Associate Professor Jane Bryson

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Associate Professor School of Management

Faculty role

A/Prof Jane Bryson also has a Faculty role as Associate Dean – Research.


Jane joined the academic staff at VUW in 1999, prior to this she has worked as a Human Resources Manager in the public sector, and as a management consultant for twelve years in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain.

Jane's research currently focuses on three themes:

  • the investigation of HRM, organisational and individual capability
  • employment relations and organisational change
  • professionals and managers

Jane has supervised PhD students with topics in the areas of Employee Engagement, Mentoring in the workplace, Socialisation of newcomers to organisations, Recognition of scientific entrepreneurs, Human Capability and Industry Training, and theses in areas of human resource management issues, health service management, and Organisational Psychology issues.


  • BSc (Otago) in Psychology
  • MSc(Hons) (Canterbury) in Industrial/Organisational Psychology
  • PhD (Well) "A comparison of medical ethics and managerial ethics in the health sector."

Research interests

Publications and presentations


Bryson, J & Ryan, R (2012) Human Resource Management in the Workplace, Pearson Education, Auckland.

Bryson, J (Ed.) (2010) Beyond Skill: Institutions, Organisations and Human Capability, Palgrave Macmillan, UK.


Plimmer, G, Donnelly, N, Wilson, J, Bryson, J, Ryan, B, and Blumenfeld, S, (2017) ‘The legacy of New Public Management (NPM) on workers, management capabilities, and organisations’, New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations

Bryson, J ‘Putting skill in its place’, Journal of Education & Work, 28, 5 (2015), pp.551-570.

Bryson, J., Wilson, J., Plimmer, G., Blumenfeld, S., Donnelly, N., Ku, B and B Ryan. (2014). ‘Women workers: caring, sharing, enjoying their work – or just another gender stereotype?’ Labour & Industry, 24, 4 (2014), pp. 258-271.

Bryson, J & O'Neil, P (2009) "A workplace view of drivers and barriers to developing human capability", New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 34 (1): 62-76

Bryson, J & O'Neil, P (2009) Editorial for Special Issue on Human Capability, New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 34(1): 1-6

Baehler, K & Bryson, J (2009) "Behind the Beehive buzz: sources of occupational stress for New Zealand policy officials", Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Science, 4 (2009), pp 5-23.

Bryson, J. 'Dominant emergent and residual Culture: The dynamics of organisational change', Journal of Organizational Change Management, 21,6 (2008), pp 743 -757.

Baehler, K. & Bryson, J., 'Stress, Minister: Government policy advisors and work stress," International Journal of Public Sector Management, 21,3 (2008), pp 257-270.

Bryson, J. & Merritt, K., 'Work and the development of human capability', Formation Emploi: revue francaise de sciences socials, 98 (2007), pp 41- 53.

Anderson, G. & Bryson, J., 'Developing the Statutory obligation of good faith in employment law: what might human resource management contribute?', VUW Law Review, (2006), 37 (4), pp 487 - 504.

Bryson, J., Pajo, K., Ward, R., & Mallon, M., 'Learning at Work: Organisational Affordances and individual engagement', Journal of Workplace Learning, 18, 5 (2006), pp. 279-297.

Bryson, J. E and Hosken, C.M. , 'What does it mean to be a culturally competent I/O psychologist in New Zealand?', New Zealand Journal of Psychology,special issue, People at Work: Organisational psychology - theory, practice and research, 34, 2 (2005), pp. 68-75.

Bryson, J.E., 'Managing HRM Risk in a Merger', Employee Relations, 25, 1 (2003), pp. 14-30.

Bryson, J.E., 'Business Restructuring Practices in New Zealand's Top Organisations', New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, 27, 3 (2002), pp. 299-306.

Walsh, P., Bryson, J. and Lonti, Z., 'Jack be nimble, Jill be quick: HR capability and organisational agility in the New Zealand public and private sectors', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 40, 2 (2002), pp. 179-194.

Bryson, Jane, 'How Should Our Hospitals Respond to Increasing Ethical Challenges', New Zealand Medical Journal, 112 (1999), pp. 47-49.


Bryson, J. (forthcoming 2017). Administering workplace relationships: from IR to HR, Chapter in Anderson, G., Rasmussen, E. (eds) Transforming workplace relations: essays to mark 40 years of the NZJIR/NZJER, Wellington: VUP.

Bryson, J. (2017) ‘Disciplinary perspectives on skill’. Chapter 1 (pp. 17 - 35) in Buchanan, J., Finegold, D., Mayhew, K & Warhurst, C. (eds) Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Keep, E., Bryson, J. & James, S. (2013). Recruitment & selection. Chapter 7 (pp. 125-149) in Bach, S (Ed) Managing Human Resources, 5th edition. Wiley/ Blackwell: Oxford

Keep, E., Bryson, J & James, S. (2012) Recruitment and Selection, In Bach, S & Edwards, M. Managing Human Resources, 5th edition, Wiley, UK

Bryson, J (2010) Beyond Skill, Chapter 1 in Bryson, J 'Beyond Skill: Institutions, Organisations and Human Capability', Palgrave Macmillan, UK

Bryson, J & O'Neil, P (2010) Exploring Social Arrangements for Developing Human Capability, Chapter 2 in Bryson, J 'Beyond Skill: Institutions, Organisations and Human Capability', Palgrave Macmillan, UK

Bryson, J & O'Neil, P (2010) A Framework for Developing Human Capability at Work, Chapter 10 in Bryson, J 'Beyond Skill: Institutions, Organisations and Human Capability', Palgrave Macmillan, UK

Bryson, J. 'Human resource development or developing human capability?' Chapter 10 in Bolton, S. and Houlihan, M. (eds), Contemporary Human Relations in the Workplace: Searching for the Human Resource Management, (Palgrave MacMillan: UK, 2007).

Retna, K. & Bryson, J., 'Asian organisations meet North American management theory: the case of Singapore and Senge' in Pauleen, D. (ed), Cross-cultural perspectives on Knowledge Management, (Greenwood press: USA, 2007).

Bryson, J. and Anderson, G., 'Reconstructing state employment in New Zealand' in Pittard, M & Weeks, P (eds), Public sector employment in the twenty first century, (Australian National University Press, Canberra, 2007).

Bryson, J., 'Human Resource Management in New Zealand' in Nankervis, A., Chatterjee, S., and Coffey, J. (eds), Perspectives of Human Resource Management in Asia Pacific, (Melbourne, Pearson Education, 2006).

Bryson, J.E., 'Managerialism and professionalism in the New Zealand health sector: the ethical divide', in L. Briskman and M. Muetzelfeldt (eds), Moving Beyond Managerialism in Human Services, (Melbourne: Informit, 2003).

Bryson, J.E., 'Merging Two Organisations', in G. Elkin (ed), Human Resource Management in Action, Vol. 2, (Palmerston North: Dunmore Press), pp. 35-49.

Bryson, Jane E., 'Westpac and TrustBank', in G. Elkin (ed), Human Resource Management in Action, Vol. 2, (Palmerston North, Dunmore Press, 2001), pp. 35-50.

Minor reports

Bryson, J.E., Career satisfaction, recognition and progression in the Ministry of Research, Science & Technology; (MoRST, July 2002).

Published conference papers

Bryson, J., Renton, M, Daellenbach, U, Davenport, S, Leitch, S and Motion ,J (2008) “Mapping the Productivity Terrain”, 13th conference on Labour, Employment and Work, 11-12 December, Wellington.

O’Neil, P, Bryson, J, Lomax, H (2008) “Power and developing indigenous human capability in a developed western nation: the case of New Zealand Maori”, 8th International Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association, New Delhi, India.

Bryson, J & O'Neil, P "Developing Human Capability! The potential contribution of workplaces to a Civil Society", Proceedings of 22nd AIRAANZ Conference, (Melbourne, 6-9 February 2008).

Bryson, J., 'Human capability at work: property right or human right?', Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of the Human Development & Capability Association, (Groningen, Netherlands, 29 August - 1 September 2006).

Merritt, K. and Bryson, J., 'Cultural identity - the missing piece?', Conference on Researching Work and Learning, (Sydney, December 2005).

Bryson. J and Merritt, K., 'The Role of Work in Developing Human Capability', in the proceedings of the 5th International Conference on the Capability Approach, (UNESCO, Paris, France, September 2005).

Mallon, M., Bryson, J., Pajo, K. and Ward, R., 'Learning at work, organisational opportunities and individual engagement: A case study of a New Zealand wine company', International Human Resource Management Conference, (Cairns, June 2005).

Bryson, J. and May, R., 'Good life in the Bleak House', in Barry, M. and Brosnan, P. (eds), Proceedings of the 18th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference (Noosa, Airaanz, 2004), pp. 89-98.

Bryson, J., Mallon, M. and Merritt, K., 'Opportunities and tensions in New Zealand organisations: the individual and the organisation in development', in Blumenfeld, S. and Lafferty, G. (eds), Proceedings of the 11th Conference on Labour, Employment and Work in New Zealand (Wellington, VUW, 2004), pp. 275-280.

Anderson, G. and Bryson, J., 'Can human resource best practice contribute to a judicial definition of "unjustifiable" in employment law? The example of redundancy terminations in New Zealand', Proceedings of the 18th Annual AIRAANZ Conference (Melbourne, AIRAANZ, 2003) pp.

Bryson, Jane, 'Human Resource Management Challenges in a Bank Merger: Observations from a Case Study', Association of Industrial Relatons Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, (Australia, Newcastle University, February, 2000). Also reprinted with permission in Banking Restructuring , ICFAI Press.

Monographs, working and occasional papers

Bryson, J, O’Neil, P ‘Overview of findings on developing human capability: discussion paper’, Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington, 2008, 49pp.

O’Neil, P, Bryson, J, Lomax, H ‘Maori research strand’, Discussion paper for the developing human capability project, Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington, 2008, 29pp

O’Neil, P, Bryson, J, Cutforth, T & Minogue, G, ‘Mental Health Services in Northland’, Discussion paper for the developing human capability project, Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington, 2008, 49pp

Cummings, J., Bryson, J. & Inder, L.,  “Medical engagement in leadership: New Zealand”, in Ham, C. (Ed) Enhancing engagement in medical leadership: a rapid survey of international experience, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, University of Birmingham, & NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, UK, January 2008, 130-175pp.

Bryson, J. Cummings, J. & Inder, L., “Medical engagement in leadership: Australia”, in Ham, C (ed) Enhancing engagement in medical leadership: a rapid survey of international experience, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, University of Birmingham, & NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, UK, January 2008, 3-130pp.

Blackwood, L., Feinberg- Danieli, G., Lafferty, G., O'Neil, P., Bryson, J., Kiely, P. “Employment Agreements: Bargaining Trends & Employment Law update 2006/2007”, Industrial Relations Centre, VUW, 170pp.

Inder, L. & Bryson, J., 'The Ageing Workplace: retaining, utilising and challenging workers. A literature review', paper for Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry and the DHC project, March 2007, (Wellington, VUW), 70pp.

Blackwood, L., Bryson, J., and Merritt, K., 'Case report on the furniture manufacturing industry in NZ: discussion paper', DHC Project, February 2006 (Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington), 16 pp.

Retna, K. and Bryson, J., 'Culture's consequences: Implementing Western ideas in an Asian Organisation, (Wellington, Victoria Management School, Victoria University of Wellington, 2005), Working paper series Vol 1, No. 3, 17 pp.

Bryson, Jane, The Formation of WestpacTrust: A Case Study of Key Drivers and Influences (Wellington, Graduate School of Business and Government Management, Victoria University of Wellington, 2000), monograph Series, 1/00, 31pp.

Bryson, J., Burns, J., Hanson, M., Lambie, H. and Ryan, R., 'Performance Pay Systems and Equity: An analysis in five New Zealand organisations', Gender Earnings Gap Research Series, (Ministry of Women's Affairs, Wellington: March 1999), 47pp.