Keynotes « ANZAM 2016


Professor Steffen Bohm


Professor Bohm has taken up a new position from January 2016 as Professor of Organisation Studies at the University of Exeter, UK, continuing to work on inter-disciplinary approaches to sustainability. Previously, he was Professor of Management and Sustainability and the founding Director of the Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Essex, UK. His research focuses on political economies and ecologies of organization, management and the environment.  His books include “Ecocultures: Blueprints for sustainable communities” and “Repositioning Organization Theory: Impossibilities and strategies”. He has published in many journals including Organization Studies; Environment and Planning A; Organization; and Journal of Organizational Change Management. He was a co-founder of the open-access journal “ephemera: theory & politics in organization”, and is co-founder and co-editor of the new open-access publishing press MayFlyBooks. He has secured research funding for projects including from the Swedish Energy Agency and the East of England Cooperative Society. He appears regularly on radio shows and is published often in public media avenues such as The Guardian and The Conversation.

Carbon, short for carbon dioxide, is polluting the earth, causing global climate change, one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced. In this talk Prof Steffen Böhm reviews the approaches companies, governments and other organisations are taking to manage climate change. Using the concept of fetishism, he will show that managing carbon emissions is not simply an environmental act but involves psychological and economic dimensions that are closely intertwined. Moreover, carbon management is not something that has only become necessary in the 21st Century; instead, it has always been part and parcel of the modern organisation. Prof Böhm will discuss what such a historical perspective of the relationship between nature and management might mean for how managers, policymakers and NGO activist deal with climate change.


Professor Mary Uhl-Bien

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Professor Uhl-Bien is the BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership, Professor of Management, Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, USA. Professor Uhl-Bien is a renowned leadership expert in the areas of complexity leadership, relational leadership and followership. Her research has been published in top journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management and The Leadership Quarterly. Her research has been funded with grants from Booz Allen Hamilton, and she has conducted research in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Disney, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stryker and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Professor Uhl-Bien is currently Division Chair of the OB Division for the Academy of Management.

The theme of the 2016 ANZAM conference, “Under New Management: Innovating for Sustainable and Just Futures,” calls for management scholars to explore new ways of thinking and approaching management research and practice. In this talk Prof Uhl-Bien will present exciting new developments in the macro environment of management scholarship that serve as harbingers of change in how we theorize, research and teach management. Using a complexity lens, she will show how changes in political, social and economic environments are affecting both business schools and management practice, and in the process, opening up new opportunities for management scholarship. While not underestimating the challenges presented by current infrastructures that work against change, she will talk about what we as management scholars can do to capitalize on these opportunities and drive important and lasting innovation in the scholarship and practice of management.

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Ms Julieanne Alroe

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Julieanne Alroe was appointed to the position of CEO and Managing Director at Brisbane Airport Corporation Limited in July 2009. Julieanne currently holds board positions with Tourism and Events Queensland, Infrastructure Australia and is President of the Queensland Futures Institute. Prior to her appointment at BAC, Julieanne developed extensive experience within the aviation industry after holding a number of roles at Sydney Airport Corporation. These roles included executive management positions in the commercial, operations, corporate affairs, and planning and infrastructure departments.
Previous board appointments include the position of chairman of Airports Coordination Australia Ltd. and Airports Council International Safety and Technical Standing Committee. She was also a Board member of Queensland Theatre Company, Australia Trade Coast Ltd. and the International Grammar School Sydney. Julieanne has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The aviation industry is one of constant evolution. Ms Alroe will discuss how sustainability and efficiency of operations requires a broadness of thinking and a commitment towards challenging accepted norms. As a world-class airport, Brisbane Airport focuses on continuous improvement of operations and investing in the future, to not only underpin the fundamentals of the business, but importantly, enrich the experience of our customers.



Professor Ian Lowe

Professor Lowe is an emeritus professor in the School of Science at Griffith University (Australia) and was the recent president of the Australian Conservation Foundation. Professor Lowe has worked with the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and the CSIRO Division of Sustainable Ecosystems. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to science and technology and for contributing to public understanding of environmental issues, as well as winning the Eureka Prize for the promotion of Science in 2002. Recently he has been appointed to the expert advisory committee for the nuclear fuel cycle royal commission in South Australia.  He has authored numerous books and book chapters (including “The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia” in 2016) as well as many articles and conference presentations. He will present on “Shaping Sustainable Futures”.

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