Dr Suzette Dyer

Suzette Dyer

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management
Graduate Convenor for Human Resource Management

Qualifications: BMS(Hons), MMS(Dist) in Strategic Management, Leadership and Human Resource Management, PhD

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About Suzette

As a scholar in the fields of organisational behaviour and human resource management, I research in the specialised areas of gender and diversity management, globalisation and the sustainability of small communities, management pedagogy, and career management.

As a qualitative researcher, the main focus of my work examines women’s paid and unpaid employment experiences. My work in this area includes examining women’s career and leadership experiences, the complexity of negotiating unpaid work within dual-earner families, young women’s perceptions of gendered employment processes and outcomes and of feminism, and sexual harassment. I also research migrant experiences of living and working in New Zealand.

My work on globalisation and small communities demonstrates how union activism enhances community sustainability; analyses the impact of neo-liberalism on small communities; and details how globalisation changes community identity.

My ongoing interest in management pedagogy keeps me actively involved in research projects investigating student learning experiences within the management classroom.  This interest has resulted in theoretical contributions to learning models and the publication of the textbook Understanding Management Critically. My expertise in career management has informed the design of a new project examining the effect of careers education and guidance on the career planning of university students.

My research informs my teaching in the specialised areas of gender and diversity management and career management and development. I welcome inquiries from Masters Students and PhD candidates who are interested in applying qualitative methodologies to their research on the gendering of employment and careers.

If you would like to talk with me about my research or other projects, connect with me via email.

Committee Membership

Convenor Division of Management Ethics Committee

Co-Convenor Visual-video Research Interest Group, Waikato University

Media Coverage

Research links

Postal Address

Dr Suzette Dyer
MSB 4.37, SOMM

Waikato Management School

The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Second Supervisor of PhD candidate Hana Saad. ‘Job satisfaction among Saudi Arabia women teachers in the private education sector’. Commenced June 2019, due June, 2022.

Second Supervisor of PhD candidate Welamedde Gedara Vishaka Gunasekara (Vishaka) . ‘Sri Lankan women’s role on Boards of Directors. Commenced November 2018, due November, 2021.

Chief Supervisor of PhD candidate Thao Tran.Glass ceiling towards Vietnam and New Zealand academic workforce – a comparative study. Commenced 2017, due 2021

Chief Supervisor of PhD candidate Roxanne Holdsworth. ‘Agency or Complacency? Women’s Equality—Stalled or Achieved? An Intersectional Analysis of New Zealand Women’s Experiences of (In)Equality and Perceptions of Feminism’. Commenced 2016, due 2021.

Second Supervisor of PhD candidate Fiona Hurd. ‘Think Global, Act Local? Managing a Sustainable Localised Workforce in a time of Global Change” University of Waikato. Commenced 2009, Completed 2014.

Second Supervisor of PhD candidate Andrina Thomas University of Waikato. “Good Governance and the Active Participation of Women in the Decision-making Process in Constitutional Power, Corporate Governance and Entrepreneurial Activities in Vanuatu”. Waikato University, Commenced 2009, Completed, 2012.

Recent Publications

  • Dyer, S., & Teahenia, D. (2021). Moving the conversations outside of the western framing of 'rural/urban' : Experiences of matrilineal Solomon Islands women working in the formal urban sector. In Gender, Work & Organization: 11th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference (pp. 155-157). Virtual.

  • Tran, T., Dyer, S., Sinha, P., & Hurd, F. (2021). An analysis of women's career in Vietnamese academia from multiple lenses. In Gender, Work & Organization : 11th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference (pp. 713). Virtual.

  • Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2021). 'Training the next generation of HR practitioners': Reflecting on HRM student experiences of sexual harassment training. Hospitality and Society, 11(1), 27-46. doi:10.1386/hosp_00027_1

  • Hurd, F., & Dyer, S. (2021). The palimpsest of welfarism: Enduring layers of paternalism in a New Zealand industry town. Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, 120(1), 145-168. doi:10.3828/jlh.2021.8

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Education Research; Gender; Human Resource Management; Learning and Education; Management; Management and Education; Pedagogy

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.4.37
Phone: +64 7 837 9295