Opportunity Tech Lab
The Opportunity Tech Lab is purpose-driven, aiming to remove inequities in economic participation by identifying challenges and discovering, developing, and delivering opportunities and pathways to dignified and meaningful employment and entrepreneurship for socially disadvantaged, stigmatised and vulnerable groups.
The lab engages in inter and trans-disciplinary discovery and applied research activities to discover new ways of understanding and using digital technologies. This enables responsible innovation of solutions to inequities in employment and entrepreneurship, which include un(der)employment and economic disadvantage.
The lab explores, creates and delivers, with its partners and intended beneficiaries, innovative and scalable solutions that advance its vision of an inclusive and equitable economy where all thrive.
Group objectives View
- The Opportunity Tech Lab seeks to be the hub that unites researchers, business, government, NGOs, social enterprises, mutuals and cooperatives, and community agencies in developing inter/trans-disciplinary solutions to inequities in inclusive and dignified employment by leveraging and responsibly innovating new digital technology applications.
- The Opportunity Tech Lab will become the thought and practice leader in the area by investigating how to intersect social science research and connective and emerging digital technologies to achieve efficiencies and scalability for solving the big intractable problems associated with the employment and entrepreneurship outcomes of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society.
- The Opportunity Tech Lab is inclusive of people with lived experience of disadvantage and stigma in its research culture, project design, implementation, and scaling. It is interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary, builds scalable solutions, undertakes co-design and co-production; and is built on the values of equity and inclusion, digital transformation, social return on investment, co-design and co-production, scalable solutions, and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary.
- The Opportunity Tech Lab is addressing Monash’s Global Challenge of Thriving Communities; championing inclusivity by seeking to boost the mental health, wellbeing, self-management, learning and development, and productivity of socially disadvantaged, stigmatised, and vulnerable groups.
- It applies both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary lenses as well as a mix of discovery and applied research.
Research overview View
Our research agenda and expertise lies at the intersection between the digital economy and inequities in employment and entrepreneurship. A non-exhaustive list of the interrelated themes we address follows:
- People with disabilities meaningfully employed by organisations, in STEM fields, or as entrepreneurs;
- Closing the gap of socially disadvantaged women and stigmatised groups in employment and entrepreneurship;
- Accelerating re-employment of vulnerable workers displaced by changes arising as Industry 4.0 evolves;
- Narrowing the digital divide by broadening digital literacy across society and ensuring youth have work readiness and entrepreneurial skills relevant to the digital economy;
- Critiquing, developing and evaluating digital tools that facilitate economic participation including ethical and legal implications.
Research quality View
Our people and partners View
Financial inclusion of vulnerable groups
AI & bias
Consumer and marketplace inclusion in the digital economy
Technology, mental health & wellbeing at work program leads
Technology, cognition & performance at work program lead
Indigenous economic development & digital transformation program lead
Strategic leadership & corporate governance program lead
Digital technology development lead
Digital technology pedagogy lead
PhD student members
In addition to the above researchers, the Opportunity Tech Lab includes multiple academics from Monash Business School, the Faculty of IT, the School of Educational Psychology and Counselling, the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, entrepreneurship academic partners from Macquarie University and advisory board members from social-purpose organisations.
Furthermore, the lab is the Monash Business School partner of the new Monash Assistive Technology Education, Research, and Society Institute (MATERS).
The Opportunity Tech Lab will leverage this expertise on a project-by-project basis.
The Opportunity Tech Lab is inclusive of people with lived experience of disadvantage and stigma in its research culture, project design, implementation, and scaling.
Research resources View
Mafico, N., Krzeminska, A., Härtel, C.E.J., & Keller, J. (2021, May). The Mirroring of Intercultural and Hybridity Experiences: A Study of African Immigrant Social Entrepreneurs. Journal of Business Venturing, 36(3). [ABDC Rank: A*; impact factor = 12.065; FT 50] Three Best Paper Awards 2019.
Carrero, J., Krzeminska, A., & Härtel, C.E.J. (2019). The DXC Technology Work Experience Program: Disability Inclusive Recruitment and Selection in Action. Journal of Management & Organization, 25(4): 535-542. (Special Issue: Advantages and Challenges of Neurodiversity Employment in Organizations).
Härtel, C. E. J., Zerbe, W. J., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (Eds.) (2020). Research on emotion in organizations, Volume 16: Emotions and service in a digital age, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
Härtel, J. C. R. & Härtel, C. E. J. (2020). What the Digital Age Is and Means for Workers, Services, and Emotions Scholars and Practitioners. In C. E. J. Härtel, W. J. Zerbe, & N. M. Ashkanasy (Eds.). Research on emotion in organizations, Volume 16: Emotions and service in a digital age, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
Härtel, J. B. G. & Härtel, C. E. J. (2020). Technologically Altered Realities: A Realm for New Emotions Research, Training, and Management Possibilities. In C. E. J. Härtel, W. J. Zerbe, & N. M. Ashkanasy (Eds.). Research on emotion in organizations, Volume 16: Emotions and service in a digital age, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
Jasinski, J., Jasinski, J., Härtel, C. E. J., & Härtel, G. F. (2020). Development and Evaluation of an Online Coaching Model for Medical Students’ and Doctors’ Mental and Physical Well-Being Management. In C. E. J. Härtel, W. J. Zerbe, & N. M. Ashkanasy (Eds.). Research on emotion in organizations, Volume 16: Emotions and service in a digital age, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
Härtel, C. E. J., Sultana, N. & Härtel, G.F. (2013). The Effect of Race and Migration on the Managerial Advancement of Women. In S. Vinnicombe, R.J. Burke, S. Blake-Beard, & L.L. Moore (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers (pp. 420-432). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
Mafico, N., Krzeminska, A., & Härtel, C. E. J. (August 2022). Prosocial Venturing in Multicultural Societies: A New Theoretical Framework and Roadmap. Refereed paper presented in the OMT Division at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Carrero, J. & Härtel, C. E. J. (August 2020). Inclusion for all: neurodiversity inclusive leadership. In Lena Knappert & Marloes Van Engen’s Refereed Symposium ‘Broadening Our Sight: New Perspectives on Inclusion at Work and the Role of Inclusive Leadership’. Refereed paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Vancouver B.C., Canada.
Sultana, N., Härtel, C. E. J., Pekerti, A. (August 2020). Migrants’ Perspectives of Managerial Career Progression: Lessons from Australia. Refereed paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Vancouver B.C., Canada.
Mafico, N., Krzeminska, A., & Härtel, C. E. J. (July 2019). Immigrant Social Entrepreneurs: Managing Organizational Tensions with Cross-Cultural Experience. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2019(118). (Kauffman Award for the Best Student Paper on Entrepreneurship) (Best Student Paper Award, GDO Division)
Hayward, S. M., Krzeminska, A., Härtel, C. E. J., & Stokes, M. A. (13-15 September 2019). Autism, mental health, and employment outcomes. 12th Autism-Europe International Congress. Nice, France.
Härtel, C. E. J., Krzeminska, A., & Hayward, S. (2019, August). Organizers, Chairs, and Presenters: Neurodiversity Inclusive Organizations and Autism @ Work. Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division. Academy of Management Meeting, Boston, MA. [Competitively selected Professional Development Workshop proposal].
Carrero, J.T., Krzeminska, A., & Härtel, C.E.J. (June 20-22, 2019). High Functioning Autism: Showcasing Their (DIS)Abilities for Sustainable Employment. Paper presented at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2019. Sentosa, Singapore.
Krzeminska, A. & Härtel, C.E.J. (2019, August). Organizers, Chairs, and Presenters: Neurodiversity Inclusive Employment and Autism at Work. Academy of Management Meeting, Boston, MA.
Härtel, C. E. J. & Krzeminska, A. (2021, Nov 8-10). Revelatory Findings from Global Autism Study. Invited presenters in Stanford Neurodiversity Summit webinar.
Härtel, C. E. J., Hayward, S., & Krzeminska, A. (2019, June 13). Advancing skilled employment of autistic people: State of the art and avenues for future research. Invited Seminar for Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW.Härtel, C. E. J. (2021, April 22). Invited panelist for webinar Inclusion at Aon: neurodiversity in the workplace.
Härtel, C. E. J. (2021, April 22). Invited panelist on “Autism at Work” for Autism ACRC Autism Month Webinar.
Härtel, C. E. J. (2021, March 17). Invited Zoom presentation for Ken’s Crew on Key Findings of Global Autism Employment.
Härtel, C. E. J. & Krzeminska, A. (2021, Feb 19). Invited Webex presentation to IBM on Implications of Global Autism Study Findings.
Härtel, C. E. J. (2020, Nov 27). Invited panel member on Technology Lens Webinar, Resilient Lincolnshire Global.
Härtel, C. E. J. (2020, Nov 17). Invited presentation on Neurodiversity Recruitment & Selection Framework, Queensland Department of Education.
Härtel, C. E. J. & Carrero, J. (2020, Oct 30). Autism Employment and Neurodiversity Inclusive Leadership. Invited presentation to Leadership and Organisational Effectiveness Research Network (LOERN), Centre for Global Business, Monash Business School.
Härtel, C. E. J. (2020, Sept 15). Invited Zoom discussant on Neurodiversity @ IBM.
Krzeminska, A, & Härtel, C. E. J. (24 April 2018) “Skilled autism employment – benefits, challenges, and effective practices from globally leading companies”. Autism at Work Research Workshop (Co-chairs: Hala Annabi & Andrew Begel), Autism at Work Summit, Redmond WA, USA.
Härtel, C.E.J. (2017, August 28) Invited panelist for Symposium on Advancing Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion In APEC, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Härtel, C. E. J. & Krzeminska, A. (2021, September 15). Autism @ Work: Insights From a World-First Global Study on Employing Autistic Adults. Autism Spectrum News.
Härtel, C. E. J. & Krzeminska, A. (2021, March 11). Interviewed by Rachel Worsley neurodiversity media on Global Autism Employment Study.
Härtel, C. E. J. (2019, June 13). From Planning to Practice: How to Make Inclusion a Part of Your Corporate Culture. Triple Pundit. Mazzoni, Mary .
Autism CRC Innovation Grant: #ZZ_302RI. Funded at $383,713 AUD. Krzeminska, A., Härtel, C.E.J., Paulsen, N., Fieldhouse, M., Dissanayake, C., Richdale, A., Hedley, D., Spoor, J., Houchin, V., Davies, L., Bruyere, S. M., & Austin, R. (July 2018-Dec 2020). Autism @ Work - Challenges and best practices of sustaining and scaling autism employment.
Australian Institute of Business and Economics (AIBE) Applied Research Grant. Funded at $40,000. Krzeminska, A., Härtel, C.E.J., Paulsen, N., Kelly, A. (2017-2018). The Dandelion Program of Autism Employment – Development of a Mental Health Framework for Sustainable Autism Employment.
Monash Business School Impact Acceleration Grant. Funded at $15,000. Härtel, C. E. J., & Krzeminska, A. (Nov 1 2020 – Nov 1 2021). Autism employment practices of leading autism employers across the globe.