WAL Research

The Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning (GCWAL) undertakes collaborative research with institutions of higher learning, organisations, and expert individuals in the areas related to Work-Applied Learning (WAL); and Work-Based Learning (WBL) Action Research and Action Learning; Case Study and Reflective Practice related to business and management areas.

GCWAL has specific research goals which are to:

  • Undertake independent research that works with organisations and communities to build continuing positive change and increased managerial effectiveness using Work-Applied Learning (WAL);
  • Contribute to knowledge and improved practice of WAL including WBL and disseminating this pioneering knowledge globally;
  • Bring together practitioners, scholars and organisations committed to WAL and related areas both in Australia and around the world;
  • Engage in WAL research projects including publications, conferences and seminars among other research activities; and
  • Support WAL Consultancy in change management innovation, continuous improvement and WAL Professional Development programs, also leading to research projects.

The goals of WAL Research have been achieved so far through the following channels:

Thought Leaders /Methods Process

GCWAL has a long celebrated history that spans nearly two decades through its thought leaders conducting research in methods and processes that support WAL and WBL as shown below:

Emeritus Professor Selva Abraham

Work-Based Learning
Work-Applied Learning
Action Research and Action Learning

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Emeritus Profession Jonathan Garnett

Reflective Practice
Work-Based Learning

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Emeritus Professor Chad Perry

Case Research

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Dr Juhani Tuovinen

Higher Education
Cognitive Load Theory

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Dr Barry Ritchie

Quality and Continuous Improvement

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Journal of Work-Applied Management

The Journal was first launched in 2008 as the Gibaran Journal of Applied Management. Six volumes were published between 2008-2014. Effective from 2015, the Journal was renamed as the Journal of Work Applied Management and is published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

The Journal of Work Applied Management provides an authoritative source of applied management research findings for both academics and practitioners. It is intended as an up-to-date record of research in the workplace. The journal is distinguished by its sharp focus on work-applied management research.

The Journal of Work-Applied Management is different; it is both a scholarly and refereed journal that provides an authoritative, yet accessible source of management information for scholars, practitioners, academics, and professionals covering all levels of management right up to CEO.

The Journal of Work-Applied Management publishes academic articles that emphasise how theories are applied in practical business management situations, and/or use data from those situations to build theory, alongside case studies of real life practice and innovation, opinion pieces, editorials and commentaries. It covers most areas of business and management but is especially interested in innovation in practice where emergent theory is created and new ideas are developed and applied. Work-based and work-applied learning are interrogated and promoted within this journal as are theories of change management, action research and action learning.

  • Gibaran Journal of Applied Management, Volumes 1-6
  • Journal of Work-Applied Management, Volumes 7-9

Journal of Work-Applied Management

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WAL Conferences

The WAL for Change conference has become an annual research event organised by the Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning (GCWAL). The conference involves presentations and group discussions, providing participants with the opportunity to reflect on their own practices, research and organisational projects/programmes with the concepts and practices introduced.

The first conference was organised in 2013 and it has been an annual research event at GCWAL from then to date. Over the years the supporters of this conference have included the Australia Institute of Business (AIB), Middlesex University (UK), Chester University (UK), Leeds Trinity University (UK), the Action Learning Action Research Association and Otago Polytechnic (NZ).

The conference topics from 2013 to 2017 have included lifelong learning; organisational project management; health management projects; accreditation of intellectual capital and university programmes. In the context of Work Applied-Learning and Work Based-Learning. This conference has brought together leading practitioners and scholars to share and consider these issues. Conference brochures for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and relevant conference summaries are available below.

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016 Congress
  • 2017

Registration Information

WAL for Change 2017 conference

Participation Registration Fee

$640 inc Goods and Services Tax (per person)

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WAL Publications

WAL Publications offer GCWAL’s range of innovative and ground breaking publications that specialise in the niche areas of Work-Applied Learning (WAL), Work-Based Learning (WBL), Action Research, Action Learning, Case Research and Reflective Practice.

These publications can either be purchased online, provided upon registration to WAL programmes or ordered directly from GCWAL.

GCWAL’s publications specialise in WAL, WBL and other Work-Based Reflective Practices.

WAL Research and Development Collaboration

GCWAL collaborates in research and development in the following:

  • Action Learning, Action Research Association
    Action Learning, Action Research Association Inc (ALARA) was formed in 1991 (as Action Learning Action Research and Process Management Association). ALARA established itself as the world’s earliest action research professional association. It was the first to mount World Congresses for this field, bringing together theorists and practitioners with novices, innovators and managers. Renamed ALARA in 2007, the association has now held 9 World Congresses in Australian and International settings, over 20 Australasian conferences, and local workshops and seminars for members and their networks.
  • Australian Institute of Business
    The Australian Institute of Business (AIB) is a 22 year old Business School offering degrees and undertaking research in business and management nationally and globally. AIB was the first and still is the only private institution in Australia to be Government approved to confer the full suite of business and management degrees from BBA to PhD. The institute is led by highly qualified and experienced academics and practitioners who are determined to maintain close links between business theories and cutting-edge business practices. AIB is ‘The Practical Business School’, committed to delivering programs which are work-applied, accelerated, flexible, accessible, affordable and fully accredited.
  • Leeds Trinity University
    In fewer than 50 years, Leeds Trinity University has transformed itself from two small Catholic teacher training colleges to an acclaimed university with an excellent track record for launching the careers of its students. It was one of the first universities to include compulsory professional work placements with every degree and it now works closely with over 2,000 businesses who offer its students placements that are relevant to their degrees. The results speak for themselves, with 95% of its graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.


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