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My research record shows gradual attainment of a position as a recognised authority on institutional and organisational performance in an international context, with specific reference to systems that support organisational decision-making, negotiating, and inter-firm learning. The output consists of six books (with another in preparation), and numerous refereed journal articles, book chapters, reviews and entries to encyclopedias, and international reference works. I serve eight international academic societies/editorial boards and am called upon frequently to referee submissions. I have examined a number of PhD thesis in my field of expertise. I have won the Cass Prize, British Commission for Maritime history Prize, the Duke University/J. Walter Thompson Fellowship, and the Caird Fellowship - all are awarded through an internationally competitive process. I am part of the Rail CRC which won major funding ($60m) and have an ARC Discovery Grant application (with Dr. Paul Barnes) outstanding.


  • PhD, University of London, 31/10/1984
  • Bachelor of History, Brock University, 30/05/1975
  • Master of Arts, University of Keele - UK, 10/12/1977


Research keywords

  • economics of information and knowledge
  • international business history
  • international institutions

Research expertise

My research addresses a series of inter-related themes surrounding information theory and the economics of information. These include how organisations develop systems to support decision-making, negotiating, and inter-firm learning processes. The work uses archival sources relevant to international business and international business history. It generates insights by using grounded theory to inform and extend bodies of theory that have been developed by intuition or empirical methods.

Fields of Research

150300Business And Management75
149900Other Economics15
220100Applied Ethics10


Institutional economics; communications theory and systems theory; inter-firm cooperation in international business; anticipatory risk management, transport and the economics of information and knowledge.


Administrative expertise

I have served as Head of School (QUT), Assistant Dean Research, and Director of a research institute. Also, I have served extensively on Faculty committees and as a member of Dean's Advisory/Faculty Executive Committees.


Teaching keywords

  • international business
  • international business history

Teaching expertise

My expertise lies in comparative international business and international business history.



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Book (7 outputs)

2012Boyce GH, Boyce g, Boyce Gordon, The Growth and dissolution of a large-scale business enterprise: the Furness interest, 1892 -1919, International Maritime Economic History Association, Newfoundland, 402 (2012) [A2]
2006Boyce G, How Organisations Connect: investing in communication, Melbourne University Publishing (2006) [A3]
2005Boyce G, Over Half a Million Careful Owners: A 75 Year history of PSIS 1928-2003, Dunmore Publishing, Wellington, New Zealand, 326 (2005) [A1]
2002Boyce G, Ville S, The Development of Modern Business, Palgrave Macmillan, 464 (2002) [A1]
2002Boyce G, Resources and Infrastructures in the Maritime Economy, International Maritime Economics History Association (2002) [A3]
2001Boyce GH, Co-operative Structures in Global Business: Communicating, Transferring Knowledge, and Learning across the Corporate Frontier, Routledge, 272 (2001) [A1]
1995Boyce G, Information, Mediation and Institutional Development, Manchester University Press, 368 (1995) [A1]
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Chapter (7 outputs)

2012Boyce GH, 'The development of commercial infrastructure for world shipping', The World's Key Industry: History and Economics of International Shipping, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire 106-123 (2012) [B1]
2008Boyce GH, 'Risky business: Sequential contracting and relationship building in Australian mining joint ventures', Innovation in Management Practices, Macmillan Publishers India, New Delhi, India 172-193 (2008) [B1]
2008Boyce GH, 'Network structures, processes and dynamics: Inter-firm cooperative frameworks in the shipping industry', International Merchant Shipping in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: The Comparative Dimension, International Maritime Economic History Association, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada 165-178 (2008) [B1]
2007Boyce GH, 'The professions as systems that support transactions involving knowledge: Their contribution to economic development and their response to the growth of global markets', Institutions and Market Economies: The Political Economy of Growth and Development, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 305-321 (2007) [B1]
2007Boyce G, 'The Professions, Economic Development and the Growth of Global Markets', Institutions and market economies : the political economy of growth and development, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom 305-321 (2007) [B1]
2006Boyce G, 'Networks, Tacit Knowledge and Innovation', Globalization and Partnerships: Features of business alliances and international cooperation, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, United States of America 47-59 (2006) [B1]
2002Boyce G, 'Networks', Encyclopedia of Maritime History, Oxford University Press, Unknown, Unknown (2002) [B1]
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Journal article (13 outputs)

2012Boyce GH, 'Tungsten in peace and war, 1918-1946 [Book Review]', Journal of Australasian Mining History, 10 170-171 (2012) [C3]
2011Boyce GH, 'Edward Bates and Sons, 1897-1915: Tramping operations in recession and recovery', International Journal of Maritime History, 23 13-50 (2011) [C1]
2010Boyce GH, 'Language and culture in a Liverpool Merchant Family Firm, 1870-1950', Business History Review, 84 1-26 (2010) [C1]
2010Boyce GH, 'The international tin cartel', The international tin cartel, 8 186-188 (2010) [C3]
2009Boyce GH, 'The internationalisation strategies of small-country firms: The Australian experience of globalisation', Australian Economic History Review, 49 214-215 (2009) [C3]
2008Boyce GH, 'Learning from the past: The distress and resuscitation of PSIS, 1979-2003', Journal of Co-Operative Studies, 41 31-42 (2008) [C1]
2008Boyce GH, 'Gunpowder, explosives, and the state: A technological history', Australian Economic History Review, 48 196-197 (2008) [C3]
2008Boyce GH, 'Stephen Broadberry. Market services and the productivity race, 1850-2000: British performance in international perspective [book review]', Enterprise & Society, 9 213-215 (2008) [C3]
2007Boyce GH, 'Innovation plus independence: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand, 1973-2002 (Book review)', Business History Review, 81 204-206 (2007) [C3]
2003Boyce G, 'Network knowledge and Network Routines: Negotiating Activities between Shipowners and Shipbuilder', Business History, 45 52-76 (2003) [C1]
2002Boyce G, Lepper LJ, 'Assessing Information Quality Theories', Business History, 44 85-120 (2002) [C1]
2001Boyce G, 'Transferring Capabilities across Sectoral Frontiers: Shipowners entering the Airline Business', International Journal of Maritime History, XIII 1-43 (2001) [C1]
2001Boyce G, 'Multi-lateral Contracting in Australian Mining: Hamersley Iron 1961-65', Enterprise & Society, 2 543-575 (2001) [C1]
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Review (1 outputs)

2007Boyce G, 'The Joint Stock Company', International encyclopedia of organization studies (2007) [D2]

Conference (2 outputs)

2009Maitland E, Nicholas SJ, Boyce GH, 'The economics of governance: Transaction cost economics and new institutional economics', Symposium on the Multiple Facets of Governance. Symposium Program, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E2]


2009Boyce GH, Nicholas SJ, 'On dignity', CIOS: Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies Inaugural Conference Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]



Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$27,500

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2009 (1 grants)

Research Partnerships$20,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Gordon Boyce
Special Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2007 (1 grants)

Failures to Complete Systems$7,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Gordon Boyce
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2011PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorChinese Perceptions of Guanxi in Mainland and Overseas Chinese Business Communities

Professor Gordon Boyce

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