The University of Sydney Business School

MBA

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Our Academics

We have selected an elite calibre of staff who are ready to take the journey with you on the MBA. They bring with them real world industry experience, inspirational teaching methods and well-researched insights that you won't find anywhere else. Their hands-on practical approach and genuine interest in your success, will ensure you receive the very best support with every core and elective unit you study.

Professor Guy Ford

Professor Guy Ford

Guy is the Director of MBA program at the University of Sydney Business School. He has designed and delivers MBA and executive education programs in the areas of financial analysis, financial management, strategic finance and mergers and acquisitions. Guy's research centres on risk assessment and management in financial institutions, and he is a consultant to the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority. Prior to academia, Guy worked in various roles in the Group Treasury of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He has served as an expert witness for Blake Dawson Waldron, Ashurst and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Unit: Financial Management

Associate Professor Mike Jenner

Mike Jenner is a director and head coach of in•flu•ence leadership development consulting. Mike has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.Eng in Production Engineering and Management from the University of Bath, England. While in•flu•ence's primary focus is the design and delivery of leadership development seminars for multi-national clients, it has also undertaken change leadership, executive coaching, career management, personal effectiveness and other people-centric coaching projects.

Unit: Leadership Practice and Development

Dr Marc Jones

Marc Jones

Marc T. Jones has a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of California. He has taught and conducted research on six continents, publishing over 50 articles and co-authoring three books on subjects ranging from corporate social responsibility and business ethics to business strategy, cultural studies, international political economy and business education. His current research interests focus on investigating the institutional requirements for sustainable business ecosystems and exploring the impacts of long-term 'gigatrends' on economy and society.

Unit: Strategies for Growth

Associate Professor Tony Webber

Associate Professor Tony Webber

Tony has over two decades of work experience across the entire spectrum of broad vocation groups, including academia, the corporate sector, the Government sector and private consulting. As an academic, he has spent over a decade teaching at local and overseas universities in the areas of macroeconomics, microeconomics, quantitative economics and econometrics. He has taught at all levels of tertiary education, including undergraduate, honours and PhD levels. Notably, his extensive corporate and consulting experience has allowed him to apply the tools he has developed as an academic to the real-world - with significant success.

Tony was the Chief Economist of the Qantas Group for almost four years, and was General Manager of Economics at Qantas for three years prior to this. He developed the fuel and foreign exchange hedging framework that the airline continues to use, saving the airlines millions of dollars on financial instruments. After Qantas, Tony started his own consulting practise and has developed a reputation as the leading aviation and tourism economist in Australia. He is regularly interviewed on the topic of aviation and tourism by ABC 24 News, Sky News, Bloomberg, the free to air channels and radio stations. He has also worked as a private consultant to some of Australia's leading companies.

Unit: Data Analytics and Modelling (delete the actual description)

Professor Pennie Frow

Professor Pennie Frow

Pennie teaches post graduate and executive marketing courses, and is the Program Director for the Master of Marketing, designing and launching the program in 2009. She completed her MBA and PhD in Marketing at Cranfield University in the UK. As well as teaching strategic marketing and CRM at Cranfield in Masters and Executive courses, she has consulted to companies within the Cranfield Marketing Planning Centre.

Before embarking on an academic career, Pennie worked in China and other South East Asia countries as a buying agent for leading US retailers and then as MD for a distribution company in California. Later, on returning to the UK, she was the Marketing Director for Europe's largest conservation charity. The result is extensive experience across a wide range of cultures. Pennie's main research interests are in the areas of marketing strategy and relationship management. She has a special interest in issues relating to innovation and value co-creation and is currently exploring this topic in the context of market networks. Pennie has published in a range of premier academic marketing journals and she is on the Editorial Board of several leading publications.

Unit: Innovation in Strategic Marketing

Professor Donnel Briley

Professor Donnel Briley

Donnel Briley has a PhD from Stanford University, where he also received a B.S. in mechanical engineering. In addition, he completed an M.B.A. at University of California, Berkeley and a post-graduate program in political economics at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, France. His research, which focuses primarily on the influence of culture and ethnicity on consumers' judgments and decisions, has been published in top marketing and psychology journals, including Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology and Social Cognition. In 2001, he won the award for best dissertation-base article in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Donnel lived in North America, France and Hong Kong before coming to Sydney. He was on the faculty of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Unit: Strategic Use of Social Technology

Associate Professor Rae Cooper

Associate Professor Rae Cooper

Rae is a leading researcher in Australian employment relations. She has extensive leadership experience, having been appointed to a number of non-Executive Director roles in organisations from education to human services. Her academic experience spans across HR, ER and Management, and she has been awarded several citations for her teaching performance. Rae is renowned for bringing her material to life by writing simulations and cases, using cutting-edge research and recent data, building on key business debates, as well as inviting leading practitioners into the classroom to engage further with her students. Rae has had over 30 articles published in leading journals and major collections. Her current research focus is on 'negotiating flexible careers' which is funded by a large ARC grant.

Unit: Managing People and Organisations

Dr Eric Knight

Dr Eric Knight

Eric Knight is Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Management at the University of Sydney Business School, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Eric’s research focuses on strategy process and practice in organizations. He has a particular interest in how strategic tensions are managed by diverse organizational actors to effect change, drawing on traditions from sociology and ethnographic methodology. He is best known for his work on contradictory yet interdependent tensions, which contribute to the emerging theory of paradox. His studies have included a range of contexts (e.g. energy, healthcare, early-stage ventures), and he has published in numerous top-tier journals, including Organization Studies, Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Studies, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Unit: Capstone - Lean Design

Professor Hans Hendrischke

Professor Hans Hendrischke

Hans Hendrischke is professor of Chinese business and management at the University of Sydney Business School. He leads the School’s Australia China Business Network and chairs the Business and Economics Cluster of the University’s China Studies Centre. As an institutional economist he works on business institutions and emerging local entrepreneurship in China and has conducted hundreds of interviews with private entrepreneurs and local officials. Together with Barbara Krug, he co-edited China's Economy in the 21st Century: Enterprise and Business Behaviour.

Professor Hendrischke leads a strategic research cooperation with KPMG which publishes annual reports on Chinese outbound direct investment in Australia and thought leadership reports on Australia China business relations. He co-authored the 2014 Australia China Trade Report for the Australia China Business Council.

Unit: International Business Project

Dr Wei Li

Dr Wei Li

Wei Li has worked as a researcher on water conservation and renewable energy for the World Bank, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and Renmin University of China. She joined the University of Sydney China Studies Centre and Business School in 2011 and held the Australian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries research fellowship before being appointed to a lectureship in International Business. Her research interests are the globalisation of Chinese enterprises and sustainable development. She is currently involved in research projects on enterprise finance, woman entrepreneurship and the internationalisation of the renewable energy sector.

Unit: International Business Project

Associate Professor Stefan Meisiek

Associate Professor Stefan Meisiek

Stefan Meisiek received his PhD in Management from the Stockholm School of Economics, and studied at Freie Universtät Berlin, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, and Justus-Liebig Universtät Giessen. He is a visiting associate professor at Copenhagen Business School and Hong Kong University, and has been a visiting scholar at NYU Stern, ESADE, Stanford University, and MIT Sloan.

Stefan is researching leadership and business innovation. He has a particular interest in how leadership enables or constrains innovation efforts. This includes motivating organizational members for inquiry into pernicious problems, challenging basic assumptions, and giving license for dreaming, imagining, and creating.

Unit: Leading Business Innovation:

Professor Dan Lovallo

Professor Dan Lovallo

Dan Lovallo is a Professor of Business Strategy at the University of Sydney and a senior research fellow at the Institute for Business Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley. His research is concerned with psychological aspects of strategic decisions and has appeared in the American Economic Review, Management Science and the Harvard Business Review. He received his PhD from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Strategic Management Journal and the McKinsey Finance.

Unit: Business Negotiations and Decision-Making

Dr Maurice Peat

Dr Maurice Pea

Maurice Peat has a PhD in Finance from UTS, in the area of theoretical and empirical financial distress modelling. Maurice broad experience in business related disciplines having worked in Economics and Information Systems before joining the department. Maurice's current research interests cover such topics as credit risk and corporate distress analysis, a managerial decision context for financial analysis, the economics of restructuring transactions and the impacts of Information technology on financial innovation.

Unit: Financial Strategy

Professor Kai Riemer

Professor Kai Riemer

Kai Reimer is Professor of Information Technology and Organisation in the Discipline of Business Information Systems. He joined the University of Sydney in August 2009 from Münster University in Germany, where he held a position as Assistant Professor. He received his Diploma in Information Systems (Dipl. Wirt-Inform.) and his Ph.D. in Management from Münster University, Germany, where he also finished his Postdoctoral thesis (Habilitation). Kai's research interest is in Disruptive Technologies, Enterprise Social Media, Virtual Work, Collaborative Technologies and the Philosophy of Technology

Unit: Managing with Technology