An award winning teaching team and world-class researchers

Our programs are informed by extensive research and provide in-depth coverage of key people management skills—communication, planning, teamwork, strategy and self-development.


The Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources offers programs in people management to enable managers to respond to the current challenges in the global business environment. People management skills are an essential tool to modern management, as people make the difference between an organisation’s success or failure.

Our graduates possess the necessary skills and abilities to contribute effectively in their chosen field/s of employment relations or human resource management.

The Department works closely with the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing to develop world-class research relevant to the future of employment relations and workforce management.

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Our research

Research is central to the mission of the Department. Our research is broad covering psychologists, sociologists, industrial relations specialists, historians and lawyers. We consider ourselves a research led department with our research informing teaching.

Our people

Our diverse group of academic, adjunct and professional staff are dedicated to achieving high standards in research, teaching and community engagement.

Student opportunities

Griffith Business School offers many opportunities for students to get involved with our community, build professional and social networks, and enhance their business skills.  We also offer a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards to assist with the costs of course fees, textbooks, accommodation and living expenses.


Ms Amanda Spencer is an ERHR graduate who is now Qld Recruitment Manager for Star Entertainment Group.

In Amanda's role as Qld Recruitment Manager she has assisted in developing a partnership which sees representatives The Star visit Griffith Business School to recruit promising students both during and after their studies. A recent event has resulted in 54 eager students successfully gaining employment with the renowned hospitality and tourism brand.

“We see the partnership as helping the community, helping young people get their first job, or get their foot in the door,” she says. “It’s an opportunity for students to gain paid employment while they’re studying and I think that’s super crucial in this industry.”

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Our expert staff

Course ranked number one for student satisfaction

Dr Mary Rogers, Senior Lecturer for the Department, recently had her online organisational behaviour course rank number one for student satisfaction across all Open Universities Australia providers.

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Amie Shaw

Excellence in teaching

Lecturer Dr Amie Shaw recently received a Griffith Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award recognises truly engaged teachers who are passionate about their discipline or profession, who are at the cutting edge of their field, and who make significant contributions to student learning.

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Ruth McPhail

Teacher of the Year

Professor Ruth McPhail received the 2015 Vice Chancellor’s Teacher of the Year Award. She is an exceptional teacher and committed researcher, with a unique ability to share her enthusiasm and substantial industry experience through real-world examples in class.

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