Dr James Connor

School of Business

LOCATION

Room 313 Building 27 UNSW Canberra at ADFA

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Dr James Connor is an academic with the School of Business, UNSW Canberra.

Professional Experience and Research Interests

Current Research Projects
Dr James Connor has three research areas all informed by his sociological training and perspective that fundamentally we are creatures of social interaction. The view that we interact and exist through our emotional life informs all his research into emotions, sport and project management.

 

    • Emotions

      Feelings, passion and emotion drive social action and allow us to interact with each other. Our emotional life is also crucial to how we make decisions. The emotion that most fascinates Dr Connor is loyalty, and how and why we are loyal to family, friends, team and nation. His key work in this area is The Sociology of Loyalty (Springer, 2007).

      His current research on loyalty is focused on military loyalty, specifically how emotions bind soldiers together in war. The problem of small unit cohesion is an enduring one for militaries (and any organisation needing high performing small teams) and he is exploring the experiences of former Australian soldiers with the assistance of an Early Career Researcher Grant. His most recent work on military loyalty is "Military Loyalty: A functional vice?" and in public commentary on Crikey.

    • Sport

      His work on sport is from a critical Marxist perspective with a view to highlighting the inequities, complexity and lived reality of sporting experience. He argues that elite sport tends to use the majority of athletes like factory fodder in "The Athlete as Widget: How exploitation explains elite sport." Dr Connor, with colleagues (Dr Mazanov, Dr Huybers & Dr McEwen) has also published on sport marketing and scandals, drug use (here and here) , policy and sport development.

      His current work on sport is funded via the World Anti-Doping Agency and investigates the Goldman dilemma in more detail (with Dr Mazanov and Dr Wolff). He also is continuing to investigate scandal in the rugby league and the 'spirit' of Olympic sport. Dr Connor (with Dr Mazanov and Prof Lyons) has also developed materials on over-training for Sports Medicine Australia and their Cleanedge program.

    • Project Management

      Dr Connor's perspective on project, program and portfolio management is that they are the new 'Taylorism' a means of organising work in a vain attempt to control the human factor. His research (with Dr Owen and Dr Linger) is focused on emotional life in a project team and policy via projects. This research is funded via a research agreement with an Australian Federal Government Agency where they are engaged in action research with a major change program and also via a PMI research grant. Examples of his work are here and here.

I currently have capacity to supervise PhD students. UNSW Canberra is offering scholarships of $35,000 (AUD) for PhD students  who achieved H1 /High Distinction in their UG program and/or have completed a Masters by Research. If you are interested, contact me.

Dr Connor has presented key note speeches for the Norwegian Security Agency and Australian Defence Force on loyalty, emotion and culture. He is available (and experienced) for media interviews on any of the areas above. He currently supervises a number of HDR students working on military loyalty (Elisha Kropp), military team work and formation (Ray Hingst) and portfolio management (Kumaran Muragan). His expertise on military culture has resulted in the ARC Discovery Program funding for a project on "Institutional Abuse & Organisational Reform in the Australian Defence Force" (DP180100114)

Books

Algeo C; Connor J; Owen J; Linger H; McDermott V, 2017, Developing Government Policy Capability Policy Work, Project Management, and Knowledge Practices

Connor JM, 2007, The Arts of Publication, Original, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne

Connor J, 2007, The sociology of loyalty, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-71368-7

Book Chapters

Connor JM, 2018, 'Loyalty: The emotion of future expectation, felt now, based on the past', in Emotions, Everyday Life and Sociology, pp. 27 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315207728

Pavlidis A; Connor J, 2016, ''Don't Be a Douche': An Introduction to Sex-Integrated Roller Derby', in Thorpe H; Olive R (ed.), WOMEN IN ACTION SPORT CULTURES: IDENTITY, POLITICS AND EXPERIENCE, edn. Global Culture and Sport, PALGRAVE, pp. 91 - 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-45797-4_5

Owen J; Algeo C; Connor J, 2015, 'Enter or Not - How to Gain and Sustain Access to Research Sites', in Pasian B (ed.), Designs, Methods and Practices for Research of Project Management, Gower Publishing, Surrey, pp. 261 - 270

Thompson SM, 2012, 'Introduction', in Thompson S; Maginn P (ed.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, edn. 2, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 1 - 13

Connor JM, 2008, 'South Sydney`s Fight to Play: A Clash of New and Old', in Moore A; Carr A (ed.), Centenary Reflections: 100 years of Rugby League in Australia, edn. First, Australian Society for Sports History, Melbourne, pp. 110 - 126

Connor JM, 2007, 'War and Immigration: Contesting Australian Loyalties', in Mason V (ed.), Loyalties, edn. Original, API Network Press, Perth

Connor J, 'Conclusion', in The Sociology of Loyalty, Springer US, pp. 129 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-71368-7_8

Journal articles

Wadham B; Bridges D; Mundkur A; Connor J, 2018, '‘War-fighting and left-wing feminist agendas’: gender and change in the Australian Defence Force', Critical Military Studies, vol. 4, pp. 264 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23337486.2016.1268371

Connor J; Copland S; Owen J, 2018, 'The infantilized researcher and research subject: ethics, consent and risk', Qualitative Research, vol. 18, pp. 400 - 415, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794117730686

Woolf J; Mazanov J; Connor J, 2017, 'The Goldman Dilemma is dead: what elite athletes really think about doping, winning, and death', International Journal of Sport Policy, vol. 9, pp. 453 - 467, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2016.1194875

Pavlidis A; Connor J, 2016, 'Men in a ‘women only’ sport? Contesting gender relations and sex integration in roller derby', Sport in Society, vol. 19, pp. 1349 - 1362, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2015.1067781

Mazanov J; Lo Tenero G; Connor J; Sharpe K, 2016, 'Scandal+football=a better share price', Sports, Business and Management, vol. 2, pp. 92 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/20426781211244006

Mazanov J; Hemphill D; Connor J; Quirk F; Backhouse SH, 2015, 'Australian athlete support personnel lived experience of anti-doping', Sport Management Review, vol. 18, pp. 218 - 230, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2014.05.007

Andrews JD; Connor J, 2015, 'UNSW and the establishment of the Faculty of Military Studies at the Royal Military College, Duntroon: 1965-1968', History of Education Review, vol. 44, pp. 153 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/HER-04-2013-0016

Mazanov J; Hemphill D; Connor J; Quirk F; Backhouse SH, 2014, 'Australian athlete support personnel lived experience of anti-doping', Sport Management Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2014.05.007

Connor JM; Olson RE, 2014, 'When they don’t die: Prognosis ambiguity, role conflict and emotion work in cancer caregiving', Journal of Sociology, pp. 1 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783314544996

Mazanov J; Backhouse S; Connor J; Hemphill D; Quirk F, 2014, 'Athlete support personnel and anti-doping: Knowledge, attitudes, and ethical stance', Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, vol. 24, pp. 846 - 856, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sms.12084

Connor J; Woolf J; Mazanov J, 2013, 'Would they dope? Revisiting the Goldman dilemma', British Journal of Sports Medicine, vol. 47, pp. 697 - 700, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2012-091826

Mazanov J; Backhouse S; Connor J; Hemphill D; Quirk F, 2013, 'Athlete support personnel and anti-doping: Knowledge, attitudes, and ethical stance', Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sms.12084

Mazanov J; Connor J; Fielding M-L; Dunn M, 2013, 'Substance use to enhance academic performance among Australian university students', Performance Enhancement and Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.peh.2013.08.017

Connor J; McDermott V, 2013, 'Service teaching and the sociological critique: Lessons from a military academy', Journal of Sociology, vol. 49, pp. 501 - 514, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783313504061

Mazanov J; Huybers T; Connor J, 2012, 'Prioritising health in anti-doping: What Australians think', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, vol. 15, pp. 381 - 385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2012.02.007

Mazanov J; lo Tenero G; Connor J; Sharpe K, 2012, 'Scandal+football=a better share price', Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, vol. 2, pp. 92 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/20426781211244006

Mazanov J; Huybers T; Connor J, 2011, 'Qualitative evidence of a primary intervention point for elite athlete doping', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, vol. 14, pp. 106 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2010.06.003

Connor J; McEwen M, 2011, 'International development or white man's burden? The IAAF's Regional Development Centres and regional sporting assistance', Sport in Society, vol. 14, pp. 805 - 817, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2011.587295

Mazanov J; Connor J, 2010, 'The role of scandal and corruption in sports marketing and sponsorship', International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, vol. 11, pp. 183

Connor JM; Mazanov J, 2010, 'The inevitability of scandal: Lessons for sponsors and administrators', International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, vol. 11, pp. 212 - 220

Mazanov J; Connor J, 2010, 'Rethinking the management of drugs in sport', International Journal of Sport Policy, vol. 2, pp. 49 - 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19406941003634032

Connor JM, 2010, 'Military loyalty: A functional vice?', Criminal Justice Ethics, vol. 29, pp. 278 - 290, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0731129X.2010.524040

Connor JM; Mazanov J, 2009, 'Would you dope? A general population test of the Goldman dilemma', British Journal of Sports Medicine, vol. 43, pp. 871 - 872, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsm.2009.057596

Connor JM, 2009, 'Towards a sociology of drugs in sport', Sport in Society, vol. 12, pp. 327 - 328, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430430802673676

Connor J, 2009, 'The athlete as widget: How exploitation explains elite sport', Sport in Society, vol. 12, pp. 1369 - 1377, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430430903204900

Conference Papers

De Klerk S; Hossain S; Connor J, (ed.), 2014, 'The antecedents of social entrepreneurship practice – a content analysis', in , ISBE The Future of Enterprise: The Innovation Revolution, Manchester, presented at ISBE The Future of Enterprise: The Innovation Revolution, Manchester, 04 - 06 November 2014, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.eventsforce.net/isbe/frontend/reg/tDailyAgenda.csp?pageID=16070&eventID=45&eventID=45

Connor JM; Pavlidis A, 2014, 'Gendered tension: Roller Derby, segregation and integration.', in Challenging Identities, Institutions and Communities; Refereed Proceedings of the TASA 2014, TASA Annual Conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide,, presented at TASA Annual Conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide,, 24 - 27 November 2014, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.tasa.org.au/tasa-conference/host-the-2014-tasa-conference-call-for-expressions-of-interest/papers/

Connor JM; Noack-Lundberg K, 2014, 'Training emotions – military service, exceptionalism and loyalty', in Challenging Identities, Institutions and Communities Refereed Proceedings of the TASA 2014, TASA Annual Conference 2014, University of South Australia, Adelaide, presented at TASA Annual Conference 2014, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 24 - 27 November 2014

Connor JM; Kropp E, (eds.), 2013, 'Indifferent feelings and emotional shifts: from loyalty to what?', in , Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Monash University, presented at Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Monash University, 25 - 28 November 2013

Andrews J; Connor JM, (eds.), 2013, 'The military, masculinity and the media: the 1983 Duntroon bastardisation scandal.', in , Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Monash University, presented at Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Monash University, 25 - 28 November 2013

McDermott V; Henne K; Connor JM, (eds.), 2013, 'Legitimating the fight? Questions about cross-cultural perspectives on anti-doping strategies in the Pacific', in , Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Monash University, presented at Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Monash University, 25 - 28 November 2013

Connor JM; Mazanov J; Aston R, 2012, 'Doping the Digger: Public Attitudes towards Performance Enhancing Substance use in the ADF', in Emerging and Enduring Inequalities, The Australian Sociological Association, UQ, presented at TASA Annual conference, UQ, 26 - 29 November 2012

Connor JM; Mazanov J; Sloan T, 2012, 'The stars and widgets of the National Rugby League: exploring inconsistencies in club management of player indiscretions', in Emerging and Enduring Inequalities, The Australian Sociological Association, UQ, Brisbane, presented at TASA Annual conference, UQ, Brisbane, 26 - 29 November 2012

Connor JM; Huybers T; Mazanov J, 2011, 'Sport, integrity and harms: What are the threats to the level playing field?', in Conference Proceedings Local Lives/Global Networks, TASA, Newcastle, pp. 1 - 14, presented at TASA, Newcastle, 01 January 2011

Connor JM; Griffin AL, 2009, 'The Muscle Trade: International track and field athlete mobility, colonialism and development', in The Future of Sociology, TASA, ANU, Canberra, presented at The Australian Sociological Association 2009 Annual Conference, ANU, Canberra, 01 - 04 December 2009

Connor JM; Notarpietro-clarke C, 2009, 'Passionate Sport: Feeling the Olympics', in Proceesdings of the 2nd International Conference on Business and Management Education, International Colloquium on Business & Management 2007-2010, Bangkok, presented at 3rd International Colloquium on Tourism & Leisure, Bangkok, 06 - 09 July 2009