Professor Stephen Cummings

Professor of Strategy & Innovation School of Management

Courses

Teaching in 2017

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Introduction

Stephen is the author or co-author of a number of books on strategy, innovation and management history, these include Recreating Strategy (Sage, 2002), Images of Strategy (Blackwell, 2003), Creative Strategy: Reconnecting Business and Innovation (Wiley, 2010), Handbook of Management and Creativity (Edward Elgar, 2014), The Strategy Pathfinder (3rd edition, Wiley, 2017) and A New History of Management (Cambridge University Press, 2017). These books have been translated into Chinese, Danish, Korean, Persian and Russian language editions.

His most popular book Strategy Builder (Wiley, 2015), and the associated app StrategyBlocksBuilder, show how the most effective way to develop a strategy is to visualize it. The app "Build your own strategic plan" is available to download.

Stephen has been awarded ‘best paper’ prizes at the Academy of Management in 2008, 2014 and 2015, and his work has been published in many top journals, including Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Perspectives, Business Horizons, Deusto Harvard Business Review, Long Range Planning, Organization, Organization Studies and Tsinghua Business Review.

His recent article ‘Unfreezing change as three steps’ (with Todd Bridgman & Kenneth Brown) was awarded Human Relations’ Best Paper for 2016. This video, from the New History of Management youtube channel, outlines the arguments made in the article.

Stephen teaches strategy on the undergraduate and MBA programs at Victoria and has also taught at ENPC Paris, Ecole Hassania Casablanca, Peking University, Melbourne Business School, Stockholm University, Trinity College Dublin, Tsinghua University and Warwick Business School (WBS). In 2009, he was awarded ‘Outstanding MBA Teacher’ at WBS. In addition, Stephen has developed executive courses for a range of public and private sector organizations, including Philips, HSBC, The Financial Times, GKN Westland, Prudential, Air Services Australia and Callaghan Innovation, and his frameworks such as the Next Practice Matrix, and Six Degrees of Strategic Innovation are widely used by management consultants.

In 2013, The Financial Times named Stephen’s ‘Orientation-Animation Matrix’ (developed with David Wilson) one of the top strategy frameworks of the past 50 years. In 2014 Stephen was named New Zealand’s first Academic Fellow of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes. In 2015, he was elected as Academic Representative-at-Large for the Teaching and Learning Division at the Strategic Management Society. And in 2016 he was elected co-Chair of the Critical Management Studies division of the Academy of Management.

Qualifications

PhD, Warwick Business School, UK (1999)
BA(Hons) in Classical Studies, Victoria University (1991)
BA in Classical Studies, Victoria University (1990)
BCA in Management and Marketing, Victoria University (1989)
Diploma of Design, Massey University (1986)

Areas of potential PhD supervision

  • Management History
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy

Selected recent publications

A New History of Management. Cummings, S., Bridgman, T., Hassard, J. Rowlinson, M. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2017).

The Limits and Possibilities of Management History. Academy of Management Learning and Education, Cummings, S. Bridgman, T. 15(2): 1-18, 2016.

Unfreezing change as three steps: Rethinking Kurt Lewin’s legacy for change management. Human Relations, 69(1), 33-60. Cummings, S., Bridgman, T., Brown, K. G. 2016.

Strategy Builder: How to Create and Communicate More Effective Strategies. John Wiley, Oxford Hoboken, NJ. Cummings, S. Angwin, A., 2015.

Stratography: The Art of Conceptualizing and Communicating Strategy, Business Horizons, Cummings, S. Angwin, D., 54(5): 435-446, 2011.

The relevant past: why the history of management should be critical for our future. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 10/1 77-93, 2011. Cummings, S. Bridgman, T. (Short-listed Best AMLE article of 2011).

A guide to the future of strategy? The history of Long Range Planning. Long Range Planning. Cummings, S. and Daellenbach, U., 2009, 42/2: 234-262. (Winner of Emerald Citations of Excellence Top 50 Papers of 2009 award).