Professor Robert Wood has held senior academic appointments at top institutions across Australia and the globe, including Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Western Australia and Visiting Professor at the Kellogg School (North Western University.)
Having gained a PhD at the University of Washington, Professor Wood undertook post-doctoral studies at Stanford, under the guidance of Al Bandura, the most famous architect of Social Cognitive theory. He is widely-recognised for his expertise in this area and brings his extensive research into the classroom in his teaching engagements.
Professor Wood has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering leadership programs and consulting to senior management teams at large organisations, including Australian Defence Forces, Westpac Institutional Bank, Santos, PwC, Westfield, Newmont Mining, Saudi Aramco, Dow Chemical, Telstra, P&O Ports, and to the Hong Kong Government during the transition back to Chinese rule.
He has enjoyed a long association with AGSM. During his time as Director of AGSM’s Accelerated Learning Laboratory, Professor Wood partnered with top tier firms to research leadership and leadership traits. Supported by the largest Social Science grant of its time, he was to replicate this highly successful research environment at institutions across Australia.
Professor Wood returns to the school as an AGSM Fellow, working with students and clients to bring his high impact research to life. Concurrently, Professor Wood holds the position of Director, Centre for Ethical Leadership, The University of Melbourne.
He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences - Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management; the American Psychological Association (Division 14) and the International Association of Applied Psychologists. He has previously served on the Executive Boards of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the International Association of Applied Psychology.