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.



  • Paull, M., Morrigan, P., (2002),Taking your values shopping: Conversations about Values and Fulfilment: Dialogue and Engagement with Customer Stakeholders in The Body Shop, Western Australia.,School of ManagementEdith Cowan University.


  • Paull, M., Girardi, A., (2016),Floorcraft: Researching subjective phenomena,In: Workplace Abuse, Incivility and BullyingMethodological and cultural perspective, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, pages 23 to 38.
  • Paull, M., Omari, M., (2016),Setting the scene Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying - Methodological and cultural perspectives,In: Workplace Abuse, Incivility and BullyingMethodological and cultural perspective, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, pages 1 to 6.
  • Paull, M., Omari, M., (2016),Australia The "fair go" multicultural continent nation,In: Workplace Abuse, Incivility and BullyingMethodological and cultural perspective, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, pages 192 to 207.
  • Paull, M., Omari, M., (2016),Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying:The challenge of translational research,In: Workplace Abuse, Incivility and BullyingMethodological and cultural perspective, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, pages 208 to 213.
  • Paull, M., (2015),'Yes! That Means Get Out of Your Seat': Interactive Learning Strategies for Internationalising the Curriculum in Postgraduate Business Education in an Australian University,In: Critical Perspectives on Internationalising the Curriculum in Disciplines: Reflective Narrative Accounts from Business, Education and Health, Sense Publishers, pages 31 to 44.
  • Paull, M., Omari, M., (2014),Organisational (mis)behaviour of volunteers: Profiles and perspectives,In: Volunteering in Australia, Federation Press, pages 39 to 52.


  • 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, pages 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 (Online), 26, 3, pages 490 - 507.
  • Paull, M., Omari, M., (2015), Dignity and respect: important in volunteer settings too!, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 34, 3, pages 244 - 255.
  • Paull, M., MacCallum, J., Walker, G., Scott, R., Omari, M., Young, S., Haski-Leventhal, D., Holmes, K., (2015), University student volunteering: What's in a name?, Third Sector Review, 21, 2, pages 49 - 72.
  • Paull, M., Scott, R., MacCallum, J., Omari, M., Young, S., Haski-Leventhal, D., Holmes, K., Walker, G., (2015), University Student Volunteering: What' in a name, Third Sector Review, 21, 2, pages 49 - 75.
  • Paull, M., Clear, A., Kestel, J., Paulin, S., (2015), Exploring the influence of Homeless Connect Perth on Personal Agency, Third Sector Review, 21, 1, pages 79 - 100.
  • Paull, M., Omari, M., (2015), Public sector work intensification and negative behaviors, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 28, 4, pages 603 - 613.
  • Paull, M., Standen, P., Omari, M., (2014), Workplace bullying : Propositions from Heider's balance theory, Journal of Management & Organization, 20, 6, pages 733 - 748.
  • Omari, M., Paull, M., (2013), 'Shut up and bill': workplace bullying challenges for the legal profession, International Journal of the Legal Profession, 20, 2, pages 141 - 160.
  • 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.
  • Teh, E., Paull, M., (2013), Reducing the prevalence of plagiarism: A model for staff, students and universities, Issues in Educational Research (Online), 23, 2 (Special Issue), pages 283 - 298.
  • 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.


  • Girardi, A., Paull, M., Minaee, S., Whitsed, C., Boudville, I., (2015),Reflective Learning and the Development of Leader,In: ANZAM Conference.
  • Omari, M., Paull, M., Crews, J., (2013),Protected species: Perspectives on organisational life,In: EURAM 2013 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management.
  • Guneri Cangarli, B., Paull, M., Omari, M., (2013),Workplace bullying in Turkey and Australia: A preliminary comparative investigation,In: EURAM 2013 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management.
  • 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).


Book Chapter

Brueckner, M., Spencer, R., Girardi, A., Paull, M., & Klomp, S. (accepted). 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.

Journal Articles

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, DOI: 10.1108/ER-06-2015-0116.

Omari, M., & Paull, M.  (Forthcoming).  ’Robust performance management’ or workplae bullying?  Not just the what but the how.  Public Money & Management 

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 http://www.iier.org.au/iier26/paull.html

Paull, M., et al. (Forthcoming).  Matching expectations for successful university student volunteering.  Education + Training.  Accepted August 2016