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Fernando, Mario Professor

Faculty Member

  • Faculty of Business
  • Visiting Fellow - Cornell University
  • Director - Centre for Cross-Cultural Management (CCCM)

Overview


Dr Mario Fernando is Professor of Management in the School of Management, Operations and Marketing, and the Director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Management, University of Wollongong. He is also a Visiting Fellow of Cornell University.

His research interests are centred on exploring how responsible executive action leads to positive individual, organisational and societal outcomes. Currently, Mario is conducting research on responsible leadership, identity work and online privacy in particular, and on leadership, business ethics and human resource management topics in general. He serves on three academic journal editorial boards. Mario is the business ethics mentor at iAccelerate and is an advisory committee member at the Nan Tien Institute.

Mario’s learning and teaching contributions over a sustained period have been recognised at national and institutional levels. He is an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation winner (Australian Office for Learning and Teaching, OLT). He is also an ANZAM Management Educator of the Year winner and a recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning faculty award.

Research Overview


    • Responsible executive action
    • Leadership
    • Business ethics
    • Human resource management

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Regional hospitals are currently experiencing skills shortages in many health occupations while facing decreasing employee engagement, wellbeing and high employee turnover. In a research partnership with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD), the reasons for these are being identified by a team led by Associate Professor Fernando. The partnership started from a pilot project funded by the Faculty of Business and later supported by a Global Challenges grant. The aim of the project was to identify strategies to improve engagement, wellbeing and retention of healthcare professionals. </p>
  • Media reports of corporate scandals such as at Volkswagen highlight the need for acting responsibly when managing others' interests. This research programme examines leading responsibly in organisations. Impacts from this research stem from a book, journal articles, doctoral theses, media exposure and others.

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Artificial intelligence and ethics
    Neuroscience and organisational behaviour
    Identity work


    PhD supervisions: Six completions, four current
    Honours supervisions: Seven completions

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Equity or Equality: An Analysis of University Approaches to Supporting And Achieving Digital Inclusion in He
    Doctor of Philosophy Machiavellian Leadership in Business Organisations: A Relational Perspective Liyanagamage, Nelly
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Stories of identity work: A study of female Sri Lankan immigrants in Australian workplaces Gunasekera, Gayani
    Doctor of Philosophy The influence of moral intensity on ethical decision-making in the hotel industry Hewa Heenipellage, Anushka
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Australian Businesses Creating Long Term Value For All Through The Utilisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals As a Strategic Development Framework Johnson, Jacki

Awards And Honors


Teaching Overview


  • Mario's passion for teaching is inspired by transformative learning (Mezirow, 1990). By challenging students to critically reflect on their assumptions, he aims to generate a conscious commitment in the student to engage in responsible executive action.

    Mario has taught a range of subjects including strategic human resource management, cross-cultural management, operations and services management, organisational behaviour, organisation analysis, corporate governance and responsible leadership; all integrating content from the areas of international business, strategic management and change management. With his corporate experience in managing relationships and operations in multinational settings, Mario adds value to the teaching of these subjects across a range of different learner types.

Full Name


  • Professor Mario Fernando

Mailing Address


  • School of Management, Operations and Management, UOW

    Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


Research Overview


    • Responsible executive action
    • Leadership
    • Business ethics
    • Human resource management

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Regional hospitals are currently experiencing skills shortages in many health occupations while facing decreasing employee engagement, wellbeing and high employee turnover. In a research partnership with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD), the reasons for these are being identified by a team led by Associate Professor Fernando. The partnership started from a pilot project funded by the Faculty of Business and later supported by a Global Challenges grant. The aim of the project was to identify strategies to improve engagement, wellbeing and retention of healthcare professionals. </p>
  • Media reports of corporate scandals such as at Volkswagen highlight the need for acting responsibly when managing others' interests. This research programme examines leading responsibly in organisations. Impacts from this research stem from a book, journal articles, doctoral theses, media exposure and others.

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Artificial intelligence and ethics
    Neuroscience and organisational behaviour
    Identity work


    PhD supervisions: Six completions, four current
    Honours supervisions: Seven completions

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Equity or Equality: An Analysis of University Approaches to Supporting And Achieving Digital Inclusion in He
    Doctor of Philosophy Machiavellian Leadership in Business Organisations: A Relational Perspective Liyanagamage, Nelly
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Stories of identity work: A study of female Sri Lankan immigrants in Australian workplaces Gunasekera, Gayani
    Doctor of Philosophy The influence of moral intensity on ethical decision-making in the hotel industry Hewa Heenipellage, Anushka
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Australian Businesses Creating Long Term Value For All Through The Utilisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals As a Strategic Development Framework Johnson, Jacki

Awards And Honors


Teaching Overview


  • Mario's passion for teaching is inspired by transformative learning (Mezirow, 1990). By challenging students to critically reflect on their assumptions, he aims to generate a conscious commitment in the student to engage in responsible executive action.

    Mario has taught a range of subjects including strategic human resource management, cross-cultural management, operations and services management, organisational behaviour, organisation analysis, corporate governance and responsible leadership; all integrating content from the areas of international business, strategic management and change management. With his corporate experience in managing relationships and operations in multinational settings, Mario adds value to the teaching of these subjects across a range of different learner types.

Full Name


  • Professor Mario Fernando

Mailing Address


  • School of Management, Operations and Management, UOW

    Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


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