Dr Ben Walker

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Lecturer School of Management

Courses

Teaching in 2019

Introduction

Ben Walker (Ngāti Raukawa/Pākeha) is a Lecturer in the School of Management at Victoria University of Wellington. He completed his PhD at The University of New South Wales as an Australian Postgraduate Award scholar, and his research interests lie within the multidisciplinary field of organisational behaviour - the study of the "people side" of work and organisational life. As such, much of his research has been underpinned by a broad and enduring curiosity about how people psychologically experience and respond to their work, the people they work with, and the organisations they work within.

His doctoral research was an exploratory study of the causes and consequences of "performance-based identities", where individuals come to feel they are defined by how well they perform at work. In pursuing his research interests, Ben has studied individuals working in a range of occupations, including management consultants, professional rugby players, academics, and research students. His research has also been covered by leading New Zealand media outlets such as ONE News, The New Zealand Herald, and The Dominion Post.

In addition to his passion for research, Ben is also passionate about providing students with memorable and engaging classroom experiences, which encourage them to think critically and analytically about management and organisational life. His passion for education has led him to teach undergraduate and postgraduate management courses at some of Australasia's top business schools, including UNSW Business School and the University of Sydney Business School.

Qualifications

PhD (Organisation & Management); The University of New South Wales

BCA (Management & Accounting), BCA HONS (Management), MCA (Management); Victoria University of Wellington

Research interests

  • The formation and outcomes of individual identities in organisational contexts
  • Experts and expertise
  • Talent management and “star performers”
  • The development of entrepreneurship (incl. accelerators and incubators)

Areas of potential supervision

Projects with a focus on:

  • Identities and self-perception
  • Motivation
  • Feedback
  • Diversity management
  • Māori organisations
  • Challenging "taken-for-granted" assumptions about work and management

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Walker, B.W., & Caprar, D.V. (2019). When performance gets personal: Towards a theory of performance-based identity. Human Relations. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726719851835

Walker, B.W., & Bridgman, T. (2013). Organisational identity and alcohol use among young employees: A case study of a professional services firm. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24(6), 597-604. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2013.07.005

Walker, B., & Bridgman, T. (2013). Organisational identity and alcohol use among young employees: A case study of a professional services firm. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24(6), 597-604.

Book Chapters

Cummings, S., Petty, M., & Walker, B. (2014). Innovation is not the only thing. In S. Cummings and C. Bilton (Eds.), The Handbook of Management and Creativity, Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Theses

Walker, B. (2018). An exploratory study of performance-based identity (PhD thesis, The University of New South Wales).

Walker, B. (2012). Organisational identity and alcohol use in knowledge-intensive workplaces (Master’s thesis, Victoria University of Wellington).

Conference Papers

Walker, B.W. (2019, August). The social/personal identity dichotomy revisited: A critical conceptual review. Paper to be presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Boston, MA: USA.

Cummings, S., Fischer-Smith, R., Gurevitch, L., Pirini, J., & Walker, B.W. (2018, December). A thousand awesome horses versus a unicorn - Alternative ways of assessing the impact of entrepreneurship programmes. Paper presented at the 10th Indonesia International Conference on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Small Business. Wellington, New Zealand.

Caprar, D.V., Kim, S., & Walker, B.W (2018, June). Countercultural management: An underexplored reality of global work. Paper presented at the 2018 European Academy of Management Conference. Reykjavik, Iceland.

Walker, B.W., & Caprar, D.V. (2017, December). Managing the impact of negative performance information on the self-concept: Process insights from professional rugby. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management. Melbourne, Australia.

Caprar, D.V., Kim, S., & Walker, B.W (2017, July) Countercultural management: An underexplored reality of global work. Paper presented at the Academy of International Business Conference. Dubai, UAE.

Walker, B.W. (2016, August). Constructing, maintaining, and letting go of a performance-based identity in professional rugby. Paper presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Anaheim, CA: USA.

Walker, B.W., & Caprar, D.V. (2015, August). When performance gets personal: Towards a theory of performance-based identity and identification. Paper presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Vancouver, BC: Canada.

Walker, B. (2011, December). ‘Beyond the water cooler’ in knowledge-intensive workplaces: Power, politics, and the work-alcohol relationship. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.

Walker, B. (2011, October). ‘Beyond the water cooler’ in knowledge-intensive workplaces: Power, politics, and the work-alcohol relationship. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Waikato Management School Student Research Conference. Hamilton, New Zealand

Courses

Teaching in 2019