Associate Dean (Postgraduate)

Dr Maurizio Floris

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organisational Studies from the University of Sydney (2014)
  • Masters in Sociology of Knowledge/ Philosophy (M.Sc.) from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) (1993)
  • Ingenieur (Ir. postgraduate) in Development Economics from Wageningen University (Netherlands) (1989)
Business School
Education Qual & Sup

Maurizio is the Associate Dean Postgraduate Programs and Director for the Master fo Commerce Program at the Business School. 

Prior to taking up this role in 2023, he was Director for Part-time Programs (MBAX, MBA Executive) at the AGSM since March 2020. Before that, Maurizio was Director for Leadership Development at the John Grill Centre (University of Sydney), and Program Director (Strategy and Leadership) at Melbourne Business School. In these capacities Maurizio has led many Executive Development programs in Australia and overseas. He also taught post-graduate and MBA courses at the University of Sydney's Business School and was acting Director for its MBA program.

Before joining academia in 2007, Maurizio worked in industry for nearly 20 years. This includes roles as CEO of Impart Corporation (an Oracle/uni JV), General Manager with Chubb, Senior Strategy Consultant with Accenture, co-founder of Dutch engineering company DAE BV, and Development Economist with the Royal Tropical Institute. During that time Maurizio has worked in Australia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Over the years Maurizio has worked with many leading corporations (across Finance, FMCG, Energy, Mining, Publishing, Telecoms), including BHP, Bluescope, Caltex, CCH (Wolters Kluwer), Energex, Energy Australia, Gilette, LendLease, LexisNexis (Butterworth), McDonald's, OneSteel, Optus, QBE, St. George Bank, Telstra, United Energy, Vodafone;  and government/ regulatory organisations, including ABS, ATO, Australian Defence Forces (CASG; RAN), Australian Federal Police, Dept. of Treasury, Singapore Navy, Securities Institute, Transport for NSW.


Quadrangle Building, West Wing, Room 1038E, Kensington Campus | UNSW Sydney 2052
  • Book Chapters | 2015
    Marshak R; Grant DS; Floris M, 2015, 'Discourse and Dialogic Organization Development', in Bushe GR; Marshak R (ed.), Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Oakland, CA, pp. 77 - 99
  • Journal articles | 2020
    Cuganesan S; Floris M, 2020, 'Investigating perspective taking when infrastructure megaproject teams engage local communities: Navigating tensions and balancing perspectives', International Journal of Project Management, 38, pp. 153 - 164,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Floris M; Wiblen SL; Anichenko E, 2020, 'Senior Project Leadership Skills and Career Stallers: Analysis of Perception Differences and Implications for Careers', Project Management Journal, 51, pp. 214 - 234,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Floris M; Cuganesan S, 2019, 'Project leaders in transition: Manifestations of cognitive and emotional capacity', International Journal of Project Management, 37, pp. 517 - 532,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Floris M; Grant D; Oswick C, 2018, 'A discourse perspective on creating organizational knowledge: The case of strategizing', Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 59, pp. 141 - 156,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Floris M; Grant DS; Cutcher L, 2015, 'Calculative Devices as Boundary Objects in an Acquisition Discourse', Academy of Management Proceedings, 2015, pp. 15504 - 15504,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Floris M; Grant D; Marshak RJ, 2014, 'Changing our Understanding of Organizational Change: A Discourse-based Approach', Meiji Business Review, 61, pp. 101 - 118
    Journal articles | 2013
    Floris M; Grant D; Cutcher L, 2013, 'Mining the Discourse: Strategizing During BHP Billiton's Attempted Acquisition of Rio Tinto', Journal of Management Studies, 50, pp. 1185 - 1215,
    Journal articles | 2010
    Floris M, 2010, 'A discursive analysis of the future business environment in Asia (essay)', Meiji Business Review, 58, pp. 77 - 84
  • Reports | 2019
    Floris M; Smith C; Cuganesan S, 2019, Project Leadership: the game changer in large scale complex projects, International Centre for Complex Project Management, Canberra
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Cuganesan S; Floris M, 2016, 'The Framing of Public Infrastructure Projects through Project Advocate-Stakeholder Interactions', Naples, presented at European Group of Organisation Studies, Naples, 01 July 2016
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Floris M; Cuganesan S, 2016, 'Towards an Integrated Methodological Framework for Developing Executive Project Leaders', Naples, presented at European Group of Organisation Studies, Naples, 01 July 2016
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Floris M; Grant D; Cutcher L, 2014, 'Calculative Devices as Boundary Objects', Rotterdam, presented at European Group of Organisation Studies, Rotterdam, 06 July 2014
    Reports | 2012
    Floris M; Wright C, 2012, Submission to the Inquiry into Barriers to Effective Climate Change Adaptation, Australia
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Wright C; Nyberg D; Floris M; Grant D; Dunford R, 2012, 'Managing the risks of climate change: Justifying the past, marketing the present and colonizing the future', Helsinki, presented at European Group of Organisation Studies, Helsinki
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Floris M; Grant D; Cutcher L, 2009, 'A Discursive Analysis of an Acquisition Strategy of Australian Mining Companies', Tokyo, presented at 21st Century Business Issues in North America, Asia and Oceania., Tokyo
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Floris M; Grant D; Cutcher L, 2009, 'The Narrow Margins of the CEO: Discursive Practices and Strategizing with External Actors', Barcelona, presented at European Group of Organization Studies, Barcelona

  • Best Continuing Education” (2017) from the Project Management Institute for the Executive Leadership in Major Projects program (University of Sydney).

  • Best Graduate Program” (2008, 2009 and 2010) from the Australian Association of Graduate Employers for BHP's Global Graduate Talent program (Melbourne Business School).

  • Best Online/Multi-media Learning Program” (2001) from the Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry Association for a Pilotage Simulation program for navy officers from Singapore and Australia.

From a research perspective Maurizio is particularly interested in human development and impactful capability development for senior leaders through interventions that increase their skills as well as their capability to cope with increasing cognitive and emotional complexity. His research has been published in leading journals like the Journal of Management Studies, Research in the Sociology of Organisations, the Academy of Management Proceedings, the International Journal of Project Management, and the Project Management Journal

My Teaching

  • MBAX9131 Leadership