Melanie Bryant

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Melanie Bryant

Professor of Management
Head of School Marketing and Management
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics

Room 410, Centenary, Sandy Bay Campus

+61362264727 (phone)

Melanie joined the University of Tasmania in February 2017 as Professor and Co-Head of School Marketing and Management.


Melanie’s first academic appointment was in 2000 as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Management at Monash University.  After progressing to Senior Lecturer at Monash, Melanie took up a position at Charles Sturt University (CSU) at the start of 2011. During this time, she was appointed as the Head of Research Professional Development for CSU for which she was responsible for research development and training across CSU staff and research students.  Prior to joining the University of Tasmania in January 2017, Melanie was an Associate Professor of Organisation Studies and Deputy Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at Swinburne University of Technology.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded

From organisational change to organisational talk: a study of employee narrative

Monash UniversityAustralia2003

The impact of industrial restructuring on labour productivity in the Latrobe region

Monash UniversityAustralia1996
BBus Monash UniversityAustralia1995


Professional practice

  • Chair of the Membership Committee: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Dec 2015 - to date
  • Board member (Victoria/Tasmania) Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Dec 2014 -  to date
  • Institutional representative for CSU on the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Institutional Members Board 2012 - 2014


Teaching expertise

  • Qualitative Research Methods (PhD, DBA, Masters and Honours level)
  • Organisational Behaviour (Undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Organisational Change (Undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Introduction to Management (Undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Management Communications (Undergraduate)

Research Invitations

  • 2009 Visiting academic Norges Handelsh√łyskole (NHH) Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (Sept/Oct), Bergen, Norway
  • 2005 Visiting academic Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, Cardiff, Wales (June/ November

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Research Themes

Melanie’s research interests are primarily in challenges associated with the implementation and adoption of change, particularly around the themes of responses to institutional and organisational change, barriers and enablers to change adoption, and individual awareness and understanding of change.  Her work is multi-disciplinary in focus and has been applied to a number of settings including government, agriculture and health.  Melanie is a qualitative researcher and is particularly interested in social constructions of change, and the duality of structure and agency in organisational settings.  Her most recent projects have focused on social issues and challenges around complex technology change in the Australian rice industry, and institutional/organisational challenges associated with biosecurity adoption.  Her work aligns with the University of Tasmania research themes of Environment, Resources and Sustainability and Culture and Society.


  • 2009 Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching (Faculty of Business, Monash University)
  • 2007 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence
  • 2007: Highly Commended Paper Award, Management Decision
  • Academy of Management, Organization Development and Change Division: Best Reviewer Award

Fields of Research

  • Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
  • Organisation and Management Theory (150310)
  • Organisational Behaviour (150311)
  • Business and Management (150399)
  • Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services (159999)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services (970115)
  • Management (910402)


Total publications


Journal Article

(21 outputs)
2017Higgins V, Bryant M, Hernandez-Jover M, McShane C, 'Devolved responsibility and on-farm biosecurity: practices of biosecure farming care in livestock production', Sociologia Ruralis pp. 1-20. ISSN 0038-0199 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/soru.12155 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1


2017Nestel D, Harlim J, Bryant M, Rampersad R, Hunter-Smith D, et al., 'Surgical education and training in an outer metropolitan hospital: a qualitative study of surgical trainers and trainees', Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22, (3) pp. 639-651. ISSN 1382-4996 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10459-016-9697-2 [eCite] [Details]


2017Higgins V, Bryant M, Howell A, Battersby J, 'Ordering adoption: Materiality, knowledge and farmer engagement with precision agriculture technologies', Journal of Rural Studies, 55 pp. 193-202. ISSN 0743-0167 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.08.011 [eCite] [Details]


2016Bryant M, McKeown T, 'Experts, outsiders or strangers? The self-positioning of highly skilled contractors', Journal of Management & Organization, 22, (3) pp. 388-403. ISSN 1833-3672 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/jmo.2015.41 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2016Hernandez-Jover M, Higgins V, Bryant M, Rast L, McShane C, 'Biosecurity and the management of emergency animal disease among commercial beef producers in Australia', Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 134 pp. 92-102. ISSN 0167-5877 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2016.10.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2016Higgins V, Bryant M, Hernandez-Jover M, McShane C, Rast L, 'Harmonising devolved responsibility for biosecurity governance: the challenge of competing institutional logics', Environment and Planning A, 48, (6) pp. 1133-1151. ISSN 0308-518X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0308518X16633471 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4


2015Brown JB, Morrison T, Bryant M, Kassell L, Nestel D, 'A framework for developing rural academic general practices: a qualitative case study in rural Victoria', Rural and Remote Health, 15, (2) Article 3072. ISSN 1445-6354 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2014Bryant M, Wolfam Cox J, 'Beyond authenticity? humanism, posthumanism and new organization development', British Journal of Management, 25, (4) pp. 706-723. ISSN 1045-3172 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2014Morrison T, Brown J, Bryant M, Nestel D, 'Benefits and challenges of multi-level learner rural general practices - an interview study with learners, staff and patients', BMC Medical Education, 14 pp. 234-246. ISSN 1472-6920 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-234 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1


2013Higgins VJG, Bryant MJ, Villaneuva EV, Kitto SC, 'Managing and avoiding delay in operating theatres: a qualitative, observational study', Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 19 pp. 162-166. ISSN 1356-1294 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01787.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2011Bryant M, Frahm J, ' Kill Bill' and the change agent: a multi-genre approach to organizational stories', Journal of Management & Organization, 17, (6) pp. 797-811. ISSN 1833-3672 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S1833367200001188 [eCite] [Details]


2011Bryant M, Stensaker I, 'The competing roles of middle management: negotiated order in the context of change', The Journal of Change Management, 11, (3) pp. 353-373. ISSN 1469-7017 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14697017.2011.586951 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18


2011Buttigieg DM, Bryant M, Hanley G, Liu J, 'The causes and consequences of workplace bullying and discrimination: results from an exploratory study', Labour & Industry, 22, (1-2) pp. 117-141. ISSN 2325-5676 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10301763.2011.10669432 [eCite] [Details]


2011Nestel D, Cooper S, Bryant M, Higgins V, Tabak D, et al., 'Communication challenges in surgical oncology', Surgical Oncology, 20, (3) pp. 155-161. ISSN 0960-7404 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.suronc.2010.07.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7


2010Bryant M, Higgins V, 'Self-confessed troublemakers: an interactionist view of deviance during organizational change', Human Relations: Towards The Integration of The Social Sciences, 63, (2) pp. 249-277. ISSN 0018-7267 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0018726709338637 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5


2009Bryant M, Buttigieg D, Hanley G, 'Poor bullying prevention and employee health: some implications', International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 2, (1) pp. 48-62. ISSN 1753-8351 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/17538350910946009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9


2006Bryant M, 'Talking about change: understanding employee experiences through qualitative research', Management Decision, 44, (2) pp. 246-258. ISSN 0025-1747 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/00251740610650229 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14


2006Bryant M, Wolfam Cox J, 'The expression of suppression: Loss and emotional labour in narratives of organisational change', Journal of Management & Organization, 12, (2) pp. 116-130. ISSN 1833-3672 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2004Bryant M, Wolfam Cox J, 'Conversion stories as shifting narratives of organizational change', Journal of Organizational Change Management, 17, (6) pp. 578-592. ISSN 0953-4814 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/09534810410564569 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 17


2003Bryant M, 'Persistence and silence: a narrative analysis of employee responses to organisational change', Sociological Research Online, 8, (4) pp. 1-4. ISSN 1360-7804 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2003Bryant M, Wolfam Cox J, 'The telling of violence: organizational change and atrocity tales', Journal of Organizational Change Management, 16, (5) pp. 567-583. ISSN 0953-4814 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/09534810310494946 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 10


Chapter in Book

(5 outputs)
2015Bryant M, 'Organisational deviance: Where have we been and where are we going?', The Handbook of Deviance, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Goodle, E (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 488-503. ISBN 978-1-118-70142-3 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Bryant M, Wolfram Cox J, 'Narrating organisational change', The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change, Routledge, Boje D, Burnes B and Hassard J (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 375-388. ISBN 9780415556453 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011McKeown T, Bryant M, 'The role of emotion in supporting independent professionals', Research in emotion in organizations : What have we learned? Ten years on, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Hartel C. Ashkanasay N and Zerbe W (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 133-147. ISBN 978-1-78052-208-1 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1108/S1746-9791(2011)0000007010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1


2011Stensaker I, Bryant M, Braten M, Gressgard I, 'Middle managements' role during change', A merger of equals? The integration of Statoil and Hydro's oil and gas activities, Osolo, Coleman H, Stensaker I and Tharalden T (ed), Norway, pp. 69-89. ISBN 9788245011272 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009McKeown T, Bryant M, Reader L, 'Building positive responses to bullying: Establishing the framework', Research in emotions in organizations, Volume 5: Emotions in groups, organizations and cultures, Emerald Group Publishing, Hartel C. Ashkanasay N and Zerbe W (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 227-243. (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(17 outputs)
2015Bryant M, McKeown T, 'Professional outsiders: Positioning highly skilled contractors', British Academy of Management Conference 2015, September 8-10, Portsmouth (2015) [Conference Extract]

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2013Higgins V, Bryant M, Hernandez Jover M, 'The Challenge of Competing Logics: Managing Disease Risk in the Australian Beef Industry', XXV European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, 29 July - 1 August, Florence (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Bryant M, 'Organisational change readiness: The role of negotiated order in two rural GP clinics', Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, 4-6 December, Hobart (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2012Bryant M, Wolfram Cox J, 'Beyond authenticity? Humanism, post-humanism and new organization development', The Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 3-7 August, Boston (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012McKeown T, Bryant M, 'Voluntary outsiders: Exploring the self-identity of a contractor', Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, 5-7 December, Perth (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2011Bryant M, Cox W, 'Narrative studies of organisational change: Progress and prospects', The Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 12-16 August, San Antonio (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2010Bryant M, Wolfram Cox J, 'Emotional Control and Authenticity: Negotiating Contemporary Challenges to OD', The Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 6-11 August, Montreal (2010) [Conference Extract]

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2009Bryant M, Higgins V, 'Team communication in operating rooms: Initial findings from an observational study', Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, 1-4 December, Melbourne (2009) [Conference Extract]

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2008Bryant M, Buttigieg D, Hanley G, 'Re-defining workplace bullying: An interactionist approach to exploring how participants frame and define their experiences', Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), 2-5 December, Auckland (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2008Buttigieg D, Bryant M, Hanley G, Lui J, 'Workplace bullying, discrimination and harassment: Some common factors', The Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 8-13 August, Anaheim (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2007Frahm J, Bryant M, ''Kill Bill' and the change agent: The genre bending of organizational stories', The Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 6-9 December, Philadelphia (2007) [Conference Extract]

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2006Bryant M, 'Exploring reports of misbehaviour in employee narratives of organisational change', The Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), 6-9 December, Yeppoon, QLD (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2005Bryant M, 'Unlocking employee experiences: Exploring the construction and presentation of retrospective narratives of organisational change', 21st EGOS (European Group for Organization Studies) Colloquium, 30 June - 2 July, Freie Universitat (2005) [Conference Extract]

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2005Bryant M, Wolfram Cox J, 'The labors of organizational change: Emotional and aesthetic labor beyond the service encounter', The Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 5-10 August, Honolulu (2005) [Conference Extract]

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2004Bryant M, Wolfram Cox J, 'Left behind: Loss and emotion in narratives of organisational change', Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference,, 8-11 December, Otago, Dunedin (2004) [Conference Extract]

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2003Bryant M, Wolfram Cox J, 'Future Perfect? Conversion Stories and the Narration of Organizational Change', The Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 1-6 August, Seattle (2003) [Conference Extract]

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2002Bryant M, 'Persistence, Distance and Organisational Silence: Bottom-Up Talk of Organisational Change', Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association, Griffith University, pp. 145. (2002) [Conference Extract]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2013Higgins V, Bryant M, Hernandez Jovea M, 'The challenge of competing organisations in managing disease risk in the Australian beef industry', Rural Policy Centre, United Kingdom (2013) [Government or Industry Research]

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2009Bryant M, 'How positive is your workplace? The organisational, management and individual perspective on making improvements at work', Victorian State Services Authority, Australia (2009) [Government or Industry Research]

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Category 1 Funding

2014-2016 Social factors influencing technology adoption in the rice industry; Rural Industries Research Development Corporation (RIRDC); $131,652

Category 2 Funding

2013-15 Farm biosecurity practices and the management of emergency animal.  Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; $67,746

2011-12 Enabling the rural academic practice, Australian General Practice Training; $199,740

2008 Building positive work environments: Victorian State Services Authority; $85,000 (Category 2 research grant).

Category 3 Funding:

2016 Increasing sustainable and ethical supply chains in the Indo-Pacific: A pilot study.  Fairtrade Australia; $75,000 (Masli, Donovan, Topple, Bryant & Hopkins - Swinburne).

Research Supervision

Current PhD Supervision

Transition Experience of Engineering Graduates from VET to HE (PhD)

A Socio-Analytic Study of the Effects of Overtly Known Workplace Transgression (PhD)

Completed  Supervision

Glenys Butler: Local government and community strengthening: Developing an action research plan (PhD), Monash.

Julia Farrell: Employer strategies for engaging mature age workers (MPhil), Monash.

Andrea Corbett: Rural disability changes in regional New Zealand: An action research model (PhD), Monash.

Laura Barker: How to create a positive work environment: Mapping the challenges (PhD), Monash.

Hedy Bryant: Facilitating organisational change and transformation: Professionalizing an emergent profession (D.Comm.) Charles Sturt University




PhDA Socio-analytic Study of the Effects of Overtly Known Workplace Transgression2017