Inspiring leaders and managing people
Research excellence. Competitive edge. Organisational impact.
People are critical to the success of organisations. It is people who drive innovation, profit, growth, social responsibility and customer satisfaction. The Centre for Workplace Excellence at the UniSA Business School conducts cutting-edge research to identify innovative and effective strategies for managing and supporting people in the workplace.
Organisational success is not achieved through hiring a great workforce alone, but through the practices and systems adopted to manage people. Organisations that effectively select, develop, motivate, deploy and manage people produce better results. Effectively managing people creates value by paying attention to employees’ wellbeing and achievements. Our multi-disciplinary research investigates how both people and organisations can perform at their best in a complex environment with changing regulatory policy and increased competition in a global marketplace, assisting in the creation of better institutions, cultures and practices of work and life.
Our researchers work closely with business, government, and professional management associations to determine effective and practical approaches to contemporary people management issues.
For a decade, Professors Nicola Pless and Thomas Maak have been shaping the global discussion on responsible leadership. Through research and consultancy to major corporations they have created a new blueprint for how we assess and develop the values and responsible leadership competencies that are increasingly part of modern business.
As one of Australia’s leading experts on corporate social and environmental reporting, Professor Carol Tilt understands the inextricable link between environmental and social issues. Her research focuses on the emergence of integrated reporting and on how western cultures define, understand and respond to the development of corporate social responsibility in developing economies.
Professor Nicola Pless and Professor Thomas Maak
Professor Carol Tilt
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