Dr Annika Westrenius

Associate Lecturer

Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies

Career Summary


I came to academia from a background in small and medium businesses located in Sweden and Australia but with global operations. As is often the case in small business, I had many roles as the situation demanded, including as local marketing manager in charge of a relatively large budget.

I have started and managed several businesses and have first hand experience of the unique challenges of small business. A common trend is a focus on innovation and the commercial exploitation of technological advancements with a view to solve problems in industry or provide better services to customers. This provides for a dynamic experience where new and old problems have to be solved quickly and decisions made, typically with limited information at hand.

My Honours and PhD focused on stakeholder relationships in small business where such relationships and the management of them are vital for value creation, financial survival and long-term success.

I currently work in the Business School and in the English Language and Foundations Studies Centre. I teach management and decision making.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Certificate IV in Property (Real Estate), TAFE (NSW)
  • Bachelor of Management, University of Newcastle
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, Benchmark College
  • Bachelor of Business (Honours), University of Newcastle


  • Decision making
  • Small business management
  • Stakeholder management


  • English (Fluent)
  • Swedish (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy 15
150310 Organisation and Management Theory 40
150314 Small Business Management 45

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Scholarly Teaching Fellow University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Bunn R, Westrenius A, 'Enabling and changing lives: Stakeholders who affect and are affected by the enabling initiative', International Studies in Widening Participation, 4 55-73 (2017)
Co-authors Rosalie Bunn
2015 Westrenius A, Barnes L, 'Managing complex business relationships: Small business and stakeholder salience', The Journal of Developing Areas, 49 481-488 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1353/jda.2015.0104
Co-authors Lisa Barnes

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Westrenius A, Barnes L, barnes L, '¿Managing the Changing Environment of Complex Business Relationships: Small Business and Stakeholder Salience¿', Proceedings of the Australasian Conference on Business and Social Sciences 2015, Sydney, Sydney Australia (2015)
Co-authors Lisa Barnes
2013 Westrenius A, 'Integrating management theory and academic skills to empower enabling students ¿ a practical approach', In Proceedings of the National Association of Enabl ing Educators of Australia Conference; Flexibility: Pathways to participation, Melbourne, Australia, 27-29 November, 2013. Accessed from http://enablingeducators.org/conference/2013.html, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Australia (2013) [E1]

Dr Annika Westrenius


Associate Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Scholarly Teaching Fellow
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email annika.westrenius@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4610


Room HO1.70 and BO1.04
Building Humanities Building and Central Coast Business School offices
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258