Practitioner Research undertaken at GCWAL uses the Work-Applied Learning (WAL) method
which is grounded in Action Research, including Action Learning and Reflective Practice. The founder of GCWAL, Emeritus Professor Selva Abraham has used the WAL Practitioner Research method over the last 30 years, working closely with chief executives, senior and middle level executives in private, public and community organisations, in the areas of individual, team and organisational change.

The following academics have contributed significantly to this research:

  • the late Dr Anthony Jackson, Henley Business School
  • Professor Peter OBrien, Flinders University
  • Professors Chad Perry and Barry Ritchie, Southern Cross University
  • Professors Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt and Ron Passfield, Griffiths University
  • Professor Peter Songan, University Malaysia Sarawak
  • Professors Jonathan Garnett and Carol Costley, Middlesex University
  • the late Professor Ruth Helyer, Leeds Trinity University
  • Professors Rod Oxenberry and Dora Briggs, University of South Australia
  • Professor Tony Wall, Chester University

Several Chief Executives and senior managers have explored the WAL Practitioner Research method of Action Research, including Action Learning and Reflective Practice, to achieve significant impact for their organisations, themselves and their teams. In the process, they have completed doctoral research studies under the supervision or guidance of Professor Abraham and include:

  • Dr Mohamad Hashim – Chief Executive
  • Dr Kauko Karvinnen – Chief Executive
  • Dr Alois Daton – Commissioner
  • Dr F’ng Ah Seng – Chairman/Chief Executive
  • Dr Joseph Khan – Consultant
  • Dr Lisa Mohammed – Consultant
  • Dr Natalie Holyoake – Business Improvement Manager
  • Dr Param Abraham – Chief Executive
  • Senior and middle managers who have undertaken major research projects using Action Research including Action Learning and Reflective Practice and completed Practitioner Research Masters studies include 24 candidates from University Malaysia Sarawak and 31 from Australian Institute of Business.

    The WAL Practitioner Research method has enabled the following outcomes:

    • The accreditation of Masters by research and doctoral programmes using Action Research and Action Learning at Australian Institute of Business (formerly Gibaran Business School) thus making it the first non-university higher education provider in Australia to achieve this distinction
    • Delivery of Master’s and doctoral seminars on Action Research and Action Learning for University of South Australia, University of Malaysia Sarawak and Australian Institute of Business
    • Supervision of and advising on Master’s and Doctoral theses for candidates at University of South Australia, Southern Cross University and Australian Institute of Business
    • International conferences on the use of Work-Applied Learning for Change
    • The Journal of Work-Applied Management published by Emerald Publishing and WAL Publications. It began in 2008 as the Gibaran Journal of Applied Management
    • Publications in Work-Applied Learning, Work-Based Learning, and on the use of Action Research and Action Learning
    • The development of Practitioners in Work-Based Learning and Work-Applied Learning

    Collaborative Research & Development

    Collaboration and dissemination of ideas are at the core of GCWAL’s success. We undertake collaborative research and development in WAL with a number of higher learning institutions, organisations and subject experts. Our findings are shared globally through publications, conferences, and events.