Qualifications: BA University of East London, MBA Open University, PhD University of Waikato
Telephone: +971 4 2781943
Dr Alison Thirlwall is the Program Leader for the BBA and BCom degree programs (all specialities) and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Prior to joining UOWD in 2012, she taught the MBA and undergraduate degree courses at Emirates Aviation College, Dubai.
Dr Thirlwall obtained her PhD from the University of Waikato in New Zealand (a triple accredited business school), specialising in workplace bullying in New Zealand institutes of technology and polytechnics. She also holds an MBA from the Open University (also triple accredited) and a BA in Business Studies from the University of East London, both based in the UK.
She has worked at managerial levels in the public transport and higher education sectors, and she is a qualified adult educator and trainer. In her previous role she taught management disciplines including organisational behaviour and human resource management, international business, and strategic management. She has extensive international experience, having worked in the UK, New Zealand, Malaysia, Fiji and the UAE.
Dr Thirlwall is a professional member of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), and the International Association of Workplace Bullying & Harassment (IAWBH). She is also an active member of The Human Resources Forum, based in Dubai.
Her research interests revolve around the management of workplace conflict and its implications in a range of international settings. Her recent publications include:
- Thirlwall, A., Bocanet, A., & Baghestani, M. (2016). Managing Employee Behaviour For Sustainable Outcomes In The UAE: An HR Perspective. Presented at 2nd International Conference on Organisation and Management (ICOM2016), Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 20 November, 2016.
- Thirlwall, A. (2016). Process Model Testing: What does new data tell us about the process of workplace bullying? Presented at 10th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, Auckland, New Zealand, April 19-21, 2016.
- Baghestani, M. & Thirlwall, A. (2016). Making a line in the sand: An exploration of perceptions and negative behaviours in a multi-cultural setting. Presented at 10th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, Auckland, New Zealand, April 19-21, 2016.
- Thirlwall, A. (2015). Organisational sequestering of workplace bullying: Adding insult to injury. Journal of Management & Organization, 21(02), 1-14. DOI:10.1017/jmo.2014.72.
- Thirlwall, A. (2014). Targets’ constructions of workplace bullying: An empirically derived model of the workplace bullying process. New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management, 14(1), 40-52. http://www.nzjhrm.co.nz/Site/Articles/2014_Folder/Spring_2014.aspx
- Thirlwall, A. (2014). My Little Desert Island: Using metaphors to identify the emotional impact of workplace bullying. Presented at ANZAM Conference, Sydney, Australia, 3-5 December, 2014.
- Thirlwall, A. (2014). Shame, Sadness and Pain: Using Metaphors to Communicate Emotions Associated with Workplace Bullying. Presented at 9th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, Milan, Italy, June 17-20, 2014