PhD (Management) [University of Technology, Sydney]
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) - Honours [University of New South Wales]
Current Visiting Appointments and External roles
2012-Current: Sydney University, Australia.
- Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at U. Sydney. The Faculty is ranked in the top 50 faculties in the world (Times Higher Education)
2014-2017: University of Technology, Sydney (Honorary Professor)
- I was awarded an honorary professorship in The School of Business at UTS. The School is triple accredited, including AACSB; and UTS was recently ranked in the top 20 universities in the world under 20 years old (Times Higher Education)
2014-2017: Lancaster University, UK. (External Examiner: MSc. programmes)
Business School Research Ethics Convenor
Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (http://www.thersa.org/about-us)
Chair (outgoing) The Practice Theme Committee of the Academy of Management (Learn more by clicking here)
Board Member and Academic Advisor: The International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (www.iaccm.com)
Esteem and Impact
In 2011 I was elected Chair of the Academy of Management's Practice Theme Committee (PTC), a strategic leadership committee of the Academy of Management, the largest management association in the world. More recently I was appointed Academic Advisor and ex officio-Board member of the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (www.iaccm.com).
I have co-authored several highly cited papers in a range of journals including Organization Science, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Business History, Journal of Management Inquiry, Management Learning, and International Journal of Project Management. I am a reviewer for the ESRC (international projects) as well as for several major journals and conferences. My work on mega-projects was recently recognized in an University of Oxford study by Prof. Bent Flyvbjerg as third in the top ten seminal pieces on mega-projects.
In 2013 I was proud to be elected as a Fellow of the RSA (The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce). The RSA was founded in 1754, and has a wealth of notable achievements and Fellows in its 250-year history including Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, William Hogarth, Nelson Mandela, Sir Frank Whittle and Stephen Hawking. Being elected an RSA Fellow depends on having achieved a contribution to society in a cultural or arts-related sphere. RSA is an organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability to close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.
I work with large and SMEs globally on dealing with and understanding complex strategic problems. I have coached teams on strategy using design thinking; my teams have won the Boston Consulting Group Strategy Competition, and most recently won the "innovative idea" award at the Sustainability Challenge run by Tesco, Proctor & Gamble and Santander. Organizations I have worked with and helped to develop their future strategy include but not limited to:
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
New South Wales Department of Education
Reserve Bank of Australia
Reserve Bank of India
Royal Australian Air Force
Westpac Banking Corp.
Academy of Management
Strategic Management Society
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
1. Strategic Turning Points: The human experience of key moments of transformation (both positive and negative) as strategic devices in change projects (with John Sillince and Ben Golant), rules and norms in strategic projects (with Frank Mueller), and ideas, innovation and creativity in projects (Arne Carlsen and Stewart Clegg).
2. The phenomenology of project based organizing (with Alfons van Marrewijk, Sierk Ybema)
3. I was recently awarded a grant to work with Gateshead Council to assist them in the strategic design of the Social Enterprise Quadrant. This project also involves Stanford University (USA), Melbourne University (Australia), and NTNU (Norway), as well as people from government and industry. Watch this space.
If you were to think about all the projects your organisation pursues, how many are central to your strategic intentions? How central are your projects in innovating what you do and how you do it? Of those that are strategically imperative, how well do they help you achieve those imperatives? How are projects governed to enable the tensions between control, prediction and planning with the need for improvisation, adaptation and transformations? Importantly, how well does your organisation understand the power and social relations inherent and endemic in project based organising? These are just some of the questions I seek to investigate, interrogate and explore through my research.
My research focuses on two loosely connected but inter-related areas: 1) emergent strategy in mega-projects and how these projects lead to oganisational and social innovation; and 2) the governance mechanisms organisations put into place to foster hope achievement (or, what I call future perfect strategy). All my work in these areas are underpinned by pragmatic phenomenology (i.e. Schutz, Garfinkle, Luckmann, Dreyfus).
If you want to do a PhD specifically in my area (see below), I would love to have a chat with you. Please be aware I will not supervise anyone outside my specific area of interest. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0191 208 1710
2012 - Dr Ace Simpson (Organizing Compassion)
2013 - Dr. Christopher Biesenthal (Projects as pragmatic tools)
2010 - Dr. Nursen Seracoglu (Matrix Project Organizations)
Lindi Roelofse (Improvisation, strategy and trust)
- mega-projects and project governance (especially public/private collaboration)
- managerial and organizational innovation and creativity
- wicked problems
- creating project legacy
- Pragmatic philosophy
- Phenomenological Psychology
- Alfred Schutz, Hubert Dreyfus and the work of Richard Sennett