Dr John Whiteoak

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Dr John Whiteoak


Lecturer, Human Resource Management; Manager, Corporate Learning & Development

PhD Griff., BBusMgt Griff.

+61 7 5459 4809
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Dr John Whiteoak


Dr John Whiteoak has a PhD in small group dynamics from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, and has been a university teacher since the mid–1990s.

John has published work in several international management journals including Small Group Research and the Thunderbird International Business Review.

John is also an experienced consultant and trainer who has worked on projects addressing human resource management and organisational change issues.

He has four years of experience working in the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries where he has worked with many well-known organisations.

As a trainer John has delivered the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) fundamentals, learning systems and global learning systems courses to numerous companies and managers in the Arabian Gulf Region.

He has also developed and delivered many management courses in areas which include creativity, decision making and negotiation, management style, motivation, personality, team work and leadership. In addition, John is an accredited Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Bar-On EQi assessor.

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year
The Validation of a Model of Employee Engagement in the Australian Asphalt and Pavement Industry (AAPA) J Whiteoak Industry and USC seed funding (A$63,818)  2014
The Validation of a Model of Employee Engagement in the Australian Asphalt and Paving Industry J Whiteoak Faculty of Arts and Business*, USC (A$5,000) 2014
Identifying the Determinants of Reduced Dragline Operator Performance over Time J Whiteoak, A Hede and G Lumley Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) (A$252,000) 2010

*Faculty of Arts, Business and Law from February 2016

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