Qualifications & Memberships
I completed my PhD in Management at the University of Canterbury. My PhD thesis examined employee turnover decision making in a post-crisis context. My core research interests center on employee turnover and retention, both from the perspective of identifying the factors that drive turnover and on understanding the decision processes involved in leaving and staying. Other areas of research interest include ethics in human resource management; employee recruitment and selection; and careers related research. At present I am particularly interested in understanding the processes involved in career transitions from self-employment to organisational employment. I am also coordinating an international study examining the role of the human resource function in promoting ethical behaviour in organisations in South Africa, New Zealand and China.
- Botha E., Robertson J., Wordsworth R., Walker B., Pitt L. and Ferreira C. (2022) Dynamic digital capabilities: How SMEs should evolve their strategic orientations as they grow. In.
- Hegarty T., Wright S., Wordsworth R. and Lord B. (2022) Deferential Tailoring: a grounded theory of how women respond and adapt to social conditions and gender-related challenges in the New Zealand construction industry. Construction Management and Economics http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2022.2137880.
- Robertson J., Botha E., Walker B., Wordsworth R. and Balzarova M. (2022) Fortune favours the digitally mature: The impact of digital maturity on the organisational resilience of SME retailers during COVID-19. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management 50(8/9): 1182-1204. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJRDM-10-2021-0514.
- Woodford SD., Wordsworth R. and Malinen S. (2022) Does My Tattoo Matter? Impact of tattoos in Employee Selection. New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management 22(1): 1-14.
- Hegarty T., Wright S., Lord B. and Wordsworth R. (2021) The glass scaffold: How women in construction respond to industry conditions. Kent, United Kingdom: Gender Work and Organization Conference, 30 Jun-2 Jul 2021.