., Omari, M., Standen, P., (2012), When is a bystander not a bystander? A typology of the roles of bystanders in workplace bullying, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 50, 3, pages 351 – 366.
Meor Osman, W., Girardi, A., Paull, M., (2012), Educator Perceptions of Soft Skill Development: An Examination within the Malaysian Public Higher Education Sector, The International Journal of Learning, 18, 10, pages 49 – 62.
Paull, M., Redmond, J., (2011), Succession in Community Organisations: Newcomers and the ‘purple circle’, Third Sector Review, 17, 2, pages 131 – 152.
Sharafizad, F., Paull, M., Omari, M., (2011), Flexible work arrangements: Accessibility in a University environment, Australian Universities’ Review, 53, 2, pages 43 – 49.
Paull, M., (2009), Sensemaking and the management of older volunteers, Australian Journal on Volunteering, 14, 1, pages 1 – 10.
Paull, M., Omari, M., Beeton, A., (2009), Work environment and retention: An exploratory case study, New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, 9, 2 (Special Issue), pages 86 – 94.
Paull, M., (2003), Counting and measuring: the value of statistics about volunteering in Western Australia, Australian Journal on Volunteering, 8, 2, pages 54 – 63.
Paull, M., (2002), Reframing volunteer management: A view from the West, Australian Journal on Volunteering, 7, 1, pages 21 – 27.
Omari, M., Paull, M., (2012),Workplace bullying in a professional environment: Perspectives of legal practitioners,In: The 8th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment – Future Challenges.
Boudville, I., Paull, M., Clear, A., Teh, E., van der Waarden, N., Klomp, S., Wootton, J., (2012),Building a community of scholars: Positive relationships in a holding environment.,In: 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference.
Burnett, H., Paull, M., Holloway, D., (2011),Entrepreneurship and the third sector: Volunteering practises in not-for-profit organisations,In: 8th Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (AGSE IERE) (2011).
Paull, M., Fulcher, P., (2010),Gatekeeper Negotiations: Seeking the Magic Ingredient,In: 24th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference (2010).
Fulcher, P., Paull, M., (2010),Critical Friends: Reflections on Peer Review of Teaching,In: Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC) Annual Conference (2010).
Fulcher, P., Paull, M., (2009),Enhancing practical skills: Reflections on real case experience,In: Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC) Conference (2009).
Paull, M., Omari, M., Sharafizad, F., (2009),Flexible Work Arrangements in Higher Education: A Tale of Two Groups,In: 23rd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference 2009.
Paull, M., Standen, P., Omari, M., (2009),Making Sense of ‘Bullying’ Behaviour: Individual Perspectives on Critical Incidents,In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2009.
Beeton, A., Omari, M., Paull, M., (2008),The resources boom in Western Australia: Implications for employee attraction and retention,In: 22nd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference (2008).
Paull, M., (2008),Managing Older Workers: What can we learn from managers of older volunteers?,In: 22nd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference (2008).
Morrigan, P., Paull, M., (2003),Discovering a culture of authenticity through conversational research,In: 17th Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference (2003).
Holloway, D., Burnett, H., & Paull, M. (2010). Volunteer Involving Organisations: Governance, Funding and Management in Western Australia in 2009 – Companion Report. Perth: Murdoch Business School.
Paull, M. , Holloway, D .& Burnett, H. (2010). Volunteer involving organisations: Comparing the management of volunteers in Western Australia 1994 and 2009. Initial report. . Perth, Murdoch Business School.
Paull M. (2009). Barriers to volunteering by newcomers in Wheatbelt towns in Western Australia. Perth: Volunteering WA. ISBN 978-1-875793-22-8 (part of a suite of publications for the Better connections project on Volunteering in the Wheatbelt in Western Australia)
Morrigan, P & Paull, M. (2002). Taking your values shopping. Conversations about values and fulfillment: Dialogue and engagement with customer stakeholders in The Body Shop, Western Australia. Perth: ECU and Bizmagic. ISBN 0 7298 0521 2
Department of Premier and Cabinet. (Forte, H & Paull, M). (2001). Volunteering in Western Australia: Trends and Patterns 1995 – 2000. Perth: Department of Premier and Cabinet. ISBN: 0 7307 01182
Paull, M. (1994). Performance Management and the Management of Volunteers in Western Australia – An exploratory study. Perth: Volunteer Centre of Western Australia (Inc). ISBN:1 875793 070