Prof Ian O. Williamson – Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean of Commerce

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Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce Victoria Business School

Introduction

Professor Ian O. Williamson is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce at Victoria Business School (Faculty of Commerce), Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to joining Victoria University in 2017, he served on the faculties of the Melbourne Business School (Australia), Rutgers Business School (USA), the Zurich Institute of Business Education (Switzerland), the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia). He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio USA).

Ian is a globally recognised expert in the area of human resource management. His research examines the impact of "talent pipelines" on organisational and community outcomes. In particular, his research focuses on how human and social capital influences firm operational and financial outcomes, talent management in the context of new ventures and growth-oriented firms, the role of human resource practices in driving firm innovation and the impact of social issues on firm outcomes.

Ian’s research has been published in leading academic journals (e.g. Academy of Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology) and has been covered by leading media outlets across the world. He is a past recipient of the Academy of Management (AOM) Education Division best paper award for his research on high performing teams and the AOM Human Resource Division best paper award for his research on the effect of employee mobility on firm performance. He is also a recipient of the AOM Best Practices Mentoring Award for his role as the founding President of the Management Faculty of Color Association (MFCA).

A passionate educator, Ian has been recognised for his innovative approaches to business education. He is a past recipient of the University of  Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Krowe Teaching Award, the Melbourne Business School Senior Executive MBA Teaching Award, the University of Melbourne Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education, and the Business/Higher Education Round Table CPA Australia/ABDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Education Collaboration.

Responsibilities

As Pro Vice-Chancellor, Ian is a member of the Victoria University of Wellington Senior Leadership Team and manages Victoria Business School (Faculty of Commerce), which includes management responsibility for the Heads of the Schools of Accounting and Commercial Law, Economics and Finance, Government, Information Management, Management, and Marketing and International Business. In his role as Pro Vice-Chancellor, he is also responsible for the strategic development of the Faculty and participation in all strategy development and implementation activities for the University.

Selection of recent publications and presentations

Books

Verhezen, P., Williamson, I.O., Crosby, M. & Soebagjo, N., eds. (2016). Doing Business in ASEAN Markets: Leadership Challenges and Governance Solutions across Asian Borders. Palgrave Macmillan.

Peer-reviewed journals

Evans, M.M. & Williamson, I.O. (in-press). Understanding the central tension of Indigenous entrepreneurship: Purpose, profit and leadership. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 20(1).

Cogin, J., Williamson, I.O. Sanders, K. (in-press). Work-Life Support Practices and Customer Satisfaction: The Moderating Role of TMT Composition and Country Culture. Human Resource Management.

Venkatesh, V., Newell, J., Bartol, K., & Williamson, I.O. (2017). Person-organization and Person-job Fit Perceptions of New Employees: Work Outcomes and Gender Differences. MIS Quarterly, 41(2), 528-558.

Williamson, I.O. & Holmes, O. (2015). What’s Culture Got To Do With It? Examining Job Embeddedness and Organizational Commitment and Turnover Intentions in South Africa. African Journal of Management, 1(3), 225-243.

Cogin J.A. & Williamson, I.O. (2014). Standardize or Customize: The Interactive Effects of HRM and Environment Uncertainty on MNC Subsidiary Performance, Human Resource Management, 53(5), 701-721.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

Williamson, I.O. (2017). Epilogue. In Jean Lau Chin, Joseph E. Trimble, and Joseph E. Garcia (Eds.). Global and Culturally Diverse Leaders and Leadership: Challenges for Business, Education and Society, London: Emerald.

Roberson, Q. M., & Williamson, I. O. (2010). The Fairness of Difference: How Team Composition Affects the Emergence of Justice Climates. In Neale, M. A., Mannix, E. A., & Mullen, E. (Eds.), Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Fairness and Groups, pp. 275-298. London: Emerald.

Williamson, I.O. & Robinson, J.A. (2008). The effect of recruitment practice portfolio composition on small firms’ recruitment success. In Rowena Barrett and Susan Mayson (Eds). International Handbook of HRM and Entrepreneurship, pp. 361-381. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Bartol, K.M., Williamson, I.O. & Langa, G.A. (2006). Gender and professional commitment among IT professionals: The special case of female newcomers to organizations. In Joanne Cohoon and William Aspray (Eds), Women in IT, pp. 421-438. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Williamson, I.O., Cable, D.M., & Aldrich, H. (2002). Smaller but not necessarily weaker: How small businesses can overcome barriers to recruitment. In J. Katz & T. Welbourne (Eds.), Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence, and Firm Growth, vol. 5, pp. 83-106. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Proceedings

White, T., Evans, J. Williamson, I.O. & Gillies, E. (2016). Leveraging Opportunities from Digital Disruption: A Shared Value Approach at Australia Post. Proceedings of the Academy of Management, Vol 2016, No. 1.

Hewlin, P.F. & Williamson, I.O. (2015). Religiosity and Religious Expression: Outcomes among Christians, Muslims and Orthodox Jew. Proceedings of the Academy of Management, Vol 2015, No. 1.

Evans, M., Colbourne, R., Henry, E.Y. Mainprize, B., Steward, D. & Williamson, I.O. (2015). Indigenous Management Education and the Management Academy. Proceedings of the Academy of Management, Vol 2015, No. 1.

Williamson, I.O. & Somaya, D. (2014). Competitive Actions and Firms’ Accumulation of Specialized Human Capital. Proceedings of the Academy of Management, Vol 2014, No. 1.

Cogin, J.A, Sanders, K. & Williamson, I.O. (2014). Discretionary HRM: How work-life support practices influence firm non-financial performance outcomes. Proceedings of the Academy of Management, Vol 2014, No. 1.

Gill, C. Metz, I., Tekleab, A.G., & Williamson, I.O. (2013). Social networks, personality and peer evaluations in self-managing teams: A moderated-mediation model. Proceedings of the Academy of Management, Vol 2013, No. 1.

Cogin, J.A, Sanders, K. & Williamson, I.O. (2013). The Interactive Effects of Work Family Support, HRM and Masculinity on MNC Subsidiary Performance. Proceedings of the Academy of Management, Vol 2013, No. 1.

Invited publications

Williamson, I.O. (2016). Tested strategies to raise employee engagement, In the Black. Dec, 2016.

Williamson, I.O. (2014). Managing Talent from New Perspectives, Human Resources, October, 6-8. (Hong Kong, China).

Williamson, I.O. (2013). Too much of a good thing? The tension between applicant quality and quality. Human Resources, August/September, 10-11. (New Zealand Magazine).

Williamson, I.O. (2013). The Secret Sauce, HRO Today Global, Spring, 14-15.

Williamson, I.O. (2013). Nothing succeeds like process, The Australian, April 19, 16-17.

Williamson, I.O. (2012). The People Factor. Malaysia Business. March 16, 52-23.

Peer-reviewed conference presentations

Evans, J., White, T., Williamson, I.O. & Gillies, L. (2016). Leveraging opportunities from digital disruption: A shared value approach at Australia Post. Paper presented at the SIM Division of the Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, CA USA.

Hewlin, P.F. & Williamson, I.O. (2015) Religiosity and Religious expression: Outcomes among Christians, Muslims and Orthodox Jews. Symposium presented at the MSR and HR Divisions of the Academy of Management National Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Research in and on Africa: Opportunities and Challenges in Data Collection and Publishing. (2015). Caucus presented at the CAU Division of the Academy of Management National Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Evan, M. et al. (2015). Indigenous Management Education and the Management Academy. Symposium presented at the MED, ENT and SIM Divisions of the Academy of Management National Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Somaya, D. & Williamson, I.O. (2014). Competitive Actions and Firms’ Accumulation of Specialized Human Capital. Paper presented at Paper presented at the HR Division of the Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, PA USA.

Cogin, J., Williamson, I.O. Sanders, K. (2014). Discretionary HRM: How work-life support practices influence firm non-financial performance outcomes. Paper presented at the HR Division of the Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, PA USA.

Somaya, D. & Williamson, I.O. (2014). Competitive Actions and Firms’ Accumulation of Specialized Human Capital. Paper presented at the Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference, Atlanta, GA USA.

Cogin, J., Williamson, I.O. Sanders, K. (2013). The interactive effects of work family support, HRM and masculinity on MN subsidiary performance. Paper presented at the HR Division of the Academy of Management Conference, Orlando, FL USA.

Gill, C. Metz, I, Tekleab, A. & Williamson, I.O. (2013). Social networks, personality and peer evaluations in self-managing teams: A moderated-mediation model. Paper presented at the MED Division of the Academy of Management Conference, Orlando, FL USA. Received the 2013 Management Education Division Best Paper Award.

Robinson, J. & Williamson, I.O. (2013). Nascent Social Entrepreneurs and the Antecedents of Social Entrepreneurial Action: A Two Nation Study. Paper presented at the USASBE Conference, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Invited presentations

"Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social Impact", presented as part of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Department of Engineering and Technology Management Seminar Series, March 27, 2017.

"Innovation and Social Impact", presented as part of the UAE University DBA Program series, Al Ain, UAE, November 27, 2016.

"The Role of People Management in the Innovation Process", presented as part of the International Symposium on Management of Technology, Hangzhou, China, December 3, 2016.

"Australia Indigenous Entrepreneurial Leadership", presented as part of the Charles Sturt University Indigenous Conference, Bathurst, AUS, October, 2015.

"Australia Indigenous Entrepreneurial Leadership", presented as part of the Australia National University speaker series, Canberra, AUS, June, 2015.

Media coverage

HR Daily (2017). Three characteristics of a high-performing organisation. May 23.

TBS eFM (2016). Primetime (radio interview), December 7 2016.

Kompos (2016). Keunggulan Komparatif Industri Jadi Kunci Dongkrak Kinerja. Oct 20, p. 18.

Tempo.co (2016). Academics Warn Corporate Leaders to Develop New Capabilities. Oct 20.

365news (2016). Academics Warn Corporate Leaders to Develop New Capabilities. Oct 20.

Radio Interview. (2016). Ipad or Pen? Steve Austin show on ABC Radio, August 3.

Koori Mail. (2016). BP Helps Out Indigenous Entrepreneurs. May 4, p.37.

Business News Daily (2016). Behind the Research: Why Strong Community Ties Lower Turnover. March 24.

Thomson, J. (2016). Leaders who step down should be celebrated. Australia Financial Review, March 15, p. 9.

Manuel, D. (2016). Don’t fear the human capital crisis. CSO, Jan 19.

Long, C. (2015). Loaded: the Indigenous businesses competing in the open market. Sydney Morning Herald, Nov 3rd.

TV Interview (2015). Indigenous Business Month, Switzer Business Show on Sky TV, Oct 12.

Gettler, L. (2015). How to hack a better business. The Australian Business Review, October 13.

Voyeur. (2015). Getting Down to Business. August 1, pp. 137-138.

Radio Interview. (2015). Talent Retention: When Money Doesn't Talk. BFM Radio, Malaysia, June 4.

Murray, S. (2015). Top Business Schools Hone In On Malaysia For Global Growth. April 23.

Murray, S. (2015). Indonesia's Business Education Market Rises to International Stage. Business Because, January 11.

Robb, K. (2014). What can your business learn from Myer’s succession plan? Smart Company, June 20.

Ripley, A. (2014). Agents for Social Change. March 1, The Saturday Age, p. 28.

Boyce, N. (2013) Business Education Embracing Social Benefit. Pro Bono Australia, Sept 18.

Nickless,R. (2013). Making the most of a bossless office. Australian Financial Review, July 24, 2013.

Nickless, R. (2013). How to win over the critics. Australian Financial Review, July 3, p. 41.

Nickless, R. (2013). Push to make workplaces family friendly. Australian Financial Review, April, 3.

Westcott, B. (2013). Indonesia: How Australian companies can go deeper. Smart Company, March 14.

Professional Community presentations

Delivered keynote address "Adapt, Survive and Thrive: Leading Your Organisation Through the Complexities of Social Challenges" at the World Business Forum, Sydney, AUS, May 2017.

Delivered keynote address "The Future of Work: People Management Implications" at the SEEK Sales Conference, Melbourne, AUS, Nov, 2016.

Delivered keynote address "Thriving During Periods of Disruption" at the Australasian Talent Conference, Sydney, AUS, July 2016.

Presented keynote address "Challenges of Foreign Direct Investment" at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Global CEO Program Graduation, Sydney, AUS, March 2016.

Presented session "Driving an Innovation Agenda" as part of the Melbourne Business School Thought Leadership Series, Canberra, AUS, November 2015.

Presented keynote address "Thriving During Disruption: The Role of People Management" at the World High Performance and Leadership Forum, Melbourne, AUS, Oct 2015.

Panelist for session "How to attract and retain a skilled IS workforce" at the Australian Internet Security Association National Conference, Melbourne AUS, Oct 2015.

Presented keynote address "Driving an Innovation Agenda: It's More Than Just a Good Idea" at the Australian Council for Education Leadership (ACEL), Sydney, AUS, Oct 2015.

Presented session "Driving an Innovation Agenda" as part of the Melbourne Business School Thought Leadership Series, Sydney, AUS, September 2015.

Presented keynote address "Thriving During Disruption: The Role of People Management" at the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) national conference, Wellington, New Zealand, August 2015.

Presented keynote address "Leading Innovation - Service Reform" at the Department of Education and Training (Victoria) Regional Services Group Leadership Conference, Melbourne, Australia, February 2015.

Presented keynote address "Firm Innovation: The Key Role of HR" at the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management (HKIHRM) annual conference, Hong Kong China, October, 2014.

Panelist for session "People power – Human development in a connected region" at the Economist South-East Asia Summit, Jakarta Indonesia, August 2014

Presented keynote address "The Strategic Role of HR in Driving Firm Innovation" at the SAP Cloud Connect Conferences, Melbourne Australia, Sydney Australia, and Mumbai India, August, September and October 2014.