- Associate Professor Karen Becker
- Director, Research Engagement
QUT Business School,
- Associate Professor
QUT Business School,
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- Business and Management
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
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Associate Professor Karen Becker is a highly experienced Human Resource Management professional and academic having worked in both university and industry roles. As someone with a passion for industry engagement, Karen has pursued a range of roles in her academic career that build on her 12 years working in corporate and consulting roles. Her academic roles have connected her closely with industry in a range of ways, developing graduates that can contribute to their chosen profession and providing research outcomes that address contemporary industry problems.
In 2016 Karen was appointed as the Director – Research Engagement for the QUT Business School to continue to develop faculty expertise in engaged research across the Business School. In this role she is responsible for initiating and supporting collaboration between industry and Business School academics in a range of business disciplines.
Karen is the Leader of the People and Performance Research Group – https://research.qut.edu.au/people-and-performance-research-group/. Her research focuses on workforce development, unlearning, innovation and change in the workplace, looking at these issues in individual organisations and across industries. She has been involved in research projects funded by the public sector, cooperative research centres and private industry in areas such as identifying and mapping HR risk, the use of e-learning in the workplace, workforce attraction and retention, change management, and leadership development. Karen is widely published in international journals and presents at both academic and industry conferences.
Karen has taught in a range of HRM courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is the Coordinator of the Management work integrated learning (WIL) program, responsible for placing students from both management and HRM disciplines into industry, and supervises research higher degree students in her areas of expertise. She also coordinates Alumni engagement activities for the School of Management.
Karen is a Fellow of Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). She has previously held positions on the AHRI Queensland State Council and as a Director of the Anglicare Central Queensland. She is currently a member of the People and Workplace sub-committee of the Cancer Council Queensland Board.
- Workplace learning (internship – Management & HRM)
- Managing organisational change
- Organisational behaviour
- HRM competencies
- Introduction to management
- Human resource development
- Human resource planning, recruitment and selection
- Strategic performance management
- Performance and reward
- Strategic human resource management
- Personal and professional development
- Jorgensen F, Becker KL, (2017) The role of HRM in facilitating team ambidexterity, Human Resource Management Journal p264-280
- Fleming J, Becker KL, Newton CJ, (2017) Factors for successful e-learning: does age matter?, Education and Training p76-89
- Becker KL, Smidt MN, (2016) A risk perspective on human resource management: A review and directions for future research, Human Resource Management Review p149-165
- Bish AJ, Becker KL, (2016) Exploring expectations of nonprofit management capabilities, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly p437-457
- Jorgensen F, Becker KL, (2015) Balancing organizational and professional commitments in professional service firms: the HR practices that matter, The International Journal of Human Resource Management p23-41
- Becker KL, Smidt MN, (2015) Workforce-related risks in projects with a contingent workforce, International Journal of Project Management p889-900
- Newton CJ, Becker KL, Bell SE, (2014) Learning and development opportunities as a tool for the retention of volunteers: a motivational perspective, Human Resource Management Journal p514-530
- Becker KL, Newton CJ, Sawang S, (2013) A learner perspective on barriers to e-learning, Australian Journal of Adult Learning p211-233
- Becker KL, Hyland P, Soosay C, (2013) Labour attraction and retention in rural and remote Queensland communities, Australasian Journal of Regional Studies p342-368
- Becker K, Fleming J, Keijsers W, (2012) E-learning: ageing workforce versus technology-savvy generation, Education and Training p385-400
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
- Between Mother Guilt and Career Guilt Why, when and how do graduate women in Australia transition back to a work after motherhood?
PhD, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Professor Lisa Bradley
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PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
Other supervisors: Associate Professor Peter O'Connor
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
- A Study of Safety Leadership and Safety Governance for Board Members and Senior Executives (2015)
- Organisational change in public organisations. (2014)
- The influence of cultural selection on strategic communication (2011)