Bernard McKenna

Bernard McKenna
The University of Queensland | UQ · School of Business

BA BEd MPhil PhD

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January 2002 - September 2014
The University of Queensland
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (147)
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Although increasing research attention has been given to the discourse of legitimacy in assisting mergers and acquisitions in Scandinavian countries, scarce research has been done on this topic in different geopolitical contexts. This study therefore aims to investigate the discursive struggle of delegitimizing a Chinese state-owned company investm...
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This article responds to calls in the management and leadership literature to articulate a role for wisdom. While many talk about the role of wisdom, few people have attempted to articulate what it consists of. We suggest five principles that define wise leadership. We then position wisdom in a complex world, both within the transformational, authe...
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Everything can be reduced to discourse, including leadership, or so it seems. The same can be said of psychology, although its epistemological tributaries are more diverse than those of discourse theory. The challenge for discourse theorists is to rigorously define their discipline and develop methodologies that link theory to practice. Fairhurst (...
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With an increase in gender equality policies and gender balance targets within traditionally male professions, organisations such as the police service are experiencing changing demographics. How these shifts influence the construction of professional identity is unclear. Drawing on focus group data, this study aimed to explore identity constructio...
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This study uses phenomenography as a qualitative methodology within a sensemaking approach to investigate how employees experience unanticipated organisational leadership change in small firms, and it is applied in an empirical study of change management in Australian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). In-depth interviews of 24 employees ac...
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Social responsibility implementation in construction projects relies on the active involvements by multiple internal and external stakeholders. Stakeholder influences are an important driving force for resolving or alleviating the social and environmental problems in construction activities. To provide a better understanding of the complex stakehol...
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Situational crisis communication theory (SCCT) is applied in this research to evaluate Air Asia crisis responses. The research tests whether crisis responses are consistent with the SCCT premise related to situation when a crisis has more than one cluster. SCCT argues that in this case, organisation’s crisis response strategy is adjusted according...
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This paper argues that the application of values-based leadership increasingly challenges leaders in rules-based organisations, particularly in bureaucratic organisations such as the military, public service, police, and emergency services. Leaders are grappling to reconcile how to enact values-based leadership and decision-making when they are bou...
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Cambridge Core - Organisation Studies - Leadership - by Nuttawuth Muenjohn
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Workers' Capital: Industry Funds and the Fight for Universal Superannuation in Australia. By Bernard Mees and Cathy Brigden (St Leonard's: Allen and Unwin, 2017), 270pp. AU$30.75 (pb).
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We use smart power as a means to articulate relationships between the concepts of power, culture, and virtue. Following this exposition, we propose that the four cardinal virtues of wisdom, justice, courage, and temperance can be considered as foundations of virtuous leadership behaviour within the framework of smart power. Although applying genera...
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The article views public relations study and practice from an Indonesian perspective. As an applied communication science, public relations has been dominated by Western perspective. However, the idea of the need to study communication from the Eastern (including Indonesian) perspective has emerged recently. Some public relations theories from a We...
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Although the management communication subdiscipline is marginalized in research largely because it is seen as skills based, it is nonetheless responding to relevant issues such as new technologies, new modes of communication, and changing social values. Its content is also impacted by increasing globalization and political economy as evidenced by c...
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This paper reports on the preliminary findings of an in-progress study of wisdom in a business context. This interpretative exploratory study using Grounded Theory to analyse the results of a class activity that asked students what they understood by wisdom. Their concepts were compared with three extant models of wisdom (Social Practice Wisdom; Wi...
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Purpose Unequal workplace gender outcomes continue to motivate research. Using the prism of work-life-(im)balance, the purpose of this paper is to show how identity salience and motivation contribute to a subject position that for many reproduces socially gendered practices of workplaces. Design/methodology/approach After initial inductive compute...
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Although individuals' self-reports of behaviour are often used as a proxy for household environmental outcomes, little is known about how accurate they are or what factors might moderate accuracy. The current research investigated this question in relation to household recycling and water use. Results of Study 1 showed a significant, albeit weak, r...
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This study examined the psychometric properties of a Persian translation of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS—Iran Form) and its relationships with career satisfaction, business opportunity identification, and entrepreneurial intentions. It was hypothesized that career adaptability relates positively to these three outcomes, even when controll...
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Although the concept of theoretical saturation (ThS) was first introduced by Glaser and Strauss's grounded theory methodology, it is now more widely used as a fundamental concept in interview-based qualitative research. Despite its widespread use, the concept is nebulous and lacks systematization. An extensive literature review in 2007, and again i...
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This paper analyses the nature of CSR in China by considering the content of media reports about it. We know that the media affect the significance of CSR in a country and the manner in which it is practised. Thus considering media reportage of CSR is useful in this analysis in revealing the tension in the theory and practice of CSR between mainlan...
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On the basis of the Berlin wisdom paradigm, we define wisdom in the military context as expert knowledge and judgment concerning in extremis military operations. We measured wisdom in the military context by asking participants to give advice to an inexperienced officer facing an in extremis operation; subsequently, we coded their responses. Data w...
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Using Social Practice Wisdom (SPW) as a conceptual lens, we shed new light on destructive, selfish leadership and its negative effects. Our study highlights the negative effects on followers of leaders' selfishness, as well as lack of empathy and inauthenticity. Our work also sheds light on new cross-cultural leadership challenges in emerging econo...
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Although the concept of theoretical saturation (ThS) was first introduced by Glaser and Strauss’s grounded theory methodology, it is now more widely used as a fundamental concept in interview-based qualitative research. Despite its widespread use, the concept is nebulous and lacks systematization. An extensive literature review in 2007, and again i...
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The paper presents the results of an exploratory international survey, excluding USA, of postgraduate business students including MBAs. The central purpose was to consider the relationship between the propensity for wisdom and adopting an ecological perspective that is more compatible with long-term planetary sustainability. Other variables were...
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Purpose – Although leadership and organizational scholars have suggested that the virtue of wisdom may promote outstanding leadership behavior, this proposition has rarely been empirically tested. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationships between transformational leadership, narcissism, and five dimensions of wisdom as conceptua...
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Do modern organizations, institutions, and professions provide the capacity for people to exercise the human potential for doing Good? We argue that it is increasingly impossible as people’s agency is decreased. Organisational ethical codes are often the refuge of the imprudent savant, who moves “in a straight line from general to particular truths...
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Wisdom and emotional intelligence are increasingly popular topics among happiness scholars. Despite their conceptual overlap, no empirical research has examined their interrelations and incremental predictive validities. The aims of this study were (a) to investigate associations between multidimensional conceptualizations of self-reported wisdom (...
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This presentation provides a philosophical outline of the nature of dialogic communicatoin in tribunal settngs. It then supplements this with an analysis of findings of written tribunal judgments. It also provides an analysis of the types in judgments in tribunal hearings based on an ethnography by characterising the approaches of tribunal judicial...
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Business scholars have recently proposed that the virtue of personal wisdom may predict leadership behaviors and the quality of leader–follower relationships. This study investigated relationships among leaders’ personal wisdom—defined as the integration of advanced cognitive, reflective, and affective personality characteristics (Ardelt, Hum Dev 4...
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This paper explores how the amalgamated wisdom of East and West can instigate a wisdombased renaissance of humanistic epistemology (Rooney & McKenna, 2005) to provide a platform of harmony in managing knowledge-worker productivity, one of the biggest management challenges of the 21st century (Drucker, 1999). The paper invites further discussions fr...
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Human life is most meaningful and happy when we create the conditions of our happiness by living the virtuous life. This Aristotelian notion of eudaimonia, or to use Nussbaum’s (1994) term, ‘human flourishing’ or ‘wellbeing’, lies at the core of my theoretical approach to wisdom. It is also the foundation of the ongoing wisdom research project in w...
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This article examines communication management issues of emergency aid following natural disasters. Ten aid workers involved in the 2010 Port-au-Prince earthquake relief were interviewed and surveyed while they were still "in the field" to determine their understanding of the role of communication in the relief effort. The analysis was framed using...
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Although increasing research attention has been given to the discourse of legitimacy in assisting mergers and acquisitions in Scandinavian countries, scarce research has been done on this topic in different geopolitical contexts. This study therefore aims to investigate the discursive struggle of delegitimizing a Chinese state-owned company investm...
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This article analyses the discourse of financial media reports and commentary during the Global Financial Crisis from 2007 to 2009 using an inductive methodology. Contemporary finance capitalism is understood as being founded on irrealis (unreal) products. The analysis reveals how irrealis is construed as realis. Crucial to this is the infusion of...
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Because 'doing business' signifi cantly contributes to altering the Earth's atmosphere and depleting limited natural resources, business education should be reoriented so that global sustainability is the core and economic sustainability a subset. The neo-Aristotelian foundation of this paper proposes eudaimonia (human fl ourishing) as a teleology,...
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For a quarter of a century, Management Communication Quarterly (MCQ) has published research about communication in the context of work. This article charts the intellectual history of MCQ to trace its epistemic, theoretical, and identity changes. The authors consider how the journal’s published research has changed, why it has changed, and what its...
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Because 'doing business' significantly contributes to altering the Earth's atmosphere and depleting limited natural resources, business education should be re-oriented so that global sustainability is the core and economic sustainability a subset. The neo-Aristotelian foundation of this paper proposes eudaimonia (human flourishing) as a teleology,...
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Because ‘doing business’ significantly contributes to altering the Earth's atmosphere and depleting limited natural resources, business education should be re-oriented so that global sustainability is the core and economic sustainability a subset. The neo-Aristotelian foundation of this paper proposes eudaimonia (human flourishing) as a teleology,...
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Despite the growing popularity of the citizen jury and other deliberative democratic approaches to public participation, there is no agreement on the method for evaluating them, nor even agreement on where evaluation should be applied, inputs, outputs or process. To evaluate its efficacy, this study convened a citizen jury to deliberate on waste ma...
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In this paper we propose a theoretical model for understanding discursive competence in spoken and written cross-cultural business communication. As this model will be the basis of an empirical research project, we want to subject it to critique to enhance the potential for construct validity in our research. Our focus is placed on the conceptualis...
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A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource. The following articles appear in this issue: "Changing Views of Language in Applied Linguistics" (Gillian Brown); "Society, Education, and Language: The Last 2000 (and the next 20?) Years of Language Teaching" (Michael Stubbs); "The Secret Life of Grammar Translation" (Mal...
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In a context of 24/7 news and current affairs, politicians have adopted new tactics of spin to avoid scrutiny. Although most political discourse intends to persuade, nonpersuasion is now an important part of media political strategy. This paper identifies two forms of nonpersuasion, proactive and reactive, and describes an eight-part typology using...
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Today there are more technology, technologists, knowledge and experts than at any time in human history; but from a global perspective, it is difficult to argue that this accumulation of knowledge and technology has put the world in an unambiguously better position than it was in the past. Business is not getting any easier to do and major corporat...
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Rhetoric has three colours: white, black, and grey. White rhetoric is the Grecian Agoric ideal and black rhetoric is its mockery in the form of cheap point-scoring and open deceitfulness. Both are commonly used and obvious. A third, grey, rhetoric, however, is the most pervasive and devious kind of rhetoric in contemporary political discourse, whic...
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Important aspects of knowledge that are underresearched include links between knowledge, wisdom and leadership. This represents a research lacuna, which, if addressed, can help leaders develop knowledge-based strategies for future sustainability. Using a wisdom perspective enables the best, most strategic and ethical use of knowledge. By integratin...
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This paper aims to provide a tentative description of how social responsibility is discursively constructed in the genre of corporate sustainability reports, as illustrated by Comalco’s Sustainable Development Report 2004. Far from being value-free conveyors of objective information, such reports rhetorically construct companies’ conceptions of the...
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This article explores a sociological account of practical wisdom in public administrations. Very little research on contemporary applications of wisdom exists, and what research there is has a cognitive bias, largely ignoring sociology. For public organizations to create the conditions for wise practice within themselves and within individual admin...
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The communication discipline in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong is strong and diverse. Although regional research clearly emerged from a strong US and British tradition, it has matured. This maturity is evident not only in the region's contribution to evolving communication research, but also in identifying and analyzing significan...
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Using a computer-assisted content analysis, this study analyzes a 32,000 word corpus drawn from media-ted political statements made in response to the July 2005 London bombing. This grounded research led to a focus on the deontic nature of these statements, and also revealed a relative absence of condoling. Although condemnatory, statements did not...
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Purpose – Negotiating with the Chinese is an important topic in international business and cross‐cultural management since China is playing an increasingly active role in doing business with the western countries. The purpose of this paper is to study initial meetings with the Chinese during business negotiation processes. In particular, it seeks t...
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We trace the genealogy of wisdom to show that its status in epistemological and management discourse has gradually declined since the Scientific Revolution. As the status of wisdom has declined, so the status of rational science has grown. We argue that the effects on the practice of management of the decline of wisdom may impede management practic...
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We trace the genealogy of wisdom to show that its status in epistemological and management discourse has gradually declined since the Scientific Revolution. As the status of wisdom has declined, so the status of rational science has grown. We argue that the effects on the practice of management of the decline of wisdom may impede management practic...
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This article addresses concerns about the role of education policy in the context of knowledge-related public policy. Specifically, it raises concerns about how the technocratic and anti-social tendencies already observed in knowledge-related policy discourse may adversely influence the intellectual and cultural life of communities. A key goal of t...
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