Dr Melissa Kerr

Lecturer: Business


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I have worked as a lecturer and module leader on both undergraduate and postgraduate business course in universities in both Australia and the UK for the past 14 years. My teaching has included change management, HRM, organisational behaviour, strategic management, labour history and research methods. More recently I have been the course leader for the MBA program at Bloomsbury Institute.

In addition, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Workplace Research Centre (Previously ACIRRT) at the University of Sydney where I was involved with the ADAM database. I also worked as Research Assistant to Professor Greg Patmore at the University of Sydney on a number of large ARC Research projects. I have also held the position of editorial trainee on the Journal of Labour History.


I have been actively involved in academic research during my career. My research interests include labour management practices in non-union firms, labour history, the effect of public employment services on labour market outcomes, labour process theory and 21st century workers.  My interest include labour and management history, economic theory, employment law and employee rights.

Qualifications, Affiliations and Memberships        

  •  PhD (Economics) University of Sydney
  • BA Honours (University of Sydney)
  • FHEA

Research and Publications

  • Cutcher and M. Kerr ‘The Shifting Meaning of Mutuality and Co-Operativeness in the Credit Union Movement from 1959 to 1989’ Journal of Labour History, No, 91, November 2006, pp. 31- 46
  • Kerr ‘Labour Management Practices in the Australian Abrasive Industry 1945-1970’ Journal of Labour History, No 92, May 2007, pp. 75-88.
  • Chapters M. Kerr and T. Sarina ‘The Road Less Travelled: Country Road’s Venture into Global Markets’ in L. Cutcher and N. Wailes (Eds) Australian Case Studies in Strategic Management, 2006.
  • M Kerr ‘Recent Trends in Australian Labour Historiography’, Journal of Labour History, No. 87, November 2004