Dr Laura Rook

PhD Management

Lecturer Management

Dr Laura Rook began lecturing for the Management discipline in the CDU Business School in 2014.  In 2015, she was awarded a Charles Darwin University Early Career Research Development Fellowship. 

Dr Rook holds a PhD in Management from Western Sydney University.  Her thesis, titled 'Work-integrated Learning in Human Resource Management' examined the range of Work-integrated Learning programs in undergraduate human resource management degrees in Australian universities, and the impact of this range on the teaching and employability of graduates. 

Prior to completion of her PhD, she successfully completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce Honours degree and was awarded first class honours

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Teaching Experience

  • Organisational learning and development
  • Change management
  • Human resource management
  • Postgraduate research
  • Ethics in the workplace
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Business communications and change management


Research interests

  • The links between university and employability for graduates
  • The development of graduate attributes through Work-integrated Learning programs in Business 
  • Organisational learning and development
  • Student learning
  • Organisational performance management
  • Ethics in the workplace.

Research Supervision (Current)

Dennis Chai
Degree:  Doctorate of Philosophy
Title:      Line and HR Executives' Perception of HR Effectiveness
Role:      Associate supervisor

Nathaniel Smith
Degree:  Masters by Research
Title:      The value of business education to Australian society and culture
Role:       Associate Supervisor

Research Grants


Title: The Examination of Sponsorship Performance Measurement Models Adopted for the Northern Territory October Business Month (OBM) Event
Team:                Dr L. Rook and Professor L. McManus
Funding Body:    Charles Darwin University: LEBA small research grant
Funding Value:   $5,000


Title:                   Enhancing ProfessionalPractice in Business Undergraduate Courses: WIL
Team:                 Professor L. McManus, Dr D. Pfitzner, Dr L. Rook
Funding Body:     Charles Darwin University: Innovation@CDU SAF Grant
Funding Value:    $10,000

Other Research Projects


Title:                    The Impact of Blended Learning on Students Studying Economics
Team:                   Dr B. Bhatia and Dr L. Rook



Rook, L.  and McManus, L.
Viewing WIL in Business Schools Through a New Lens: Moving to the Edge of Chaos With Complexity
Emergence: Complexity and Organization (under review)

Rook, L. and Watson, G.
Chaotic Edge Thinking: Understanding Why Work Practices Fail
, Management Decision (under review)


Rook, L
Mental Models: A Robust Definition
, The Learning Organisation, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp38-47.



Rook, L.
Challenges Implementing WIL in Human Resource Management
, Australian Collaborative Education Network Conference, WIL2020: Pushing the Boundaries, September 28-30 2016 (under review)


Murray (nee Rook), L. and Watson, G.
Minds at the Edge of Chaos
, paper presented at the 17th WACE World Conference: Historic Challenges, Global Solutions, Philadelphia USA.


Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australiasia (HERDSA)

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Dr Laura Rook


T: 8946 8806
E: laura.rook@cdu.edu.au

Business School
CDU Darwin Waterfront
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0800