Christopher Wright (Research Network Leader)
Christopher Wright is Professor of Organisational Studies in the University of Sydney Business School. His research focuses on the diffusion of management knowledge, managerial and occupational identity, and organisational and workplace change. His current research explores individual, organizational and societal responses to anthropogenic climate change. He is particularly interested in how managers and business organizations interpret and respond to climate change and has published on this topic in leading international journals on issues of corporate citizenship, emotionology, organizational justification and compromise, risk, narrative identity and future imaginings. He has published in a range of leading international journals including: Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Research Policy, Human Relations, Environment & Planning A, Organization and the British Journal of Management. He is currently the team leader of an Australian Research Council Discovery project (2011-2013) into business responses to climate change.
Leanne Cutcher is an Associate Professor in Work & Organisational Studies. Her research explores employee and customer responses to management strategy. She has investigated the role of gender, race, community, and, most recently age in shaping organisational discourse and practice. Her current research partners include organisations as diverse as a large global engineering firm and a small Indigenous co-operative. She has published in leading international journals including Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management.
Steve Elliottt is Professor of Business Information Systems and heads the Business Environmental Sustainability Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School. He has extensive industry and international experience. His current collaborative research projects focus on providing assistance to corporations seeking to make meaningful contributions to the challenges of environmental sustainability. His work encompasses transdisciplinary research projects into how corporations can apply technology-enabled innovation and achieve the business transformation necessary to address multi-facted global problems. His research has been published in international journals including: Business Strategy and the Environment, Economic Papers, Industry and Innovation, International Journal of Information Management, IT & People, Journal of IT, and Management Information Systems Quarterly. Steve's research has been supported by grants from the Australian Research Council, the US National Science Foundation and from local and international corporate and industry sponsorships. He is currently involved in an NSF-funded international project entitled 'How Will Businesses Speak Biodiversity?'
Jane Lê is a Lecturer in Work & Organisational Studies. Her research focuses on the complex, dynamic, pluralistic and sometimes paradoxical nature of organisations. She is particularly interested in studying how organisations balance economic, environmental and social goals in their everyday practices and processes. She concentrates on critical infrastructure industries like energy, water, telecoms, and transport, which have significant national and international impact, but which often struggle to balance these types of goals. She has published her work in Organization Science, Strategic Organization and the International Journal of Human Resource Management.
Leanne Piggott is the Director of the Business Programs Unit. Her research examines global oil market dynamics, in particular the impact of geo-politics and geo-economics on supply and demand fundamentals with a particular focus on the Middle East. Her current research focuses on the nexus between food, water, and energy in the Middle East and the growing concern about food security in the Gulf region. In collaboration with colleagues from the Faculty of Agriculture and the Environment, she has been working with governments and businesses in the region to devise sustainable food and water security strategies that incorporate renewable energy technologies.
Betina Szkudlarek is a Lecturer in Cross-cultural Management in The University of Sydney Business School. Betina's core research interests lie at the intersection of cross-cultural management, international HRM and, management of diversity with special focus on the ethical aspects of managing people and the hidden biases of cross-cultural education. Her work has been published in international journals such as Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Management Learning. She has worked with corporate and governmental clients including, among others, Shell, Deutsche Telekom, Daimler, MAN, Kaspersky, and the Dutch Platform for Foreigners Rijnmond.
Ranjit Voola is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing. His research applies business and marketing strategy thinking to examine firm capabilities and firm performance and market-based poverty alleviation strategies. With 4 billion of the world's population below the poverty line, engaging with the "base of the pyramid", is not only a moral imperative but an economic imperative. To this end, his current research centres around three issues facing managers and businesses thinking of engaging with the poor: 1) How can for-profit businesses sustainably engage in poverty alleviation strategies? 2) How can a business make profit and alleviate poverty simultaneously? 3) What ethical challenges may arise when the objectives of making profit and alleviating poverty are "co-equal"? He is currently leading a research group titled "Poverty Alleviation and Profitability Research Group" based at the University of Sydney Business School.
Dan Cass (Honorary Associate )
Dan Cass is a consultant with 20 years of experience in sustainability. His research focus is in new enterprise models that realise the potential of solar, storage and wind technology. He has advised Sungevity (USA), Origin Energy, Pacific Hydro, Vestas, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne Energy Institute, Australian PV Institute, Greenpeace Australia Pacific. He is a consultant to the Australian Greens, former director of Hepburn Wind and sits on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy series, CRC Press (Taylor & Francis, Oxford, UK).
He has been published in Architectural Theory Review, The Guardian Australia, The Drum (ABC Online), Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times, Renew Economy, The Punch , Climate Spectator, Arena Magazine & Social Alternatives.