Professor Alison Sheridan

Professor in Management - UNE Business School

Alison Sheridan

Phone: +61 2 6773 2367



Professor Alison Sheridan completed her undergraduate degree in agricultural economics at the University of Sydney.  Prior to completing her PhD, she worked as an agricultural economist in Australia and the US.  Since joining UNE, Alison has taken on a number of roles, the most recent being the Head of the UNE Business School.  Her research interests span gender and human resource management, corporate governance and regional development and she has published widely in these areas.


BAg Ec (Hons 1), (Syd), Phd (NE), GAICD, FANZAM, PFHEA

Research Interests

Major Research interests

Gender, governance, regional development and management education.  She has published widely, and led research projects funded by the Australian Research Council and Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

Previous Grants

ARC Linkage, 2004-2007, 'Regional boards: Understanding the impact of gender diversity on board performance'.

RIRDC (2007-2008), ‘Revisiting and extending Missed Opportunities: Making visible women’s contribution to rural and regional communities’.

Department of Education HEPP (2015), ‘The Adaptation of Tertiary Admissions Equity Practices to Growth and Diversity’, La Trobe University and University of New England.



Adapa, S. & Sheridan A. (eds) (2018) Inclusive Leadership – Negotiating Gendered Spaces, Palgrave MacMillan (978-3-319-60665-1)

Journal Articles

Newsome, L. & Sheridan, A. (2018). Taking Stock: Identifying the Growing Agricultural Service Sector in Australia. Australasian Agribusiness Review, 28(1).

Kennedy, T., Rae, M., Sheridan, A. & Valadkhani, A. (2017). Reducing gender wage inequality increases economic prosperity for all: Insights from Australia. Economic Analysis and Policy, 55, 14-24.

Grant, B., Smith-Ruig, T., & Sheridan, A. (2016). Slow change at the top: ‘Old hands’ and ‘accidental executives’ in New South Wales local government. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 75(1), 89-99. doi:10.1111/1467-8500.12160

Adapa, S., Rindfleish, J., & Sheridan, A. (2016). 'Doing Gender’ in a Regional Context:  Explaining women’s absence from senior roles in regional accounting firms in Australia. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 35 (March), 100-110.

Adapa, S., Sheridan, A., & Rindfleish, J. (2015). Career enablers for women in regional and metropolitan accounting SMEs. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 21(2), 178-200.

Sheridan, A., Ross-Smith, A., & Lord, L. (2014). Institutional influences on women's representation on corporate boards : An Australian case study. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, 33(2), 140-159.

Sheridan, A., & O'Sullivan, J. (2013). 'Fact' and 'Fiction': Enlivening Health Care Education. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 27(5), 561-576.

Almeida, S., Fernando, M., & Sheridan, A. (2012). Revealing the screening: Organisational factors influencing the recruitment of immigrant professionals. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(9), 1950-1965.

Sheridan, A., McKenzie, F., & Still, L. (2011). Making visible the 'space of betweeness': Understanding women's limited access to leadership in regional Australia. Gender, Place and Culture, 18(6), 795-811.

Sheridan, A., Haslam McKenzie, F., & Still, L., (2011). Complex and contradictory: the doing of gender on regional development boards. Gender, Work and Organisation, 18(3), 283-297.

Sheridan, A., Pringle, J., & Strachan, G. (2009). Profitable margins. Journal of Management and Organization, 15(5), 544-548.

Sheridan, A., Pringle, J., & Strachan, G. (2009). Doing scholarship differently: Doing scholarship which matters. An interview with Amanda Sinclair. Journal of Management and Organization, 15(5), 549-554.

Rindfleish, J., Sheridan, A., & Kjeldal, S. (2009). Creating an 'agora' for storytelling as a way of challenging the gendered structures of academia. Equal Opportunities International, 28(6), 486-499.

Pini, B., Sheridan, A., & Conway, M. (2009). Gendering regional governance: A Framework for Analyses. Public Policy, 4(1), 12-29.

Beck, W., Dunne, K., Fisher, J., O'Sullivan, J., & Sheridan, A. (2008). Turning up the heat: Collaboration as a response to a chilly research environment. TEXT, 12(2).

Boohene, R., Sheridan, A., & Kotey, B. (2008). Gender, personal values, strategies and small business performance: A Ghanaian case study. Equal Opportunities International, 27(3), 237-257.

Paliadelis, P., Cruikshank, M., & Sheridan, A. (2007). Caring for each other: How nurse managers 'manage' their role. Journal of Nursing Management, 15(8), 830-837.

Smith, T., & Sheridan, A. (2006). Organisational careers versus boundaryless careers: insights from the accounting profession. Journal of Management and Organisation, 12(3), 223-234.

Sheridan, A., Pini, B., & Conway, M. (2006). Modestly staffed and modestly resourced: An exploratory critique of women's entry to rural and regional governance. Rural Society, 16(4), 271-282.

Beck, W., Dunne, K., Fisher, J., O'Sullivan , J., & Sheridan, A. (2006). A Capella and Diva: A collaborative process for individual academic writing. M/C Journal, 9(2)  9 May 2006.

Sheridan, A., and Milgate, G. (2005). Accessing board positions: A comparison of women's and men's views. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 13(6), 847-855.

Kjeldal, S., Rindfleish, J., & Sheridan, A. (2005). Deal making and rule breaking: Beyond the façade of equity in academia. Gender and Education, 17(1), 431-447.

O'Sullivan, J., & Sheridan, A. (2005). The King is Dead, Long Live the King: Tall Tales of New Men and New Management in The Bill. Gender, Work and Organization,12(4), 299-318.

Sheridan, A., & Conway, M. (2005). Women, small business and regional location. Rural Society, 15(1), 55-76.

Kotey, B., & Sheridan, A. (2004). Changing HRM practices with firm growth. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 11(4), 474-485.

Sheridan, A. (2004). Chronic presenteeism: The multiple dimensions to men's absence from part-time work. Gender, Work and Organisation, 11(2), 207-225.

Rindfleish, J., & Sheridan, A. (2003). No Change from Within: Senior Women Managers' Response to Gendered Organizational Structures. Women in Management Review, 18(6), 299-310.

Sheridan, A., & Milgate, G. (2003). She says, he says: Women's and men's views on the composition of boards. Women in Management Review, 18(3), 147-154.

Sheridan, A. (2002). What you know and who you know: 'successful' women's views on accessing board positions. Career Development International, 7(4), 203-210.

Sheridan, A. (2002). Accessing directorships: Comparison of views of Canadian and Australian women directors. Psychological Reports, 90, 150-156.

Book Chapters

Adapa, S., and Sheridan, A. (2018) ‘Small and Medium-sized Accounting Firms in India: Inclusive or Exclusive Leadership?, in Adapa, S., and Sheridan, A. (eds) Inclusive Leadership – Negotiating Gendered Spaces, Palgrave MacMillan

Adapa, S., & Sheridan, A. (2016). The complex hues of entrepreneurial identity amongst women owning accounting firms. In Kumar, P. (Ed.), Indian Women as Entrepreneurs An Exploration of Self Identity (pp. 21-42). Palgrave MacMillan.

Sheridan, A., Ross-Smith, A. & Lord, L. (2015). Women on boards in Australia:  Achieving real change or more of the same? in Broadbridge  A., & Fielden, S. (Eds.), Handbook of Gendered Careers in management: getting in, getting on, getting out, Edward Elgar.

French, E., & Sheridan, A. (2010). Women in management: Limited progress, Uncertain prospects. In Strachan, G., French, E. & Burgess, J. (Eds.), Managing Diversity in Australia: Theory and Practice (pp.153-168). McGraw Hill.

Smith-Ruig, T., & Sheridan, A. (2009). Through My Eyes: Conducting Research as a Vision Impaired Researcher. In Minichiello, V. & Kottler, J. (Eds.), Qualitative Journeys: Student and Mentor Experiences with Research (pp. 115-127). Sage: Thousand Oaks.

Sheridan, A., & Milgate, G. (2003).  Two sides to the story: Women's and men's views on the difficulties women face in accessing directorships. In Natale, S. & Libertella, A. (Eds.), Instructed by Reason, Volume IX (pp. 209-220). University Press of America: Lanham.

Sheridan, A., & O'Sullivan, J. (2003). What you see is what you get: Popular culture, gender and workplace diversity. In Davidson, M. and Fielden, S. (Eds.), Individual Diversity within Organisations (pp. 297-312). John Wiley & Sons: Chichester.

Conference Papers

*Sheridan, A., Ross-Smith, A. & Lord, L. (2012, August). Institutional Influences on Changing Gender Ratios on Corporate Boards:  An Australian Case Study. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Conference, Boston.

Haslam McKenzie, F. & Sheridan, A. (2010, May). Women as Leaders in Agriculture – Still Not Seen, Still Not Heard, Still Not Recognised. Paper presented at the European Academy of Management Conference, Rome.

Sheridan, A. & O'Sullivan, J. (2009, December). Hippocratic oaths and hypocritical practices:  NPM and the public health system. Paper presented at the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Melbourne.

French, E., & Sheridan, A. (2009, January). Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Management:  Can either live up to the promise of achieving gender equity? Paper presented at the Gender and Diversity In Organizations Conference ESCO-EAP European Management School, Paris.,

Hogan, K., MacDonald, I., Sheridan, A. & Field, K. (2008, September). Building innovative partnerships develops future leaders in healthcare. Paper presented at the ACEN-WACE Asia Pacific Conference, Manly.

Boohene, R., Kotey, B., & Sheridan, A. (2006, May). Gender differences in personal values, business strategies and performance of small retail business in Ghana. Paper presented to the International Council of Small Business Conference, Melbourne.

Smith, T., & Sheridan, A. (2005, December). More 'hands on' please: Career development in the accounting profession. Paper presented to the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, University of Canberra.