Dr Gemma Irving

Lecturer in Strategy

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 344 32425


Gemma’s teaching expertise is in management and strategy, with a focus on introducing first-year undergraduate business students to evidence-based management and the idea of management as a profession. She is a passionate advocate for team-based learning.

Gemma’s specific research interests include organisational spaces, collaboration, and professional work. Gemma’s current research agenda focuses on the role of spaces including collaborative buildings, open-plan offices, and the floor of emergency departments, in shaping the day-to-day work of professionals such as scientists, engineers and doctors.

Gemma is currently involved in an Australian Research Council Discovery Project that explores the impact of regulatory change (i.e. “the four hour rule”) on the profession of Emergency Medicine in Australia. The outcomes of the project will help public healthcare organisations to balance the delivery of efficient and quality patient care with the welfare of health-care workers.

As part of her PhD research on collaboration in open-plan offices, Gemma worked with government departments, universities, and ASX-listed companies to explore how organisations can use spaces to promote positive outcomes for professionals. Gemma’s PhD research helps managers to make better decisions about workspace design, to implement workspace change, and to support employees to work effectively in open-plan office environments.

Research Interests

  • Professional work
    How do professionals respond to regulatory changes? What role do organizational spaces play in professional work?
  • Organizational Space and Collaboration
    Why do “collaborative work environments” such as open-plan offices sometimes fail to promote collaboration?
  • Teaching Evidence-Based Management
    How do first-year undergraduate business students experience evidence-based management?


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Kromah, Momo D., Ayoko, Oluremi B., Ashkanasy, Neal M. and Irving, Gemma L. (2019). A qualitative study of employees’ emotions and identities during change. Organizational behaviour and the physical environment. (pp. 287-305) edited by Oluremi B. Ayoko and Neal M. Ashkanasy. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315167237-16

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