Catherine Collins

Associate Professor

Research interests

Catherine researches how to develop and sustain team effectiveness. She examines how these changes are created from individuals’ proactivity, team processes, work design, organisational structures and systems. Her recent work focuses on how organisational ambidexterity – balancing the tension of coordination across business units for efficiency alongside front line flexibility for innovation and engagement – is needed for teams to thrive. Other research interests include seeking to understand why managers do (or don’t!) use research findings (i.e., evidence-based management) as well as employee well-being. Her applied research in organisations has attracted more than $1M of research funding and is published in top tier journals.

 

Research grants

  • 2013-2016: ARC Linkage, ‘Achieving flexibility through coordination: Reframing the practice of ambidexterity to benefit business and employees during organisational change, $410,000. Chief investigators: Catherine Collins & Cristina Gibson.
  • 2012-2014: ARC Linkage, ‘Leveraging organisational context to maximise team performance and thriving: A dynamic approach to understand team learning across diverse settings’, $594,027. Chief investigators: Catherine Collins & Cristina Gibson.
  • 2010: Contract with Inenco, ‘Project Ideal: Building proactive sales teams through work redesign and coaching’, $36,000. Chief investigator: Catherine Collins.
  • 2008-2009: Contract with MoD Navy, ‘Assessing the importance of team effectiveness to fighting spirit and assessing the impact of alternative manning concepts on team effectiveness’, £29,375. Chief investigators: Mark Griffin., Catherine Collins, & Carol Tighe.

 

Teaching & Supervision

  • MGMT1001 Managing Organisations and People
  • MGMT5983 Advanced Research Methods
  • PhD supervision: Emily Chew (employee thriving); Christian Criado-Perez Chanin (evidenced based management), Mandy Fong (self-efficacy).

 

Professional activities

  • Member of Academy of Management
  • Member of Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (SIOP)
  • Member of Society of Organisational Behaviour Australia
  • SIOP sub-committee for William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award
  • Editorial Board for Academy of Management Review
  • Guest Associate Editor, Australian Journal of Management, Special Issue ‘Looking back and looking ahead: Applying organisational behaviour to explain the changing face for work.’
  • Reviewing for Australian Research Council
  • Ad hoc reviewer: Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations, and Australian Journal of Management.
  • UNSW Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel
  • UNSW School of Management Advisory Board
  • Various UNSW selection and promotion committees

 

Media (recent)

     

    publications

    Journal articles
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    Criado-Perez C; Collins CG; Jackson C, 2020, 'Enablers of evidence-based management: Clues from the absorptive capacity literature', Australian Journal of Management, vol. 45, pp. 468 - 487, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0312896220919784
    2020
    Criado-Perez C; Collins CG; Jackson CJ; Oldfield P; Pollard B; Sanders K, 2020, 'Beyond an ‘informed opinion’: evidence-based practice in the built environment', Architectural Engineering and Design Management, vol. 16, pp. 23 - 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2019.1617670
    2020
    Collins C; Earl J; Parker S; Wood R, 2020, 'Looking back and looking ahead: Applying organisational behaviour to explain the changing face of work', Australian Journal of Management, vol. 45, pp. 369 - 375, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0312896220934857
    2020
    Quigley NR; Collins CG; Gibson CB; Parker SK, 2018, 'Team Performance Archetypes: Toward a New Conceptualization of Team Performance Over Time', Group and Organization Management, vol. 43, pp. 787 - 824, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1059601118794344
    2018
    Nguyen H; Johnson A; Collins CG; Parker S, 2017, 'Confidence Matters: Self-Efficacy Moderates the Credit that Supervisors Give to Adaptive and Proactive Role Behaviours', British Journal of Management, vol. 28, pp. 315 - 330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12149
    2017
    Collins CG; Gibson CB; Quigley N; Parker SK, 2016, 'Unpacking Team Dynamics with Growth Modeling: An Approach to Test, Refine and Integrate Theory', Organizational Psychology Review, vol. 6, pp. 63 - 91, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2041386614561249
    2016
    Muratore AM; Earl JK; Collins CG, 2014, 'Understanding Heterogeneity in Adaptation to Retirement: A Growth Mixture Modelling Approach', International Journal of Aging and Human Development, vol. 79, pp. 131 - 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/AG.79.2.c
    2014
    Parker SK; Johnson A; Collins C; Nguyen H, 2013, 'Making the most of structural support: Moderating influence of employees' clarity and negative affect', Academy of Management Journal, vol. 56, pp. 867 - 892, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amj.2010.0927
    2013
    Parker SK; Collins CG, 2010, 'Taking Stock: Integrating and Differentiating Multiple Proactice Behaviors', Journal of Management, vol. 36, pp. 633 - 662, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0149206308321554
    2010
    Grant AM; Parker SK; Collins CG, 2009, 'Getting credit for proactive behavior: Supervisor reactions depend on what you value and how you feel', Personnel Psychology, vol. 62, pp. 31 - 55, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-6570.2008.01128.x
    2009
    Yu N; Collins CG; Cavanagh M; White K; Fairbrother G, 2008, 'Positive coaching with frontline managers: Enhancing their effectiveness and understanding why', International Coaching Psychology Review, vol. 3, pp. 110 - 122
    2008
    Collins CG, 2008, 'Positive coaching with frontline managers: Enhancing their effectiveness and understanding why.', International Coaching Psychology Review, vol. 3, pp. 30 - 42
    2008
    Conference Abstracts
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    Fong MM; Collins CG; Bainbridge HTJ, 2018, 'A longitudinal study of the impact of work-to-family strain on parenting self-efficacy.', in A longitudinal study of the impact of work-to-family strain on parenting self-efficacy., Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, USA., presented at Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, USA., 10 August 2018 - 14 August 2018
    2018
    Reports
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    Criado-Perez C; Pollard B; Oldfield PF; Collins C; Jackson C; Sanders K, 2018, Building Better Decisions: Why Good Evidence is Used (and Ignored) in the Built Environment Sector, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living Ltd, Sydney, http://www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/sites/all/files/publications_file_attachments/building_better_decisions_final_230318.pdf
    2018
    Conference Papers
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    Fong MM; Collins C; Bainbridge H, 2018, 'A longitudinal study of the impact of work-to-family strain on parenting self-efficacy', Chicago, USA, presented at Academy of Management, Chicago, USA, 01 August 2018
    2018
    Barbour J; Collins C; Trougakos JP, 2018, 'Helping or Harming? Organizational Ambidexterity as a Buffer between Demands and Employee Well-Being', in Atinc G (ed.), Academy of Management Proceedings 2018, Academy of Management, Chicago, presented at Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, 10 August 2018 - 14 August 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.15357symposium
    2018
    Collins CG; Barbour JP; Gibson CB, 2018, 'How Team Leaders Facilitate Ambidexterity at the Frontline: Creating Adaptability through Organizational Alignment', in How Team Leaders Facilitate Ambidexterity at the Frontline: Creating Adaptability through Organizational Alignment, 12th INGRoup Conference, Saint Louis, Missouri,USA, presented at 12th INGRoup Conference, Saint Louis, Missouri,USA, 20 July 2018 - 22 July 2017
    2018
    Collins CG; Budiawan A; Johnson A; Nguyen H; Parker S; Gibson CB, 2017, 'Supporting proactive performance: Unpacking the interactive effect of provided and wanted support with conservation of resources theory', in Supporting proactive performance: Unpacking the interactive effect of provided and wanted support with conservation of resources theory, Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia, presented at Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia, 13 July 2017 - 15 July 2017
    2017
    Barbour JP; Collins CG; Gibson CB, 2017, 'The Impact of External Environmental Demands on Employee Well-being', in The Impact of External Environmental Demands on Employee Well-being, Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia, presented at Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia, 13 July 2017 - 15 July 2017
    2017
    Collins CG; Gibson CG; van der Kamp M, 2016, 'Reconciling Paradoxical Tensions: A Theoretical Model for Achieving Flexibility Through Coordination', in Reconciling Paradoxical Tensions: A Theoretical Model for Achieving Flexibility Through Coordination, Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, USA, presented at Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, USA, 05 August 2016 - 09 August 2016
    2016
    Nguyen H; Johnson A; Parker SK; Cangiano F; Collins CG, 2015, 'Experimental Study of Social Support and Negative Affect on Performance and Resources', in Experimental Study of Social Support and Negative Affect on Performance and Resources, Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Australia, presented at Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Australia, 02 July 2015 - 04 July 2015
    2015
    Chew E; Collins CG; Gibson CB, 2014, 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go?’ Context Moderates Whether Thriving Employees Turnover', in Should I Stay Or Should I Go?’ Context Moderates Whether Thriving Employees Turnover, Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, USA, presented at Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, USA, 01 August 2014 - 05 August 2014
    2014
    Collins CG; Gibson CB; Byington E, 2014, 'Is Your Team Leader Training not Impacting Team Effectiveness? Organizational Alignment as a Constraining Factor', in Is Your Team Leader Training not Impacting Team Effectiveness? Organizational Alignment as a Constraining Factor, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Honolulu, USA, presented at Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Honolulu, USA, 15 May 2014 - 17 May 2014
    2014
    Collins CG; Gibson CB, 2014, 'Turning Teams Around: Creating Inflection Points in Team Performance with a Team Work Redesign Intervention', in Shapiro DL (ed.), Turning Teams Around: Creating Inflection Points in Team Performance with a Team Work Redesign Intervention, Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, presented at Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, 01 August 2014 - 05 August 2014
    2014
    Chew E; Collins CG; Gibson CB, 2013, 'When do thriving employees choose to turnover or stay with an organisation? The importance of work design', in When do thriving employees choose to turnover or stay with an organisation? The importance of work design, Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Perth, presented at Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Perth, 03 July 2013 - 06 July 2013
    2013
    Collins CG; Parker S, 2011, 'Boosting team process efficacy with coaching and multisource feedback: A growth modelling perspective', in Boosting team process efficacy with coaching and multisource feedback: A growth modelling perspective, Time and Change in Teams, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, presented at Time and Change in Teams, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, 24 February 2011 - 26 February 2011, http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/hsw/psychologie/professuren/sozpsy/sgm.php
    2011
    Collins CG; Gibson C, 2011, 'Simulating Positive Turning Points in Team Performance: A Latent Growth Model Approach', in Simulating Positive Turning Points in Team Performance: A Latent Growth Model Approach, 6th Annual INGRoup Conference, Minneapolis, USA, presented at 6th Annual INGRoup Conference, Minneapolis, USA, 21 July 2011 - 23 July 2011
    2011
    Collins CG; Walker B, 2011, 'Extreme personalities in teams: How long does it take for a ‘bad apple’ to spoil the barrel?', in Extreme personalities in teams: How long does it take for a ‘bad apple’ to spoil the barrel?, Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, USA, presented at Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, USA, 12 August 2011 - 16 August 2011
    2011
    Walker B; Collins CG, 2011, 'The unconscientiousness ‘bad apple’: The effect of the conscientiousness facets on team emergent states and team effectiveness', in The unconscientiousness ‘bad apple’: The effect of the conscientiousness facets on team emergent states and team effectiveness, Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Brisbane, presented at Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Brisbane, 23 June 2011 - 26 June 2011
    2011
    Griffin MA; Collins CG; Horton K, 2011, 'Analysing emergent constructs', in Analysing emergent constructs, Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Brisbane, presented at Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Brisbane, 23 June 2011 - 26 June 2011
    2011
    Collins CG; Gibson C; Quigley N; Parker SK, 2010, 'Team effectiveness trajectories: Entrained archetypes of team change and catalysts for critical leverage points', in Team effectiveness trajectories: Entrained archetypes of team change and catalysts for critical leverage points, Annual INGRoup Conference, Virginia, USA, presented at Annual INGRoup Conference, Virginia, USA, 22 July 2010 - 24 July 2010
    2010
    Chow Y; Collins CG, 2010, 'Unpacking multisource feedback systems as a development tool: Outcomes are more positive for conscientiousness feedback recipients', in Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Tour Hosts Pty Ltd, Australia, presented at Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 07 December 2010 - 10 December 2010
    2010
    Collins CG; Jambrak J; Chow Y, 2010, 'Training Undergraduates to Work in Organisational Teams: Differentiating the Impact of Various Educational Initiatives', in Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Tour Hosts Pty Ltd, Australia, presented at Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 07 December 2010 - 10 December 2010
    2010
    Madigan R; Collins CG, 2010, 'Cohesion and team effectiveness: Can a leader really make a difference?', in Cohesion and team effectiveness: Can a leader really make a difference?, bi-annual Institute of Work Psychology Conference ‘Work, Well-being and Performance’, Sheffield, UK, presented at bi-annual Institute of Work Psychology Conference ‘Work, Well-being and Performance’, Sheffield, UK, 29 June 2010 - 01 July 2010
    2010
    Yu N; Collins CG; White K, 2010, 'Evidence-based, positive coaching increases clinical leaders’ proactivity and core behaviours: An outcome study', in Evidence-based, positive coaching increases clinical leaders’ proactivity and core behaviours: An outcome study, Australian Evidence Based Coaching Conference, Sydney, Australia, presented at Australian Evidence Based Coaching Conference, Sydney, Australia, 11 June 2010 - 12 June 2010
    2010
    Collins CG; Parker SK, 2003, 'Designing project teams to enhance their collective efficacy', in Reddy P; Langan-Fox J; Code S (eds.), 5th Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, 5th Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Melbourne, pp. 33 - 33, presented at 5th Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Melbourne, 26 June 2003 - 29 June 2003
    2003
    Collins CG; Caputi P, 2001, 'Self-efficacy and performance: The difference between behaviours and outcomes with Novel software', in Noble W (ed.), 4th Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, 4th Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Sydney, pp. 53 - 54, presented at 4th Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Sydney, 21 June 2001 - 24 June 2001
    2001
    Conference Presentations
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    Collins CG, 2009, 'How conscientiousness influences team processes and team effectiveness over time', presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA, 07 August 2009 - 11 August 2009
    2009
    Bindl U; Parker SK; Growth M; Collins CG; Johnson AM, 2009, 'Disentangling the Motivational Drivers of Nurses’ Voice and Proactive Care', presented at 8th Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Sydney, 25 June 2009 - 28 June 2009
    2009
    Collins CG; Parker SK; Mccarthy S; Johnson AM, 2009, 'Leading Emergency Department Junior Doctors to be Proactive: Balancing Inspiration & Error Management With Work Design', presented at 8th Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Sydney, 25 June 2009 - 28 June 2009
    2009
    Parker SK; Collins CG, 2009, 'Life Values, Goal Orientations, & Proactive Behaviour in the Workplace', presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA, 07 August 2009 - 11 August 2009
    2009
    Parker SK; Calvard T; Collins CG, 2009, 'A dynamic perspective on perspective taking and its role in mitigating conflict within teams', presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA, 07 August 2009 - 11 August 2009
    2009
    Parker SK; Collins CG; Grant AM, 2008, 'The role of positive affect in making things happen', presented at Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference 2008, San Francisco, USA, 10 April 2008 - 12 April 2008
    2008
    Collins CG; Parker SK; Gibson C; Quigley N, 2008, 'The shape, speed and direction of team development: Promoting positive change trajectories', presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA USA, 08 August 2008 - 13 August 2008
    2008
    Collins CG; Horton K; Horton K, 2008, 'Enhancing team proacitivty: The role of external leadership, team efficacy, and interdependence', presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA USA, 08 August 2008 - 13 August 2008
    2008
    Collins CG, 2008, 'Best Practice for team interventions: A focused exploration of teams with fluid and less clearly defined membership', presented at Institute of Work Psychology Conference, Sheffield, UK
    2008
    Parker SK; Bindl U; Collins CG; Growth M; Johnson AM, 2008, 'Why don’t people speak out? Investigating active and passive silence', presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA USA, 08 August 2008 - 13 August 2008
    2008
    Collins CG, 2008, 'Teamwork performance and well-being: Seeking to understand and mitigate unresolved contradictory findings and negative outcomes in teams', presented at Institute of Work Psychology Conference, Sheffield, UK
    2008
    Parker SK; Collins CG; Johnson AM; Hong H, 2007, 'The effect of a work design intervention on junior doctors: A collaborative approach to patient care', presented at 21st ANZAM 2007 Conference: Managing our intellectual and social capital, Sydney, 04 December 2007 - 07 December 2007
    2007
    Parker S; Collins CG, 2007, 'Proving oneself or developing oneself? How goal orientations relate to proactive behaviour at work', Vol. 57, pp. 142 - 142, presented at Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 08 October 2007 - 12 October 2007, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000234555701161&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    2007
    Parker SK; Collins CG; Johnson AM, 2006, 'Enhancing proactive patient care: An intervention study', presented at Academy of Management Conference, Atlanta, GA, USA, 11 August 2006 - 16 August 2006
    2006
    Collins CG; Parker SK, 2006, 'Enhancing team efficacy: A longitudinal evaluation of a mentoring and data feedback intervention', presented at Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference 2006, Dallas, USA
    2006
    Collins CG; Parker SK, 2006, 'How is proactivity fostered over the team lifespan? An investigation of motivation and behavioural antecedents', presented at Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference 2006, Dallas, USA
    2006
    Collins CG; Mathieu JE, 2006, 'Recent developments in efficacy research: Interventions and temporal relationships', presented at Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference 2006, Dallas, USA
    2006
    Collins CG; Mason C, 2005, 'Exploring the differential effects of group processes on aggregate and consensus measures', presented at Academy of Management Conference, Honolulu, HI, USA, 05 August 2005 - 10 August 2005
    2005
    Collins CG; Mason C, 2005, 'Measuring group constructs: Alternative methods to provide novel insights into group-level effects', presented at Academy of Management 2005 Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    2005
    Parker SK; Collins CG, 2005, 'Beyond task and citizenship performance: The importance of proactive behavior at work', Vol. 57, pp. 141 - 142, presented at 6th Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Gold Coast, Qld, 30 June 2005 - 03 July 2005, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000234555701160&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    2005
    Parker SK; Collins CG, 2004, 'Understanding different types of proactivity: An analysis of active, self-starting behaviors', presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, New Orleans USA, 06 August 2004 - 11 August 2004
    2004
    Parker SK; Collins CG, 2004, 'Proactivity: Enhancing understanding of self-starting and dynamic action within organizations.', presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, New Orleans USA, 06 August 2004 - 11 August 2004
    2004
    Collins CG; Parker SK, 2003, 'Do the big five personality factors influence the collective outcome and process efficacy of self-managed project teams? A longitudinal study', presented at 63rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Seattle, Washington, USA, 01 August 2003 - 06 August 2003
    2003
    Collins CG; Parker SK, 2002, 'Collective efficacy and team performance: The moderating role of task interdependence and personality', presented at Academy of Management Meetings, Denver, CO, USA, 09 August 2002 - 14 August 2002
    2002
    Collins CG; Parker SK, 2002, 'Collective efficacy: New directions for predicting team effectiveness', presented at Academy of Management Meetings, Denver, CO, USA, 09 August 2002 - 14 August 2002
    2002
    Collins CG; Parker SK, 2001, 'Creating effective teams through closer attention to cognitive and motivational outcomes', presented at 4th Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Sydney, 21 June 2001 - 24 June 2001
    2001
    Collins CG; Caputi P, 1999, 'Broadening our horizons with qualitative methodologies: Investigating antecedents of end-user satisfaction and performance', presented at OzCHI, Wagga Wagga, Australia
    1999
    Collins CG; Caputi P; Rawstorne P; Jayasuriya R, 1999, 'Correlates of end-user performance and satisfaction with the implementation of a statistical software package', presented at Conference on Information Systems, Wellington, New Zealand
    1999
    Theses / Dissertations
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    Collins CG, 2005, How and why does group efficacy develop across the group lifespan? A latent growth curve modelling approach
    2005
    Collins CG, 1999, Correlates of end-user performance and satisfaction with the implementation of a statistical software package, University of Wollongong
    1999