Dr Bernd Irmer

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Senior Lecturer

PhD (University of Queensland)

With a PhD in organisational psychology, Bernd has more than 20 years of experience conducting research and providing policy and strategy advice across the areas of workforce planning and measurement, employee engagement, and organisational strategy and development. Bernd has an outstanding record of achievement in delivering strategic, evidence based, and fit-for purpose solutions for a wide range of organisational and human resource issues.

Research and Engagement:

Bernd has conducted a wide a range of research and consultancy activities to inform strategic evidence-based decision-making. He has experience working with public and private organisations nationally and internationally. International organisations he has worked with include: Starbucks Coffee Company, Lowes Companies Inc., Cendant Car Rental Group (Avis and Budget), The Gap Group, ING, Anthem, and The Hartford. Australian organisations he has worked with include: CBA, Insurance Australia Group, BHP Billiton, BMA Coal, Western Power, Department of the Prime Minster and Cabinet, Defence Material Organisation, Queensland Department of Main Roads, Queensland Treasury, State Library of Queensland, Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, and CRS Australia. These have addressed workforce planning and measurement, employee engagement and well-being, and quantitatively identifying human capital drivers of organisational performance.

Bernd’s current research interests are focused on improving both employee well-being and productivity. His main research interests are on understanding:

  1. how organisations can effectively implement people policies and procedures into effective practice and the key role that supervisors’ behaviours play in this process.
  2. how individuals’ self-concept changes during times of personal transition and the impact of this on their psychological well-being.
  3. how to effectively design learning experiences to facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes.
  4. how to apply person-centric approach to supplement existing knowledge on a variety of organisational behaviour constructs such as organisational commitment, organisational justice, and social identification.

Additional information

  • : Exploring cues in the workplace that employees use to interpret the importance of financial risk management behaviour
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Amanda Gudmundsson
  • Volunteering: A way into employment or further education
    Masters by Research, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Luca Casali