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Associate Professor Antoine Hermens

Biography

Associate Professor Antoine Hermens' career at UTS demonstrates his commitment to innovation, focus on high quality education and outcomes.  Antoine promotes a world class research and publishing culture, and proactively engages in building strong institutional relations with business and stakeholders’ communities in line with the mission of the University.

Antoine has significant senior management experience both in academe and industry and is a key member of various industry and academic networks. He has extensive experience in course development, teaching and managing quality assurance and as visiting professor presents courses and regularly interacts with academics and administrators in New York, Ottawa, Paris, Toulouse, Reims, and Hong Kong from leading AACSB accredited business schools. Antoine is committed to best practice in business education and has an extensive understanding of international policy. In 2010 Antoine was awarded a UTS Teaching and Leaning citation.

Antoine regularly consults and advises to international and national organisations on turnaround strategies, restructuring, strategy planning, alliance formation, mergers and acquisitions and demergers.

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Associate Professor, Management Discipline Group
Core Member, CMOS - Centre for Management and Organisational Studies
Core Member, CCG - Centre for Corporate Governance
MBA (Macquarie), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Fellow, Australian Institute of Management
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Phone
+61 2 9514 3774

Research Interests

strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, business strategy, small business and entrepreneurship

Can supervise: Yes

corporate and international strategy, business simulations, entrepreneurship, small business

Chapters

Morgan, A., Taylor, T.L., Adair, D. & Hermens, A. 2016, 'Tensions within Interorganizational Alliances: A sponsorship Case Study' in Das, T.K. (ed), Governance Issues in Strategic Alliances, Information Age Publishing, Inc, Charlotte, NC USA, pp. 201-223.
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Hermens, H. & Hermens, A. 2015, 'Knowledge Management to Learning Organization to Innovation:An Examination of Consumers' Consideration Sets' in From Knowledge Management to Learning Organisation to Innovation The Way Ahead!, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, pp. 6-26.
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This book propagates the argument that innovation is heavily influenced by learning, which in turn is driven by knowledge.
Clegg, S.R., Hermens, A. & Porras, S.T. 2002, 'Virtual Collaboration' in BUSINESS: The Ultimate Resource, Perseus, New York, pp. 167-168.
Hermens, A. 2002, 'Managing the interconnected organisation: An internal tension perspective' in Clegg, S. (ed), Management and Organization Paradoxes, Joh Benjamins Publishing Company, The Netherlands, pp. 295-310.
Heffernan, K. & Hermens, A. 1998, 'Management and Strategy Consulting: Towards and Integrated and Strategic Framework' in Management Consulting: Perspectives and Prospects, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited, New Delhi, pp. 24-35.
Hermens, A. 1998, 'Collaborative advantage of disadvantage?' in Callender, G. (ed), Strategic Supply Chain, University of Technology, Sydney, School of Management, Sydney, pp. 47-62.
Hermens, A. 1998, 'Partnering for superior performance - a guide for outperforming your competitors' in Callender, G. (ed), Strategic Supply Chain, University of Technology, Sydney, School of Management, Sydney, pp. 63-71.
Hermens, A. 1996, 'Strategic Alliances' in Merrilees, B. & Miller, D. (eds), Retailing Management, RMIT Press, Australia, pp. 83-99.

Conferences

Hermens, A., Pitelis, C. & Hermens, H. 2016, 'Industry 4.0 and Value Chain Collaboration: Manufacturing digitalization and operational tensions.', https://www.anzam.org/e vents/2016-operations-supply-chain-and-services-management-symposium-uts-sydney- 13-15-june-2016/, ANZAM, Sydney, pp. 1-25.
This case study investigates the evolution of inter- firm collaboration process, from imagining a turnaround strategy to leading a manufacturing evolution. The research question focuses on 'how should a medium-sized family owned manufacturing company change from a traditional foundry to adopt advanced digital manufacturing technologies?' Economic organizations are the outcome of appropriability-informed purposive entrepreneurial action that involves the creation and co-creation of organizations, markets and supporting ecosystems. Our research studies suggest that overall tension levels and sub-systemic dialectic tensions (i.e. short-term versus long-term; flexibility versus rigidity; collaboration versus competition; common versus private benefits) evolve over time and reconstitute relationships and shape the evolutionary trajectory of an interfirm collaborative strategy. These findings suggest a process of accelerating tensions and significant imbalances in their configuration will favor certain outcomes. The main contribution of this research is to extend current theory by examining converging and diverging forces/tensions and their impact on inter firm value creation. The governance process of resources, in the context of the value creation process and perceived risk, is a key strategic element that influences internal tensions and organizational evolution.
Stein, J.A., Simpson, A.V., Berti, M. & Hermens, A. 2017, ''Keeping the axe workshop going': Australian manufacturing and the hidden maintenance of historical practices', The Maintainers II: Labor, Technology and Social Order, Stevens Institute of Technology.
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Simpson, A.V., Berti, M., Stein, J. & Hermens, A. 2016, 'Tradition of innovation and innovation of tradition: Processes of constructive disruption in a family firm', European Group of Organisation Studies (EGOS), Naples, Italy.
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Hermens, A., Simpson, A. & Berti, M. 2016, 'Under new management, tradition of innovation and innovation of tradition: the case of constructive disruption in a family firm', 30th Anzam Conference 2016 program, 30th Australian New Zealand Academy of Management Conference being held at QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane., Brisbane.
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Abstract We investigate narrative discourses at an Australian steel foundry, as the business balances the challenges of implementing change to remain competitive in a global environment, while maintaining its identity and values as a 'family firm'. Analysis of research data under macro, meso and micro discursive categories revealed four key themes as sites of dynamic tension: 1) stability in instability, 2) narratives of mastery, 4) intertwined identities, and 3) community centricity. We discuss how these findings expand our understanding of the relationship between tradition and innovation within family firms, where notions of tradition provide value as a discursive resource that can be deployed to ease the social tensions emerging from innovation, in a paradoxical process that translates local family connections and histories into dynamic capabilities for the firm.
Hermens, A. & Marchant, J. 2016, 'Future generation of entrepreneurs: student entrepreneurs', Under New Management: Innovating for sustainable and just futures.
This study contributes to the literature on identity work and the entrepreneurial journey and on theories of the identity work required to become an entrepreneur. Additionally, it contributes to the literature on dynamic capabilities by providing a framework for studentpreneurs that can potentially apply to other types of entrepreneurs. Finally, it offers tools designed to help administrators of incubators and accelerator programs to identify and support studentpreneurs.
Hermens, A., Pitelis, C. & Hermens, H. 2016, 'Industry 4.0 and Value Chain Collaboration: Manufacturing digitalization and operational tensions.', ANZAM Symposium Sydney, 14th anzam operations, supply chain and services management symposium, ANZAM, UTS Sydney.
Morgan, A.A., Taylor, T., Adair, D. & Hermens, A. 2015, 'Tension within Inter-organizational Alliances: A Sponsorship Case Study', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver.
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Hermens, A. & Hermens, H. 2015, 'Managing for Peak Performance: retailer preference and consumer dcision making', ANZAM, 29th ANZAM Conference 2015, ANZAM, Queenstown New Zealand.
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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the order of the consumer's consideration set formation. The research study focused on the participants' main concerns in their decision-making, and how they tried to resolve them. This study suggests that decision risk was reduced by the home-improvement consumers forming consideration sets populated in part or in whole by retailer brands as an experiential short-cut. The data demonstrates that trust, perceived risk, involvement and brand are the antecedents' to this formation. Brands are seen by the home improvement consumer as a bundle of attributes with the ability to deliver problem solving benefits. Brand loyalty is the proxy in the decision process. The use of this proxy as a heuristic reduced the perceived risk.
Marchand, J.M. & Hermens, A.H. 2014, 'Student Entrepreneurship: A Research Agenda', Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Sydney.
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The purpose of this paper is to define the term 'Studentpreneur and stimulate the research in the field of Student Entrepreneurship. A research agenda is proposed to further the knowledge in Student Entrepreneurship. The paper identifies Student Entrepreneurship as an emerging phenomenon. This phenomenon is seen as a double opportunity. First is the opportunity to zoom in on one category of entrepreneurs and test if the traditional theories developed on the 'meta category of entrepreneurs apply on this sub category. Traits, Psychological tests and Dynamic Capabilities are suggested. The second opportunity is to study Studentpreneurs as an exemplary case. Two themes are suggested for the research agenda linked to the latter opportunity: Identity Construction and management of Multiple Identity
Hermens, A., dela Rama, M.J. & Hermens, G. 2012, 'Strategic Decision-Making and Board Leadership at an Australian Credit Union', 26th Annual Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, 26th Annual Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Perth Convention Centre, Western Australia, pp. 1-18.
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Double peer-reviewed: "The invitation to ANZAM members, both academic and practitioner, and professionals with a passion, interest and experience in management and associated fields to join us for the 26th ANZAM Conference resulted in the submissions of over 400 papers. After the traditional ANZAM double blind peer review under the guidance of the stream chairs, the papers that meet the required academic rigour and standard are included in these Conference Proceedings presented over the three day conference. The double blind peer review process resulted in the acceptance of 285 papers, all presented in the traditional ANZAM discipline and interest sessions as clustered by the stream chairs."
Johnston, J. & Hermens, A. 2012, 'A glocal approach to institutional (re)design: The unfortunate case of Qantas Airways?', 28th EGOS Colloquium, 28th EGOS Colloquium, European Group for Organizational Studies, Finland, Helsinki.
Johnston, J., Hermens, A., Spooner, K.B. & Kaine, S.J. 2012, 'Sustainable leadership and ethics at Qantas Airways: Simply a public rhetoric or a practised corporate reality?', Institute for Sustainable Leadership 7th Annual Symposium, Institute for Sustainable Leadership, Rome.
Hermens, A. & Hermens, G. 2011, 'Governing Strategic Tensions and Assessing Director Performance in Credit Union Mergers', International Corporate Governance Conference: Corporate Governance and Value Creation, Sydney.
Hermens, A. 2006, 'The governance of strategic tensions: Alliance stability and performance.', Strategic Management Society 26th Annual International Conference, Vienna, Austria.
Clegg, S.R., Gordon, R.D., Hermens, A., Kornberger, M.M., Rhodes, C.H. & Ross-Smith, A.E. 2005, 'Strange brew: the MBA and institutionalised hypocritical isomorphism in management education', 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference, 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference, -, Cambridge, UK.

Journal articles

Wang, K.Y., Hermens, A., Huang, K.P. & Chelliah, J. 2015, 'Entrepreneurial Orientation and Organizational Learning on SMEs' Innovation', International Journal of Organizational Innovation, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 71-81.
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Entrepreneurial orientation (EO) is a driver of firms' innovation. The phenomenon of EO as a prerequisite for innovation has become a central focus of corporate entrepreneurship literature. Despite an abundance of research suggesting that innovation capability contributes to SMEs' performance, little is known how dimensions of EO specifically influence SMEs' innovation. Furthermore, although prior research has examined various factors that influence the EO– innovation relationship, few studies have address views how organizational learning influences the EO-innovation relationship in the SMEs context. Based on the literature review, our study attempts to fill this gap by postulating that entrepreneurial innovativeness, proactiveness and risk-taking are related to SMEs' innovation and that organizational learning positively moderates the EO–innovation relationships.
Logue, D.M., Jarvis, W.P., Clegg, S. & Hermens, A. 2015, 'Translating models of organization: Can the Mittelstand move from Bavaria to Geelong?', Journal of Management & Organization, vol. 21, no. 01, pp. 17-36.
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Marchand, J.M. & Hermens, A. 2015, 'Student entrepreneurship: A research agenda', The International Journal of Organizational Innovation, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 266-281.
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The purpose of this paper is to define the term 'Studentpreneur and stimulate research in the field of Student Entrepreneurship. A research agenda is proposed to further the knowledge of Student Entrepreneurship. The paper identifies Student Entrepreneurship as an emerging phenomenon that provides a dual opportunity. The first is the opportunity to zoom in on one category of entrepreneurs and observe if the traditional theories developed in the 'meta category of entrepreneurs apply to this subcategory; for example, Traits, Psychological tests and Dynamic Capabilities, in a goal to legitimate them further. The second opportunity is to study Studentpreneurs as an exemplary case. Two themes are suggested for the research agenda linked to the latter opportunity: Identity Construction and management of Multiple Identity.
Morgan, A., Adair, D., Taylor, T. & Hermens, A. 2014, 'Sport Sponsorship Alliances: Relationship Management for Shared Value', Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, vol. 4, no. 4.
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Hermens, A. & Clarke, E. 2009, 'Integrating blended teaching and learning to enhance graduate attributes', Journal of Education and Training, vol. 51, no. 5/6, pp. 476-490.
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The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of computer based business simulations in higher education as innovative tools of teaching and learning to enhance students' practical understanding of real business problems. Whether the integration of business simulation technologies will enable significant innovation in teaching and learning and will significantly enhance the quality and efficiency of traditional management teaching and learning methods is to be examined.
Porras, S.T., Clegg, S.R. & Hermens, A. 2005, 'Commercio electronico y colagoracion', Denarius: revista de economia y administracion, vol. 10, no. 10354, pp. 239-253.
Kenney, J.L., Hermens, A. & Clarke, T. 2004, 'The political economy of e-learning educational development: strategies, standardisation and scalability.', Education and Training, vol. 46, no. 6/7, pp. 370-379.
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Hermens, A. 2001, 'Knowledge exchange in strategic alliances: Learning in tension', Creativity and Innovation Management, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 189-200.
Clarke, T. & Hermens, A. 2001, 'Corporate developments and strategic alliances in e-learning', Education and Training, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 256-267.
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