Prof. Sharon K. Parker

ARC Laureate Fellow
Centre for Transformative Work Design
Faculty of Business and Law
Curtin University - Australia


Sharon K. Parker is an ARC Laureate Fellow, Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design at Curtin University, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Science.  She is a recipient of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award, and the Academy of Management OB Division Mentoring Award. She is currently an Associate Editor for Academy of Management Annals. She has published more than 80 articles in leading journals on topics like work design, proactive behaviour, and job performance.

Proposed Topic:
Exciting Times for Work Design Theory and Research: Some New Discoveries and Directions

The importance of designing work to mitigate against psychosocial risks and to enhance performance has been of considerable interest for a long time. But with digitalization, new organisational forms, an ageing workforce, increases in mental ill health in the population, as well as other changes, the topic of work design is arguably more important than ever. In this presentation, I will recap on what we know about work design already, and introduce the SMART work design model as a way to summarize key work characteristics. I will then identify several emerging research agendas and provide illustrative studies, including the need to adapt theory to meet contemporary challenges; the neglected long-term effects of work quality; and the antecedents of work design. Finally, I conclude with an introduction to the Centre for Transformative Work Design (