Assoc Prof Jennifer Bartlett

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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), BA Business (Communication) (Queensland University of Technology), Assoc Dip Business (Queensland University of Technology)

Science, like all creative activity, is exploration, gambling, and adventure. It does not lend itself very well to neat blueprints, detailed road maps, and central planning. Perhaps that’s why it’s fun.

- Simon, H. A. 1964. Approaching the theory of management. In H. Koontz (Ed.), Toward a unified theory of management: 73-85. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Research Interests

I am fascinated by organisations. The questions that drive me are how ‘collectives’ organise and how the rules, symbols, myths and norms of organisations change.

Topics I am interested in are:

  • Institutional and Organisational Change
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Legitimacy
  • Public Relations

Student  Research Projects I am currently supervising  or engaged in research projects on the following topics. If you are interested in undertaking a research degree in these or associated areas, please contact me.

  • Advocacy campaigns
  • Recreational Fishing
  • Corporate Social Responsibility


  • Page Legacy Scholar 2013
  • Pride Book Award, National Communication Association, 2011
  • Top Australian University Teacher – Faculty of Business QUT, 2009
  • Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Thesis, 2008
  • Outstanding Thesis Nomination, PhD, 2007
  • Fellow – Public Relations Institute of Australia
  • Best Presentation Award, 11th International Conference on Corporate and Marketing Communication, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2006. CSR Reporting in Australia and Slovenia: A comparative study.
  • Top Student Paper Award, International Communication Association, New York, 2005. Strategic use of media in public relations: Relationships between media, public relations and organisational strategy.
  • Commendation – Team teaching award, Faculty of Business, QUT – 2004

Additional information

Teaching Interests

  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Media relations
  • Corporate communication
  • Issues management
  • Social media impacts
  • Executive Education

I am Associate Professor in Public Relations at the QUT Business School. I have worked across academia and industry.

Appointment to Prestigious Positions
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Chair Public Relations Division
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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2011 PRIDE Book Award for The Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility, Wiley Blackwell
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
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Editorial committee of international annual
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
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Editorial member