Professor Alison Sheridan

Head of School - 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

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.


Journal Articles

Grant, B., Smith-Ruig, T., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and Strachan, G. (2009). Profitable margins. Journal of Management and Organization, 15(5), 544-548.

Sheridan, A., Pringle, J., and 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., and 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., and 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., and Sheridan, A. (2008). Turning up the heat: Collaboration as a response to a chilly research environment. TEXT, 12(2).

Boohene, R., Sheridan, A., and 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., and Sheridan, A. (2007). Caring for each other: How nurse managers 'manage' their role. Journal of Nursing Management, 15(8), 830-837.

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

Kotey, B., and 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., and 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., and 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. (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. and Lord, L. (2015) ‘Women on boards in Australia:  Achieving real change or more of the same?’, in Broadbridge  A., and Fielden, S. (eds) Handbook of Gendered Careers in management : getting in, getting on, getting out, Edward Elgar.

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

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

Sheridan, A., and 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. and Libertella, A. (eds) Instructed by Reason, Volume IX, (pp. 209-220). University Press of America: Lanham.

Sheridan, A., and 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. Academy of Management Conference. Boston.

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

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

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

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

Boohene, R., Kotey, B., and 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., and 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.