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Senia Kalfa

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  • Title: Dr.
  • Position: Lecturer - Department of Marketing and Management
  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Economics (2002); Masters of Science in Human Resource Management (2004); PhD in Organisation Studies (2011)

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Areas of Expertise

  • Organisation Studies 
  • Managerialism in academia 
  • Management practices 
  • Employee voice

Profile

Dr Senia Kalfa joined the Department of Marketing and Management at Macquarie University in March 2012 as a Research Fellow working on three different projects: exploring how management practices affect organisational productivity in Australian manufacturing firms; employee voice in Australian firms and; the impact of lymphoedema on patients' work and social lives. In November 2013 she became a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour. Senia's research focuses on managerialism in academia and the impact it has on teaching practices; management practices that enhance collaboration in organisations and; the effect of chronic illness on individuals' work-related identity. 

Senia teaches Organisational Behaviour and Organisational Change at an undergraduate level and Qualitative Research Methods at a Postgraduate level.

Education

  • PhD in Organisation Studies: (University of New South Wales)
  • Masters of Science: Human Resource Management: (Aston Business School)
  • Bachelor of Economics: (University of Macedonia)

Research grants

  • 2013/2014 - Enterprise Partnership Research Grant – Smith and Nephew Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA), Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and Macquarie University 'Exploring the social and economic impact of living with lymphoedema' Professor John Boyages (CI), Professor Paul J. Gollan (CI), Professor Lucy Taksa (CI) and Dr Senia Kalfa (CI). Grant total: $79,167.57 – Partners (Cash-$46,567), Macquarie Uni (Cash-$46,567) 
  • 2013/2014 - Research Starter Grant. The project is examining clinical leadership ($5,000).

Awards and Scholarships

  • Kalfa S. and L. Taksa, 2009, Cultural Capital in Business Higher Education, Awarded Best Paper at the 9th European Management Conference (EURAM), Round Table: 'Higher Education: Modernisation and Reform or Control and Individualisation?', in Liverpool, UK, 11 - 14 May, 2009
  • 2010 Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, Tokyo Foundation (AUD 10,000)

Current projects

  • 'Exploring the social and economic impact of living with lymphoedema' – Enterprise Partnership Grant 
  • Exploring Clinical Leadership

Research areas

  • Managerialism in academia 
  • Management practices 
  • Clinical leadership 
  • Employee voice

Publications

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  • Gollan, P.J. and Kalfa, S. (2013) The Australian industrial relations system and the need for organisational agility. In Committee for Economic Development of Australia (ed) Australia Adjusting: Optimising National Prosperity. Melbourne: CEDA

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  • Barry M, Wilkinson, A, Gollan, P.J. and Kalfa, S. (2014) Where are the voices? New directions in voice and engagement across the globe. In The Oxford Handbook of Employment Relations: Comparative Employment Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S. 'Non-Union Employee Representation in Cochlear'. In Voice and Involvement at Work: Experience with Non-Union Representation, Gollan, P.J., Kaufman, B., Taras, D. & Wilkinson, A. (eds.), Routledge, New York, (forthcoming) (Acceptance January 2013). 
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S. 'Non-Union Employee Representation in Eurotunnel'. In Voice and Involvement at Work: Experience with Non-Union Representation, Gollan, P. Kaufman, B., Taras, D. & Wilkinson, A. (eds.), Routledge, New York, (forthcoming) (Acceptance February 2013).

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  • Gollan, P. and Kalfa, S. 2014. Employee engagement, employee voice and workplace productivity. Australian Industry Group's National PIR Conference, Canberra, Australia, 5-6 May 2014 
  • Kalfa, S. 2013. Exploring the socio-economic impact of living with lymphoedema, Lymphoedema Training Education - Symposium, in Sydney, Australia, 6 November 2013
  • Gollan, P. and Kalfa, S. 2012. The role of employee voice and engagement in workplace productivity, Symposium on The Challenge of Workplace Productivity, The Centre for Workforce Futures, in Sydney, Australia, 29 November 2012
  • Kalfa, S. and L. Taksa, 2012, Employability, managerialisation, and performativity in higher education: A relational perspective, 28th EGOS Conference, Sub-theme/workshop 30: 'Performativity by Design!?', in Helsinki, Finland, 5 - 7 July 2012 
  • Kalfa S. and L. Taksa, 2009, Cultural Capital in Business Higher Education, Paper Presented at the 9th European Management Conference, Round Table: 'Higher Education: Modernisation and Reform or Control and Individualisation?', in Liverpool, UK, 11 - 14 May 2009
  • Kalfa, S., 2008, Employability and Learning Teams: an exploration of students' teamwork skills, Poster presented at the 12th International Workshop on Teamwork, Aston Business School, Birmingham 
  • Kalfa S., M. Spies and L. Taksa, 2006, 'Networking, gender and academic progression in the Faculty of Commerce and Economics, UNSW' presented at the 2006 Australian Technology Network Women's Executive Development Conference – Change in Climate? Prospects for gender equity in universities, Adelaide, South Australia, 11-13 April 2006

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Special Issues 

Special Issue Editor of International Journal of Human Resource Management (ABDC Ranking: A): Voices Unheard? With Adrian Wilkinson (Griffith University), Paul Gollan and Cathy Xu (MQ). The SI will be published in 2015.

Media Contributions

  • Gollan, P.J. and Kalfa, S.  (2013) 'Toyota needs a new approach to avoid the road to nowhere' The Conversation, 20-12-2013
  • Gollan, P.J. and Kalfa, S.  (2013) 'Government should work to overcome conflict in the workplace' The Australian Financial Review, 10-05-2013
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S., (2013) 'Time to manufacture a better future' The Australian Financial Review, 06-02-2013
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S., (2013) 'Working in union the way forward' The Australian Financial Review, 24-01-2013
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S., (2012) 'Getting up to speed on the benefits of car industry subsidies', Smart Company, 05-11-12, (http://www.smartcompany.com.au/information-technology/052719-getting-up-to-speed-on-the-benefits-of-car-industry-subsidies.html)
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S., (2012) 'Concentrating on the costs of the car industry means we are failing to see the benefits', The Conversation, 05-11-12, (https://theconversation.edu.au/concentrating-on-the-costs-of-the-car-industry-means-we-are-failing-to-see-the-benefits-10503)
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S., (2012). 'Last chance for productivity', The Australian Financial Review, 16-10-12, p.55.
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S., (2012) 'What Qantas needs now is a charm offensive', The Conversation, 11-09-12, (https://theconversation.edu.au/what-qantas-needs-now-is-a-charm-offensive-9416)
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S., (2012). 'Too much at stake for a return to adversarial IR', The Australian Financial Review, 11-10-12
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S., (2012). 'Workplaces more complicated than blame game admits', The Australian Financial Review, 03-08-12, p.55.
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S., (2012). 'Pay ruling underlines SME case', The Australian Financial Review, 04-06-12, p. 55
  • Gollan, P.J., and Kalfa, S., (2012). 'Put an end to adversarial workplaces', The Australian Financial Review, 23-05-12, p. 59

Affiliations / activities

  • Reviewer for Organization Studies (ABDC Ranking: A*), Human Resource Management Journal (ABDC Ranking: A), European Management Journal (ABDC Ranking: B), Studies in Higher Education (ABDC Ranking: A)

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  • Cherilyn Liu