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Christopher Wright

Chris Wright

BEc(Hons); PhD Sydney
Professor of Organisational Studies

Rm 413
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 5860
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Christopher Wright is Professor of Organisational Studies and leader of the Balanced Enterprise Research Network at the University of Sydney Business School. His research focuses on the diffusion of management knowledge, managerial and occupational identity, consultancy, 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 relation to issues of corporate citizenship, emotionology, organizational justification and compromise, risk, narrative identity and future imaginings.

His research has appeared in a broad range of leading journals including: Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Environment & Planning A, Human Relations, Organization and the British Journal of Sociology. As well as chapters in edited collections, he is the author of several monographs including The Management of Labour: A History of Australian Employers (Oxford University Press, 1995). He has been a Chief Investigator on a range of major research projects and is the team leader on a current Australian Research Council Discovery project (2011-2013) into business responses to climate change.

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Research Grants


Sustainable organisational change: Australian business responses to climate change

Australian businesses are expected to play a leading role in the fight against global warming. This project will generate new insights into how, though organisational change initiatives, Australian corporations are responding to the issue of climate change, as well as the sustainability of these initiatives.

ARC Discovery Project

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Research Expertise

  • Business responses to climate change
  • Organisational change
  • Organisational sustainability
  • Managerial & professional identity
  • Management consulting
  • Human resource management

Recent Units Taught


BERN is interested in how business can better balance economic, environmental and social concerns while creating value for a wide range of stakeholders.

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