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David Oliver

David Oliver

BA (Hons) Waterloo; MBA York; PhD Lausanne
Senior Lecturer

Rm 4177
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9114 1110
Fax +61 2 9351 4729
david.oliver@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Dr David Oliver is Senior Lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. He currently holds the position of Program Director of the Master of Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations, and is also the Postgraduate Coordinator for the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. Prior to joining the University of Sydney, David worked at HEC Montréal in Canada as well as the IMD Business School and Imagination Lab in Switzerland.

David’s research interests include organizational identity, contemporary strategy practices and tools, stakeholder engagement and trust, and the sharing economy. He has published 14 peer-reviewed journal articles, four book chapters, 14 teaching case studies, and has received eight research grants, including a current Insight Grant on “Strategy and Identity Work” from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council on which he is co-investigator. His publications have appeared in journals such as Organization Studies, British Journal of Management, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics and Scandinavian Journal of Management. He has a Google Scholar H-index of 12, and is a regular presenter, panellist, mentor, and convenor at international conferences.

He also has extensive teaching experience in undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programs in 13 countries on four continents. David focuses on improving students’ ability to reflexively re-evaluate their management and strategy abilities, and was awarded a Dean’s Citation for Teaching from the University of Sydney Business School in 2014. He engages in experiential forms of instruction wherever possible, and has introduced a number of experiential innovations into his Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Commerce, and Executive Education teaching. He has authored a recent publication on the subject in the Journal of Management Education.

David has supervised two PhD students to completion, served on two (completed) PhD committees, and supervised three (completed) Master’s students.

Research Interests

David’s research centres on “identity” as a frame of reference (particularly at the organisational level) and its importance for strategising. His research program focuses on how identity is negotiated, influenced, transmitted, and employed in organisations. The cross-level nature of his research has led him to study how organisational identities are influenced by participation in multi-firm innovation networks, how team vs. organisation-level identity tensions are handled by innovation teams, and how start-up founders transition from personal identities to constructing organisational identity. He also studies how organisational “identity work” can be a strategic practice, how “identity anxiety” can generate inertia and inhibit strategic change, how individual emotions influence strategy team decision-making, and how narratives convey complex information related to ethics and identity.

He is active in the international “Strategizing Activities and Practices” community, and is a member of the Strategy as Practice Study Group (GéPS) at HEC Montréal as well as the Organisational Discourse, Strategy and Change (ODSC) Group at the University of Sydney. He sits on the Editorial Board of the journal m@n@gement.

David has also studied trust development in multi-stakeholder strategic partnerships involving Indigenous organisations. He recently initiated a Canada-Australia comparative study of Indigenous-non-Indigenous organisations, focusing on how organisational members reflexively develop practices to better deal with institutional complexity. Most recently, his research has expanded to consider identity’s role in sharing economy “platform” companies, leading to his participation in the funded “Sharing Economy of Australia Research Group” (SEARG).

2018

2
Book Section/s

Oliver D and Heracleous L 2018 Forthcoming 'Playfulness and strategizing' in Agility. X: How Organizations Thrive in Unpredictable Times, ed. Prange, C. and Heracleous, L., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom

2017

5
Conference Paper/s

Vough H and Oliver D 2017 'Who am I and who are we? Cross-level convergent identity work by founders of emergent organizations', 33rd European Group for Organization Studies EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark, 8th July 2017

Kouame S, Oliver D and Hafsi T 2017 'Identity anxiety as a source of organizational inertia', 33rd European Group for Organization Studies EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark, 8th July 2017

2016

4
Journal Article/s

Statler M and Oliver D 2016 'The Moral of the Story: Re-framing Ethical Codes of Conduct as Narrative Processes', Journal of Business Ethics, vol.136:1, pp. 89-100 [Link]

Fortin I and Oliver D 2016 'To imitate or differentiate: Cross-level identity work in an innovation network', Scandinavian Journal of Management, vol.32:4, pp. 197-208 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Cutcher L, Oliver D and Sloan P 2016 'How Should I Act: Reflexive Praxis in Hybrid Organizing', 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, United States, 9th August 2016

2015

2
Book Section/s

Oliver D 2015 'Identity work as a strategic practice' in Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice (2nd Edition), ed. Golsorkhi, D., Rouleau, L., Seidl, D. and Vaara, E., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 331-44

4
Journal Article/s

Kisfalvi V and Oliver D 2015 'Creating and Maintaining a Safe Space in Experiential Learning', Journal of Management Education, vol.39:6, pp. 713-40 [Link]

Kouamé S, Oliver D and Poisson-de-Haro S 2015 'Can emotional differences be a strength? Affective diversity and managerial decision performance', Management Decision, vol.53:8, pp. 1662-76 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Oliver D and Cole BM 2015 'Cross-Level Identity Switching in Autonomous New Product Development Teams', 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 11th August 2015

2014

2
Book Section/s

Oliver D, Heracleous L and Jacobs CD 2014 'Balancing divergence and convergence: Stimulating creativity through hybrid thinking' in Handbook of Management and Creativity, ed. C Bilton and S Cummings, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 325-45

2013

4
Journal Article/s

Pamela S and Oliver D 2013 'Building trust in multi-stakeholder partnerships: Critical emotional incidents and practices of emotional engagement', Organization Studies, vol.34:12, pp. 1835-68

Jacobs C, Oliver D and Heracleous L 2013 'Diagnosing Organizational Identity Beliefs by Eliciting Complex, Multimodal Metaphors', Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, vol.49:4, pp. 482-504

2012

5
Conference Paper/s

Oliver D and Vough H 2012 'Practicing identity: The emergence of organizational identity in start-up firms', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, United States, 7th August 2012

2011

5
Conference Paper/s

Oliver D and Cole B 2011 'Identity construction and the paradox of innovation: Product-level successes and organizational-level dysfunction', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, United States, 16th August 2011

Statler M and Oliver D 2011 'The moral of the story: Re-framing ethical codes of conduct as narrative processes', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, United States, 16th August 2011

Jacobs C, Oliver D and Heracleous L 2011 'The role of embodiment in organization-focused identity work', 27th European Group on Organizational Studies Colloquium, Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th July 2011

2010

4
Journal Article/s

Oliver D, Statler M and Roos J 2010 'A Meta-Ethical Perspective on Organizational Identity', Journal of Business Ethics, vol.94:3, pp. 427-40

2009

4
Journal Article/s

Sloan P and Oliver D 2009 'Michelin's Strategic Partnership with Indigenous Peoples (A) The Basis for Partnership', International Journal of Case Studies in Management, vol.7:2, pp. 1-12

5
Conference Paper/s

Sloan P and Oliver D 2009 'Stakeholders are people, too: Building effective stakeholder engagement practices', 25th European Group on Organizational Studies Colloquium, Barcelona, Spain, 4th July 2009

2008

2
Book Section/s

Statler M and Oliver D 2008 'Facilitating serious play' in The Oxford Handbook on Organizational Decision-Making, ed. Hodgkinson G and Starbuck W, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 475-94

5
Conference Paper/s

Oliver D and Statler M 2008 'A meta-ethical perspective on organizational identity', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, United States, 13th August 2008

Jacobs C, Oliver D and Heracleous L 2008 'Constructing organizational identity through embodied metaphors', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, United States, 13th August 2008

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Oliver D 2008 'Strong team identity in a self-managed work team: Key to success or Pandora’s box?', What is an Organization? Materiality, Agency and Discourse: Proceedings of the First International Conference of the Language, Organization and Governance Research Group, Montreal, Canada, 22nd May 2008

2007

4
Journal Article/s

Oliver D and Roos J 2007 'Beyond Text: Constructing Organizational Identity Multimodally', British Journal of Management, vol.18:4, pp. 342-58

Oliver D and Jacobs C 2007 'Developing guiding principles: An organizational learning perspective', Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol.20:6, pp. 813-28

5
Conference Paper/s

Statler M and Oliver D 2007 'Facilitating serious play', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, United States, 8th August 2007

2006

4
Journal Article/s

Oliver D and Roos J 2006 'Creativité et identité organisationelle', Revue Française de Gestion, vol.32:161, pp. 139-53

2005

4
Journal Article/s

Oliver D and Roos J 2005 'Decision making in high velocity environments: The importance of guiding principles', Organization Studies, vol.26:6, pp. 889-913

5
Conference Paper/s

Oliver D and Burgi P 2005 'Organizational identity as a strategic practice', 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 6th July 2005

Oliver D and Statler M 2005 'Responsible identity practices', European Academy of Management EURAM Annual Conference, Munich, Germany, 7th May 2005

2004

5
Conference Paper/s

Oliver D and Roos J 2004 'Constructing Organizational Identity', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, New Orleans, United States, 11th August 2004

Oliver D and Roos J 2004 'Developing guiding principles through dialogue', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, New Orleans, United States, 11th August 2004

2003

4
Journal Article/s

Oliver D and Roos J 2003 'Dealing with the unexpected: Critical incidents in the LEGO Mindstorms team', Human Relations, vol.56:9, pp. 1055-80

5
Conference Paper/s

Oliver D and Roos J 2003 'Decision making in high velocity environments: The importance of guiding principles', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Seattle, United States, 6th August 2003

Oliver D and Roos J 2003 'Strategic decision making in high velocity environment: The importance of guiding principles', Strategic Management Society special conference - “Innovating Strategy Processes: Concepts, Experiences, and Experiments”, Storrs, United States, 28th May 2003

2002

2
Book Section/s

Oliver D and Roos J 2002 'Dealing with surprises: Collaborating in an alliance team' in Cooperative strategies and alliances: What we know 15 years later, ed. Contractor F and Lorange P, Pergamon, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 849-73

5
Conference Paper/s

Oliver D and Roos J 2002 'Dealing with surprises: Collaborating in an alliance team', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Denver, United States, 14th August 2002

Oliver D and Roos J 2002 'Organizational heuristics: More than simple rules', 5th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, London, United Kingdom, 26th July 2002

2001

5
Conference Paper/s

Oliver D and Roos J 2001 'Coherence in Collaboration: The case of self-managed teams', 17th European Group on Organizational Studies Colloquium, Lyon, France, 7th July 2001

2000

1
Book/s

Oliver D and Roos J 2000 'Striking a balance: Complexity and knowledge landscapes', McGraw-Hill, London, United Kingdom

5
Conference Paper/s

Oliver D 2000 'The impact of power differences on emergence in a high-velocity organizational team', 4th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, London, United Kingdom, 28th July 2000

Selected grants

2017-2021

2013-2017

Recent Units Taught

  • WORK2201 Foundations of Management

    2016: S1,
    2015: S1,

  • WORK6002 Strategic Management

    2017: S1,
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  • WORK6120 Research Essay

    2017: S1,

Newsroom articles

  • Will Australians ever give up Uber? 23 Jun 2017

    The Conversation

    Dr David Oliver co-authored an article published by The Conversation about major problems at Uber and the possibility of Australians discontinuing use of the ride-sharing service.

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