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Biography

Professor Nicholas is a Emeritus Professor of International Business at University of Newcastle. He was elected to the Academy of the Social Science in Australia in 1997. He is Yunshan Chair Professor at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and Guest Professor at Beijing Normal University, Beijing University of Foreign Studies and Nanjing University of Finance and Economics. Professor Nicholas is a member of the Board of Trustees of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies; Member of Council and Member of Academic Board, TOP Education, Sydney and previously Chair of the Governing Council, Williams Business College, Sydney. He served as the Inaugural President of the Australian-New Zealand International Business Academy; President of the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand; and Member of the International Economic History Association Executive. He has been Visiting Professor at Nagoya University, Research Fellow at the Australian National University, a Visiting Fellow at Economics, Reading University and a visitor at the London School of Economics, Business History Unit. Professor Nicholas's research focuses on the development of whole societies with a focus on how a society interacts with its economic (business firms and unions), political (political parties and non-government organisations) and social (families and churches) organisations to ensure economic development while maintaining the right of individuals to exercise economic, social and political choices. His current research includes studies of restructuring of foreign subsidiaries in Guangdong and Shandong provinces and the health and well-being of China's population and labour force. Professor Nicholas has significant consulting experience with such major players as Rio Tinto, National Australia Bank, GM-Holden, Ford, IBM, Westpac and the Federal and State governments in Australia. Professor Nicholas has published over 120 refereed journal articles, book chapters and edited books in international business, knowledge and diversity management, international human resource management, and business history, economic history and anthroprometric history. His recent publications include Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, International Studies in Management and Organizations, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Oxford Economic Papers.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Honorary Doctorate), Superior College Lahore - Pakistan, 01/12/2010
  • Master of Arts, University of Iowa - USA, 24/01/1970
  • Artium Baccalaurei, University of Syracuse - USA, 02/06/1967

Research

Research keywords

  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Multinational Enterprises
  • Strategic management
  • international business and strategy

Research expertise

International business

Business strategy

New institutional economics

Foreign direct investment in Australia

Foreign direct investment in China

Business history

Anthroprometric history

Econometric history

British industrial revolution and late-Victorian economic history

Australian convict history

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
150500Marketing45
159999Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services Not Elsewhere Classified35
150799Transportation And Freight Services Not Elsewhere Classified20

Memberships

Learned Academy.

  • Fellow - Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia)

Appointments

YunShan Chair Professor
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China)
01/01/2011
Member, Board of Trustees
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China)
01/01/2011
Guest Professor
Beijing Normal University (China)
01/01/2011
Chair, Governing Council
Williams Business College (Australia)
01/01/2011
Guest Professor
Beijing Foreign Studies University (China)
01/01/2010
Honorary Associate of the Graduate School of Government
University of Sydney (Australia)
01/01/2010
Guest Professor
Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (China)
01/01/2007
President
Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand (Australia)
01/01/1994
President
Economic History Society of Austrlaia and NZ (Australia)
01/01/1994
Executive Member
International Economic History Association (Switzerland)
01/01/1994
President
Australia-NZ International Business Academy (Australia)
01/01/1998 - 01/10/2003
Visiting Professor
Nagoya University (Japan)
01/04/1998 - 01/07/1998
Executive Member
Pacific Asia Consortium of International Business Education and Research (United States)
01/07/2006

Invitations

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University of Auckland, New Zealand (External Reviewer - Departments.)
2001

Collaboration

International business strategy; strategic management; Multinational Enterprises and Foreign Direct Investment in Australia, China and Japan; business history; diversity management.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Pro Vice Chancellor

Head of School/Department Univesity of Sydney and University of Melbourne

Chair of Academic Board Committees University of Melbourne

Chair of University Promotion Panels

Chair Diversity Forum University of Melbourne

Various committees at School/Faculty/University

Director, Australian Centre for International Business at UNSW, Sydney and Melbourne

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • international business

Teaching expertise

International business

business strategy

Econometric history

British economic history

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Publications

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Book (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Cheng JLC, Maitland E, Nicholas SJ, Managing Subsidiary Dynamics Headquarters Role, Capability Development, and China Strategy, Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, UK, 247 (2009) [A3]
2008Ranjan J, Thakur RR, Sahay BS, Nicholas SJ, Innovation in Information and Communication Technology, Macmillan Publishers India, New Dehli, India, 346 (2008) [A3]
2008Thakur RR, Ranjan J, Sahay BS, Nicholas SJ, Innovation in Management Practices, Macmillan Publishers India, New Delhi, India, 642 (2008) [A3]
2008Sahay BS, Ranjan J, Thakur RR, Nicholas SJ, Redefining Business Horizons, Macmillan Publishers India, New Delhi, India, 644 (2008) [A3]
2002Maitland E, Nicholas S, Multinationals from Small Open Economies in International Studies of Management and Organization (2002) [A3]
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Chapter (11 outputs)

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2009Wang Y, Nicholas SJ, 'New perspectives on subsidiaries in the transition economy of China', Managing Subsidiary Dynamics: Headquarters Role, Capability Development, and China Strategy, Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, UK 165-188 (2009) [B1]
2008Maitland E, Nicholas SJ, 'Liability of foreignness: Role of formal and informal institutions in India and China', Innovation in Management Practices, Macmillan Publishers India, New Delhi, India 273-280 (2008) [B1]
2008Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'Cross-cultural team performance', Innovation in Management Practices, Macmillan Publishers India, New Delhi, India 281-289 (2008) [B1]
2007Nicholas SJ, Maitland E, 'Private sector development: How business interacts with informal institutions', Informal Institutions: How Social Norms Help or Hinder Development, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France 109-129 (2007) [B1]
2003Maitland E, Nicholas S, 'NIE: An Organising Framework for OLI?', International Business and the Eclectic Paradigm: Developing the OLI Framework, Routledge, London, United Kingdom 47-54 (2003) [B1]
2003Nicholas S, 'Heights and Living Standards of English Workers During the Early Years of Industrialization', The industrial revolution, Houghton Mifflin, London, United Kingdom 1770-1815 (2003) [B2]
2002Nicholas S, 'Japanese Business in Australia', , Routledge, London, 225-227 (2002) [B1]
2002Nicholas S, 'Subcontracting System', , Routledge, London, 422-425 (2002) [B1]
2002Nicholas S, 'International Business Research: Steady-states, Dynamics and Globalisation', , Routledge, London/NewYork, 7-27 (2002) [B1]
2001Nicholas S, 'Do Incentives Attract Japanese FDI to Singapore and the Region?', , Edward Elgar Publishers, Northampton/ Cheltenham, 129-150 (2001) [B1]
2001Nicholas S, 'Patterned Growth? The Dynamics of Multinational Expansion', , Edward Elgar Publishers, Northampton/ Cheltenham, 28-52 (2001) [B1]
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Journal article (29 outputs)

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2012Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Sharing and developing knowledge of organization culture during international assignments', International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 12 361-378 (2012) [C1]
2012Boyle BP, McDonnell A, Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, 'Managing knowledge in internationalizing universities through foreign assignments', International Journal of Educational Management, 26 303-312 (2012) [C1]
2012Wang Y, Wang J, Maitland E, Zhao Y, Nicholas SJ, Lu M, 'Growing old before growing rich: Inequality in health service utilization among the mid-aged and elderly in Gansu and Zhejiang Provinces, China', BMC Health Services Research, 12 1-11 (2012) [C1]
2011Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, 'Cross-cultural group performance', Learning Organization, 18 94-101 (2011) [C1]
2011Chien-Ta Ho B, Nicholas SJ, Ranjan J, 'Guest editorial', The Learning Organization, 18 (2011) [C3]
2011Chien-Ta Ho B, Nicholas SJ, Ranjan J, 'Editorial: Special Issue on Innovations in Redefining Business Horizons', International Journal of Electronic Customer Relationship Management (IJECRM), 4 1-3 (2011) [C3]
2011Chien-Ta Ho B, Nicholas SJ, Ranjan J, 'Guest editorial', The Learning Organization, 18 (2011) [C3]

Co-authors: Rob Melchers

2009Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, 'The impact of goal structure in team knowledge creation', Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 12 639-651 (2009) [C1]
2009Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'The role of openness to cognitive diversity and group processes in knowledge creation', Small Group Research, 40 535-554 (2009) [C1]
2007Liang F, Nicholas SJ, 'Exploring Subsidiary Strategic Roles in a Transitional Economy: Evidence from China', Journal of Global Business Issues, 1 101-114 (2007) [C1]
2007Wang Y, Nicholas SJ, 'The formation and evolution of non-equity strategic alliances in China', Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 24 131-150 (2007) [C1]
2007Liang F, Nicholas SJ, 'Knowledge transfer through appropriate location selection: An empirical investigation in China', Journal of Asia Business Studies, 1 45-54 (2007) [C1]
2006Mitchell R, Nicholas S, 'Knowledge Creation in Groups: The Value of Cognitive Diversity, Transactive Memory, and Openmindedness Norms', Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, 4 67-74 (2006) [C1]
2006Wang Y, Nicholas S, 'Transferring Knowledge: How Managers Make Credible Commitments, Relational Safeguards and Dispute Resolution in Non-Equity Alliances', Nanjing University Business Studies Review, - 125-138 (2006) [C1]
2006Mitchell R, Nicholas S, 'Knowledge creation through boundary spanning', Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 4 310-318 (2006) [C1]
2005Wang Y, Nicholas S, 'Knowledge Transfer, Replication and Learning in Non-Equity Alliances: Operating Joint ventures in China', Management International Review, 45 99-118 (2005) [C1]
2005Maitland E, Rose E, Nicholas S, 'How Firms Grow: Clustering as a Dynamic Model of Internationalisation', Journal of International Business Studies, 36 435-451 (2005) [C1]
2004Nicholas S, Maitland E, Purcell W, 'Regional Learning Networks: Evidence from MNEs in Thailand and Australia', Management International Review, 44 87-105 (2004) [C1]
2004Nicholas S, Purcell W, Maitland E, 'Making Investment Choices: Japanese MNEs Investing in Australia and the Region', Journal of International Business and Economics, 5 1-20 (2004) [C1]
2003Sammartino A, O'Flynn J, Nicholas S, 'The employer perspective of indigenous (un)emplyment', Economic Papers: a journal of applied economics and policy, 22 45-60 (2003) [C1]
2002Maitland E, Nicholas S, 'Modelling Multinationals from Small Open Economies', International Studies in Management and Organizations, 23 (2002) [C1]
2002Maitland E, Nicholas S, 'What Is Different About Australian MNEs', Insights, (2002) [C1]
2002Maitland E, Nicholas S, 'Internationalisation of Australian Firms', International Studies in Management and Organizations, (2002) [C1]
2002Nicholas S, 'Effective Diversity Management May Equal Profit for Busines', AsiaLink Magazine, 17 (2002) [C3]
2001Nicholas S, Purcell W, Gray S, 'Regional Clusters, Location Tournaments and Incentives: An Empirical Analysis of Factors Attracting Japanese Investment to Singapore', Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 18 (2001) [C1]
2001Nicholas S, Purcell W, 'Japanese Multinational in Australia: Work Practices, Subcontracting Relations and Learning Mechanisms', Singapore Economic Review, 46 119-139 (2001) [C1]
2001Purcell W, Nicholas S, 'Japanese Tourism Investment in Australia: Entry Choice, Parent Control and Management Practice', Tourism Management, 22 245-257 (2001) [C1]
2001Lau K, O''Flynn J, Sammartino A, Ricciotti A, Nicholas S, 'Diversity Management: Capturing the Diversity Dividen', CEDA Bulletin, (2001) [C3]
2001O''Flynn J, Fisher N, Sammartino A, Lau K, Ricciotti A, Nicholas S, 'The Diversity Dividend', HR Monthly, (2001) [C3]
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Review (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001Nicholas S, Shergold P, 'British and Irish Convicts', The Australian People:An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins (2001) [D1]

Conference (37 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Maitland E, Nicholas SJ, Zhao S, 'How subsidiary top management teams influence strategic change and organizational performance in transition economies', Enterprise Management in a Transitional Economy and Post Financial Crisis, Nanjing (2011) [E1]
2010Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'Transactive memory in teams: How does it work?', Trends and Techniques in ICT, Ghaziabad, India (2010) [E1]
2010Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Expatriate assignments and the value of idiosyncratic knowledge', Managing Business Organizations, Knowledge and the External Environment, Ghaziabad, India (2010) [E1]
2010Nicholas SJ, Ranjan J, 'Managing Business Organizations, Knowledge and the External Environment', Proceedings of the International Conference on Business and Information Technology Contemporary Research and Development, Ghaziabad, India (2010) [E4]
2010Nicholas SJ, Ranjan J, 'Data and Information Management', Proceedings of the International Conference on Business and Information Technology Contemporary Research and Development, Ghaziabad, India (2010) [E4]
2010Nicholas SJ, Ranjan J, 'Trends and Techniques in ICT', Proceedings of the International Conference on Business and Information Technology Contemporary Research and Development, Ghaziabad, India (2010) [E4]
2009Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Developing knowledge of organisational culture in multinational enterprises', ANZAM: 23rd ANZAM Conference: Sustainability, Management and Marketing, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E1]
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]

Co-authors: Gordon Boyce

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

Co-authors: Gordon Boyce

2008Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Expatriation research through the knowledge lens: The value of focusing on the idiosyncratic', 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008: Managing in the Pacific Century, Auckland, NZ (2008) [E1]
2007Boyle B, Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, 'Sharing knowledge of interpersonal networks during foreign assignments and knowledge flows in multinational enterprises', AIB 2007 Annual Meeting. Conference Proceedings, Indianapolis, Indiana (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Rebecca Mitchell

2007Boyle B, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Foreign assignments and knowledge flows in multinational enterprises', ANZIBA Conference 2007: Institutions and Organisations in an International Context. Papers, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Rebecca Mitchell

2007Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle B, 'Individual learning in organizational groups: an alternate view of group performance', The Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting Proceedings, Philadelphia, PA. (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Rebecca Mitchell

2007Boyle B, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Leveraging intellectual and social capital within multinational companies (MNCs) through expatriate assignments', 21st ANZAM Conference. Proceedings, Sydney (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Rebecca Mitchell

2007Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'Goal compatibility in knowledge creation', 13th Asian Pacific Management Conference. Proceedings, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
2007Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'The impact of cognitive conflict on team performance', 13th Asian Pacific Management Conference. Proceedings, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
2007Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, 'When are two heads better than one?: How cognitive heterogeneity explains the impact of demographic diversity in teams', The Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting Proceedings, Philadelphia, PA. (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Rebecca Mitchell

2007Boyle B, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Human resources and the knowledge-centred strategy literature: A strategic theoretical frame for the study of foreign assignments in multinational enterprises', ANZIBA Conference 2007: Institutions and Organisations in an International Context. Papers, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Rebecca Mitchell

2005Comerton-Ford C, Kitay J, Nicholas S, Yip J, 'Managing Group Work in Public Policy Programs', The Role of Public Administration in Alleviating Poverty and Improving Governance, Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia (2005) [E1]
2005Wang Y, Nicholas S, 'Transferring Knowledge: How Managers Manage Credible Commitments, Relational Safeguards and Dispute Resolution in Non-Equity Alliances in China', 5th International Symposium on Multinational Business Management - Human Resource Management in a Transitional Economy, Nanjing, China (2005) [E1]
2004Comerton-Ford C, Kitay J, Nicholas S, Yip J, 'Enhancing learning outcomes through group work', -, Singapore (2004) [E1]
2004Liang F, Nicholas S, 'Maintaining Inter-Partner Cooperation of IJV: Evidence from China', Canberra, Australia (2004) [E1]
2004Liang F, Nicholas S, 'Managing Ongoing Inter-Partner Relationships Within International Joint Ventures: An Empirical Investigation', -, Stokholm Sweden (2004) [E1]
2004Sammartion A, Nicholas S, O''Flynn J, 'A Resource-based Analysis of Diversity Management: Evidence from Australian Firms', -, Sweden (2004) [E1]
2004Liang F, Nicholas S, 'Integration and Responsiveness of subsidiaries in Transitional China', -, Beijing (2004) [E1]
2004Mitchell R, Nicholas S, 'Dynamic Capabilities and the Creation of Knowledge in Organisations: The Importance of Functional and Cognitive Diversity, and Trans-Specialist Knowledge', -, Queensland (2004) [E1]
2004Mitchell R, Nicholas S, 'Knowledge Creating Mechanisms and Competitive Advantage: The Value of Cognitive Diversity, Transactive memory, Openmindedness Norms and Transpecialist Knowledge', -, Cairns Australia (2004) [E1]
2004Lian F, Nicholas S, 'Exploring a Typology of Subsidiary Strategies in a Transitional Economy', -, Stokholm Sweden (2004) [E1]
2003Maitland E, Nicholas S, 'International Business; Moving Beyond Management and Towards International Studies', -, Dunedin, New Zealand (2003) [E1]
2003Fan L, Nicholas S, 'Conflict and Cooperation in JVs in China', -, Melbourne, Australia (2003) [E1]
2003Maitland E, Nicholas S, 'The Challenge of International Business', -, Dunedin NZ (2003) [E1]
2002Wang Y, Nicholas S, 'Relational Subcontracting: The Case of Contractual Joint Ventures in China in W', Brisbane Australia (2002) [E1]
2002Nicholas S, Maitland S, Purcell W, 'Inter-firm Learning in Japanese B2B Networks', Brisbane Australia (2002) [E1]
2002Wang Y, Nicholas S, Morgan S, 'A Transaction Cost Study of Contractual Joint Ventures in China', Nanjing (2002) [E1]
2002Fan L, Nicholas S, 'Subsidiary Strategic Roles in a Transition Economy', Brisbane Australia (2002) [E1]
2002Nicholas S, Maitland E, Purcell W, 'Regional Learning Networks: Evidence from Japanese MNEs in Thailand and Australia', Bali Indonesia (2002) [E1]
2002A S, O''Flynn J, Nicholas S, 'Diversity Management as a Competitive Advantage: Empirical Evidence from Australian Firms', Auckland NZ (2002) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$958,500

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2006 (1 grants)

International Business$150,000
Funding Body: Transfer from University of Sydney

SchemeRole
Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$150,00020062006
GNo:21587727

2001 (1 grants)

Multinational Firms in Australia$55,500
Funding Body: Department of Industry, Energy and Resources

SchemeRole
Government-Industry-University collaborationChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$55,50020012002
GNo:21587721

2000 (1 grants)

Divesity Management$680,000
Funding Body: Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

SchemeRole
Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$680,00020002002
GNo:21587715

1999 (1 grants)

Foreign Investment in Australia$73,000
Funding Body: Australian Research Council

SchemeRole
Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$73,00019992001
GNo:26812109
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions5
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.2

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

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorThe Impact of Leadership Development on Organisational Performance: A Case Study in Chinese Private Companies from the Social Constructivist Approach
20072017PHD Accounting
University of Sydney
Co-SupervisorInstitutonal Approaches to Investment in China
20042008PHD Business Management
University of Sydney
Co-SupervisorFDI in China
20032007PHD Human Resource Management
University of Sydney
Co-SupervisorExpatriates
20032007PHD Organisation Management
University of Sydney
Co-SupervisorGroups and Learning

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Management)Principal SupervisorHow Multinational Enterprises Make Decisions About Foreign Subsidiary Strategic Change: An Exploratory Study
2004PHD Accounting
University of Melbourne
Sole SupervisorForeign direct investment in China
2003PHD Economics
University of Melbourne
Co-SupervisorHRM Victoria's Railways
2003PHD Accounting
University of Melbourne
Sole SupervisorNon-equity strategic alliances
2001PHD Business Management
University of Melbourne
Principal SupervisorSubsidiary-HQ Control
1999PHD Economics
University of Melbourne
Sole SupervisorNew Institutional Economics
1996PHD Marketing
University of Melbourne
Sole SupervisorMarketing Innovations
1988PHD Economics
University of Sydney
Sole SupervisorAustralian Diversification
1950PHD Business Management
University of Melbourne
Co-SupervisorInternational business
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Emeritus Professor Stephen Nicholas

Work Phone(02) 4921 7979
Fax(02) 4921 7977
Email
PositionEmeritus Professor
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
SRS03,
Social Sciences Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/stephen-nicholas