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Nikki Balnave
  • Title: Doctor
  • Position: Senior Lecturer in Public Sector and Not-for-Profit Employment and Management - Department of Marketing and Management
  • Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2003; Bachelor of Economics (1st Class Honours), University of Sydney, 1995

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Areas of Expertise

  • Business and labour history
  • Co-operatives
  • Welfarism

Profile

Dr Nikola Balnave joined the Department of Marketing and Management at Macquarie University in December 2011 as Senior Lecturer in Public Sector and Not-For-Profit Employment and Management. She has conducted extensive historical research on the management strategy of welfarism in Australia. Her research since 2005 has focused on consumer co-operatives in Australia and New Zealand. She is a member of the Global Co-operatives Project Steering Committee which draws on and connects academics from all regions of the world with the aim of developing a global history of the consumer co-operative movement since c.1860. Nikki is the President of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH), and is Deputy Editor of the Society's journal Labour History.

Research grants

  • 2014 – 2015     Macquarie University, Macquarie University Research Development Grant, 'Member-based organisations and social media technologies', $35,104 (With Dr Louise Thornthwaite and Dr Alison Barnes, Macquarie University).
  • 2013 - 2014     Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Research Starter Grant, 'Union Campaigning in a Changing Environment', $5000 (With Dr Alison Barnes, Macquarie University)
  • 2010 – 2011    Barossa Community Store, 'History of Barossa Community Store', $19,764 (With Professor Greg Patmore, The University of Sydney)
  • 2006 - 2007    Mineworkers' Trust, 'Consumer Co-operatives in Coal Mining Communities', $7,240 (With Associate Professor Greg Patmore, The University of Sydney)
  • 2006    The School of Business, The University of Sydney, 'The Forgotten Retailers: Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives in NSW', $13,199 (With Associate Professor Greg Patmore, The University of Sydney)

Research Interests

Nikki has been conducting historical and contemporary research into the co-operative sector in Australia and New Zealand since 2005. She has recently embarked on research into the use of social media by member-based organisations, and is also investigating union campaigning and mobilisation strategies.

Publications

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  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2012), 'Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives in Australia: Decline and Survival', Business History, 54 (6): 986-1003.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2011), 'The Politics of Consumption and Labour History', Labour History, 100: 145-165.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2010), 'Marketing Community and Democracy: Rural Rochdale Co-operatives in Australia', Consumption Markets and Culture, 13 (1):61-77.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2008), 'Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives in Australia: A Case of Rural Survival', Journal of Co-operative Studies, 41(1): 11-21.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2008), '"Practical Utopians": Rochdale Consumer Co-ops in Australia and New Zealand', Labour History, 95: 97-110.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore G. (2006), 'The Politics of Consumption and Cooperation: An Overview', Labour History, 91: 1-12.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2006), 'Localism and Rochdale Co-operation: The Junee District Co-operative Society', Labour History, 91: 47-68.
  • Balnave, N. and Mortimer, D. (2005), 'Union Security in Retailing: Legislative Intervention or Collective Agreement', International Journal of Employment Studies, 13(1): 85-105.
  • Balnave, N. (2003), 'Company-sponsored Recreation in Australia: 1890-1965', Labour History, 85: 129-151.
  • Balnave, N. (2003), 'The State and Employment Relations: Wartime Welfarism', International Employment Relations Review, 9(1): 61-73.
  • Balnave, N. (1997), 'Legislating for Compulsory Unionism. The New South Wales Experience', Labour History, 72: 149-162.

Non-refereed Publications   

  • Balnave, N. (2001), 'Company-based Recreation in Australian Industry, 1885-1965', in P. Griffiths and R. Webb, Work, Organisation, Struggle, 7th National Labour History Conference Proceedings, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Canberra Region Branch, Canberra: 246-252.
  • Balnave, N. (1995), "The Industrial Groups and Compulsory Unionism in NSW", Southland, Spring 1995, No.8.

Editor of Publications

  • Balnave, N., Brigden, C., Patmore, G. and Taksa, L. (2011), Special 100th Issue of Labour History, (forthcoming in late April).
  • Barnes, A., Balnave, N. and Lafferty, G. (eds) (2010), Work in Progress: Crises, Choices, Continuity. The 24th AIRAANZ Conference Proceedings, 3-5 February, Sydney, College of Business, University of Western Sydney.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore G. (2006), Thematic on 'The Politics of Consumption and Cooperation', Labour History, 91.
  • Patmore, G., Shields, J. and Balnave, N. (eds) (2005), The Past is Before Us. The Ninth National Labour History Conference Proceedings, The University of Sydney, 30 June – 2 July, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History/Business & Labour History Group, The University of Sydney.

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  • Balnave, N., Brown, J., Maconachie, G. and Stone, R.J. (2009), Employment Relations in Australia, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.
  • Balnave, N., Brown, J., Maconachie, G. and Stone, R.J. (2007), Employment Relations in Australia, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

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  • Balnave, N., Barnes, A., Macmillan, C., and Thornthwaite, L. (2014), 'E-Voice? How Network and Media Technologies are Shaping Employee Voice' in Wilkinson, A., Donaghy, J., Dundon, T. and Freeman, R. (eds) Edward Elgar Handbook of Employee Voice, Oxford.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2013), 'The AMWU: Politics and Industrial Relations, 1852-2012' in A. Reeves and A. Dettmer (eds), Organise, Educate, Control: The AMWU in Australia, 1852–2012, Monash University Publishing.
  • Markey, R., Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2010), 'Worker Directors and Worker Ownership / Cooperatives', in A. Wilkinson, P.J. Gollan, M. Marchington and D. Lewin (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organisations, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Chapter 10.

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Refereed

  • Barnes, A., Thornthwaite, L. and Balnave, N., (2013), 'Using social media: the experiences of trade unions and employer groups', Work, Employment and Society Conference, Warwick University (UK), September, abstract refereed.
  • Balnave, N. (2007), 'A Campaign of Thought Direction: House Journals in Australian Industry Before 1965', in J. Kimber, P. Love and P. Deery (eds), Labour Traditions: Proceedings of the Tenth National Labour History Conference,  University of Melbourne, 4-6 July, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Melbourne: 8-14.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2005), 'Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives and Australian Labour History', in G. Patmore, J. Shields and N. Balnave (eds.), The Past is Before Us, 9th National Labour History Conference Proceedings, The University of Sydney, 30 June – 2 July, 2005, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History and the Business and Labour History Group, University of Sydney: 3-10.
  • Balnave, N. and Mortimer, D. (2004), 'Compulsory Unionism in the Services Sector: A Comparative Analysis', in P. Hyland and G. Stewart (eds.), Regionalism and Globalisation – The Challenge for Employment Relations, 12th Annual International Employment Relations Association Conference Proceedings, Rydges Capricorn Resort, 5-8 July, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, paper 28.
  • Balnave, N. (2003), 'Commitment and Efficiency Through Food: Food Services in Australian Industry: 1890-1965', in B. Bowden and J. Kellett (eds.), Transforming Labour: Work, Workers, Struggle and Change, 8th National Labour History Conference Proceedings, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane, 3-5 October 2003, Brisbane Labour History Association, Brisbane: 22-28.
  • Balnave, N. (2003), 'The Importance of History: Australian Labour History Research and Teaching', in H. Forbes-Mewett and G. Griffin (eds.), 3rd IERA Teaching, Learning and Research Conference Proceedings, Monash University 13-14 November 2003, National Key Centre in Industrial Relations, Monash University, Melbourne: 1-9.
  • Balnave, N. (2001), 'Current Debates and Historical Precedents: The Case for Welfarism', in K Spooner and C. Innes (eds.), Employment Relations in the New Economy, 9th Annual IERA Conference and Symposium Proceedings, Malaysia and Singapore, 7-12 July 2001, IERA, University of Technology, Sydney: 47-59.

Non-refereed Seminar and Conference Papers

  • Barnes, A. and Balnave, N. (2014), 'Union Campaigning in a Changing Environment', Work, Employment and Human Resources: The Redistribution of Economic and Social Power, 28th Conference of AIRAANZ, February.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2012), 'Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives in Australia and New Zealand', Towards a Global History of the Consumer Co-operative Movement Conference, ABF-huset Stockholm, Sweden, May.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2012), 'Managing Consumer Co-operatives: An Historical Perspective, Towards a Global History of the Consumer Co-operative Movement Conference, ABF-huset Stockholm, Sweden, May.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2011), 'Co-operation and Community: The History of the Barossa Community Store', New Research into Co-operatives, UTS Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre Seminar Series 2011, University of Technology, Sydney, March.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2010), 'The Origins and Early Years of the Barossa Community Store, 1944-1965', Second Annual Conference of the Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools, Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, December.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2010), 'Historical Perspectives on Consumer Co-operatives in
  • Australia and New Zealand', Global Consumer Co-operatives: An Historical Perspective Conference, The University of Sydney, November.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2010), 'The Aboriginal Co-operative Movement', From Global Crisis to Green Future: Australian Left Renewal Conference, the SEARCH Foundation and the Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, May.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2010), 'The Practical Utopians: The History of the Australian Co-operative Movement', Symposium and workshop on The Italian and Australian Cooperative Sectors - The Past, Present and Future, The Co-operatives Research Group/Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, February.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2010), 'The Australian Retail Cooperative Sector: Reflections on a Comparative Approach with Italy', Symposium and workshop on The Italian and Australian Cooperative Sectors - The Past, Present and Future, The Co-operatives Research Group/Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, February.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2010), 'The Australian Indigenous Cooperatives: Alf Clint and Aboriginal Cooperative Movement', Symposium and workshop on The Italian and Australian Cooperative Sectors - The Past, Present and Future, The Co-operatives Research Group/Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, February.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2009), 'Competition in Retailing: Lessons from the History of Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives in Australia', Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools Inaugural Conference, Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, December.
  • Balnave (2009), 'A Façade of Consultation: Employee Representation and the Administration of Welfare Schemes in Australian Industry 1890-1965', Labour History in the New Century, 11th National Labour History Conference, Perth Western Australia, July.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2008), 'Marketing Community and Democracy: Rural Rochdale Co-operatives in Australia', Symposium on Mirrored Histories: Consumption and Work in the Asia Pacific, Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, June.
  • Balnave (2007), 'A Façade of Consultation: Employee Representation and the Administration of Welfare Schemes in Australian Industry 1890-1965', Symposium on Non-Union Forms of Employee Representation in the Asia Pacific Rim, Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, December.
  • Balnave (2007), 'Welfarism and Safety First', Occupational Health and Safety History Symposium, Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, July.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2007), 'Presentism, Historical Amnesia and Current ALP Industrial Relations Policy', Governing By Looking Back Conference, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, December.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2007), '"Practical Utopians": Rochdale Consumer Co-ops in Australia and New Zealand', The Trans-Tasman Labour History Conference, Auckland University of Technology, February.
  •  Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2006), `The Politics of Consumption: An Overview', Co-operation and Politics of Consumption Conference, Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, March.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2006), `Localism and Rochdale co-operation: The Junee & District Co-operative', Co-operation and Politics of Consumption Conference, Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, March.
  • Balnave, N. and Patmore, G. (2006), `Researching a Small Business in the Co–operative Sector:  The Junee District Co–operative Society', Business and Management History Symposium, Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, February.
  • Balnave, N. (1997), 'Welfarism in Australia'. Frontiers of Labour, 5th National Labour History Conference, the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, Western Australia, October.
  • Balnave, N. (1995), 'Legislating for Compulsory Unionism. The New South Wales Experience'. Australian Workers: A Century of Change, 4th National Labour History Conference, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, September.

Affiliations / activities

Membership of Professional Associations

  • 2010 - present. The Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
  • 2009 - present. The Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools
  • 1995 - present. The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • 2001 - 2005. The International Employment Relations Association
  • 1990 - 1995. The Industrial Relations Society of Australia

Positions within Professional Associations

  • 2011- present. Deputy Editor, Labour History
  • 2009 - present. Federal President, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • 2011 – 2013. Executive member, Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools
  • 2009 - 2011. Secretary, Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools
  • 2009 - 2010. Associate Editor, Labour History
  • 2007 - 2009. Federal Secretary, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • 2008. President, Sydney Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History.
  • 2007. Vice President, Sydney Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • 2004, 1995-1997. Executive member, Sydney Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • 2003 - 2005, 2001. Committee Member, International Employment Relations Association
  • 1997. Treasurer, Sydney Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

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  • Joyti Sallan - 2010 2nd Class, Div 1 - Employment Law Non-Compliance: The Role of Enforcement Agencies
  • Mary Daher - 2009 2nd Class, Div 1 - The Human Resource Professional: Past Present and Future
  • Francene Duncan - 2008-09 1st Class - The uptake of AWAs between 1997 and 2008
  • Dean Hood - 2008 2nd Class, Div 1 - The introduction of a Performance Management System in a Small Firm: Strategic Choices for Managing Professional Employees
  • Kendall Strachan - 2007 2nd Class, Div 1 - Swimming in Unknown Waters: Exploring the Nature of the Relationship between Coach and Athlete within the Australian Swimming Industry
  • Grant Eyles - 2003-2004 2nd Class, Div 1 - A New Domain for Strategic Human Resource Management: Environmental Management in an Australian Organisation

Masters Supervision

  • Arthur Rutter - Graduated 2010 - Organisational Occupational Health and Safety Culture and Behaviour in the Electricity Distribution / Retail Industry in New South Wales
  • Ron Kelly - Graduated 2009 - Career Management in the NSW Public Service: The Case of Secondary School Career Advisors