Australian School of Business at UNSW welcomes two senior executive appointments

Thursday, 8 May 2014  Features

Appointments have been made to two of the most senior executive positions at the Australian School of Business at UNSW.

Professor David Grant, an organisational studies scholar and business school leader who has worked at Kings’ College London and the University of Sydney, has been appointed Senior Deputy Dean of the Australian School of Business.

Professor Julie Cogin, a management scholar with more than 20 years’ experience in executive education and leadership, and a consultant on organisational change to some of the world’s biggest corporations, has been appointed to lead the AGSM.

Professor Grant has occupied senior leadership roles at the University of Sydney Business School for the past decade, including Associate Dean (Research) and Deputy Dean (Academic) and is currently acting Dean and Professor of Organisational Studies. Prior to joining the University of Sydney, he was Head of the Department of Management at King’s College, London where he remains a Visiting Senior Research Fellow. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. His research expertise lies in organisational discourse, organisational change and development, and leadership.

He has undertaken research and consultancy projects, and has designed and delivered change and leadership related executive education programs and professional workshops, for government, business, professional, community and labour organisations in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan.

“David is a first class scholar and an academic leader of real distinction. He will be an outstanding Senior Deputy Dean for our business school,” said Dean Geoffrey Garrett.

Incoming Dean of the Business School, Professor Chris Styles welcomed David’s appointment. “David is a tremendous addition to the School’s Senior Management Team. He is an outstanding scholar and the strength and breadth of his experience in higher education senior leadership positions will undoubtedly set our school apart in the Asia Pacific region.”

Professor Julie Cogin, currently Deputy Dean Engagement & Academic Development at the Australian School of Business, has occupied a number of senior leadership roles at UNSW including Head of the School and Associate Dean Education and has held positions at General Manager level in the private sector.

Professor Cogin has over 20 years’ experience leading executive education and consulting engagements for many leading companies throughout the Asia Pacific region and in the USA including Australia’s top four banks, Qantas, GE, Munich Re, News Corp, Boral, Deutsche Post DHL, PWC, KPMG and Optus.

As well as extensive experience delivering executive education programs at the AGSM, Professor Cogin has taught across all of AGSM’s programs. In 2006, she was ranked 6th in the world for Organisational Behaviour teaching in a full-time MBA program by the London Financial Times. Her research interests include under​standing how components of an HRM strategy can be configured to realise superior organisational outcomes and methodological choices in HRM research.

Professor Styles said, “I’m thrilled that Julie has agreed to take up this position. Julie is already a well-known contributor to AGSM across many facets of high level corporate engagement, curriculum design, and award-winning teaching and is the ideal person to take the reins as the chief custodian of the AGSM brand.”

“Julie is also internationally regarded for her work in strategy implementation. Her experience in building corporate cultures to become customer centric, or more operationally efficient, to foster a climate of accountability or to embed innovation will be invaluable in her new role,” said Professor Garrett.

Media contact:

Janine MacDonald, Director Public Affairs, Australian School of Business at UNSW +61 (0) 478 492 110

About the Australian School of Business at UNSW

The Australian School of Business at UNSW is Australia’s pre-eminent business school.

Incorporating the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), the Business School is a powerhouse of business education, leadership development and research in the Asia-Pacific region, with extensive links to business, government and industry, high impact research and exceptional students.

The Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) is Australia’s leading graduate school of management and offers one of the world’s best MBA programs.

The AGSM provides general management, executive and leadership development programs across Australia, at its Hong Kong campus and online, as well as three MBA programs, the MBT (Master of Business & Technology) and the GCCM (Graduate Certificate in Change Management).​