Researcher biography

Bernard McKenna's research interest include (a) Enhancing good management practice by applying wisdom principles; (b) Analysing discourse (how language creates and maintains particular realities and relationships): particularly political rhetoric and corporate communication; and (c) Developing mechanisms for community participation in corporate and social decision making.

Bernard McKenna is an Associate Professor in the UQ Business School. Prior to his appointment in 2002 he was in QUT's Business Faculty for nine years. His academic teaching background covers leadership, communication theory, political communication, organisational communication, and business ethics at graduate and undergraduate levels. He is also an active researcher with publications in national and international journals. His diverse research areas include wisdom and knowledge management in the new economy; technical, political, and managerialist discourse; and professional writing. He is on the Editorial Board of Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Mangement and Communication, and the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. Bernard has successfully won and completed two ARC Linkage Grants: one dealt with the role of communication in community building by mining companies; the other was concerned with citizen involvement in public policy (waste management).

He has presented research workshops in Indonesia, India, and Iran. Currently, he is collaborating with a number of Iranian academics to produce high-quality research, particularly in wisdom and leadership. More recently he has begun research with Australian Indigenous communities.

He is currently supervising four PhD theses: The impact of rising Islamism on Indonesian women leaders; Developing values-based practice in a rules based organisation - Austalian Defence Forces; Rethinking the role of frustration in organisations; Family Business Succession Planning in Nigeria..

Bernard is a highly respected teacher who uses innovative methods based on a pedagogy he has developed to develop embodied virtuous leadership. He has produced a 10-lecture module for the Micro-Masters MOOC program, Leading in a Complex Environment