Researcher biography

Professor Charmine E. J. Härtel (PhD) is Chair of Inclusive Organisational Leadership and Employment at The University of Queensland Business School, Brisbane, Australia and Co-Director of the Queensland Neurodiversity Employment Incubator. Her current research programs address: Inclusive leadership, workplace culture and employment practices; Strength-oriented human resource management practices; Positive Organisational Development; Occupational health psychology; Neurodiversity and autism employment models; Ethnic minority entrepreneurship and family businesses. She is an acknowledged preeminent scholar-practitioner in her field and recipient of numerous honours, awards, and fellowships recognizing her contributions to knowledge, education, and practice. She is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences (ASSA), Queensland Academy of Social Sciences (QAAS), the (US) Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), and the Society for Organizational Behavior in Australia (SOBA) as well as Professional Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Her awards include the Australian Psychological Society's prestigious Elton Mayo Award for scholarly excellence, the Martin E. P. Seligman Applied Research Award, the Australian HR Institute inaugural HR Academic Award, and the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Research Supervision Excellence Award. She is the awardee of some AUD$3million in Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and $1 million for commissioned research. She is past President of ANZAM, Founder and Chair of the Senior HRM Executives Roundtable, Co-Founder of the Key Centre for Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the International Conference on Emotions and Organizational Life, and Past Division Chair and Executive Team Member of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the U.S. Academy of Management (comprising 770 U.S. members & 401 non-US members).

Professor Härtel is a leading global authority on workplace diversity and inclusion and co-founder of the study of emotions in organizations. Her internationally recognized research program is building holistic theory and evidence-based practice on ways to link organisational practices, socio-economic needs, and ecosystem services for the betterment of the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and the natural environment. The core driver of her 30 some years of research and consulting activities can be summarized in three questions:

  1. What organizational qualities and practices contribute simultaneously to economic, ecological, and human health and wellbeing for all stakeholders including workers, customers, and the community?
  2. What leadership qualities and practices do such organizations require and how can these be fostered?
  3. How can we improve wellbeing at work and the availability of healthy, meaningful work for all members of society?

Professor Härtel takes a strengths-based strategic approach to career and organization development, which she has written widely on, including her book aimed at educators and practitioners, "Human Resource Management" (Pearson). Together, with colleagues, she has published numerous research-based books, government and industry reports, and journal articles on leadership, employment practices, organizational culture, team climate, and work processes and conditions that enhance employee health, safety, wellbeing, inclusion, and productivity. Her work appears in over 70 book chapters and encyclopedia entries and over 100 refereed journal articles including Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Human Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, and Journal of Management. She is Series Co-Editor of Research on Emotion in Organizations and primary author of a wholly original Australian HRM textbook (Pearson), shortlisted across all university disciplines for the Australian Awards for Educational Publishing. She is past Editor in Chief of Journal of Management & Organization (the official journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management), past Associate Editor of Academy of Management Learning & Education and Journal of Managerial Psychology, and current editorial board member on numerous journals including Organizational Psychology Review, Human Relations, and British Journal of Management. The scholarly impact of her work is demonstrated by 10,989 citations in Google Scholar (overall h-index=44; i10-index=131) and over 5100 citations in Scopus (h = 22), receipt of 19 best paper awards, inclusion of her 2002 piece in the top 50 most cited articles of the decade for Leadership Quarterly, as well as the award of over AUD$3million in Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and AUD$1 million commissioned research.

In addition to her high-impact research, Professor Härtel is widely regarded as a leader in the development of early career scholars, which has been formally recognized with the prestigious Janet Chusmir Service Award from the (US) Academy of Management, supervisor awards from two universities (Monash, Deakin), and the ANZAM Research Supervision Excellence Award. Her former PhD students hold positions in both academia (e.g., UQ, Monash, Griffith, Deakin, Swinburne, Flinders, RMIT, Macquarie, Sunway Malaysia, Renmin University China) and practice (e.g., Infosys, Amcor, Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility).