Associate Professor Linda Colley Management, Marketing & Tourism / School of Business and Law

A/Prof HRM / Industrial Relations

2005 PhD (Griffith)

Contact Details

Email: l.colley@cqu.edu.au

Phone: (07) 3295 1133 - Ext: 51133

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About Me

Dr Linda Colley is the discipline Leader for HRM and Industrial Relations, based on Brisbane campus. She brings extensive practical experience from her career in HRM and industrial relations in the Queensland public service. Her research builds on this career, with her PhD examining Queensland public service employment from 1859 to 1999, and her UQ Postdoctoral fellowship examining workforce planning in the contemporary Queensland public service. She has published on topics such as merit, tenure, job security, redundancy, gender and age at work, public management reform, privatisation, and the effects of austerity measure on public employment.

Linda is active in international networks. She was recently elected as Vice-President Australia/NZ of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), and is a co-convenor of the IRSPM Special Interest Group in Public Sector Human Resource Management.

Linda is Chair of the Queensland Government Work Health and Safety Board 2017-2020. This Board is the peak advisory body to the Minister on policies, strategies and legislative arrangements for work health and safety in Queensland, providing advice and recommendations to government as well as supporting collaboration relationships between business and workers in Queensland.

Current research projects. She has received funding from the Australian Research Council and ANZSOG, and her industry partners include state governments, trade unions and superannuation funds. Linda's current research projects include:

(1) Hierarchies to high-performing? Evaluation 30 years of Senior Executive Service, ARC Discovery 2018-2020 (Colley/Head)

(2) Economic vulnerability in retirement (Colley/Kinchin)

(3) The participation of women in political and parliamentary roles in Queensland (Colley/vanAcker)

(4) The role of middle managers in progressing gender equity in the public sector, ANZSOG funding 2017-2018 (Williamson/Colley/Foley)

(5) Pay equity in Queensland regions (Colley/Muurlink)

Universities Studied At

2005 Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith

2000 Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management, Griffith

1996 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Griffith

1992 Bachelor of Commerce, Griffith

Universities Worked At

Griffith University (2009)

The University of Queensland (2010-2014)

Queensland University of Technology (2014)

Southern Cross University (2014)

Awards
2017, CQUniversity, School of Business and Law, Deans Award for Outstanding Researcher

2017 CQU Commendation, Educator of the Year

2017 CQU Commendation, OnCampus Educator of the Year

2017 CQU School of Business and Law Dean's Award for Excellence in Research

2012 The University of Queensland, Research Excellence Award

2010 The University of Queensland, Vice-Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2010-2013

2010 Emerald Group publishing, Prize for best paper at the Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools conference

1996 Queensland Government, Australia Day Medal, Queensland Emergency Services

1992 Royal Australian Institute of Public Administration, Prize for Academic achievement in public policy

Media Citations
"Young people disappear among greying ranks of bureaucracy", Canberra times, 16/2/2015
"Slow economy slowing PS promotion escalator", Canberra Times, 17/2/15
"Researchers rubbish productivity claims over Qld public service Union Policy", The Mandarin, 21/5/2015, http://www.themandarin.com.au/35352-researchers-rubbish-lnp-claims-qld-public-service-union-policy/#.VWGsQF7D-Vg.email
"Young public servants thinner on the ground: expert", Canberra Times, 18/9/2015
Previous teaching

Recent teaching and tutoring includes:

Research Planning and Design, The University of Queensland, 2014

Employment Relations, Queensland University of Technology, 2014

Negotiation, Griffith University, 2014

Management Employee Relations, Griffith University, 2014

Book Chapters
Refereed Abstracts
Refereed Conferences
Refereed Articles
COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES
Business and Management - Human Resources Management
I conduct research and publish on a range of topics in human resources, particularly public sector employment. My research interests and expertise include career service employment, merit and tenure, job security, redundancy and downsizing I conduct research in the field of gender at work.
Business and Management - Industrial Relations
I undertake historical research on work, particularly related to the removal of barriers to women working such as removal of the marriage bar, and changes to public service recruitment practices
Business and Management - Human Resources Management
Gender at work My research also includes gender at work, including elements such as pay equity, the inter-sectional effects of gender and age at work, and the representation of women in senior and executive roles and in political parties
STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY
Policy and Administration - Public Administration
including public sector employment, public management reform, and privatisation
Other Studies in Human Society - Gender Specific Studies
including gender at work, gender in public services, gender in parliaments
Journal article

Colley, L., & White, C. (2018). Neoliberal Feminism: The neoliberal rhetoric on feminism by Australian political actors. Gender, Work and Organization, 1-17. Retrieved from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gwao.12303

Reynolds, A. C., O’Mullan, C., Pabel, A., Martin-Sardesai, A., Alley, S., Richardson, S., . . . McCalman, J. (2018). Perceptions of success of women early career researchers. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 9(1), 2-18. doi:10.1108/SGPE-D-17-00019

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Williamson, S., & Colley, L. (2018). Gender in the Australian Public Service: Doing, undoing, redoing or done?. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 77(4), 583-596. doi:10.1111/1467-8500.12267

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Colley, L. (2018). For better or for worse: Fifty years since the removal of the marriage bar in the Australian Public Service. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 64(2), 227-240. doi:10.1111/ajph.12465

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Reynolds, A., O'Mullan, C., Pabel, A., Sardesai, A., Richardson, S., Alley, S., . . . Mccalman, J. (2018). Perceptions of success of women early career researchers. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 9(1), 2-18. doi:10.1108/SGPE-D-17-00019

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Colley, L. (2017). Union recognition and union security: Steps to the left and jumps to the right. Journal of Management History, 23(1), 95-110. doi:10.1108/JMH-06-2016-0029

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Colley, L. (2016). Reshaping the public service bargain in Queensland 2009-2014: Responding to austerity?. Economic and labour relations review., 27(1), 81-97. doi:10.1177/1035304616631421

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Colley, L., & Price, R. (2015). Future public service capacity : employment of young people into Australian public services during the GFC. Australian journal of public administration., 74(3), 324-335. doi:10.1111/1467-8500.12123

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Colley, L. (2015). Peter Fairbrother, John O’Brien, Anne Junor, Michael O’Donnell and Glynne Williams, Unions and globalisation: governments, management and the state at work. Routledge: London, 2011; 256 pp.: 9780415416641, RRP $150 : [book review]. Economic and labour relations review., 26(1), 184-186. doi:10.1177/1035304614566142

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Colley, L., & Brown, K. (2015). The politics of regional disadvantage : regional differences in public sector employment. Public administration quarterly., 39(4), 664-696. Retrieved from http://www.spaef.com/

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Colley, L. (2014). Aging public services and the position of older women : an Australian case study. Journal of women & aging., 26(2E), 160-181. doi:10.1080/08952841.2014.883232

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Colley, L. (2014). 'Not yet 50/50' - A critical appraisal. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73(4), 511-513. doi:10.1111/1467-8500.12101

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Colley, L., & Head, B. (2014). Privatisation and new public management : asset sales and Commissions of Audit in Queensland, 1990–2013. Australian journal of political science., 49(3), 391-407. doi:10.1080/10361146.2014.931342

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Colley, L. (2014). Understanding ageing public sector workforces : demographic challenge or a consequence of public employment policy design?. Public management review., 16(7), 1030-1052. doi:10.1080/14719037.2013.771697

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Colley, L., & Head, B. (2013). Changing patterns of privatization : ideology, economic necessity, or political opportunism. International journal of public administration., 36(12), 865-875. doi:10.1080/01900692.2013.795164

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Colley, L. (2013). Not codgers in cardigans! : Female workforce participation and ageing public services. Gender, work & organization., 20(3), 327-348. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0432.2011.00582.x

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Colley, L. (2012). How did public services fare? : A review of Australian state public service labour markets during the global financial crisis. Journal of industrial relations., 54(5), 612-636. doi:10.1177/0022185612454962

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Colley, L., McCourt, W., & Waterhouse, J. (2012). Hybrids and contradictions : human resource management in the contemporary public sector. International journal of public administration., 35(8), 507-512. doi:10.1080/01900692.2012.687958

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Colley, L. (2012). Public employment in the economic downturn : the case of an Australian state. International journal of public administration., 35(8), 513-523. doi:10.1080/01900692.2011.635458

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Colley, L. (2012). Weathering the storm : public sector employment security during decades of public management reform and the recent economic downturn. Review of public personnel administration., 32(1), 87-101. doi:10.1177/0734371X11433882

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Colley, L. (2011). Applying labour process concepts to public sector executive reforms : peeling and segmenting the mandarins?. Journal of management history., 17(3), 332-346. doi:10.1108/17511341111141396

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Colley, L. (2011). The passing of youth : how removal of traditional youth recruitment policies contributed to the ageing of public service workforces. Labour history., 101, 177-193. doi:10.5263/labourhistory.101.0177

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Colley, L. (2010). Central policies, local discretion: A review of employee access to work-life balance arrangements in a public sector agency. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 36(2), 214-237. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/publication/publications_33443?accountid=10016

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Waterhouse, J., & Colley, L. (2010). The work-life provisions of the Fair Work Act: A compromise of stakeholder preference. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 36(2), 154-177.

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Colley, L., & Price, R. (2010). Where have all the workers gone? : Exploring public sector workforce planning. Australian journal of public administration., 69(2), 202-213. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2010.00676.x

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Colley, L. (2004). The use of redundancy in the Queensland Public Service from 1859 to 1999: From economic necessity to organisational choice?. Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 15(2), 65-84. doi:10.1080/10301763.2004.10669310

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Colley, L. (2005). How secure was that public service job? Redundancy in the Queensland Public Service. Labour History, 89, 141-157. doi:10.2307/27516081

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Colley, L. K. (2004). Merit is in the eye of the beholder: Barriers to female employment in the Queensland Public Service from 1859-1959. Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 9(1), 62-89. Retrieved from https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=200411541;res=IELAPA

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Colley, L. (2006). Approaches to the merit principle in Queensland Public Service recruitment 1859-2000. From rich and dumb to gender discrimination to politicisation?. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 65(1), 46-60. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2006.00471a.x

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Colley, L. (2001). The changing face of public sector employment. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 60(1), 9-20. doi:10.1111/1467-8500.00194

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Colley, L. (2003). Changes to Queensland public service employment 1980-95: A union's portrayal of its response. Employment Relations Record, 3(1), 35-51. Retrieved from https://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=154168611403512;res=IELBUS

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Colley, L. (2002). Commentary: The rise and fall of the career public service. New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, 27(3), 349-362.

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Grant-Smith, D. C. C., & Colley, L. K. (2018). Of ‘strong’ leadership, crisis communication and pooper scoopers: Change in the Queensland public service under Newman. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 77(2), 236-252. doi:10.1111/1467-8500.12311

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Book chapter

Colley, L. (2018). Does gender equity at work have an age dimension? A study of the Queensland Public Service. In K. Broadbent, G. Strachan, & G. Healy (Eds.), Gender and the professions: International and contemporary perspectives (1 ed., pp. 25-38). New York, NY.: Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/

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Price, R., & Colley, L. (2017). Female-dominated regulated occupations: Librarians and other public-sector professionals. In D. Peetz, & G. Murray (Eds.), Women, labor segmentation and regulation: Varieties of gender gaps (1st ed., pp. 137-154). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-55495-6_8

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Colley, L. K., & Price, R. (2009). Responding to an Ageing Workforce in an Australian State. In D. Koufopoulos, & M. Argyropoulou (Eds.), Doing Business in the Global Economy (pp. 273-286). Athens: ATINER.

Colley, L. K. (2009). The politics of regulating an apolitical public service. In B. Bowden, S. Blackwood, C. rafferty, & C. Allan (Eds.), Work and Strife in Paradise The History of Labour Relations in Queensland 1859-2009 (pp. 163-182). Annandale NSW: Federation Press.

Conference paper

Colley, L. (2016). Effects of the global financial crisis on pay equity in the Queensland public sector. In ANZAM 30th Conference: Under new management: Innovating for sustainable and just futures (pp. 1-16). Brisbane, Qld.: ANZAM. Retrieved from http://www.anzam.org/

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