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Dr Eric Knight is Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Management at the University of Sydney Business School, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.
Eric’s research focuses on strategy process and practice in organizations. He has a particular interest in how strategic tensions are managed by diverse organizational actors to effect change, drawing on traditions from sociology and ethnographic methodology. He is best known for his work on contradictory yet interdependent tensions, which contribute to the emerging theory of paradox. His studies have included a range of contexts (e.g. energy, healthcare, early-stage ventures), and he has published in numerous top-tier journals, including Organization Studies, Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Studies, and MIT Sloan Management Review. His academic research underpins two books written for a wider audience on the topic of how collective decisions are made under complexity: Reframe (2012), and Why we argue about climate change (2013).
Dr Knight’s career has included a number of prestigious awards related to his research. He studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and has subsequently held the NAB Rising Star Fellowship (2013-2015), a University of Sydney International Research Collaboration Award (2015), and the Young Alumni Achievement Award from University of Sydney (2012). He currently holds a competitive ARC Discovery Grant titled ‘Australia’s role in global financial and production networks’ (2016-2018).
Dr Knight teaches leadership in organizations into the undergraduate and postgraduate program, and teaches integrated strategic management into the MBA. His innovation in teaching methods has been covered by the Australian Financial Review, and has received the Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching. He is currently supervising three PhD students.
Eric’s service includes membership of Academic Board at the University of Sydney, and he is a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in its social services division. He has previously acted as Program Director (Undergraduate Business) for the Bachelor of Commerce degree, and worked for several years with the Boston Consulting Group in Australia and Asia prior to academia.
The MBA students who work with CEOs 26 Jun 2016
Australian Financial Review
The Australian Financial Review reported 25 MBA students are involved in a project with the National Australian Bank subsidiary UBank, which will see the students working with senior business leaders. Dr Eric Knight was quoted.
Sydney hitting the finance big leagues 08 Dec 2015
Dr Eric Knight was quoted in an article about his research that ranks the major international finance centres based on investment banking fees billed from cross-border deals.
Labour flow would lift Sydney fin services 08 Dec 2015
Financial Observer quoted Dr Eric Knight about a report he co-authored that found Sydney could improve its status as an international financial centre by making skilled migration easier and more attractive for Asian financial professionals.
Banking Day reports that Sydney been ranked as the world's tenth largest international finance centre, according to a new study by Dr Eric Knight Sydney.
Australian Financial Review
The Australian Financial Times reports on the MBA capstone unit in which students work on real-life products for major insurer Swiss Re. Dr Eric Knight is quoted in the article.
Knight ERW and Paroutis S 2017 Forthcoming 'Paradox as a Threshold Concept in Learning: An Approach to Learning and Teaching about Paradox' in Oxford Handbook of Organizational Paradox: Approaches to Plurality, Tensions and Contradictions, ed. P Jarzabkowski, M Lewis, W Smith, and A Langley, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Knight ERW and Wojcik D 2017 Forthcoming 'Geographical linkages in the financial services industry: a dialogue with organizational studies', Regional Studies
Sharma R and Knight ERW 2016 Forthcoming 'The Role of Information Density in Infrastructure Investment', Growth and Change
Knight ERW and Paroutis S 2016 'Orchestrating Noise: Paradox Recognition in a Media Organization', 36th Strategic Management Society (SMS) Annual International Conference, Berlin, Germany, 20th September 2016
Knight ERW 2016 'Incorporating lower level managers' reflexivity into organizational ambidexterity', 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, United States, 9th August 2016
Knight ERW and Grimes M 2016 'CEO sensegiving and legitimacy projection across multiple strategic change episodes (awarded Best SAP Paper)', Proceedings of the 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, United States, 9th August 2016
Knight ERW 2016 ', Technology Shaping Risk 2016 Dialogue Series - Swiss Re Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, Australia, 13 April 2016
Knight ERW 2015 'Market design and maturity in the Asia Pacific' in Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law, ed. Geert Van Calster, Wim Vandenberghe and Leonie Reins, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 499-506
Knight ERW 2015 'Book Review: Tor Hernes - A Process Theory of Organization', Organization Studies, vol.36:10, pp. 1423-26
Wojcik D, Knight ERW and Pazitka V 2015 'What turns cities into financial centres?', 4th Global Conference on Economic Geography, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 21st August 2015
Knight ERW and Hall R 2015 'The role of experiential learning environments in developing paradoxical leadership', 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 11th August 2015
Knight ERW, Sturdy A and O'Mahoney J 2015 'Strategy as structuring? CSO occupational backgrounds and agency in corporations', 31st European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium, Athens, Greece, 4th July 2015
Knight ERW and Wójcik D 2015 'International Competitiveness of Australia’s Financial Services Sector: Fulfilling the Mandate of the Financial System Inquiry', Centre for International Finance and Regulation
Wójcik D, Knight ERW and Pažitka V 2015 'What turns cites into internatonal financial centres?', Centre for International Finance and Regulation Research Working Paper Series
Knight ERW and Wojcik D 2015 'Sydney as a Financial Centre: Enhancing Sydney’s Global Competitiveness in Financial Services, Centre for International Finance and Regulation Seminar presentation, Sydney, Australia, 8 December 2015
Wojcik D, Knight ERW and Pazitka V 2015 'What turns cities into financial centres?, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 9 October 2015
Knight ERW 2015 'Redesigning work for an Asia relevant workforce, The Royal Society of NSW and the Four Academies Forum, Sydney, Australia, 15 September 2015
Knight ERW 2015 'Ambidexterity and its implications for corporate innovation, Freehills Heads of Innovation Roundtable, Sydney, Australia, 2 September 2015
Knight ERW 2015 'How block chain technology is transforming financial services, Accenture Fintech Innovation Lab, Hong Kong, (China), 18 August 2015
Knight ERW 2015 '"Australia’s productivity conundrum: life after the mining boom", Promoting future economic prosperity in the Asian Region, Crawford School of Public Policy Seminar, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 16 April 2015
Knight ERW 2015 'Design thinking in the insurance sector, Swiss Re Think series, Sydney, Australia, 8 April 2015
Knight ERW and Sharma R 2014 'Retooling in-house investment teams inside institutional investors: three perspectives on the shift towards direct infrastructure investment', Alternative Investment Analyst Review, vol.3:3, pp. 10-17
Knight ERW and Cuganesan S 2014 'The Role of Top Management Teams in Enabling and Sustaining Contextual Ambidexterity', 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, United States, 5th August 2014
Cutcher-Gershenfeld J, Mittleman B and Knight ERW 2014 'Pre-competitive Institutional Arrangements in the Biosciences', Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) 66th Annual Meeting, Portland, United States, 1st June 2014
Knight ERW and Sharma R 2014 'Towards a dynamic model for financial product evolution: the case of infrastructure investment', Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting: TAMPA 2014, Tampa, United States, 12th April 2014
Knight ERW 2014 'Comment to Quarterly Essay 54: A Rightful Place: Race, recognition and a more complete commonwealth',
Wojcik D and Knight ERW 2014 'International financial centres in the post-2008 era: Sydney in a global context, Centre for International Financial and Regulation Seminar, Sydney, Australia, 9 December 2014
Knight ERW 2014 'The role of top management teams in enabling and sustaining contextual ambidexterity, Work & Organizational Studies Seminar Series, University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, Australia, 13 October 2014
Knight ERW 2014 'Building fast, high performance large organisations, NAB Education, Government and Community Strategy Planning Day Keynote Presentation, Melbourne, Australia, 20 September 2014
Knight ERW 2014 'Building entrepreneurial careers in Australia, The Millennial Series, University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, Australia, 17 July 2014
Knight ERW 2013 'Why we argue about climate change', Black Inc, Collingwood, Australia
Bolukbasi B, Knight ERW and et al 2013 'Open data: Crediting a culture of cooperation', Science, vol.342, pp. 1041-2
Knight ERW 2013 'Keynote Address: Tackling Our Trickiest Problems, Green Cities 2013 Conference, Sydney, Australia, 7 March 2013
Knight ERW 2012 'The Sun King' in Anthology of Best Business Writing in 2011, ed. A Cornell, University of New South Wales Press, Kensington, Australia
Knight ERW 2012 'China and the United States: how business can capitalise on Chinese innovation, Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, 29 September 2012
Knight ERW 2012 'How innovation is organised, North Sydney Chamber of Commerce, North Sydney, Australia, 13 June 2012
Knight ERW 2012 'Future of business innovation and work, TEDx Hong Kong, Hong Kong, (China), 28 May 2012
Knight ERW 2012 'What's the big idea?, Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney, Australia, 15 May 2012
Knight ERW 2012 'Reframe, Ockham’s Razor on ABC Radio National, Australia, 22 April 2012
Knight ERW 2012 'Beyond populist politics and policies, Australian National University and ABC Big Ideas Radio National, Australia, 10 April 2012
Knight ERW 2012 'Debut Mondays, The Wheeler Centre, Australia, 20 February 2012
Knight ERW 2012 'Conversation Hour with Jon Faine, ABC Melbourne Radio, Australia, 19 February 2012
Knight ERW 2012 'Drive with Richard Glover, ABC Sydney, Australia, 14 February 2012
Knight ERW 2012 'Drive with Waleed Aly, Radio National, Australia, 14 February 2012
Knight ERW and Dixon AD 2011 'The Role of Investment Consultants in Transforming Pension Fund Decision Making: The Integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance Considerations into Corporate Valuation' in Corporate Governance Failures: The Role of Institutional Investors in the Global Financial Crisis, ed. James P. Hawley, Shyam J. Kamath, and Andrew T. Williams, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, United States, pp. 217-41
Knight ERW 2011 'Australian innovation, Saturday Extra ABC Radio National, Australia, 1 October 2011
Knight ERW 2011 'What's killing Australian innovation, Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Australia, 5 September 2011
Knight ERW 2011 'Innovation, Australia Talks, Australia, 24 August 2011
Knight ERW 2010 'The power of devolution: driving investment from the periphery, Presentation at Institutional Investors and Long-term Investing workshop, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, Oxford, United Kingdom, 30 March 2010
Knight ERW 2009 'Book review of 'The crisis of global environmental governance: towards a new political economy of sustainability', Jacob Park, Ken Conca and Matthias Finger (Editors)', International Affairs, vol.85:1
Clark GL and Knight ERW 2009 'Implications of the UK Companies Act 2006 for Institutional Investors and the Market for Corporate Social Responsibility', University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, vol.11:2, pp. 259-96
Knight ERW 2009 'The role of non-financial considerations in the finance sector: the role of asset consulting companies', PRI Academic Conference, 5th October 2009
Knight ERW 2009 'The economic implications of carbon trading across geographies', European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 17th Annual Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 27th June 2009
Knight ERW 2009 'The economic geography of carbon trading', PRI Young Scholars Finance Academy conference, St Gallen University and Oikos Foundation, St Gallen, Switzerland, 11th February 2009
Knight ERW 2009 'The post-2012 international financing framework: the path for Indonesia, Indonesian Ministry of Finance at invitation of World Bank - 20 April, Jakarta, Indonesia 2009
Knight ERW 2009 'The role of asset consulting companies in transforming investment decision making: the global financial crisis and the challenge of responsible investment, Presentation to Elfenworks Centre for Fiduciary Capitalism conference, St May’s College, United States, 7 October 2009
Knight ERW 2009 'Comment on Pan, J. Chen, Y. Wang, W. (2009) China’s Carbon Budget Proposal and the International climate negotiations, Working paper for Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Crawford School of Economics and Government, ANU, Canberra, Australia, 14 April 2009
Knight ERW 2009 'Remaking the financial model: corporate finance and climate change, Presentation for Oxford Achilles Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility presentation at Said Business School, Oxford, United Kingdom, 18 February 2009
Wilder M, Miller M and Knight ERW 2008 'Legal Issues and Contractual Solutions' in Climate Change and Forests, Emerging Policy and Market Solutions, ed. Streck C., Tarasofsky R., O'Sullivan R. & Janson-Smith T., Brookings Institute Press, Washington, DC, United States
Knight ERW 2008 'Using private law remedies to turn corporate values into climate change solutions', St Gallen Symposium, St Gallen, Switzerland, 20th May 2008
Doornbosch R and Knight ERW 2008 'What Role for Public Finance in International Climate Change Mitigation?', OECD Roundtable for Sustainable Development
Knight ERW 2008 'The financial challenges of addressing climate change, Presentation for Crawford School of Economics and Government, ANU, Canberra, Australia, 20 December 2008
Clark GL and Knight ERW 2008 'Institutional Investors, the Political Economy of Corporate Disclosure, and the Market for CSR: Implications from the UK Companies Act (2006), Financial Markets and Environmental Governance workshop, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, Oxford, United Kingdom, 29 May 2008
The project intends to address a major deficit of knowledge about the ways financial centres develop and compete among a network of international centres. Australia’s long-term economic future is closely tied to providing financial services throughout Asia. Yet very little attention has been given to analysing the structures and networks that enable internationalisation, in particular the performance of Sydney and Melbourne as competitive financial centres within a network of financial centres in East and South-East Asia. Using specialist industry databases and intensive case study methods, this project plans to examine the processes underpinning the growth of this network, map scenarios for the next two decades, and advise on policy implications arising from the 2013–14 Financial System Inquiry.
Australian Research Council Discovery Grant
In the original Terms of Reference for the Financial System Inquiry, the Government put a strong emphasis on evaluating the international competitiveness of Australia’s financial sector. This issue looms large as Australia seeks to take advantage of its Asian geography whilst being located within the most competitive financial time zone in the world. Although addressed in the Interim Report and canvassed throughout the Final Report, only two recommendations (#14 and #27) directly address international competitiveness. Both recommendations seek to establish new working groups to assess and monitor policy coordination between financial institutions and public entities. This project will devise a set of metrics to measure and evaluate the performance of Australia’s financial services sector within the region, providing more detailed measures to assess Australia’s relative position than used in the FSI Final Report. These measures serve to benchmark historical performance of Sydney and Melbourne as financial centres, and will underpin forward-looking recommendations for policy interventions to drive competitiveness in underperforming areas, which are identified in our analysis.
CIFR Research Project
This project examined the basis for the creation of new financial markets in Asia to enable clean energy technology investment. It reviewed public policy instruments used to leverage investment in technology commercialization, and examine the implications for energy utility firms and finance companies in the region. Specific focus was given to geothermal project development in Indonesia.
SSEAC Publication Grant 2013-2014
Recent Units Taught
SMBA6201 Business Capstone: Lean Start-Up
WORK2222 Leadership in Organisations
WORK6130 Leadership in Organisations
Dr Eric Knight leads a panel discussion of industry experts on how to maintain competitive advantage in the digital age in the second Emerging Leaders Masterclass for 2015. mba.sydney.edu.au
Dr Eric Knight's latest book, Why We Argue About Climate Change, takes on one of the most contentious policy issues in Australia and in international politics. He discusses what he believes to be at the heart of the debate, and the critical role of entrepreneurs and small businesses in the solution.