David Pick

David Pick
Curtin University · School of Management

PhD

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January 2007 - present
Curtin University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 1997 - present
Curtin University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 1997 - present
Curtin University
Position
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Publications (80)
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This study examines the knowledge sharing (KS) practices of local-level non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Operating at the coalface of sustainable development, these NGOs often struggle for survival due to their relatively small size, limited resources, fluid organizational structures, and reliance on specific individuals. Because KS has the p...
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This study contributes to Hobfoll's Conservation of Resources theory by testing a moderated mediation model of the relationship between participation in change and senior managers’ hedonic well‐being. Using data collected from 266 Australian senior managers employed in the Commonwealth and State public sector, we tested the interaction of participa...
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The aim of this study is to explore women academic's identity work in the context of the Global South (Indonesia). This is done by examining how the interplay between macro‐level social, cultural and political influences and micro‐processes produce moments of compliance and resistance. To this end, the following research question is posed: What is...
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The aim of this chapter is to examine the potential of photography as a means of art and to introduce the different genres of photo-narratives, documentary photography and portraiture that researchers can employ to collect data. While the chapter helps to inform social researchers about the choices they make when doing photographic research, it is...
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The main aim of this chapter is to introduce different analytical positions and directions that researchers can take when analysing photographs. We cover the theoretical concepts of various analytical methods and extract the Grundgedanke (German: foundational thought) of each method. The different analytical approaches chosen draw researchers’ atte...
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This chapter introduces the utility of photography in social research and outlines different data collection methods that researchers can employ. The power of the photograph is discussed and then questions about representation are examined. The idea of the photograph as a ‘fold’ is proposed as one way of helping to integrate varying perspectives on...
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The aim of this concluding chapter is to examine, with examples, the various ways that photographic research can be presented for publication. The focus is first on the use of multiple photographs with vignettes to explain social phenomena and second photo-narrative that is a series of photographs that together describe a complex social situation....
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The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of the ethical issues that social researchers might encounter when employing photographic methods. We begin with a discussion dignity as the main ethical foundation of research photography, followed by an examination of the related issues of power and consent. Particular attention is paid to working...
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Good fieldwork with visual methods requires good photographic work. The aim of this chapter is to explain the technical aspect of image-making by presenting the ‘exposure triangle’ that describes the interrelationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. The relationships of camera settings in the exposure triangle are important to understand f...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to demystify the role of the personal resource of psychological capital (PsyCap) in the job demands-resources model. The theory suggests that personal resources directly influence perceptions of job demands, job resources, and outcomes. Alternatively, personal resources may moderate the impact of job demands an...
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This book focuses on photography within the social research field, building a solid foundation for photography as a social research method and describing different techniques and applications of photo research. It provides a comprehensive approach to research photography, from preparation and the ethical considerations that need to be understood pr...
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Following the recent downfall of several high ranking executives, not only in the business world, but also in governments, attention is directed to the teaching of ethics in business schools. More specifically, attention is drawn to these schools' purposes, values, methods, research, partnerships and dialogues in terms of their responsibilities reg...
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Recent years have seen a trend towards ‘professionalising’ volunteering in Australia to enhance the effectiveness and accountability of volunteer organisations. These changes are part of the emergence of neoliberal-inspired managerialist logics that support the introduction of businesslike practices that emphasise efficiency, strategy and competiti...
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Following the recent downfall of several high ranking executives, not only in the business world, but also in governments, attention is directed to the teaching of ethics in business schools. More specifically, attention is drawn to these schools' purposes, values, methods, research, partnerships and dialogues in terms of their responsibilities reg...
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The aim of this paper is to examine the relationships between authentic leadership, person-organization fit, workplace incivility, and psychological stress. In doing so we contribute to resolving theoretical and practical questions about how leadership behaviors can improve the job experiences and outcomes of employees. To this end we undertake a t...
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The aim of this article is to apply literary theory and a work of literary fiction (Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell) to the task of offering points of departure for new thinking about organization theory. To this end, I locate this article at the seam between organization and the literary, where I employ two concepts proposed by Deleuze (the fold and...
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Based on the job demands‐resources (JD‐R) model, this study examines the different ways that the personal resource of mindfulness reduces stress. Structural equation modeling based on data from 415 Australian nurses shows that mindfulness relates directly and negatively to work stress and perceptions of emotional demands as well as buffering the re...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of emotional intelligence (EI) as a buffer to job stressors on employee adjustment. Design/methodology/approach – Based on the job demands resources model, this study examined 306 nurses in the healthcare sector to test a model of job stressors, EI, and their interactions nursing adjustmen...
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This study examines how middle managers in public sector organizations experienced ‘New Public Management’ (NPM)-related change initiatives. Data from 486 Australian middle managers in state public sector agencies are analysed and the hypothesized model is tested using partial least squares (PLS) structural equations modelling (SEM) on two samples....
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Developed nations with labor shortages encourage migration from particular categories so that their economic progress is not hampered due to lack of skilled professionals. This research explored the importance of career habitus as an important factor in establishing the career boundaries of the South Asian self-initiated expatriates (SIE) professio...
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In this paper, academic identity work is explored through an examination of its portrayal in a work of narrative fiction using a conceptual tool from literary studies. It is found that such an approach provides insights that would otherwise be difficult to uncover by more conventional methods. The analysis reveals academic identity work as an ongoi...
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When reading the papers in this issue it is important to keep in mind the profound effects of NPM ideology that has underpinned public sector reform since the 1980s (Diefenbach, 2009; Hood, 1991; Pollitt and Bouckaert, 2011). At its core is a problematization of existing public sector institutional forms and operations. The proposed solution was to...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to highlight the paradox inherent in the term “Creative Industry Management”. The challenges of applying creative industry experiences within a managerial context are explored through a careful selection of papers that identify linkages between creative industry practice and management theories. Design/method...
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This study examines public sector change, motivation and person-organization (P-O) fit in a stress context. The results provide empirical evidence that change initiatives produce change-induced stressors. However, change processes, including participation in change decision-making and the provision of change information, increase public service mot...
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This is a case study that was done in co-operation of a CEO (now retired) Tim Thatchell
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Contributing to the ongoing debate in research on sensitive issues such as business ethics, this chapter provides a discussion of mixed methods research design, examining the processes and challenges of developing and deploying an online survey tool using technology within an interpretive mixed methods design. This chapter provides pointers on how...
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This study draws from Self-Determination Theory (SDT) to incorporate new sources of personal resources into the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) model. Autonomy (perceived autonomy support, PAS) and mindfulness (open, receptive attention and awareness of the present) are elements related to self-determination that affect the roles of job resources and...
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Contributing to the ongoing debate in research on sensitive issues such as business ethics, this chapter provides a discussion of mixed methods research design, examining the processes and challenges of developing and deploying an online survey tool using technology within an interpretive mixed methods design. This chapter provides pointers on how...
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The aim of this paper is to examine the identity work of female academics in Indonesian public universities. We find academics actively engage in an identity work process that is influenced by internal (individual) and external (social discourses and cultural) factors. Younger participants tend to be more resistant to accepting identities that are...
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Synopsis The rapid growth in the use of distributed or virtual teams to execute engineering projects, ranging from relatively modest buildings and infrastructure through to multi-billion dollar resources mega-projects, has introduced entirely new layers and areas of complexity to the control and execution of the projects. These new challenges are g...
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The aim of this paper is to provide new conceptual and practical insights about the issues associated with ethics and dignity when undertaking research involving the collection of photographic data. Case studies of photographs taken as part of a research project in Chennai, India, are employed to illuminate the significance of dignity. The case stu...
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Healthcare organizations in all OECD countries have continued to undergo change. These changes have been found to have a negative effect on work engagement of nursing staff. While the extent to which nursing staff dealt with these changes has been documented in the literature, little is known of how they utilized their personal resources to deal wi...
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Organizational change is a typical phenomenon within public sector agencies in OECD countries. An increasing number of studies in the literature examine the implementation of change and its resulting impact on the work attitudes of public sector employees; however, little is known about the extent to which change management processes impact on empl...
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Introduction: The purpose of this paper was to examine the management of contracting for a diagnostic laboratory health service for the Auckland region in New Zealand, using the concept of governmentality. Methods: Our aim is to provide an overview of a recent case of neoliberal policy implementation, to illustrate how unintended and costly policy...
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Scholars have argued that it is necessary develop new theoretical perspectives in order to better understand how managers, as change agents in public sector agencies, react to change. This study is a response to this call by adopting a Social Information Processing theoretical lens to investigate the consequences of managerialist-inspired change in...
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It is the aim of this paper to provide a better understanding of how university students in Australia are preparing for their future work in the labour market through their work orientations. It draws upon a survey of over 300 final-year undergraduates to present their rationales for engaging in paid work, and their preferences for different job fa...
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To examine the mediating effect of coping strategies on the consequences of nursing and non-nursing (administrative) stressors on the job satisfaction of nurses during change management. Organisational change can result in an increase in nursing and non-nursing-related stressors, which can have a negative impact on the job satisfaction of nurses em...
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To integrate existing theoretical perspectives on change management, subjective fit and occupational stress to better understand the effects of change on employee adjustment. Although subjective fit with organizational goals and objectives has been shown to have positive effects on employee adjustment, its role in the organizational change-occupati...
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The aim of this paper is to enhance theoretical and practical understanding about interpersonal communication within virtual project teams. The paper draws on the initial findings from research into virtual project teams working in the Western Australian resources engineering sector. The paper is divided into two sections. We first outline existing...
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Introduction The purpose of this paper was to examine the management of contracting for a diagnostic laboratory health service for the Auckland region in New Zealand, using the concept of governmentality. Methods Our aim is to provide an overview of a recent case of neoliberal policy implementation, to illustrate how unintended and costly policy o...
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There is a growing literature pointing to the importance of global organizations having managers with global mindsets. However, some theoretical issues and contradictory research findings require attention, especially in the case of non-Western contexts. The aim of this article is to examine the extent to which current understandings about the ante...
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27. Issa, Theodora, Geneste, L., Pick, D., Webber, P. ‘Would an understanding of Entrepreneur’s Ethical Mindset lead to a theorization of ‘Entrepreneurship Ethics’?: A research idea’ presented at , Perth, WA, Australia – 5th – 7th December (2012).
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Purpose – The purpose of this article is to examine the shifting roles of Bhutanese women in employment and family as they navigate tensions between tradition and modernity. Design/methodology/approach – To achieve greater understanding of the experiences of the women in this research, a theoretical framework dubbed a “matrix of entanglements” is...
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Contributing to the ongoing debate in research on sensitive issues such as business ethics, this chapter provides a discussion of mixed methods research design, examining the processes and challenges of developing and deploying an online survey tool using technology within an interpretive mixed methods design. This chapter provides pointers on how...
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The main aim of the chapter is to discuss the theoretical background and outcomes of recent research on ethical mindsets. In recent times there have been increased calls from practitioners, academics, heads of state, and heads of international organizations to examine the ethics of businesses in an attempt to prevent the transgressions which have l...
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The aim of this chapter is to examine the role and importance of workplace spirituality in the development of ethical mindsets in a business context by employing an interpretive mixed-methods approach to the collection and analysis of data from an online survey and focus group interviews. The results demonstrate that spirituality in a business cont...
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The aim of this paper is to assess and conceptualise the effects of new managerialism‐related organisational reforms in three Australian public universities on technical, administrative and clerical support staff job stressors and job satisfaction. Using a mixed method approach consisting of a quantitative core component and qualitative supplementa...
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The aim of this article is to investigate the governmentalities of volunteering in regional Western Australia. Drawing on interviews with 25 consenting volunteers and their managers, a thematic analysis revealed the experiences and perceptions of the research participants. Two distinct governmentalities exist: one reflecting neo-liberal governmenta...
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The aim of this article is to examine the usefulness of spirituality and aesthetics for generating new perspectives and understandings with regard to business ethics. Using an interpretive mixed-methods approach, data were collected through an online survey of 223 respondents and focus group interviews with 20 participants. Analysis of the quantita...
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The aim of this article is to define and delineate an ethical mindset. In deploying an interpretive mixed-methods analysis of the Australian services sector, data were collected through an online survey on 223 respondents followed by focus group interviews involving 20 participants. The analysis reveals evidence of ethical mindsets in Australian bu...
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The aim of this article is to investigate the relatively neglected and under-theorized area of ethical mindsets in the Australian services sector. Employing a mixed-methods approach, quantitative data was collected through online survey of 66 items and qualitative data was collected by focus group interviews with 20 participants. An analysis of the...
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Purpose – The aim of this paper is to examine development failure in Myanmar and explore alternative ways forward. Design/methodology/approach – This research uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative data drawn from sources including newspaper and media accounts from inside and outside Myanmar, reports from NGOs and field observations. The da...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on the results of research focusing on the relationship between aesthetics and spirituality in the Australian services sector. Design/methodology/approach – The research employs an interpretive mixed-method approach. The data were collected using an online survey developed from a range of existing re...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present the Pilbara as an illustrative case study of some of the tension that arises out of a largely unmediated engagement of regional communities with neo-liberal globalisation and to demonstrate the usefulness of Harvey's general matrix of spatialities as an analytical framework for examining such phenom...
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Dr David Pick is an Associate Professor in the School of Management, Curtin University of Technology. His research interests include teaching and learning, and examining the effects of neo-liberalism and globalization on policy and practice in the public and private sectors. ABSTRACT The aim of this paper is to examine the existence of ethical mind...
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Successive Australian governments have adopted neo‐liberal ideological imperatives of engaging with globalisation. This has been particularly noticeable in the policy areas of employment and higher education. Frame analysis and sensemaking are deployed to examine the ways in which neo‐liberalism has influenced the perspectives young people graduati...
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Using an original dataset covering a remote region of Western Australia, this paper is aimed at exploring the three features of social capital defined by Putman (1993, p. 167): trust, norms and social networks in terms of examining the use of social capital for sustainable regional development. The purpose of this paper is not to test particular th...
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International businesses trading with, and operating in, Myanmar have attracted frequent criticism. As a result, political considerations related to external institutional actors, sanctions measures, and non-government organisations (NGOs), are, typically, considered to have determined the scope and the strategic development of international invest...
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Purpose – This paper aims to present the case of the Pilbara as an illustration of how neo-liberalism and globalisation affect a natural resource region. Design/methodology/approach – A primary data set was collected by interviewing 21 people who had an interest in the development of the Pilbara. Secondary data was collected from relevant governmen...
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Higher education in Germany and Australia is being subject to pressures of market forces, internationalisation and financial constraints. This had led to both systems experiencing significant crisis and change over the past 20 years. In this paper, frame analysis is used to compare the changing policies in each nation and examine the extent to whic...
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This paper outlines the results of a pilot survey relating to ethical mind-sets, spirituality and aesthetic judgment in an Australian business context. The aims of this pilot study are: firstly, to test the use of an online survey tool compiled from a review of multidisciplinary literature; and secondly, to evaluate the appropriateness of the state...
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Purpose – This paper aims to explore the re-interpretation and justification of caste in India in the face of modernising influences and the efforts of legislators to disassemble its structures and traditions. Design/methodology/approach – The concepts of de-traditionalisation and governmentality are deployed to illuminate the reconstruction of cas...
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The aim of this paper is to analyse the changes in Australian higher education policy over the past two decades. Using frame analysis, two shifts in higher education policy are identified. The first is in the late 1980s where the view of higher education as having a broad social, economic and cultural role was changed to one that emphasised expansi...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to use the theoretical insights provided by reflexive modernisation in examining the effects of globalisation on the development policies and trajectories of India. Design/methodology/approach – After a presentation of the main ideas and concepts of reflexive modernisation and globalisation, the principal char...
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Despite global acknowledgement of HIV/AIDS reaching pandemic proportions with 37.8 million people (WHO/UNAIDS 2004) living with the infection, progress towards developing effective international responses to curb its spread has been slow. The focus of current debate tends to focus on the medical treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, leadi...
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Incl. bibl., abstract. The profound changes occurring in Australian higher education are viewed here in the context of the social, cultural, political and economic effects of globalization. Particular attention is paid to providing a theoretical foundation for understanding these effects using the reflexive modernization perspective. Highlighted ar...
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Late in 1996, Kalgoorlie College and the Western Australian School of Mines inWestern Australia were merged to form an expanded campus of Curtin University, based in the state capital city of Perth. This paper uses a frame analytical approach to examining how differing and competing interpretations and commitments affected how the merger was played...
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The aim of this paper is to critically examine the Nelson reform agenda for Australian higher education through the theoretical lens of the reflexive modernization thesis. After a brief overview of the main ideas and concepts of reflexive modernization, the principal characteristics of the Australian government's higher education reform agenda are...

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To make a difference to older workers by contributing to the debates on policy
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Applying a POS lens to understand the antecedents and consequences of public sector reform