Rachel Morrison

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: 09 921 9999

Email: rachel.morrison@aut.ac.nz


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Massey University, Albany 2005
  • Master of Philosophy (Hons.) (Psychology), Auckland University, 1994
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology, Auckland University, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Auckland University, Auckland, 1992


Dr Rachel Morrison teaches undergraduate and post graduate Organisational Behaviour / Work Psychology within Faculty of Business Economics and Law at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand. Rachel has an interest in the way the physical work environment impacts employees’ well-being and productivity, with a particular focus on interpersonal relationships in the workplace. She looks at both the positive (friendly / supportive) and negative (distracting / hostile) aspects of co-worker interactions. In addition to contributing to the Organisational Behaviour textbook used by AUT, Rachel has published articles in a variety of academic Management and Psychology journals including Applied Ergonomics, Sex Roles, and the Journal of Management and Organisation, and has edited two research volumes on organisational relationships with international collaborators; Friends and Enemies in Organizations: A work Psychology Perspective and Relationships in Organizations: A work Psychology Perspective.

Teaching Areas:

Dr Rachel Morrison currently teaches Organisational Psychology / Organisational Behaviour within the Business School at AUT.

Research Areas:

  • Interpersonal relationships in the workplace
  • Employee Social Capital & Employee Social Liability (ESL)
  • Workspace design
  • Wellbeing and Meaningful work
  • Workplace stress and resilience
  • Political skill
  • Organisational change
  • Gender and work

Current Research Projects:

  • The impact of shared work environments
  • Successful organisational change
  • Political skill in organisations
  • Social Liability
  • Meaningful work
  • Friendships in organisations


Selected publications only

  1. Morrison, R. L., & Macky, K. (2017). The demands and resources arising from shared workspaces. Applied Ergonomics, 60(April), 103-115. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2016.11.007
  2. Haar, J., & Morrison, R. L. (2017 5-8 December). A process model meaningful work: Examining antecedents and consequences Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  3. Morrison, R. L., & Cooper-Thomas, H. D. (2016). Friendships among coworkers. In M. Hojjat & A. Moyer (Eds.), The psychology of friendship. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. Wood, J. M., Fromholtz, M., Wiesner, R., & Morrison, R. L. (2016). Organisational Behaviour. Core concepts and applications. Fourth Australisian Edition. Milton: John Wiley & Sons Australia.
  5. Morrison, R. L., & Smollan, R. (2016). A change to open plan. The Meredith Connell office move Auckland University of Technology.
  6. Morrison, R. L., & Macky, K. A. (2015). Employee Social Liability – More than just low social capital within the workplace. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 40(3), 67-89.
  7. Morrison, R. L., & Macky, K. (2015, 2-4 September). Employees behaving badly: Social liabilities at work. presented at the meeting of the 18th Annual Irish Academy of Management Conference Galway.
  8. Lewis, K., Harris, C., Morrison, R., & Ho, M. (2015). The entrepreneurship-motherhood nexus: A longitudinal investigation from a boundaryless career perspective. Career Development International, 20(1), 21-37. doi:10.1108/CDI-07-2014-0090
  9. Lewis, K. V., Ho, M., Harris, C., & Morrison, R. (2015). Becoming an entrepreneur: Opportunities and identity transitions. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.
  10. Morrison, R. L., & Cooper-Thomas, H. D. (2015). Friendship among co-workers. In M. Hojjat & A. Moyer (Eds.), The Psychology of Friendship. New York: Oxford University Press.
  11. Morrison, R. L., & Macky, K. (2015, 2-4 July). Distractions, Distrust, Enemies & Selfishness: Social Liabilities at Work. presented at the meeting of the Australian Psychological Society 11th Industrial Organisational Psychology Conference, Melbourne.
  12. Geertshuis, S., Morrison, R. L., & Cooper-Thomas, H. D. (2014). It’s not what you say it’s that way that you say it: The mediating effect of upward influencing communications on the relationship between leader-member exchange and performance ratings. Journal of Business Communication.
  13. Morrison, R. L., Cooper-Thomas, H. D., & Geertshuis, S. (2013). When relationships at work, work (and don’t work!). The European Business Review (Sept/Oct).
  14. Owler, K., & Morrison, R. L. (2012). A Place to be me, A Place to Belong: Defining Fun at work in a New Zealand Call-Centre. The New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management (NZJHRM), 12(1), 22-33.
  15. Owler, K., Morrison, R. L., & Plester, B. (2010). Does Fun Work? The Complexity of Promoting Fun at Work. Journal of Management and Organization, 16(3).
  16. Nolan, T., & Morrison, R. L. (2009). I get by with a little help from my friends… at work. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 14(4), 330-344.
  17. Morrison, R. L. (2009). Are women tending and befriending in the workplace? Gender differences in the relationship between workplace friendships and organisational outcomes. Sex Roles, 60(1), 1-13.
  18. Morrison, R. L. (2008). Negative relationships in the workplace: Associations with Organizational Commitment, Cohesion, Job Satisfaction and Intention to Turnover. Journal of Management and Organization, 14(4), 330–344.