Professor Stephen Cummings

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Professor of Strategy & Innovation School of Management


Teaching in 2019

Faculty role

Stephen is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Victoria Business School (VBS).


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 "Build your own strategic plan" app, shows the most effective way to develop a strategy is to visualize it.

Watch a video about A New History of Management (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Other videos about his research are available on A New History of Management YouTube channel.

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; and his article Restating the Case (with Todd Bridgman & Colm McLaughlin), was awarded Academy of Management Learning & Education’s Best Paper for 2016.

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. In addition, Stephen has developed executive courses for a range of public and private sector organizations, including Philips, HSBC, The Financial Times, ANZ, 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.


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

  • Strategy
  • Management History
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship

PhD supervision

Professor Cummings is currently supervising Ian Calder, Alan Mayo and Andrea Dickens

Selected recent publications

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

Restating the Case: How Revisiting the Development of the Case Method Can Help Us Think Differently About the Future of the Business School. Academy of Management Learning & Education, Bridgman, T., Cummings, S., McLaughlin, C. 15(4), 724-741. 2016.

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.


Teaching in 2019