Rachel Morrison

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: 09 921 9999

Email: rachel.morrison@aut.ac.nz

Qualifications:

  • 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

Biography:

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

Research outputs:

Books

  • Wood, J., Zeffane, R., Fromholtz, M., Wiesner, R., Morrison, R., Factor, A., & McKeown, T. (2015). Organisational Behaviour. Core Concepts and Applications 4th Ed.. Australia: Wiley.

  • Wood, J. M., Fromholtz, M., Wiesner, R., Morrison, R., & Seet, P. (2013). Organisational Behaviour. Core concepts and applications. Third Australisian Edition. Milton, Queensland: John Wiley & Sons. Retrieved from http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP002338.html

Journal articles

  • Smollan, R., & Morrison, R. (2019). Office design and organizational change. Journal of Organizational Change Management. doi:10.1108/JOCM-03-2018-0076

  • Smollan, R., & Morrison, R. (2019). Supporting others through stressful organizational change. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. doi:10.1177/0021886319832518

  • Smollan, R. K., & Morrison, R. L. (2019). Supporting others through stressful organizational change. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. doi:10.1177/0021886319832518

  • Cooper Thomas, H., & Morrison, R. L. (2018). Give and take: Needed updates to social exchange theory. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: perspectives on science and practice, 11(3). doi:10.1017/iop.2018.101

  • Morrison, R., & Owler, K. (2018). Relishing competence or avoiding the stretch assignment? Gender differences in what makes employees “love” work. New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, 18(1). Retrieved from http://www.nzjhrm.org.nz/Site/Articles/2018_folder/2018_issue1.aspx

  • Morrison, R. L., & Macky, K. A. (2016). The demands and resources arising from shared workspaces. Applied Ergonomics, 60(Apr). doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2016.11.007

  • Lewis, K. V., Ho, M., Harris, C., & Morrison, R. (2016). Becoming an entrepreneur: Opportunities and identity transitions. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 8(2). doi:10.1108/IJGE-02-2015-0006

  • Morrison, R., & Macky, K. (2016). Employee social liability – More than just low social capital within the workplace. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 40(3). Retrieved from http://www.nzjournal.org/latest.htm

  • Owler, K., & Morrison, R. L. (2015). What makes work enjoyable and motivating for learning advisors in Aotearoa-New Zealand?. ATLAANZ Journal, 1(1). Retrieved from http://journal.atlaanz.org/index.php/ATLAANZ/article/view/6

  • Lewis, K. V., Harris, C., Morrison, R., & Ho, M. (2015). The entrepreneurship-motherhood nexus: A longitudinal investigation from a boundaryless career perspective. Career Development International, 20(1). doi:10.1108/CDI-07-2014-0090

  • Geertshuis, S. A., Morrison, R. L., & Cooper-Thomas, H. D. (2015). 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. International Journal of Business Communication, 52(2). doi:10.1177/2329488415572784

  • Morrison, R. L., Cooper-Thomas, H., & Geertshuis, S. (2013). When relationships at work, work (and don’t work!). The European Business Review, (September - October). Retrieved from http://www.europeanbusinessreview.com/

  • 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. New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management, 12(1). Retrieved from http://www.nzjhrm.org.nz/Site/Articles/2012_Folder/2012.aspx

  • Owler, K., Morrison, R., & Plester, B. (2010). Does Fun Work? The complexity of promoting fun at work. Journal of Management and Organization, 16(3).

  • Morrison, R. L. (2009). Are Women Tending and Befriending in the Workplace? Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Workplace Friendships and Organizational Outcomes. Sex Roles, 60(1-2). doi:10.1007/s11199-008-9513-4

  • Nolan, T., & Morrison, R. (2009). I get by with a little help from my friends..at work. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 4(1).

  • Morrison, R. L., & Nolan, T. (2009). I get by with a little help from my friends… at work. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 14(4).

  • Geertshuis, S., Cooper Thomas, H., & Morrison, R. L. (2009). Managing up: How subordinates influence. New Zealand Management, (June 2009).

  • 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).

  • Morrison, R. L., & Nolan, T. (2007). Too much of a good thing? Difficulties with workplace friendships. University of Auckland Business Review, 9(2).

  • Morrison, R. L., & Nolan, T. (2007). Negative relationships in the workplace - A qualitative study. Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, 4(3).

  • Morrison, R. (2005). Testing for the invariance of a causal model of friendships at work: An investigation of job type and needs. Enterprise and Innovation Research Paper Series, 19-2005.

  • Morrison, R. (2004). Gender comparisons in workplace friendships. The Bulletin, 102.

  • Morrison, R. (2004). Informal relationships in the workplace: Associations with job satisfaction, organisational commitment and turnover intentions.. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 33(3). Retrieved from http://www.psychology.org.nz/

Book chapters

  • Morrison, R. L., & Cooper-Thomas, H. D. (2017). Friendship among coworkers. In M. Hojjat, & A. Moyer (Eds.), The psychology of friendship (pp. 123-140). New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190222024.003.0008

  • Morrison, R. (2015). Interpersonal Skills. In A. Wilkinson, & S. Johnstone (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management (pp. 223). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

  • Cooper-Thomas, H. D., & Morrison, R. (2013). Maximizing the good and minimizing the bad: Relationships in organizations. In R. Morrison, & H. D. Cooper Thomas (Eds.), Relationships in organisations: A work psychology perspective (pp. 1-7). London: Palgrave Macmillian. Retrieved from http://www.palgrave.com/PRODUCTS/title.aspx?pid=640341

  • Cooper-Thomas, H. D., & Morrison, R. L. (2013). Maximizing the good and minimizing the bad: Relationships in organizations. In R. L. Morrison, & H. D. Cooper-Thomas (Eds.), Relationships in organizations: A work psychology perspective (pp. 1-7). Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan Limited. doi:10.1057/9781137280640

  • Ho, M., Woods, C., & Shepherd, D. (2013). Relationships in family business: The paradox of family organizations. In R. L. Morrison, & D. Cooper-Thomas (Eds.), Relationships in organizations: A work psychology perspective (pp. 268-298). Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137280633

  • Geertshuis, S., Morrison, R. L., & Cooper-Thomas, H. D. (2013). The influential subordinate: An oxymoron or a daily necessity?. In R. L. Morrison, & D. Cooper-Thomas (Eds.), Relationships in organizations: A work psychology perspective (pp. 74-106). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan Limited. doi:10.1057/9781137280640

  • Bentley, T., Gardner, D., Catley, B., Cooper Thomas, H. D., O'Driscoll, M., & Trenberth, L. (2012). When workplaces go sour – bullying at work.. In R. L. Morrison, & H. D. Cooper Thomas (Eds.), Relationships in organizations: A work psychology perspective (pp. 218-238). London, UK.: Palgrave Macmillin. Retrieved from http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/view/10.1057/9781137280640.0001

  • Morrison, R. L., & Wright, S. (2009). The Organizational Chart's "White Spaces". In R. L. Morrison, & S. Wright (Eds.), Friends and Enemies in Organisations: A Work Psychology Perspective (pp. 256 pages). London: Palgrave McMillian. Retrieved from http://us.macmillan.com/friendsandenemiesinorganizations

  • Morrison, R. L. (2009). The Double Edged Sword: Organisational outcomes of friendships. In R. L. Morrison, & S. Wright (Eds.), Friends and Enemies in Organisations: A Work Psychology Perspective. London: Palgrave McMillan.

Conference contributions

  • Morrison, R., & Haar, J. (2018). The double edged sword of social networking ability towards workplace well-being. In 2018 APS Congress Psychology advancing into a new age Vol. 53 (pp. 10-11). Sydney. doi:10.1111/ap.12372

  • Morrison, R., Cooper Thomas, H., Staniland, N., Seigert, S., & Plester, B. (2018). Student classroom friendships: Impacts and educator responsibilities. In 32nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. Auckland: Australia & New Zealand Academy of Management. Retrieved from https://www.anzam.org/events/types/events-conference/

  • Morrison, R., & Smollan, R. (2018). Open plan office space? If you're going to do it, do it right! A longitudinal case study. In Australian Psychologist Vol. 53 (pp. 8-9). Sydney: Australian Psychological Society. doi:10.1111/ap.12372

  • Smollan, R., & Morrison, R. (2018). Moving places, open spaces: The intersecting influences of office space, organizational change, communication and organizational culture. In British Academy of Management conference (BAM) 2018. Bristol: British Academy of Management. Retrieved from https://www.bam.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=3337

  • Cooper Thomas, H., & Morrison, R. (2018). Friendships in management learning contexts: Hazardous or helpful?. In 6th Annual Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE) Unconference. St Andrews: Research in Management Learning & Education. Retrieved from https://www.rmle.org/past-conferences/

  • Cooper Thomas, H., & Morrison, R. (2018). Student classroom friendships: Their positive and negative impacts, and our responsibilities. In International Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS) Conference. Maynooth, County Kildare: Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. Retrieved from https://mobts.org/imobts-2018-conference/

  • Smollan, R., & Morrison, R. (2017). Stressful organisational change: Giving support to others. In 31st Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. Melbourne. Retrieved from https://www.anzam.org/

  • Morrison, R. L., & Smollan, R. (2017). Open plan offices CAN work: A case study of a “best practice” law firm. In 12th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (AOC). Sydney: Australian Psychological Society (APS). Retrieved from https://www.psychology.org.au/

  • Haar, J., & Morrison, R. (2016). Antecedents and outcomes of meaningful work: A multi-group analysis of age and gender differences. In 2nd Symposium on Meaningful Work. Prospects for the 21st Century (pp. 1-14). Auckland.

  • Morrison, R., & Haar, J. (2016). Social influence, negative affect and employee social liabilities. In 5th Aotearoa New Zealand Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour Conference. Auckland.

  • Morrison, R., & Macky, K. A. (2016). Distractions and workplace angst: Are shared workspaces all they’re cracked up to be?. In Australian Psychological Society 2016 Congress. Melbourne. Retrieved from http://www.2016congress.com.au/

  • Owler, K., & Morrison, R. L. (2016). Enjoy yourself at work and support students too!. In International Consortium of Academic Languages and Learning Developers Inaugural Online Symposium. .

  • Morrison, R. L., & Owler, K. (2015). Women’s enjoyment of work and avoiding the Imposter Phenomenon: Enjoying what we do well or relishing the stretch assignment?. In 4th New Zealand Organisational Behaviour / Organisational Psychology Conference. Auckland.

  • Morrison, R. L., & Macky, K. (2015). Employees behaving badly: Social liabilities at work. In 18th Annual IAM Conference. Galway.

  • Morrison, R., & Macky, K. (2015). Distraction, distrust, enemies, and selfishness: Social liabilities at work. In APS 11th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference. Melbourne.

  • Morrison, R., & Macky, K. (2014). Measuring social liabilities at work. In 3rd New Zealand Industrial/Organisational Psychology Conference. Albany.

  • Morrison, R., & Owler, K. (2014). I hate my job! Factors leading to worker dissatisfaction and implications for management practice.. In The Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM). Sydney.

  • Owler, K., & Morrison, R. (2014). Fun at work in a Learning Adviser environment: An interactive workshop. In ATLAANZ Conference (Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors of Aotearoa New Zealand). Auckland.

  • Morrison, R., & Macky, K. (2014). Employee social liability: When workplace relationships aren’t working. In Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Honolulu.

  • Morrison, R. L., & Macky, K. (2013). Employee social liability. In Imagine the future world: How do we want to work tomorrow? (pp. 106). Münster: European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP).

  • Ho, M., Morrison, R.., & Le Fevre, M.. (2013). Relationships in small-medium enterprises (SMEs): Problems, issues and resolutions. In Understanding Small Enterprises (USE) Conference 2013. Nelson. Retrieved from https://useconference.com/

  • Harris, C., Morrison, R. L., Lewis, K., & Ho, M. W. Y. (2012). Recreating boundaries in boundaryless careers: The career transitions of mompreneurs. In Academy of Management 2012 Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. Retrieved from file:///C:/Users/em10765/AppData/Local/Temp/AOM_2012_Annual_Meeting_Program.pdf

  • Harris, C., Ho, M., Morrison, R., & Myers, B. (2012). My Mum works: Why we need to move children in from the 'edge' of careers research. In Equality Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2012. Toulouse.

  • Morrison, R. L., Harris, C., Lewis, K., & Ho, M. (2011). Mumpreneurs: Desperate Housewives or Wonder Women?. In Local Organizing / Organizing on Location. APROS 2011. Proceedings (pp. 4-12). Auckland: Massey University.

  • Geertshuis, S., Cooper-Thomas, H., & Morrison, R. (2011). It's not what you say it's the way that you say it. In 15th conference of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology. Maastricht. Retrieved from http://www.eawop2011.org/

  • Geerthuis, S., Cooper-Thomas, H., & Morrison, R. (2011). How high and low performing employees seek to influence. In Peoples, Places, Paradigms: Growing and Changing; Hāpori, Wāhi, Anga Tauira: Rere ā Tipunga. Queenstown. Retrieved from http://www.psychology.org.nz/conf2011

  • Ho, M., Lewis, K., Harris, C., & Morrison, R. (2010). Not just a mom: Identification, self-verification and identity enactment in the entrepreneurial opportunity process. In International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management World Congress: Justice and Sustainability in the Global Economy. Paris.

  • Morrison, R. L., Harris, C., Ho, M., & Lewis, K. (2010). Mumpreneurship: A "forced choice"?. In The International Congress of Applied Psychology. Melbourne.

  • Ho, M., Lewis, K., Harris, C., & Morrison, R. L. (2010). Not just a mom: Identification, self-verification and identity enactment in the entrepreneurial opportunity process. In The International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management World Congress: Justice and Sustainability in the Global Economy. Paris.

  • Geertshuis, S., Cooper Thomas, H., & Morrison, R. L. (2010). Influencing tactics at work: Managers and subordinates perspectives. In International Congress of Applied Psychology. Melbourne.

  • Morrison, R. L., Harris, C., & Ho, M. (2009). Mumpreneurship: Not "just a Mum": Mothers in the transition and adjustment process from employee to entrepreneur. In The European Association for Work and Organisational Psychology (EAWOP. Santiago de Compostela.

  • Geertshuis, S., Morrison, R. L., & Cooper Thomas, H. (2009). Managing upwards: The influencing tactics used by subordinates. In European Association for Work and Organisational Psychology (EAWOP. Santiago de Compostela.

  • Geertshuis, S., Cooper Thomas, H., & Morrison, R. L. (2009). Subordinates' influencing tactics. In The New Zealand Psychological Society: Conflict...Process...Resolution: Papa... Mahi... Ratanga. Palmerston North.

  • Morrison, R. L., Harris, C., & Ho, M. (2008). Not Just a Mum: The Mumpreneurial Identity and the Melding of Career and Family. In Gender and Diversity Pre-conference workshop. Auckland.

  • Morrison, R. L. (2008). The double edged sword: Organisational outcomes of workplace friendship. In Alienation to suffocation: relationships in the workplace". Symposium within the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM. Auckland.

  • Harris, C., Morrison, R. L., Ho, M., & Lewis, K. (2008). Mumpreneurs: Mothers in the business of babies. In Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM. Auckland.

  • Morrison, R. L., & Nolan, T. (2007). "Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache...": Difficulties with workplace friendships. In 7th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference [Proceedings]. Adelaide.

  • Carr, S., O'Driscoll, M., Morrison, R. L., Cooper Thomas, H., Wright, S., & Gardner, D. (2007). Leadership - the "Kiwi Business Success" project. In New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Hamilton.

  • Carr, S., O'Driscoll, M., Morrison, R. L., Cooper Thomas, H., & Wright, S. (2007). How to conduct networked research: The Australasian entrepreneur. In 7th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference. Adelaide.

  • Morrison, R. L. (2006). Men like their workplace friends...but women need theirs: Gender differences in the relationship between workplace friendships and organisational outcomes. In Joint conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society - Psychology: Bridging the Tasman. Auckland.

  • Morrison, R. L. (2006). He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere: Negative workplace relationships and organisational outcomes. In Joint conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society - Psychology: Bridging the Tasman. Auckland.

  • Morrison, R. L. (2006). Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. Negative relationships in the workplace: Associations with organisational commitment, cohesion, job satisfaction and intention to turnover. In ACREW Conference - Socially responsive, socially responsibile approaches to employment and work. Prato.

  • Morrison, R. L. (2006). All friends are not created equal. An evaluation of the workplace friendship scale: is there ecological validity in measuring the 'prevalence of friends' at work?. In Socially Responsible Approaches to Employment and Work. Prato.

  • Morrison, R. (2005). Friendships at Work, Job Type and Needs: The Impact on Organisational Outcomes. In Australian Psychological Society. Psychology of Relationships Interest Group. 5th Annual Conference (pp. 107-114). : The Australian Psychological Society.

  • Morrison., R., & Bowles, T. (2005). Friendships at work, job type and needs: The impact on organisational outcomes. In Australian Psychological Society. Psychology of Relationships Interest Group. 5th Annual Conference (pp. 107-114). : The Australian Psychological Society.

  • Morrison, R. (2003). Developing and testing a casual model of friendships at work.. In NZPSS (NZ Psychological Society) Conference. Palmerston North.

  • Morrison, R. (2001). The effects of close friendships in the workplace. A case study of a New Zealand organisation. In ANZAM 2001: Closing the Divide Conference. Auckland.

Edited books/volumes

  • Morrison, R., & Cooper Thomas, H. (2013). Relationships in Organizations: A Work Psychology Perspective. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillian. Retrieved from http://www.palgrave.com/PRODUCTS/title.aspx?pid=640341

  • Morrison, R. L., & Wright, S. (2009). Friends and Enemies in Organisations: A Work Psychology Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan.

Reports

  • Morrison, R., & Smollan, R. (2016). A change to open plan: The Meredith Connell office move: A change to open plan: The Meredith Connell office move.

Theses

  • Morrison, R. (2005). Informal Relationships in the Workplace: Associations with Job Satisfaction, Organisational Commitment and Turnover Intentions. (Massey University, Auckland).

  • Morrison, R. (2005). Informal relationships in the workplace: Associations with job satisfaction, organisational commitment and turnover intentions. (Massey University, Auckland).

Working paper/discussions

  • Morrison, R. L., & Macky. (2014). Employee Social Liability – More than just low social capital within the workplace.

  • Morrison, R. L. (2007). Gender differences in the relationship between workplace friendships and organisational outcomes. [On-line]. Retrieved from http://www.aut.ac.nz/resources/schools/busi

  • Morrison, R. L. (2007). Enemies at work. [On-line]. Retrieved from http://www.aut.ac.nz/resources/schools/busi

  • Morrison, R. (2005). Testing for the invariance of a causal model of friendships at work: An investigation of job type and needs.