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Professor Richard Dunford was Professor of Business Strategy and Chair of the Discipline of International Business at the University of Sydney Business School. Prior to joining the University of Sydney in 2008, Professor Dunford was Professor of Strategic Management at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, during which time he held the positions of Interim Dean, Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (Academic Programs).

Professor Dunford's previous academic appointments have also included Professor of Management and Head of the Management Discipline at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Associate Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. As well as working within the university sector, Professor Dunford has worked in business (the oil industry) and government (technology policy).

Professor Dunford is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management and was a member of the Excellence in Research, Australia (ERA) Social, Behavioural and Economic panel which in 2010 reviewed the research in these areas at all Australian Universities. He has also been a member of EQUIS accreditation review panels for universities in Asia and Europe.


  • PhD, Australian National University, 31/12/1980
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Victoria University of Wellington, 31/12/1975
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Victoria University of Wellington, 31/12/1973


Research keywords

  • Business Practice
  • Designing Organisational Structures
  • Hyper-competitive Environments
  • Outsourcing
  • Professional Management
  • Restructuring
  • Small Business
  • Strategy

Research expertise

Research themes:

Business Model Innovation


Organizational restructuring ;

The re-internalisation of market-based (outsourced) activities;

The evolution of new organizational forms;

Designing organizational structures and management control systems to achieve flexibility and consistency in the achievement of strategic objectives;

Organising for control in innovation-driven firms;

Sustainable organisational change;

Organisational Discourse


  • English

Fields of Research

150312Organisational Planning And Management40
150310Organisation And Management Theory30
150311Organisational Behaviour30


Professor Dunford's research interests are in the areas of strategic management, organizational design, organizational change and organizational discourse, with a particular focus on innovative business models and new organizational forms. He has received multiple Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grants and Linkage Grants and his research has been widely published in leading journals including Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning and Organization Studies. As well as undertaking research on various aspects of business, managing and organizing, Professor Dunford has provided consulting services on strategy, organizational change and executive education to a wide range of industries in Australasia and South-East Asia.


Teaching keywords

  • Management
  • Managing Change
  • Research Methods
  • Strategy

Teaching expertise

Subject areas include:

Strategic Management

Managing Change

Research Methods



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Book (4 outputs)

2009Palmer I, Dunford RW, Gib A, Managing Organizational Change: A Multiple Perspectives Approach, McGraw-Hill, Sydney, NSW/Australia, 432 (2009) [A2]
2006Palmer I, Dunford RW, Akin G, Managing Organizational Change, McGraw-Hill, Sydney, NSW/Australia, 384 (2006) [A1]
1992Dunford RW, Organisational Behaviour - An Organisational Analysis Perspective, Addison-Wesley, Sydney, NSW/AUS, 336 (1992) [A1]
1987McGraw P, Dunford RW, Quality circles, employee participation and industrial relations : a study in Australian industry, Australian Government. Information Management Office, Canberra, ACT/Australia, 50 (1987) [A2]
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Chapter (25 outputs)

2013Kratochvil J, Miller M, 'Preface', , ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD 539-540 (2013) [B2]
2010Palmer I, Benveniste J, Dunford RW, 'New Organizational Forms: Towards a Generative Dialogue', Directions in Organization Studies, Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom 431-450 (2010) [B1]
2009Dunford RW, Palmer I, 'Managing Change', Australian Master Human Resources Guide, CCH Australia Ltd, North Ryde, NSW/AUS 367-388 (2009) [B2]
2008Palmer I, Dunford RW, 'New Organization Forms: The Career of a Concept', The Sage Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization, Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom 567-569 (2008) [B1]
2008Dunford RW, Palmer I, 'Managing Change', Australian Master Human Resources Guide, CCH Australia Ltd, North Ryde, NSW/AUS (2008) [B2]
2007Dunford RW, Palmer I, 'Managing Change', Australian Master Human Resources Guide, CCH Australia Ltd, North Ryde, NSW/AUS 371-397 (2007) [B2]
2006Dunford RW, Palmer I, 'Managing Change', Australian Master Human Resources Guide, CCH Australia Ltd, North Ryde, NSW/AUS 355-376 (2006) [B2]
2004Fulop L, Linstead S, Dunford RW, 'Leading and Managing', Management and Organization: A Critical Text, Palgrave MacMillan, Melbourne, VIC/Australia 324-363 (2004) [B1]
2004Dunford R, 'Developing a research proposal', Surviving Your Thesis, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group 46-58 (2004) [B1]
2004Dunford RW, Palmer I, 'Managing Change', Australian Master Human Resources Guide, CCH Australia Ltd, North Ryde, NSW/AUS 109-130 (2004) [B2]
2003Dunford RW, Palmer I, 'Managing Change', Australian Master Human Resources Guide, CCH Australia Ltd, North Ryde, NSW/AUS 21-40 (2003) [B2]
2002Dunford RW, 'Influence, Institutional Theory, and Language: An Analysis of Popular Management Discourse on Downsizing', Grounding Leadership Theory and Research: Issues and Perspectives and Methods, Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC/USA 57-78 (2002) [B1]
2002Dunford RW, Palmer I, 'Managing Change', Australian Master Human Resources Guide, CCH, Sydney, NSW/Australia 21-40 (2002) [B2]
2001Palmer I, Dunford RW, 'Design and Form: Organizational', International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier Science Ltd, London, United Kingdom 3535-3538 (2001) [B1]
1999Fulop L, Linstead S, Dunford RW, 'Leading and Managing', Management: A Critical Text, Macmillan, South Yarra, VIC/Australia 159-206 (1999) [B1]
1999Dunford RW, '"If You Want Loyalty Get A Dog!": Loyalty, Trust and the New Employment Contract', Global Management: Universal Theories and Local Realities, Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom 68-83 (1999) [B1]
1998Dunford RW, '"Lealtad, confIza y nuevo contrato laboral"', Administración global: tensiones entre universalismo teórico y realidades locales, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico (1998) [B1]
1998Dunford RW, Palmer I, 'Discourse, Organizations and Paradox', Discourse and Organization, Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom 214-222 (1998) [B1]
1996Dunford RW, Palmer I, '"Metaphors in Popular Management Discourse: The Case of Corporate Restructuring"', Metaphor and Organizations, Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom 95-109 (1996) [B1]
1996Palmer I, Dunford RW, '"Interrogating Re-framing: Evaluating Metaphor-Based Analyses of Organizations"', The Politics of Management Knowledge, Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom (1996) [B1]
1996Palmer I, Dunford RW, '"Understanding Organizations Through Metaphors"', Organizational Development: Metaphorical Explorations, Pitman, London, United Kingdom 1-1 (1996) [B2]
1994Johnson R, Davenport S, Dunford RW, Gilbertson D, Mabin V, 'Technology Strategy in Australian and New Zealand Industry', New Directions in Management, McGraw-Hill, Sydney, NSW/AUS 464-478 (1994) [B1]
1992Dunford RW, 'Leadership and the Manager', Management for Australian Business - A Critical Text, Macmillan, South Melbourne, VIC/Australia 56-76 (1992) [B1]
1989Dunford RW, McGraw P, '"Quality Circles and Labour Process Theory: A Study in Australian Industry"', Technology and the Labour Process: Australasian Case Studies, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, NSW/Australia 81-95 (1989) [B2]
1983Dunford RW, 'Politics and Technology: unravelling the connections', Public Sector Administration: New Perspectives, Longman Cheshire Pty Ltd, Southbank, VIC/Australia 183-199 (1983) [B1]
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Journal article (31 outputs)

2013Dunford R, Cuganesan S, Grant D, Palmer I, Beaumont R, Steele C, '"Flexibility" as the rationale for organizational change: A discourse perspective', Journal of Organizational Change Management, 26 83-97 (2013) [C1]
2012Cuganesan S, Dunford RW, Palmer I, 'Strategic management accounting and strategy practices within a public sector agency', Management Accounting Research, 23 245-260 (2012) [C1]
2010Dunford RW, Palmer I, Benveniste J, 'Business model replication for early and rapid internationalisation. The ING direct experience', Long Range Planning, 43 655-674 (2010) [C1]
2008Palmer I, Dunford RW, 'Organizational change and the importance of embedded assumptions', British Journal of Management, 19 s20-s32 (2008) [C1]
2008Bryant P, Dunford RW, 'The influence of regulatory focus on risky decision-making', Applied Psychology: an international review, 57 335-359 (2008) [C1]
2007Dunford R, Palmer I, Benveniste J, Crawford J, 'Coexistence of 'old' and 'new' organizational practices: Transitory phenomenon or enduring feature?', ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCES, 45 24-43 (2007) [C1]
2007Palmer I, Benveniste J, Dunford R, 'New organizational forms: Towards a generative dialogue', ORGANIZATION STUDIES, 28 1829-1847 (2007) [C1]
2006Dunford R, Palmer I, Benveniste J, 'Knowledge practices in the roll-out of a global network: Retention, adaptation, transference and experimentation', Academy of Management 2006 Annual Meeting: Knowledge, Action and the Public Concern, AOM 2006, (2006)
2003Littler CR, Wiesner R, Dunford R, 'The dynamics of delayering: Changing management structures in three countries', JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES, 40 225-256 (2003) [C1]
2002Palmer I, Dunford R, 'Managing discursive tension: The co-existence of individualist and collaborative discourses in Flight Centre', JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES, 39 1045-1069 (2002) [C1]
2002Palmer I, Dunford RW, '"Out with the Old and in with the New? The Relationship Between Traditional and New Organizational Practices"', International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 10 209-225 (2002) [C1]
2002Palmer I, Dunford RW, 'Who says change can be managed? Positions, perspectives and problematics', Strategic Change, 11 243-251 (2002) [C1]
2002Dunford RW, Palmer I, 'Managing for High Performance? People Management Practices in Flight Centre', Journal of Industrial Relations, 44 376-396 (2002) [C1]
2001Palmer I, Dunford R, 'The diffusion of managerial innovations: A comparison of Australian public and private sector take-up rates of new organizational practices', International Public Management Journal, 4 49-64 (2001) [C1]
2001Steane P, Guthrie G, Dunford RW, 'Overviewing intellectual capital, the management of knowledge and organizational learning', Journal of Intellectual Capital, 2 339-343 (2001) [C1]
2001Palmer I, Dunford R, Rura-Polley T, Baker E, 'Changing forms of organizing: dualities in using remote collaboration technologies in film production', JOURNAL OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE MANAGEMENT, 14 190-212 (2001) [C1]
2000Dunford RW, '"Key Challenges in the Search for the Effective Management of Knowledge in Management Consulting Firms"', Journal of Knowledge Management, 4 295-302 (2000) [C1]
2000Dunford R, Jones D, 'Narrative in strategic change', HUMAN RELATIONS, 53 1207-1226 (2000) [C1]
1998Dunford RW, Bramble T, Littler CR, '"Gain and Pain: The Effects of Australian Public Restructuring"', Public Performance and Management Review, 21 386-402 (1998) [C1]
1997Palmer I, Kabanoff B, Dunford RW, 'Managerial accounts of downsizing', Journal of Organizational Behavior, 18 623-639 (1997) [C1]
1997Littler C, Dunford RW, Bramble T, Hede A, 'The dynamics of downsizing in Australia and New Zealand', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 35 65-79 (1997) [C1]
1997Palmer I, Kabanoff B, Dunford R, 'Managerial accounts of downsizing', Journal of Organizational Behavior, 18 623-639 (1997)
1996Palmer I, Dunford RW, 'Conflicting uses of metaphors: Reconceptualizing their use in the field of organizational change', Academy of Management Review, 21 691-717 (1996) [C1]
1996Palmer I, Dunford RW, 'Reframing and organizational action: The unexplored link', Journal of Organizational Change Management, 9 12-25 (1996) [C1]
1995Dunford RW, Palmer I, '"Claims about Frames: Practitioners' Assessment of the Utility of Reframing"', Journal of Management Education, 19 96-105 (1995) [C1]
1990Dunford RW, Dunphy D, Stace D, '"Strategies for Planned Change. An Exchange of Views Between Dunford, Dunphy and Stace"', Organization Studies, 11 131-135 (1990) [C1]
1987McGraw P, Dunford RW, '"The Strategic Use of Quality Circles in Australian Industrial Relations"', Journal of Industrial Relations, 29 150-168 (1987) [C1]
1987Dunford RW, 'The Suppression of Technology as a Strategy for Controlling Resource Developement', Administrative Science Quarterly, 32 512-525 (1987) [C1]
1986Dunford RW, '"Is the Development of Technology Helped or Hindered by Patent Law - Can Antitrust Laws Provide the Solution?"', University of New South Wales Law Journal, 9 119-136 (1986) [C1]
1985Dunford RW, 'The Problem of Relevant Collectivities: Solar Energy Research in Australia', Social Studies of Science, 15 455-474 (1985) [C1]
1983Dunford RW, '"Technology: The Contingent Nature of its Impact"', Prometheus: critical studies in innovation, 1 290-302 (1983) [C1]
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Review (2 outputs)

2013Dunford R, 'Not-Invented-Here (2013) [D1]
2013Dunford RW, 'Business Process Engineering (2013) [D1]

Conference (3 outputs)

2013Dunford RW, Cummings S, 'The Evolution of Innovation: Crowdsourcing as a Heterogeneous Organizational Practice', Academy of Management Proceedings 2013, Orlando, FL (2013) [E1]
2006Dunford R, Palmer I, Benveniste J, 'Knowledge Transfer in Global Networks: Retention, Adaptation, Transference and Experimentation', Academy of Management Proceedings, Atlanta (2006)
2000Dunford R, 'Key Challenges in the Search for the Effective Management of Knowledge in Management Consulting Firms', Academy of Management Proceedings, Toronto (2000)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$5,000

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2011 (1 grants)

Organising for Control in Innovation-driven Firms: Managing the efficiency–flexibility duality$5,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Dr Fiona Sutherland, Professor Aaron Smith, Professor Ian Palmer, Professor Richard Dunford
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Professor Richard Dunford

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