photograph Dr Tyrone Pitsis' inaugural lecture 2012


Following a successful year of attracting some of the world’s most prolific thought-leading academics, Newcastle University Business School is proud to announce a new event series of inaugural lectures for 2012.  These have been specially created to introduce our new faculty members to the region.

Presented by the new academics, the lectures will focus on their own field of expertise and cover a wide-range of business topics, providing attendees with an informative and interesting introduction to these bright minds. 

Please find below an outline of scheduled inaugural lectures for 2012:

Date: Wednesday 25 April, 14.00-15.00
Venue: Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE

Academic: Dr Tyrone S. Pitsis

Tyrone Pitsis joined the Business School on September 1, 2011 and is Deputy-Director of Strategy, Organisation and Society, and the Director of the Full-Time MBA program.  Tyrone received his honours in Psychology from the University of New South Wales, Australia and a PhD (Management) from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2007 under the tutelage of one of the leading and most productive organisation theorists, Professor Stewart Clegg.

Title: Collaborating for the Future Perfect: Strategic Projects for Innovation

Dr Tyrone Pitsis will set out the challenge that the grasp of managerial control within companies inhibits the benefits collaboration can bring in across sectors.

Dr Pitsis believes that while organisations ‘say’ they want to collaborate in innovative ways, it is difficult for them to sustain innovation.  He will use his research on alliances between public organisations with the private sector that have been involved in collaboration over the last decade, and discuss some of the political tensions, challenges and opportunities as these alliances have evolved.

Also, drawing upon examples such as the development of the Sydney Olympics’ infrastructure which was created under extreme levels of uncertainty, Dr Pitsis will reveal how other case studies can contribute to the debate around collaboration and organisational innovation. 

He will argue that interorganisational collaboration in the form of public-private collaboration will increasingly be the way in which organisation happens and in how ‘things get done’.  However, there will be immense pressure in managing such organisational forms due to the tensions between public and private value.

Dr Pitsis will also put forward his beliefs that major economies such as the UK, Australia and the USA need to do more to develop capabilities in inter-organizational relations.

Throughout the course of the lecture, Dr Pitsis will incorporate the science and art of relationships in organisations, focusing on the dynamics of power inherent in organisational life.  Although underpinned by scholarly work, the lecture will be oriented to the pragmatics of managing organisations. 
The lectures are free to attend and are open to all, though you must complete a short registration form in advance.


published on: 3rd January 2012