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Professor Retha Wiesner

Professor Retha Wiesner
Name Retha Wiesner
Position Professor (Human Resources Management)
Section School of Management and Enterprise
Office A526
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4519
Extension 4519
Email
Qualifications BCom(Hons) Pretoria , BCom Pretoria , MCom Pretoria , PhD Pretoria
Languages Afrikaans (non accredited translator)
Homepage http://www.rwiesner.com
The views expressed on staff homepages may not reflect the views of the University.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Business and Management not elsewhere classified ( 150399 )

Research interests
Management, Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Managing Sustainability Change, Strategic Planning and Organisational Change in Small and Medium Size Enterprises, Organisational Resilience.

Industry affiliations
Member of the Australian Institute of Management
Member of the Australian Institute of Human Resource Management

USQ Research affiliations

  • Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development (ACSBD)

Currently teaching courses/programs
MGT5000 Management and Organisational Behaviour

Research most recent
Most recent Refereed Journal Articles:

Innes, P & Wiesner, R. (2012) Exploring Intra-function HRM Configurations in SMEs. Small Enterprise Research Journal, 19, (1)

Wiesner, R. and Millett, B. 2012. Strategic Approaches in Australian SMEs. Journal of Management and Organisation. 18 (1).

Belbin, C., Erwee, R. and Wiesner, R. (2012) Employee perceptions of workforce retention strategies in a health system. Employee perceptions of workforce retention strategies in a health system, Journal of Management and Organisation, pp 747 - 765.

Wiesner, R., Chadee, D. and Best, P. 2011. Environmental sustainability change management in SMEs: Learning from sustainability champions. International Journal of Learning and Change, Vol. 5, Nos. 3/4.

Wiesner, R. And Innes, P. (2010). Bleak house or bright prospect?: HRM in Australian SMEs over 1998-2008: Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 48 (2)

Wiesner, R., McDonald, J. and Banham, H. (2008). Australian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs): A study of high performance management practices. Journal of Management and Organisation. Volume 13, issue 3.

Littler, C., Wiesner, R., & Dunford, R. (2003). The dynamics of delayering: changing management structures in three countries. Journal of Management Studies, 40 (2),

Wiesner, R. & McDonald, J. (2002), ‘Bleak house or bright prospect? Human resource management in Australian SMEs’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 39 (2), pp. 28-50.

Wiesner, R. & McDonald, J. (2001), ‘The Human Side of SMEs. Journal of Australian and New Zealand academy of Management, December.

Wiesner, R., Vermeulen, L. and Littler, C.R. 2000. Survivor Syndrome: Effects on Middle Managers in SA. Journal of Economic and Management Sciences. September, Vol. 2: 3.

Most Recent Books

Wood, J., Wiesner, R., Morrison, R. and Seet, P. (2013). Organisational Behaviour. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Milton, Qld.

Moscardo, G, Lamberton, G, Wells, G, Wiesner, R. et al. (2013), Sustainability in Australian business: principles and practice, John Wiley & Sons, Milton.

Most Recent External Research Grants:

Project Title: Growing the Sustainability of QLD SMEs: ecoBiz Next Generation (Collaborators: CCIQ (lead) and ABTS), Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, (2013 - 2016: $3M)

Project Title: Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Sustainability. AusAid. Project Leaders: Retha Wiesner, Shahbaz Mushtaq, Joanne Finkelstein (2013: $339,705)

Project title: The Green Business Leaders Project (Collaborators: CitySmart (lead), Brisbane City Council, Rio Tinto, Energex, Low Carbon Australia and the Southbank Business Association. Australian Government’s (DCCEE) Energy Efficiency Information Grant program 2012 - 2013 Project Leaders: R. Wiesner and J. Cotter. ($858,896)

Project Title: Fostering Business Sustainability for Competitiveness in Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs)
Project Leaders: R. Wiesner and S. Mushtaq. (2012 - $264,237)

Linfox Logistics (2011 - 2013). Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Reduction through Teams and Rewards. Project Leader: Retha Wiesner

Enterprise Connect: Industry Intelligence & Networking (WIIN) Program, Round 2, (2010 - $50,000).
Project title: Managing Environmental Sustainability for Competitiveness (MESC): An Education Training Program for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Project leaders: Chadee, Wiesner, Best
Successfully completed on 30 November 2010.

CPA Small Business Grant (2009 - $10, 000)
Project Title: Developing a Best Practice Framework for Managing Environmental Sustainability in Small Businesses: Learning from the Stars
Project Leaders: Retha Wiesner, Doren Chadee, Peter Best

Eidos and Construction Skills Queensland (2008 – 2009) $55, 000
Project Title: Minimising the impact of the economic downturn on training


Research most notable
Wiesner, R. And Innes, P. (2010). Bleak house or bright prospect?: HRM in Australian SMEs over 1998-2008: Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 48 (2)

Wiesner, R. & McDonald, J. (2002), ‘Bleak house or bright prospect? Human resource management in Australian SMEs’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 39 (2), pp. 28-50.


Publications in ePrints

Wood, Jack Maxwell and Zeffane, Rachid M. and Fromholtz, Michelle and Wiesner, Retha and Morrison, Rachel and Factor, Aharon and McKeown, Tui and Schermerhorn, John R. and Hunt, James G. and Osborn, Richard N. (2016) Organisational behaviour: core concepts and applications. 4th Australasian ed. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd., Brisbane, Australia. ISBN 978-0-7303-1471-4

Wiesner, Retha and Cotter, Julie (2015) Queensland Watt Savers final report. Project Report. CitySmart , Brisbane, Australia. [Report]

Wiesner, Retha and Mushtaq, Shahbaz (2014) Empowering women through entrepreneurship, innovation and business sustainability in Pakistan. Project Report. University of Southern Queensland , Toowoomba, Australia. [Report]

Wiesner, Retha (2013) Human resources and sustainability. In: Sustainability in Australian business. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd., Milton, Qld, Australia, pp. 343-366. ISBN 9780730300311

Wiesner, Retha (2013) Minimising Motor Vehicle Incidents (MVI’s) through teams and rewards (PeerSafe). Project Report. University of Southern Queensland , Toowoomba, Australia. [Report]

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Business and Management not elsewhere classified ( 150399 )