Congratulations to my PhD student, Ace Simpson, who ahieved straight '1s' in the examination of his PhD thesis on 15th March, 2013. Arise 'Dr' Simpson.
I returned from Mumbai, India after doing a Strategic Design Thinking workshop with senior executives of the Reserve Bank of India
Just returned from France with my Global Strategic Design MBA students working with Auchan and Biomediqa on Design Thinking Strategies.
"That's my opinion, if you dont like it, I have others" (Groucho Marx)
Anyone who really thinks America is in decline needs their head checked. Seriously. (Just look at IT and Biomedical innovation alone).
I was born in Sydney, Australia and received an honours degree in Social Science majoring in Psychology from the University of New South Wales in 1998, and a PhD (Management) from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2007.
I joined the Business School on September 1, 2011 and became the Director of Strategy, Organisation and Society in 2013. I am interested in strategic design and strategy making in inter-organizational collaboration, My main focus is on emergent strategy of important projects and the co-creation of managerial and organisational innovation through collaboration.
My philosophy to research and teaching is ‘love’ uncertainty, don't ‘fear’ it. I have had several large Australian Research Council grants in which I explore issues of strategy, governance and managerial innovation on mega-project alliances.
I do research which has had impact. My work on future perfect strategy is recommended by Business UK as a strategic design tool for change. I have been recipient of a number of awards including the Emerald Science Citation of Excellence in 2010 with Kjersti Bjorkeng and Stewart Clegg; Best Paper Award at the British Academy of Management, and with my friend and colleague Stewart Clegg, have co-authored some highly cited papers in a range of journals including Organization Science (FT top 45; 4*), Organization Studies (FT top 45; 4), Journal of Business Ethics (FT top 45; 3); Management Learning (3), International Journal of Project Management amongst others.
I write books as well and was also a contributing author and researcher for the OECD Report on Innovation Strategy. My latest publication is The Handbook of Managerial and Organizational Innovation. Edward-Elgar: (published in Jan, 2013); and Sage’s bestselling textbook Management and Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice, Sage: London, written with Stewart Clegg and Martin Kornberger.
In 2011 I was made 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 with over 22,000 members globally. Most recently I joined the board of the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (www.iaccm.com) as Academic Advisor and ex-Officio Board Member.
I love working on complex strategic problems, and 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 2012 MBA Sustainability Challenge run by Tesco, Proctor & Gamble and Santander, beating teams from the UK's leading business schools.
Director of Strategy, Organisation and Society Group, Newcastle University.
Chair: Academy of Management's Practice Theme Committee (Learn more by clicking here)
Academic Advisor and ex officio-Board member: International Association of Contract and Commercial Management .
BSocSc - Hons [Psychology], University of New South Wales, (UNSW) Sydney Australia.
Ph.D, [Management], University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
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Current Visiting Appointments
2012-Current: EDHEC Business School, France. (Subject Taught: Strategic Change Management)
2012-Current: Sydney University, Australia. (Subject Taught: Strategic Implementation of Change)
2014-2017: Lancaster University, UK. (External Examiner: MSc. programmes)
Member of the Academy of Management
Strategic Management Society
Some of My Projects
- AusAID - Training Program for Indonesian Local Government Officials: Introduction to Australian local government and strategic planning (Managing Strategic Projects delivered on behalf of the UTS Law School)
- Resilient Cities Project
- Commonwealth Bank of Australia: Strategic Thinking
- Penrith City Council - Process Innovation
- Canterbury City Council - Process Innovation
- KONNE: Leadership for innovation
- New South Wales Department of Education: Strategic Planning
- Olympics Projects
- Royal Australian Air Force Improvement Program
- Reserve Bank of Australia - Positive Leadership
- TNT: Leadership for change
- Third Sector Leadership Development Programme
English (Native Speaker)
Australian (Proper English)
Toddler (I understand mummy, dadda, but not most other words - I am learning and getting better at it)
If music be the food of love, play on.
and did I mention music?
What I am listening to at the moment
Richard Bona (what a voice, what music - how do I put it in words? Let me try, imagine if you were transported from right where you are at this moment, into an amazing part of Brazil, in a vibrant community of African descendents, and they invited you into their house and fed you amazing food and played amazing music - that's how I feel when I listen to Richard Bona - especially the songs Samaouma, and Tiki).
Alexi Murdoch - (go to sleep with this music, I mean that in a good way!)
Coldplay - (Mylo Xyloto - what a brilliant album - their best)
Foo Fighters - (One of these days - brilliant on all counts)
Eminem - (the Man's a poet - don't believe me, then just ask Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney)
Beastie Boys...(R.I.P Adam!!!!)
Sly and Robbie (rappers who used to hang with Zappa)
Propellerheads (is there nothing these guys cant do? See them live you wont regret it!)
Who I am always listening to
- David Byrne, Crack the Sky, Yes, Baba Mal, Zappa and all the songs of my teen years - the 1980s (New Order, Gang of Four etc.)!!!! Bob Dylanm Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan, Take it away Bob.....
Who I am reading (constantly and never cease to find inspiration and insights)
Hubert Dreyfus' What Computers still cant do.
Richard Sennett's The Craftsman
Alfred Schutz's The Phenomenology of the Social World and also Collection of letters
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, interogate and explore through my research.
My research focuses on two loosely connected but interelated 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 is informed by social theory.
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 email@example.com or call me on 0191 208 1710
- strategy and foresight
- managerial and organizational innovation and creativity
- design thinking in wicked problem solving
- mega-projects and project governance (especially public/private collaboration)
- creating project legacy
- Pragmatic philosophy
- Phenomenology (Alfred Schutz and Hubert Dreyfus)