PhD, MBA, BA (Hons)
Professional Affiliations– Australian Family Business Network (AFBN)
– Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)
– Australian Institute of Management (AIM)
– Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
(former member of the Executive (two terms, and former book review editor for JANZAM)
– International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM)
former member of the Executive and of the IFSAM 6th International Congress Executive)
– Fulbrighters Association
(former Queensland Branch President 1996-2002, now an ordinary member)
– Zonta Club of Brisbane
(Board member for four years until 2002; ordinary member for 18 years)
Professor Mary Barrett's research interests focus broadly on the learning organisation, in two senses of the term: learning OF and learning BY organisations. Under learning 'of' organisations, Mary researches career development and leadership issues, especially family business management and leadership, women in family business, women in management (including academic managers), and women entrepreneurs. Under learning 'by' organisations, Mary researches how members of organisations learn through their organisational communication processes, so perpetuating the organisation's culture(s), identity(ies), and values. The two areas of organisational learning are regularly linked, eg via her work on communication and gender issues at work.
Mary Barrett gained a PhD in French and literary theory in the mid 80s and taught in that field at the University of Queensland for some years. She gained an MBA in 1993 and worked in human resource management and policy development in University administration and government for several years before becoming a management academic in 1992. Her professional experience includes Australia and the United States where she held a Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California Office of the President. Mary has taught in general and strategic management and human resource management at five Australian universities. She researches and publishes in the areas of women in management (including women entrepreneurs), workplace communication, family business, leadership and management theory.