Maurice Violani

Maurice Violani

Postgraduate Research Student

School of Management - PhD (Management), UNSW Australia (in progress) | Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne| Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

Maurice Violani is undertaking a part-time PhD in Strategic Management, studying the role of mental models in strategic decision making. His research examines the relationship between orientations, such as temporal orientations, and mental models and how these impact strategic decision making.

Maurice developed his research interests in strategic decision making while working as a strategy consultant and seeing first-hand the impact of executives’ cognitive frames on their strategic decision making. He has over 20 years’ experience as a strategy consultant working with executive teams and boards from top companies in many industries across Australia, Asia, North America and Europe.

In addition to his PhD, Maurice is currently also a Partner with EY where he co-leads the Corporate Finance Strategy (Parthenon-EY) practice within EY’s Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) division. Maurice’s focus is on serving both private equity and corporate clients on a wide range of transaction and strategy related issues including growth and portfolio strategies, M&A strategy, market assessments, target screening, commercial due diligence, market entry and exit strategy. Prior to EY, Maurice was a leader in the Australian Strategy Practice of A.T. Kearney, a global strategy-consulting firm. While at A.T. Kearney, Maurice also served as Global Director of Learning and Talent Development. Prior to his move to consulting, Maurice was Head of Strategy for nab’s business bank.

Thesis title

  • Mental Models, Orientations and Strategic Decision Making


Research interests

  • Managerial Cognition
  • Micro-foundations of Strategy
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Behavioural Strategy
  • Strategic Management