December - Melbourne

Workshop on Risk

An ICRODSC workshop on risk attracted about 50 participants from Melbourne, Sydney and Japan, who were treated to a wide array of presenters across different disciplines from Australian and international universities.

Presenters included:

  • Jon Barnett, Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Department of Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne,
  • Mark Burgman, BioSciences, University of Melbourne,
  • Adrienne Clarke, Chair of Botany and Managing Director of the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA),
  • Jens Zinn, associate professor and reader in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Steve Maguire, Professor and Director of the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management at McGill University,
  • Yuval Millo, Professor in the School of Management at the University of Leicester,
  • Linda Putnam, Professor in the Department of Communication at Santa Barbara,
  • Beverly Sauer, President of BAS Consultants Inc - a small woman-owned consulting firm specialising in risk communication,
  • Andrew Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex,
  • Clive Smallman, Professor of Management and Dean at the University of Western Sydney Business School, and
  • Christopher Wright, Professor of Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School.

December - Sydney

PhD Workshop

Visiting Associate Professor David Oliver (HEC Montreal) conducted a half-day workshop with PhD students at the University of Sydney Business School. This hands-on workshop focused on approaches to collecting, coding, and theorising from qualitative data sources.

Drawing on a data set generated from a multi-stakeholder partnership involving indigenous, non-indigenous, and governmental organisations, workshop participants explored techniques for analysing and publishing from diverse data sources. The workshop also explored the benefits and challenges associated with working in culturally complex research contexts.

November - Meiji, Japan


ICRODSC members at the University of Sydney Business School, including Leanne Cutcher, David Grant, Richard Hall, Jane Le and Maurizio Floris (PhD) were invited to attend a two-day workshop at Meiji University in Japan on the theme ‘Discourse and Change’.  Professor Grant, now at Griffith University, presented the keynote paper ‘Changing our Understanding of Organisational Change: A Discourse Based Approach’.

February-March - Melbourne

Workshops on Academic Writing

Pennsylvania State University's Professor Denny Gioia, who was visiting as part of the University of Melbourne’s Eminent Research Scholar Program, conducted a workshop on Writing for Top Tier Journals. This workshop covered rules of the game, writing an effective introduction, and what constitutes a theoretical contribution. A second workshop examined navigating the review process.

A seminar on his research into the processes by which organisational identities changed during the initial phases of a merger between two formerly rival healthcare organisations attracted an interesting debate. Professor Gioia also conducted a teaching master class on corporate social responsibility with members of a number of Melbourne universities discussing the teaching and theoretical implications of the Pinto case.

Finally, more than a dozen people were able to benefit from individual consultations with Professor Gioia to help them progress research ideas and papers.

January - Melbourne

Workshop on Identity

An ICRODSC workshop was held on identity with prominent visitors Professor Robyn Thomas (Cardiff Business School), who presented her critical work on identity, and Professor Denny Gioia (Pennsylvania State University), who presented his interpretative approach to organisational identity.

ICRODSC members Leisa Sargent and Susan Ainsworth acted as discussants, while Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher from the University of Sydney chaired the session and facilitated the spirited discussion regarding different approaches to studying identity.