My consulting work involves building computer-based simulations that help managers and policy makers develop strategy into successful operations. My theory base is drawn from Complex Adaptive Systems theory, System Dynamics modelling, Systems Thinking and Action Research. My work has been published in a number of prestigious journals and I have presented regularly at international conferences in both Europe and the United States.
During my 25 years in the Department of Management at Monash University, I have taught Strategic Management and Systems Theory as well as supervising PhD students working in Action Research Cohorts. Throughout my time at Monash, I balanced my academic teaching and research with a very strong consulting practice to ensure that my work in the University was continually informed by real-world experience.
My academic and consulting work involved building computer-based scenario building developing systems thinking and computer simulation to support strategic planning. My most recent consulting projects are:
- DSTO modeling the introduction of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
- Department of Justice building scenarios for the Neighborhood Justice Center
- The Alfred Hospital modeling patient flows for the proposed Alfred Centre
- Australian Red Cross Blood Service modeling scenarios for donor restrictions
- Growth Area Authority modelling housing development in Victoria
- DonateLife modelling organ donation processes
I hold Masters degrees in English Literature from Auckland University, Educational Administration from the University of New England and Business Administration from Monash. My PhD is in the business applications of systems modelling and nonlinear dynamics and was completed at under the supervision of Theoretical Physicist Dr Charles Osborne.
I have over 30 years experience teaching in post-graduate and doctoral Management programs at Monash University including as the Director of the Business Action Research Centre and supervising PhD students working in the area of systems thinking and action research. I have published over 70 refereed conference and journal articles.