Professor Alison Sheridan

Professor in Management - UNE Business School

Alison Sheridan

Phone: +61 2 6773 2367



Professor Alison Sheridan is currently a Professor of Management at the UNE Business School, University of New England.  She completed her undergraduate degree in agricultural economics at the University of Sydney.  Prior to completing her PhD in management, she worked as an agricultural economist in Australia and the US.  She has held a number of leadership roles within the University, as well as on regional and national boards.  Her research interests span gender and human resource management, corporate governance and regional development and she has published widely in these areas.  Her recent co-edited book with Dr Sujana Adapa, Inclusive Leadership; Negotiating Gendered Spaces, reflects her continued interest in enabling more inclusive workplaces.  She is currently Chair-elect for the Gender and Diversity in Organizations (GDO) Division of the US Academy of Management, she is a Life Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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

Adapa, S. & Sheridan, A. (2019). A case of multiple oppressions: women's career opportunities in Malaysian SME accounting firms, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, DOI: 10.1080/09584192.1583269.

Sheridan, A., O'Sullivan, J., Fisher, J., Dunne, K. & Beck, W. (2019). Responding to institutional climate change in higher education: the evolution of a writing group to group peer mentoring. Gender and Education, DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2019.1594705.

Sheridan, A., O’Sullivan, J., Fisher, J., Dunne, K. and Beck, W. (2019) ‘Escaping from the city means more than a cheap house and a ten minute commute’, M/C Journal, 22(3),

Sheridan, A., O’Sullivan, J., Fisher, J., Dunne, K. and Beck, W. (in press) ‘Responding to institutional climate change in higher education: The value of group peer mentoring’ Gender and Education,

Adapa, S. and Sheridan, A. (in press) ‘A case of multiple oppressions: Women’s career opportunities in Malaysian SME accounting firms’, International Journal of Human Resource Management,

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. and Adapa, S. (2019) ‘Doing Gender’ in SME Accounting Firms: A Transnational Perspective, Academy of Management Conference, Boston, August.

Adapa, S., Azeem, M., Sheridan, A. (2019) Gender, innovation and performance small and medium-sized firms in developing countries: Empirical evidence from the food and beverage industry, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference, Melbourne, February.

Newsome, L., Sheridan, A., Smith-Ruig, T. (2019) Producers of food and creators of social value: Women and alternative agriculture, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference,Melbourne, February.

Sheridan, A. and Newsome, L. (2018) Gender matters:  unleashing the potential of professional agribusiness services,

Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
, Auckland, December.

Sheridan, A., Lord, L. and Ross-Smith, A. (2017) Changing Boundaries: Women, Boards and Gender Capital in Australia, Academy of Management Conference, Atlanta, August.

Field, J., Smith-Ruig, T. and Sheridan, A. (2016) Crafting boundaries: Knowledge workers managing flexible work arrangements, Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Brisbane, December.

Adapa, S., Sheridan, A., and Rindfleish, J. (2015), Identities of Male and Female Owner-managers in Malaysian Accounting Firms, Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Queenstown, December.

Lord, L., Ross-Smith, A., Sheridan, A., Adapa, S., Handley, K., Hopkins, M.M., Liu, H., O’Neil, D.A., Pullen, A & Simpson, R. (2015) Research experiences of female academics, Australasian Caucus of the Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (ASCOS), Sydney, November.

Adapa, S., Sheridan, A., and Rindfleish, J. (2014), Career Progression of Women: Regional versus Metropolitan Australian Accounting Firms, Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, University of Technology Sydney , December.

Lord, L., Ross-Smith A., Marinelli, M., and Sheridan, A. (2014) ‘Stakeholder perceptions of the “right” pathway for women to corporate board membership’, Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, August.

Adapa, S., Rindfleish, J. and Sheridan, A. (2013) ‘Doing Gender’ in a regional context:  Explaining women’s absence from senior roles in regional accounting firms in Australia’, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Athens, July.