Chris Brewster is Professor of International Human Resource Management at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. He was successively a steeplejack, a union official, an official in the Ministry of Labour, a personnel manager in the construction and aviation industries, a journalist and consultant. During that time, he obtained his doctorate from the LSE before becoming an academic. He researches in the field of international and comparative HRM. Chris is a frequent international conference speaker and has worked in universities around the world. He has written or edited more than thirty books, including, recently, the Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management; International Mobility; Managing Performance Abroad: a new model for understanding expatriate adjustment; and Varieties of HRM: A Comparative Study of the Relationship between Context and Firm. He has also published more than a hundred book chapters and well over 200 articles in refereed journals. In 2002 Chris was awarded the Georges Petitpas Memorial Award by the practitioner body, the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international human resource management; and in 2006 Chris was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Vaasa, Finland.
Chris will address the Conference theme by discussing wicked problems (and proposed wicked solutions) in management research. Specifically, Chris will draw on current debates and practices in management to argue that the trajectory of management research is taking us in the wrong direction; we need a fundamental rethink of what we are doing and who we are doing it for.
Professor Helen Sullivan is a public policy scholar whose work has shaped understanding of the changing nature of state-society relationships and its implications for public governance, policy and practice. As Director of the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, she heads Asia-Pacific’s leading public policy school. Helen’s work focuses on boundaries in public policy and the ways these are constructed, contested and crossed in contemporary contexts. She is widely published, the author or editorof six books and numerous academic articles and policy reports. Her award winning scholarship includes the IRSPM Kooiman award in 2008 , while her contribution to teaching is acknowledged by her fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Helen’s career is shaped by a commitment to bridging the gap between academia and practice. In 2013 she founded the Melbourne School of Government, a cross-university, multi-disciplinary, externally orientated institution focused on impact. In 2015 she led the Pathways to Politics Program for Women, a groundbreaking partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Trawalla Foundation to increase the representation of women in politics. In 2017 Helen was made a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in recognition of her contribution to public policy and administration. Helen appears regularly in print, broadcast and online media commenting on contemporary public policy issues. She is the Editorial Advisor to the Australian Journal of Public Administration, on the editorial boards ofCritical Policy Studies,and Public Administration Review, and an elected member of Institute of Public Administration Australia Australian Capital Territory Council.
Helen will address the Conference theme by discussing collaborative futures in complex times. She will draw upon her own extensive experience and research in the context of collaborations in times when wicked problems abound.