Scholar of Organisational Behaviour, Flâneuse, Ethnographer

I came to JCU in 1998 to continue my business studies, progressing to completion of a PhD in Organisational Behaviour in 2004. During that time, I worked in the hotel industry and developed a strong appreciation of the challenges faced by workers, employers and organisations in service industries. My PhD extended understanding of service predispositions, human relations in the workplace and organisational culture, and developed a fascination for the nature of work, the notion of occupation, and the construct of occupational culture. I am also keenly interested in ontologies, epistemologies, paradigms, and methodological approaches to research. 

While at JCU, I have realised my passion for transforming student lives, the role of experiential learning, the idea of ‘developing professionals’ and bridging of the gap for students as they transition from learner to practitioner. I have undertaken research which examines the nexus between being a student and becoming a Human Resource Management Professional. This research was supported by a WIL@JCU Grant 2011.

My research interest in the 'sustainability of working lives' captures many aspects of work. It includes research on paid work, voluntary work and the notion of occupation. My research enables me to learn about people from all walks of life: people working in service industries to the quality of working life for workers more broadly and to the work that occupies people with disabilities. This work includes research relating to: FIFO workers, tradespeople, youth, volunteers, older workers, and working parents. Through this research, I seek to contribute to making a difference in the everyday and working lives of people and their well-being; to contribute to sustained labour markets; and engage with workforce trends and 'the future of work'.

In recent years, I have had opportunity to: avidly pursue my research interest in hospitality, well-being, mental health, occupational communities, job satisfaction, industrial/railway heritage, and dining experiences; contribute to the literature in these domains; and, have been able to work on collaborative projects, with colleagues in Australia and overseas.

My scholarship looks beyond the world of employment and the centrality of work to economies. Rather, it seeks to challenge assumptions about work. It values people. Through my teaching and my research, I endeavour to empower people through activation of self-awareness and development of understanding of themselves and their worth as they work with others, within organisations, institutions, and society and more broadly, as global citizens.

I have substantial business and management experience, with my portfolio including management of a post office on an RAAF base for nearly five years, where I turned that business from a non-profitable one into a thriving enterprise that was a focal hub for that Defence Force community. In addition, I have over ten years' experience working in the hospitality industry, especially in the Tropical region of Far North Queensland.

  • BX3171: Organisational Behaviour (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • LB5135: Integrated Global Capstone Project (Level 5; ONL)
  • LB5233: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Level 5; TSV)
  • LB5520: Professional Project/Internship (Level 5; CNS)
  • HRM, OB, Social Enterprises, Well-being, Hospitality/Tourism, Networks, Hubs, Volunteers
  • Work, Occupations, Volunteers, Organisational Behaviour, HRM, Hospitality/Tourism, Well-Being, Industrial Heritage, Railways, Gardens, Methodologies, Sustainability, Social Enterprises.
  • Organisational Behaviour, Research Design & Methods, HRM, Work Integrated Learning
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 35+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Josephine Pryce from 2002 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Neami Limited - Contract Research

Evaluation of Early Implementation of the Connect to Wellbeing Service

Indicative Funding
$54,546 over 3 years
The project team will provide: * Independent analysis and interpretation of de-identified data provided by Neami National; * A research report for Neami national's internal use; * A research paper for publication in peer reviewed journal in collaboraltion with Dr Ennals and Neami staff.
Komla Tsey, Josephine Pryce, Leigh-Ann Onnis and Carrie Lui (College of Arts, Society & Education, College of Business, Law & Governance and Cairns Institute)
Mental Health; Wellbeing; Evaluation

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Developing tea and coffee tourism in Indonesia (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Understanding the Integration of Best Practice Enterprise Wide Risk Management with Strategy and Performance: A Queensland Local Government Study (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Western Theory Versus Eastern Practice: Chinese Tourists and Toursim Suppliers (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Compassion Fatigue: Experiences of Human Resource Professionals in the Not for Profit Sector (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The Future Sustainability of Employment in Regional Australia: The Case of Well-being of Workers in Far North Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • An Exploration of the Transformational Experience of Students Undertaking a Postgraduate Business Degree who have not Completed an Undergraduate Business Degree (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Climate-Resilient Economic Development through Community Empowerment and Sustainable City Planning (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Accounting and accountability in NGOs: Exploring the stakeholder experience (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Executive Business Coaching in Closely Held Corporations: An Evidence-based approach using a Systematic Case Conceptualization model to improve the likelihood of Successful Ownership Transition and Exit (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Impacts of Community Based Tourism (CBT) in Villages Surrounding Borobudur Temple on Tourist Spending and Economic Growth in Central Java (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The role of modern built heritage tourism on community wellbeing (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Exploring the application of the principle of Stoic philosophy in the workplace (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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