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Gary Oliver

Gary R Oliver

BA Macq. MCom UNSW Grad Cert HEd MEd PhD Syd. CPA
Senior Lecturer

Rm 437
H69 - Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 9420
Fax +61 2 9351 6638


As a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) with a PhD in Economics, Gary combines accounting, information and organisation perspectives. This draws on the Master of Commerce with a double major in Accounting and Information Systems from The University of New South Wales, and the Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University with majors in Anthropology and Philosophy. In addition Gary has both a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Master of Education from the University of Sydney. These qualifications were obtained while working full-time so Gary is aware of the challenge of balancing life-work commitments.

Gary specialises in knowledge sharing in business and academia. Gary gained specific experience in information systems and technology over 25 years. Gary has both managed operations as a Chief Information Officer, and, consulted to government and private enterprise, at state and international levels. Since 2000 these have used complexity-based approaches. Particular areas of expertise include knowledge management including information sharing, IT strategy formulation and evaluation, IT operations appraisal, enterprise change, project and risk management, and, sourcing of IT products and services.

Prior to teaching at the University of Sydney, Gary taught introductory and advanced courses in information systems, technology and management at the undergraduate levels at The University of New South Wales and postgraduate levels at The Australian Graduate School of Management and also The University of New South Wales.

Research Expertise

  • Application of techniques in complexity to intractable management issues
  • Business Information Systems
  • Chief Information Officer role & responsibilities
  • Information sharing
  • Knowledge harvesting for business intelligence

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