Professor Gill Palmer is the Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT. Professor Palmer became Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Vice-President in August 2010, having been Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice President of RMIT's College of Business from February 2008. She was previously Dean of the Australia's largest university faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University from July 2000. Professor Palmer has been involved in the development of business education for many years, and worked in very different universities, with full time positions from London School of Economics (LSE) The CASS Business School in London to QIT/QUT, UOW and Monash in Australia.
She gained degrees in Social Science and Industrial Administration from Birmingham University, UK and the London School of Economics (LSE). Her PhD from London’s City University researched the British Government’s Commission on Industrial Relations, where she had served as a Senior Industrial Relations Officer. She held management and research officer positions at LSE and at the Commission on Industrial Relations. She taught for many years at The City University’s Business School and at Hendon College of Technology (now part of Middlesex University) and she managed a business consultancy. As President of the City University Staff Association and a member of The City University Council, she helped shape the structure of what is now the highly regarded CASS Business School in London.
Coming to Australia in the mid-1980s, she joined QIT as it moved from being an institute to become the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She held the first research position in Business and was responsible for the introduction of the first Masters and MBA programs. She became the Foundation Director of an Australian Research Council Key Centre in Strategic Management, helping to develop the research culture to back new postgraduate business programs and she served on the QUT Council.
She took positions as Head of Department and then Dean of Commerce at the University of Wollongong, before her move to Monash University. Active in relevant professional associations, she was an Executive member of the British Industrial Relations Association, has been President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management and the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. She chaired the Australian Research Council’s Discipline Review of Management and was the international member of the New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund panel for business. In Melbourne she served on the inaugural Board of the Australia New Zealand School of Government, and is currently on the Board of the Cranlana Program Foundation. As Dean at Monash she was responsible for the faculty gaining EQUIS international accreditation, and now serves on the international EQUIS Committee.
She has published eight books specialising in human resource management and labour relations, and her publications and research interests include work on organisation theory, employment relations, public policy, quality management, organisational culture and diversity and organisational change.
BSocSc (Hons) Birmingham, MSc (Industrial Admin) LSE, PhD City, GAICD
- Palmer, G. (2007). Socio-political theory and ethics in HRM In: Human Resource Management: Ethics and Employment, Oxford University Press, New York USA
- Sarros, J.,WILLIS, R.,Palmer, G. (2005). The nature and purpose of the DBA: A case for clarity and quality control In: Education and Training, 47, 40 - 52
- MCLOUGHLIN, I.,BADHAM, R.,Palmer, G. (2005). Cultures of ambiguity: Design, emergence and ambivalence in the introduction of normative control In: Work, Employment and Society, 19, 67 - 90
- RIMMER, M.,Palmer, G. (2003). Future research in managing human diversity: an overview In: Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 41, 6 - 12
- Palmer, G. (2003). Diverisity management, past, present and future In: Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 41, 13 - 24
- Gardner AO, M.,Palmer, G. (1992). Employment relations : industrial relations and human resource management in Australia, Macmillian, Melbourne, Australia
- Gardner AO, M.,Palmer, G.,Quinlan, M. (1988). The industrial democracy debate In: Australian personnel management: a reader, Macmillan, South Melbourne, Australia
- Gardner AO, M.,Littler, C.,Palmer, G.,Quinlan, M. (1986). Management and industrial democracy : structure and strategies, AGPS, Canberra, Australia