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Dr Bernd Irmer
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Management
Discipline *
Business and Management, Psychology
+61 7 3138 2654
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PhD (University of Queensland)


Social Identity during Personal Transitions, Employee Engagement and Well-being, Learning Design and Student Engagement, Psychological Contracts and Organisational Change, International Human Resource Management, Person Centered Approach and Organisational Commitment, Organisational Justice, and Social Identity, Professional Identity and Self-Efficacy, Workforce Analytics and Planning

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


With a PhD in organisational psychology, Bernd has more than 20 years of experience conducting research and providing policy and strategy advice across the areas of workforce planning and measurement, employee engagement, and organisational strategy and development. Bernd has an outstanding record of achievement in delivering strategic, evidence based, and fit-for purpose solutions for a wide range of organisational and human resource issues.

Research and Engagement:

Bernd has conducted a wide a range of research and consultancy activities to inform strategic evidence-based decision-making. He has experience working with public and private organisations nationally and internationally. International organisations he has worked with include: Starbucks Coffee Company, Lowes Companies Inc., Cendant Car Rental Group (Avis and Budget), The Gap Group, ING, Anthem, and The Hartford. Australian organisations he has worked with include: CBA, Insurance Australia Group, BHP Billiton, BMA Coal, Western Power, Department of the Prime Minster and Cabinet, Defence Material Organisation, Queensland Department of Main Roads, Queensland Treasury, State Library of Queensland, Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, and CRS Australia. These have addressed workforce planning and measurement, employee engagement and well-being, and quantitatively identifying human capital drivers of organisational performance.

Bernd’s current research interests are focused on improving both employee well-being and productivity. His main research interests are on understanding:

  1. how organisations can effectively implement people policies and procedures into effective practice and the key role that supervisors’ behaviours play in this process.
  2. how individuals’ self-concept changes during times of personal transition and the impact of this on their psychological well-being.
  3. how to effectively design learning experiences to facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes.
  4. how to apply person-centric approach to supplement existing knowledge on a variety of organisational behaviour constructs such as organisational commitment, organisational justice, and social identification.
This information has been contributed by Dr Bernd Irmer.


One of the great attractions of an academic career for Bernd is teaching. He is passionate about creating learning environments that optimise student learning outcomes and engagement through a culture of learning that inspires and excites. His teaching approach is focused on the contextualization of content, dialogue, application of knowledge, and facilitating the learning of students to ensure quality of learning outcomes. He strives to provide students personalised, engaging and transformative learning experiences in line with QUT’s real world brand. QUT promotes the scholarship of integration and application, this real world focus is reflected in his unit design, delivery, and impact on student outcomes.

Dr Irmer has extensive teaching experience within the School of Management and the Graduate School of Business and  he is very well regarded among staff and students for his teaching excellence. He has coordinated and taught undergraduate and post-graduate units in the areas of Human Resource, Strategic Management, and Organisational Behaviour units .

Bernd’s primary learning and teaching focus is the international work-integrated learning experience he facilitates with Stacy Doepner-Hove from the Carlson School of Management (CSOM), the University of Minnesota.  The project is a trans-Pacific work-integrated-learning collaboration between QUT, CSOM, and a number of host industry organisations (based in the USA and Australia). The project commences with a short-term study tour which sees QUTBS students visit CSOM students in Minnesota, then collaborate virtually throughout the semester before the CSOM students visit QUT at the end of the project. Throughout the semester students from both Universities participate and learn in real-time ‘virtual’ classes using video-conferencing facilities. Outside of classes, teams comprising QUTBS and CSOM students undertake a project to investigate a real-world international human resource management (iHRM) problem for a host industry organisation. The video conferenced classes enable trans-Pacific student teams to seamlessly present and receive feedback on their projects from the industry partner, academics and students in both countries.

The international problem-based industry engaged approach undertaken in this program provides students with a unique work-integrated-learning experience which:

  • Provides them the practical experience of working in a virtual multi-national team that facilitates the student acquisition and understanding of critical graduate employability skills needed for success in complex contemporary organisations;
  • Requires them to draw upon and deepen their discipline knowledge of iHRM through an authentic problem-based pedagogy;
  • Equips students with the skills to work in diverse, geographically dispersed teams using contemporary digital communication technologies; and
  • Develop the students’ abilities to be effective collaborators and interact sensitively and successfully in local and global settings, with knowledge of and respect for different cultural and disciplinary perspectives, and thereby learn from their international and domestic peers.
This information has been contributed by Dr Bernd Irmer.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Current supervisions

  • : Exploring cues in the workplace that employees use to interpret the importance of financial risk management behaviour
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Amanda Gudmundsson
  • Volunteering: A way into employment or further education
    Masters by Research, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Luca Casali

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)