Professor Polly Parker

Acting Head of School

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
p.parker@business.uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68059

Overview

Polly researches in the fields of career management and development. peer coaching, leadership development and human resource development

Polly has established a national and international reputation in the fields of career management and development, peer coaching, leadership development, and human resource development. This is based on a successful research program and international publications in Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Organization Behavior, Academy of Management Learning and Education (all ERA -A*), Human Relations & IJHRM (ERA – A). Her international reputation is demonstrated in several ways: invitations to deliver key note addresses at national and international conferences such as the most recent, to the 3rd International Conference on advanced research in careers, entitled “New work, new employment, new careers”. (Bordeaux, May 2010); journal reviews including Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Relations; Editorial Board membership for International Association of Education and Vocational Guidance, University of Auckland Business Review; sustained experience as convenor of the careers sub-theme of European Group of Organisation Studies (EGOS) conferences; invitation to participate in the 5Continents International Careers Research, and as one of three members of the international steering committee to include the Careers sub-theme as a Standing Working Group at EGOS. These examples reflect the integration of teaching activity, service to the profession and research outputs. Specifically, she has developed a systematic and coherent research program around the following overlapping themes:

Peer Coaching Examining the nature of peer coaching as a developmental tool that accelerates career learning and facilitates leadership development. Peer coaching is distinguished from mentoring while providing many of the psycho-social benefits.

Intersection of career and leadership development Career development and leadership development are complementary fields that both emphasise holism, learning from experience and meaning –making for the actors concerned. The connection between the two is an underdeveloped area of research yet one that has the potential for mutual advantage.

Intelligent Career Management Career development and leadership development are complementary fields that both emphasise holism, learning from experience and meaning –making for the actors concerned. The connection between the two is an underdeveloped area of research yet one that has the potential for mutual advantage.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Auckland
  • Master of Philosophy, The University of Auckland
  • Diploma of Teaching, University of Canterbury
  • Diploma of Physical Education, University of Otago

Publications

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Supervision

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2016) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Parker, Polly and Arthur, Michael B. (2015). Intelligent career card sort. In Mary McMahon and Mark Watson (Ed.), Career Assessment: Qualitative Approaches (pp. 161-168) Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers. doi:10.1007/978-94-6300-034-5_19

  • Parker, Polly and Roan, Amanda (2015). Organisational perspectives on women's career: disappointments and opportunities. In Jenny Bimrose, Mary McMahon and Mark Watson (Ed.), Women's career development throughout the lifespan: An international exploration (pp. 66-76) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Parker, Polly (2013). Career development. In Australian Master Human Resources Guide 10th ed. (pp. 507-533) Sydney, NSW, Australia: C C H Australia.

  • Inkson, Kerr and Parker, Polly (2011). Eco-careers: Expressing green values in working lives. In Marilyn Clarke (Ed.), Readings in HRM and Sustainability (pp. 22-35) Prahran, VIC, Australia: Tilde University Press.

  • Parker, Polly (2011). Qualitative careers research. In Mary McMahon and Mark Watson (Ed.), Career counseling and constructivism: Elaboration of constructs (pp. 131-144) New York, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers Inc.

  • Armstrong, L. and Parker, P. (2008). Career development. In J. Stafford (Ed.), Australian Master Human Resources Guide 6th ed. (pp. 493-516) North Ryde, NSW, Australia: CCH Australia.

  • Parker, H. L. P. (2006). Card sorts: Constructivist assessment tools. In Mary McMahon and Wendy Patton (Ed.), Career Counselling: Constructivist Approaches (pp. 176-186) London ; New York: Routledge.

  • Armstrong, L. and Parker, P. (2006). Career Development. In Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Baker & McKenzie (Ed.), Australian Master Human Resources Guide 4th ed. (pp. 453-477) North Ryde, NSW: CCH Australia.

  • Parker, P. (2002). Creativity in Contract Workers' Careers. In Maury A. Peiperl, Michael B. Arthur and N. Anand (Ed.), Career creativity : explorations in the remaking of work (pp. 123-141) Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Arthur, M. B., Amundson, N. and Parker, P. (2002). The development and application of the intelligent career card sort. In The Compass of Career (pp. x-x) Denmark: Civilkonomerne (The Danish Organisation for Management and Business Economics).

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Verreynne, Martie-Louise, Parker, Polly and Wilson, Marie Elaine Gee (2010). Human resource strategy in small Australian firms: A multilevel analysis. In: 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings. Academy of Management 2010 Annual Meeting: Dare to Care, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, (). 6-10 August 2010.

  • Inkson, K. and Parker, P. (2009). Eco-careers: Expressing green values in working lives. In: Beaumont, N., 23rd ANZAM Conference 2009 'Sustainability Management and Marketing'. ANZAM 2009 Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, (1-14). 1-4 December 2009.

  • Verreynne, M., Parker, P. and Wilson, M. (2009). The view from below - supporting employees to participate in small firm success. In: 2009 ICSB World Conference Proceedings. 2009 ICSB World Conference, Seoul, Korea, (). 21-24 June, 2009.

  • Parker, P., Sandberg, J. and Trevor-Roberts, E. (2006). Avoid, ignore or accept? Developing genres of career uncertainty. In: Proceedings of the EURAM 2006 Conference Oslo. EURAM 2006 Conference Oslo, Oslo, Norway, (). 17-20 May, 2006.

  • Parker, H. L. P. and Carroll, B. J. (2006). Careers as an organising strategy for leadership development. In: H. Byrkjrflot, T. Hernes, R. Kvalshaugen and S. Myklebust, 22nd European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Bergen, Norway, (). 6-8 July, 2006.

  • Parker, H. L. P., Hall, T. and Kram, K. (2006). Peer coaching: Accelerating career learning. In: H. Byrkjrflot, T. Hernes, R. Kvalshaugen and S. Myklebust, 22nd European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Bergen, Norway, (). 6-8 July, 2006.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision