Donella Caspersz

Dr, BAppSc(SW) Curtin, GradDipCareerEd E.Cowan, MIR PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M261), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 72 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

Personal profile


Donella Caspersz (Phd, University of Western Australia) is a Lecturer in Management and Organisations at the University of Western Australia. Donella researches and teaches in areas related to the disciplines of both management and employment relations. Donella is a member of the editorial boards for the Journals Family Business Review and Journal of Small Business Management.

Roles and responsibilities

Member, UWA Ethics Committee
Convenor, Annual Family Business Lecture, UWA
Co-convenor, Annual WA Migration Update
External Relations Director, International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA)
Western Region Coordinator, Enactus Australia

Future research

Positivity and Family Business Leadership
Belongingness in Temporary Labour Migrants
Listening in Service Learning

Funding overview

UWA Educational Priorities, "Listening and the Transformative Capacity of Service-Learning" (2014, CI Caspersz) $5 000

UWA Teaching Fellowship, “Service-Learning in the UWA Business School” (2011, CIs Caspersz & Olaru) $ 20.053

Australian Learning & Teaching Council “Business Education in the 21st Century : Examining the antecedents and consequences of student team virtuality”. (2008, CIs Kavanagh, M., Caspersz, D (Deputy Project leader)., Sargeant, L, Australian Learning & Teaching Council, $ 145 000

School of Economics and Commerce Research Grant Scheme “Employer Choices in Workplace Coverage”, (2003, CIs, Todd & Caspersz). $ 6000

School of Economics and Commerce Research Grant Scheme “ Evaluating The Role Of ‘Good Faith Bargaining’ On Bargaining Processes And Outcomes: The West Australian Case.” (2004, CIs Gillan & Caspersz) , $ 5, 000

UWA Inclusive Curriculum Grant, “Integrating Cultural Diversity into Managing Student Teams” (2002, CIs Caspersz, Skene & Wu). Funds $ 13 000

UWA Research Grants Scheme, 'Human Resource Practices in Family Business: A Western Australian Study', (2002, CIs Caspersz & Wu) $11,273.00.

CATL Grant for Flexible Teaching and Learning “The Antecedents of Student Readiness to Work in Teams” (2001. CIs Caspersz, Skene & Wu) $9 156.60

Previous positions

Donella has worked in the non government and government sector prior to joining UWA.

Current projects

Socioemotional wealth in family business: an international comparison (CIs Caspersz, Lopez Vegara, Sullivan)

Satisfaction amongst non family employees (CIs Mustafa, Ramos, Caspersz)

Maintaining positivity in family business leaders (CIs Caspersz, Broons & Thomas)

Governance in Family Business (CIs Caspersz, Thomas, Graves)

Listening and Service Learning Experience (CIs Caspersz & Smith)

Resiliency and Bus Operators (CIs Caspersz & Thomas)

PhD Projects

Casado, "From Opportunity to Insecurity. The Psychological Contract of Highly Skilled Immigrants in WA"

Leung, "Exploring Worker Consciousness in China"

Martain, ""The Future of Aged Care and the Organization of Care Work"

Hathaway, "The Role of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) & the International Transport Federation (ITF) in evolving a New Labour Internationalism (NLI)."

Teaching overview

MGMT2341 International Management
EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations
SVLG 1001 Fundamentals of Service-Learning


Family Business
Temporary Labour Migration
Good Faith (Bargaining)


  • Changes in employment relations (Australia and international)
  • Family business sustainability
  • Managing teams effectively

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Projects 2003 2018

Research Output 1995 2018

The encouragement of bargaining in good faith – A behavioural approach

Fells, R., Caspersz, D. & Leighton, C. 1 Apr 2018 In : Journal of Industrial Relations. 60, 2, p. 266-281

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fair Work Act
Work place

Family Business Owner Managers Perceptions of Change

Caspersz, D., Goldschmidt, P. & Leighton, C. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

1 Citations

The value of service-learning: the student perspective

Caspersz, D. & Olaru, D. 2016 In : STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION. Online, p. 1-16

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations

Developing Positivity in Family Business Leaders

Caspersz, D. & Thomas, J. 2015 In : Family Business Review. 28, 1, p. 60-75

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle