Melanie Bryant

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Melanie Bryant

Head of the International School, College of Business and Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics

Room 104 , KPMG

+61 3 6226 4727 (phone)

Managing Rural Industries in the Anthropocene: Why Strategy and Adaptation Go Hand in Hand

Dorothea Mackellar’s famous poem, My Country, encapsulates both the beauty, and the unforgiving nature of our ‘wide brown land’- the driest inhabited continent on Earth. It was from agriculture that Mackellar’s beloved country prospered. What would she say if she knew that due to Climate Change, her ‘sunburnt country’ would soon be even more unforgiving? Australia is getting hotter, and drier…

The Earth’s population has exploded. Food security is becoming a major problem worldwide. As demand for Australian agricultural products increases, so too do threats from an army of new pests and diseases brought about by changing weather conditions. How do managers achieve higher yields, from less arable land, in an increasingly tempestuous climate?

New strategies are required, which means current production methods, and organisational procedures, will have to change radically. How do the wide range of organisations involved in rural and agricultural industries, adopt these changes as seamlessly as possible?

Professor Melanie Bryant is an expert on change adoption with a view to promoting dynamic rural industries. With a focus on management, her primary research question would be, how do we sustain industry in rural and regional areas?

“We’re trying to find the most effective ways to adopt the changes that need to happen to ensure the longevity of agriculture, and food production in Australia,” explains Professor Bryant. “I’ve invested my research career in this area.”

“Digitilisation, globalisation, increasing global population, climate change, water scarcity and new technologies are just some of the issues that rural organisations are facing.”

“I’m not focused on strategy,” explains Professor Bryant. “I focus on how to adapt to new strategies and get all stakeholders to adopt change successfully. Strategy and adaptation go hand in hand.”

“As academics, we sometimes underplay our potential to contribute to these big important questions,” says Professor Bryant.

“As a discipline, management academics can really make a difference in the world. The agricultural industry is so important to Australia, but we could easily tip it out of balance if we’re not careful. We have to move forward sustainably.”

Management: the gap between vision and outcome:

“Sometimes there’s a disconnect between how management sees a problem, and how that vision is implemented,” explains Professor Bryant. “This can also be the case when an industry is faced with a problem; the various organisations within that industry usually want the same outcome, yet they all speak a different language.”

Professor Bryant investigates, in detail, the management process from vision to outcome. She looks at the implementation of new technologies, workplace procedures, the points of view and interplay between all stakeholders and financial, economic and social barriers to change.

Australian agriculture has always worked alongside scientists; new technologies are being invented all the time. Professor Bryant and her team are adding value from a social science point of view, and building on scientific knowledge.

“Change affects people as well as industry,’ says Professor Bryant. “Industry is people and sometimes we lose sight of that. An intellectual approach to change adoption helps ensure that both institutions, and the people who make them tick, transition as smoothly and effectively as possible.”

“At the end of the day, we need dynamic rural industries and communities in Australia. It’s a significant part of our economy and our way of life. We have to ensure that we remain competitive and we look after our environment at the same time,” says Professor Bryant.

“This question really affects humanity and society. Management as a discipline has an opportunity to contribute significantly.”

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


Melanie is a Professor of Management and the Head of the International School in the College of Business and Economics.  She completed her PhD in the sociology of work at Monash University focusing on employee experiences of organisational change.  Over the past 20 years, Melanie’s research has focused primarily on social aspects of change ranging from micro-social interactions throughout change processes, through to the effects of social and environmental change on individual, organisational and institutional responses. Melanie’s work has been applied primarily to rural industries with specific focus on agriculture, and more recently, aquaculture.

Melanie joined academia in 2000 as an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University.  In 2011, Melanie took up a position at Charles Sturt University (CSU) where she was appointed as the Head of Research Professional Development in the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research.  For the past decade Melanie has been involved in senior leadership roles including Deputy Chair and Acting Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at Swinburne University of Technology, as well as Head of the School of Management and Marketing at the University of Tasmania. Melanie has been a visiting academic at Monash University in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as Norges Handelsh√łyskole (NHH) Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway.

Career summary



Thesis Title



Date Awarded

Doctor of Philosophy

From organisational change to organisational talk: A study of employee narratives

Monash University



Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Business

Monash University



Bachelor of Business

Economics, Management

Monash University




Professional practice

*          Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

*          Companion of the British Academy of Management

*          President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) 2019-2021


Teaching expertise

*              Qualitative Research Design and Methods

*              Organisational Behaviour

*              Organisational Change

*              Introduction to Management

*              Management Communications

*              Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

Research Appointments

  • Research Fellow, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (2014-2019)
  • Editorial Board member for the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
  • Editorial Board member for the Journal of Change Management
  • Past Associate Editor of the Journal of Management and Organisation
  • Past Associate Editor for the South African Journal of Human Resource Management

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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Melanie is a social scientist with research interests in the challenges associated with the implementation and adoption of change, particularly around the themes of:

1) Responses to social, environmental, institutional, and organisational change,

2) Barriers and enablers to change adoption at individual and organisational levels,

3) Individual and organisational awareness and understanding of change.

Melanie comes from a multi-disciplinary background having trained in economics, management, and the sociology of work.  Her research teams are multi-disciplinary in nature combining a mix of scientists and social scientists with application primarily to the agricultural and aquacultural industries.  For the past decade Melanie has focused on the risks that the spread of pest and diseases caused by climate change have for Australian agriculture and how organisations from farm level through to Commonwealth government can develop effective approaches to coordinate and prevent/manage biosecurity risk.

Melanie’s research has been funded by diverse funding bodies ranging from state and Commonwealth government departments and agencies, industry funding bodies, the Soils Cooperative Research Centre, and the Australian Research Council.  Her research contributes directly to the Australian Government Science and Research priorities of food and environmental change.

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.


Melanie’s research has involved collaboration with international partners from Norway, South Africa, and the UK.  Her current projects involve collaboration with Australian and New Zealand universities including Charles Sturt University, the University of the Sunshine Coast, the University of Southern Queensland, The University of Auckland, as well as industry partners such as Ornatas and PFG group.


  • Recipient of the University of Tasmania Research Excellence Medal (2020)

Fields of Research

  • Organisational planning and management (350711)
  • Organisation and management theory (350709)
  • Rural sociology (441003)
  • Organisational behaviour (350710)
  • Business systems in context (350399)
  • Other commerce, management, tourism and services (359999)
  • Leadership (350707)
  • Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology (410202)
  • Aquaculture (300501)
  • Sustainable agricultural development (300210)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Agricultural marine biotechnology (300102)
  • Agricultural land management (300202)
  • Fish physiology and genetics (300504)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services (280106)
  • Management (150302)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments (180602)
  • Forestry (260299)
  • Air (140101)
  • Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use (180603)
  • Institutional arrangements (190206)
  • Soils (180605)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)
  • Environmentally sustainable plant production (260199)
  • Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems (180301)


Total publications


Journal Article

(27 outputs)
2022Allan C, Cooke P, Higgins V, Leith PB, Bryant M, et al., 'Adoption: a relevant concept for agricultural land management in the 21 century?', Outlook on Agriculture, 51, (4) pp. 375-383. ISSN 0030-7270 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/00307270221126540 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Higgins V; Leith PB


2022Bryant M, Higgins V, Hernandez-Jover M, Warman R, 'Transforming the Australian agricultural biosecurity framework: the role of institutional logics', Australian Journal of Public Administration pp. 1-17. ISSN 0313-6647 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12572 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Higgins V; Warman R


2021Bryant M, Higgins V, 'Securitising uncertainty: ontological security and cultural scripts in smart farming technology implementation', Journal of Rural Studies, 81 pp. 315-323. ISSN 0743-0167 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2020.10.051 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Higgins V


2020Higgins V, Bryant M, 'Framing agri‐digital governance: industry stakeholders, technological frames and smart farming implementation', Sociologia Ruralis, 60, (2) pp. 438-457. ISSN 0038-0199 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/soru.12297 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Higgins V


2019Bryant M, Higgins V, 'Managing the grand challenge of biological threats to food production: the importance of institutional logics for managing Australian biosecurity', Australian Journal of Management, 44, (4) pp. 534-550. ISSN 0312-8962 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0312896219867997 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Higgins V


2018Barker L, McKeown T, Wolfram Cox J, Bryant M, 'More of the same? A dual case study approach to examining change momentum in the public sector', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 77, (2) pp. 253-271. ISSN 0313-6647 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12306 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8


2018Higgins V, Bryant M, Hernandez-Jover M, Rast L, McShane C, 'Devolved Responsibility and On-Farm Biosecurity: Practices of Biosecure Farming Care in Livestock Production', Sociologia Ruralis, 58, (1) pp. 20-39. ISSN 0038-0199 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 30

Co-authors: Higgins V


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]

Citations: Scopus - 96Web of Science - 85

Co-authors: Higgins V


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]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4


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 - 5Web of Science - 4


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 - 27Web of Science - 26


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 - 36Web of Science - 39

Co-authors: Higgins V


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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Citations: Web of Science - 2


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 - 12Web of Science - 10


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 - 7Web of Science - 6


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, (1) pp. 162-166. ISSN 1356-1294 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Higgins VJG


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]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 2


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 - 52


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 - 10Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Higgins V


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 - 16Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Higgins V


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 - 16


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 - 26


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 - 27Web of Science - 22


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 - 19Web of Science - 14


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 - 2


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

(20 outputs)
2022Bryant M, Newstead T, Crawford J, Amankwaa A, 'Flourishing in leadership: Understanding the role of virtues in crafting your leadership philosophy', 35th ANZAM Conference, 6 - 7 December 2022, Gold Coast, Australia (2022) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Newstead T; Crawford J; Amankwaa A

2022Warman R, Higgins V, Bryant M, Hernandez-Jover M, 'Shared responsibility in Australian Biosecurity - An overview', XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022, Seoul, South Korea (2022) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Warman R; Higgins V


2016Bryant M, Higgins V, 'Constructing change readiness: the positioning of change recipients in an Australian agricultural context', Proceedings from the 2016 British Academy of Management Conference, 6-8 September 2016, Newcastle University, pp. 1-16. ISBN 978-0-9549608-9-6 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Higgins V


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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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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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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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]

[eCite] [Details]

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]

[eCite] [Details]

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

(4 outputs)
2017Higgins V, Bryant M, 'Social factors influencing technology adoption in the rice industry', Report No. 17/048, AgriFutures Australia, Wagga Wagga, October 2017 (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Higgins V


2014Hernandez-Jover M, Higgins V, Bryant M, Rast L, McShanne C, 'Farm Biosecurity Practices and the Management of Emergency Animal Disease', Final Report, Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia, October 2014 (2014) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Higgins V

2013Higgins VJ, 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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Co-authors: Higgins VJ

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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Grants & Funding

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).

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Agricultural Innovation Hubs Program (2022 - 2023)$2,499,999
The University of Tasmania hosts one of eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs established across Australia under the Commonwealth's Future Drought Fund. Hubs are intended to be enduring institutions. The current proposal is about the Commonwealth's call to expand the Hubs' remit to service four priority areas under the National Agricultural Innovation Agenda. If funded, the Hub in Tasmania will need to operate under two agreements: the current agreement for the 'Drought Hub' and a new agreement that is about developing the Hub's pathway to expansion, while continuing to deliver to the 'Drought Hub' under the current agreement. This proposal presents the Hub's Statement of Claims on its ability and commitment to deliver practical activities and a business case that supports the National Agricultural Innovation Agenda
Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment ($2,499,999)
Agricultural Innovation Hubs Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Knowles SG; Mohammed CL; Kumar S; Field B; Jones ME; Anders RJ; Higgins VJ; Bryant M; Gracie AJ; Wilson MD; Harrison MT; Jordan GJ; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Barmuta LA; Remenyi TA; Kang BH; Amin M; Fraser SP; Kilpatrick SI; Barnes NR; Beasy KM; Stoeckl NE; D'Alessandro SP; Tian J; Chuah S; Norris K; Ferguson SG; Auckland SRJ; Evans KJ
2022 - 2023
Drought Resilience Tasmania - Actionable Knowledge and Solutions for Sustainable Prosperity (2021 - 2024)$9,530,969
Water is a major asset for Tasmania linked to livelihoods, energy production, irrigated and rainfed agriculture, environmental management and conservation. Competing demands forwater intensify during droughts and as hot and dry years increase in number. Wise and fair water management requires a multi-stakeholder partnership to innovate for droughtresilience, optimal water management and self-reliance. Our Hub will enable drought preparedness in Tasmania through collective and co-designed actions that sustain Tasmania'shigh-value, clean, green international brand. We will engage with local knowledge and land stewardship through a deliberate and negotiated process and uphold the rights ofTasmanian Aboriginal people to benefit from innovations they enable. The Hub, for the first time, brings together the major players - farmers, land and water managers, researchers,and indigenous knowledge owners - who, together can reduce the risks associated with drought in Tasmania.
Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment ($9,530,969)
Future Drought Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Knowles SG; Mohammed CL; Kumar S; Field B; Harris R; Jones ME; Anders RJ; Higgins VJ; Bryant M; Harrison MT; Gracie AJ; Wilson MD; Jordan GJ; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Barmuta LA; Remenyi TA; Kang BH; Amin M; Maiti A; Fraser SP; Kilpatrick SI; Barnes NR; Beasy KM; Coleman BJ; Stoeckl NE; D'Alessandro SP; Tian J; Chuah S; Norris K; Ferguson SG; Auckland SRJ; Evans KJ
2021 - 2024
ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture (2020 - 2024)$10,226,364
Australian Research Council ($5,000,000)
Orna-Tas Pty Ltd ($5,059,054); University of the Sunshine Coast ($167,310)
Grant-Industrial Transformation Research Hub
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Smith GG; Fitzgibbon Q; Ventura T; Carter CG; Hurd CL; Bryant M; Blanchard JL; Higgins VJ; Bridle AR; Henderson AD
2020 - 2024
Grant Reference
Protecting Australia's Food Future: Shared Responsibility for Biosecurity (2019 - 2021)$307,063
Australian agriculture faces growing threats from exotic pests and diseases. This project investigates whether andto what extent Australia's 'shared responsibility' approach to biosecurity is capable of meeting these challenges.Through the analysis of policy documents and the use of semi-structured interviews, the project will contribute to adeeper understanding of the inter- and intra-organisational characteristics that influence implementation ofbiosecurity. In doing so, the project will provide crucial insights into the capacity of a shared responsibilityapproach to protect agri-food production against biological threats, and the forms of institutional change that maybe needed to enhance responsiveness to those threats.
Australian Research Council ($303,763)
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Higgins VJ; Bryant M; Hernandez-Jover M
2019 - 2021
Grant Reference
Understanding Adoptability of Techniques and Practices for Improved Soil Management (2019 - 2021)$322,417
While improving Australia's agricultural soils is a priority, adoption of programs and techniques for improved soil management has been relatively slow. This project aims to 1) investigate the efficacy of current strategies and techniques used by regional farming groups for improving soil management, and 2) conduct a comparative analysis across different regional contexts to develop a framework of commonalities and differences in relation to soil improvement priorities, drivers and pathways. The project will utilise qualitative social science research to investigate these aims. The project team will work in partnership with farming groups across Australia to develop models of adoptability, and a set of principles and recommendations for increasing adoption of improved soil management across different regional contexts. This two year project should be considered as Phase 1 of a four-year project that articulates and tests the social and institutional drivers that influence adoptability of improved soil management.
CRC for High Performance Soils Ltd ($322,417)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Higgins VJ; Warman R; Bryant M; Allan C; Cockfield GJ; Leith PB
2019 - 2021

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






PhDEmployee Responses to the Implementation of a Place-Based Strategy: The effects of change in a regional university setting2019


PhDShapeshifting: A grounded theory of contemporary songwriters' career constructions
Candidate: Tina Louise Broad
PhD'Battlefields of Shame' A Socio-analytic Study of Overtly Known Workplace Transgression
Candidate: Susan Caroline Mravlek
PhDStudy of Employee Participation, Employee Voice and Industrial Relations Climate in an Australian Manufacturing Organisation
Candidate: Alan Michael McWilliams