Professor Richard Dunford has joined UNSW Business School as Associate Dean (International & External Relations) and will commence his role 9 January 2017.

Richard comes with experience from a range of academic leadership roles, including PVC (Business and Law), University of Newcastle; Discipline Head of International Business, University of Sydney Business School; Deputy Dean / Acting Dean MGSM; Head of the Management Discipline at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; and Associate Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies at UTS.

Professor Chris Styles, Dean of the UNSW Business School, said “As well as working within the university sector, Richard has worked in business (the oil industry) and government (technology policy). Through these roles Richard has had extensive experience in engaging with Asia, industry and government.”

In addition, Richard is an accomplished scholar, having published in top tier journals in the areas of strategic management, organisational design, organisational change and organisational discourse, with a particular focus on innovative business models and new organisational forms. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, was a member of the Excellence in Research, Australia (ERA) Social, Behavioural and Economic panel, and has also been a member of EQUIS accreditation review panels for universities in Asia and Europe.

Professor Dunford explained, “I look for two things when considering a job. First, what’s the challenge that is offered by the position, and second, what can I bring to the position in terms of experience and capability. I’ll know that it’s been a good match if my colleagues like the job I’ve done and I feel that I’ve gained a lot from the experience. Having the opportunity to contribute to something as excellent and highly-regarded as UNSW Business School was also a great attraction.”

“It’s really clear that I’m not starting with a blank state. A lot of valuable work is already being done in regard to international and external relations. However, it’s also clear that if the School is going to deliver the best performance it can in regard to its strategic priorities, even more needs to be done. For example, I’ll be working to expand links with universities, businesses and alumni in Asia to give substance to our strategy of two-way engagement with Asia. Similarly, on the domestic front, it is important that we make more of the excellent links that we already have with businesses and alumni, as well as build new ones.”

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