PhD Candidate; Research Assistant
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
Abz is a doctoral student in the Discipline of International Business. His research expertise and interests include: charismatic leadership, technology, strategy, organisational development and change, and organisational discourse.
Abz’s thesis, Life After Death: The Routinisation of Charismatic Leadership at Three Technology Firms, investigates how Hewlett-Packard Inc., Intel Corporation, and Apple Inc. have attempted to build and sustain organisational cultures that carry on the mission and work of their influential founders. His project is supervised by Associate Professor Catherine Welch.
In 2008, Abz completed his undergraduate honours thesis, Drama, Narrative and Charismatic Leadership: The Case of Steve Jobs, with the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. His project was supervised by Professor David Grant.
The Sydney Morning Herald
"Are Steve Ballmer's latest efforts to turn around the fortune of Microsoft too little, too late?" ask Professor David Grant, Co-Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, and Abz Sharma, PhD candidate. Read more
Reshaping Apple's Core 06 Sep 2012
The Australian Financial Review
The first year without Steve Jobs has been most eventful for Apple. In particular, much has been made of CEO Timothy Cook's leadership style in contrast to that of Jobs', say Abz Sahrma and David Grant, Deputy Dean of the Business School.
Thesis working title
Life after death: the routinisation of charismatic leadership at three technology firms
This thesis investigates how Hewlett-Packard Inc., Intel Corporation, and Apple Inc. have attempted to build and sustain organisational cultures that carry on the mission and work of their influential founders.
Supervisor: Catherine Welch
Sharma A and Grant D 2011 'Discourse in Organizations' in The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, Wiley Blackwell, Boston MA, United States
Sharma A and Grant D 2011 'Narrative, Drama and Charismatic Leadership: The Case of Apple’s Steve Jobs', Leadership, vol.7:1, pp. 3-26
Sharma A and Grant D 2009 'Drama, narrative and charismatic leadership: The case of Apple’s Steve Jobs', 2nd New Zealand Discourse Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 20th November 2009