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CPOW comprises approximately fifty active research members from across the College of Business at RMIT University.

CPOW includes experts in sociology, management, human resource management, leadership, international business, policy development, industrial relations, corporate social responsibility, gender studies, business and labour history, economics, information systems, knowledge management and organisational learning. CPOW’s Research Services and Capabilities include:

Theoretical innovation

CPOW offers a point of distinctiveness through theoretically informed applied analyses undertaken in a wide range of settings— from individuals, families and households to places and communities; from regional areas to global perspectives. Example analyses undertaken by the Centre include:
  • Emerging political economy approach to skills analyses
  • Examination of regulatory strategies for work and employment
  • Gendered analyses of the nature of work and organisations
  • Historical analyses of industry superannuation
  • Comparative studies of international leadership styles and management approaches
  • Management practice that build resilience, flexibility and agility into management processes
  • Examinations of information and knowledge management practices within and across organisations
  • The transformative power of information technologies in sustainability
  • Gender, diversity and equity in relation to socio-economic change
  • Contributions to and engagement in international debates about the future of unions and their renewal.

Methodological innovation

CPOW is successful in developing innovative work in relation to the theoretical underpinnings of research methodologies including:
  • Action research
  • Case studies
  • Demographic analysis
  • Social policy analysis
  • Scenario analysis
  • Survey research

Distinctive research outputs

CPOW’s research services produce a variety of research outputs that lead to positive outcomes and impact. Examples include:
  • Academic publications
  • Combined academic and industry-based workshops, panel discussions, seminars and conferences
  • Media articles and presentations
  • Provision of expert advice to government inquiries
  • Reports for policy makers, employers, and civil society organisations