Professor Polly Parker
Polly Parker
Professor in Leadership | Director of Education
  • PhD, Business (The University of Auckland)
  • MPhil (Hons 1), Career Management (The University of Auckland)
  • Dip Teach, Education (Christchurch College of Education)
  • DipPhysEd, Physical Education (Otago University)
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+61 7 3346 8059
Room 326, Colin Clark Building, St. Lucia Campus

    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.

    Research interests

    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.
    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.
    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.

    Publications

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    Memberships

    • Academy of Management
    • European Group Organisation Studies
    • International Association Educational Vocational Guidance
    • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
    • Association of Australian Careers Counsellors (AACC)

    Distinctions

    Teaching Awards:
    2014 Australian University Teaching Award for Programs that Enhance Learning.
    2013 UQ: Award for Programs that Enhance Learning,(For MBA) UQ Teaching Excellence
    2013 - UQ: Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
    2012 UQBS: Excellence in Executive Education Teaching
    2010 UQBS Teaching Excellence, Post Graduate
    2004 Teaching Excellence Award, University of Auckland Business School
    2003 University of Auckland Early Career Research Excellence Award
    1995 Fowlds Memorial Prize (Most distinguished student, Faculty of Commerce, University of Auckland)
    Research Awards:
    2003 - Centre for Creative Leadership: Coaching for Development Scholarship
    Engagement Awards:
    2015 - VC’s award for Excellence in Equity and Diversity
    2012 - VC’s award for Equity & Diversity (for Women in leadership)

    Major research grants

    Title Agency Year Amount
    Documenting and reflecting on peer coaching approach to workplace learning in the resource sector: the Mozambique Government and the Central Highlands Regional Council internship pilot project. The International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) 2012 $26,950
    Women in non-traditional careers: a longitudinal study of the mining and resources industries ARC LP100200159 2010 $399,514
    The role of HR strategy in small firm success HR Coach 2008/9 Undisclosed
    Early Career Research Award UQ 2007 $9,271
    Career decision making: learning from entrepreneurs UQ Early Career 2006 Undisclosed
    New Staff Research Grant UQ 2006 $12,000
    Experts: 
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