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

About me

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.

Teaching area

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.

Research areas

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


Current projects

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.

Awards and grants

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

website:  www.murdoch.edu.au/projects/volunteeringtolearn/

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)


Events and speaking engagements

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:  m.paull@murdoch.edu.au





Professional and community service

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)






Doctoral and masters supervisions

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.


Edited Book

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/

Book Chapters

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.


Refereed Journal Articles

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.

Meor Osman, W.S., 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), 49-62.

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), 351-366. doi:10.1111/j.1744-7941.2012.00027.x

Paull, M. & Redmond, J., (2011), Succession in community organisations: Newcomers and the ‘purple circle’, Third Sector Review, 17 (2) 131 – 152.

Sharafizad, F, Paull, M, & Omari, M. (2011). Flexible work arrangements: Accessibility in a university environment. Australian Universities’ Review, 53(2), 43-49.

Paull, M., Omari, M, & Beeton, A.  (2009).  Work environment and retention:  An exploratory case study. New Zealand Journal of Human Resources  9(2) 86-94

Paull, M.  (2009).  Sensemaking and the management of older volunteers.  Australian Journal on Volunteering .14(1) 1-10.

Paull, M.  (2003).  Counting and measuring:  The value of statistics about volunteering in Western Australia.  Australian Journal on Volunteering 8 (2) 54-63

Paull, M. (2002).  Reframing volunteer management:  A view from the West.  Australian Journal on Volunteering 7(1) 21-27

Paull, M.  (2000).  Managing volunteer performance:  The role of the feedback environment.  Australian Journal on Volunteering 5(2) 19-31.

Paull, M. (1999). In search of volunteering:  A proposition. Australian Journal on Volunteering, 4(2), 19-29.

Paull, M. (1998).  Volunteer feedback:  Managing performance.  Australian Journal on Volunteering, 3(1) 25-32.

Recently presented peer reviewed conference papers

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

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.

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.

Holloway, David, Jarzabkowski, Lucy, Paull, Megan, & Girardi, Antonia. (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, Maryam, Paull, Megan, & Crews, Julie. (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, Megan, Girardi, Antonia, Holloway, David, & Burnett, Hermina. (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.