Sharon is a respected thinker, organisational psychologist and consultant with over twenty-five years of experience helping organisations improve their work designs, leadership, culture and productivity. She helps organisations create value by promoting staff wellbeing and performance, work motivation, team performance and proactive behaviour. Sharon is a highly regarded leadership teacher, speaker, and advisor who has undertaken consulting work in a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including those in sectors such as mining and energy, government, transport, and health to manage and evaluate change and to build cultures of innovation and creativity.

Influential work

  • Designed and delivered numerous consulting and applied-research activities – including competency framework development, safety audits, employer of choice assessments, work and wellbeing surveys, 360 assessments, teamwork assessments – for private, public, and not-for-profit organisations.
  • Guided the development of the Good Work Design principles for Safe Work Australia.
  • Designed and delivered an award-winning MBA leadership development program (‘Launch’, now called Leading Self and Leading Others).
  • Co-generated more than $40 million research funding
  • Published more than 100 internationally refereed articles in top-tier journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and the Annual Review of Psychology on these topics.
  • Led the ARC’s Organisations and Mature Workforce research stream as Chief Investigator in its Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.


  • Organisational change
  • Leadership development
  • Job and work design
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Workplace culture and capability
  • Employee proactivity and innovation


Sharon is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, a Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Curtin University and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield. She founded and is the Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design, part of the Future of Work Institute at Curtin University, where she leads a program of independent and innovative research to understand the role of work design in generating healthy and productive work. Sharon holds a PhD in industrial and organisational psychology from the University of Sheffield, is a recipient of the ARC’s Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award, and the 2016 Academy of Management OB Division Mentoring Award. Sharon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the US Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology. She is an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Annals and a past Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology.