Dr Walter Jarvis
As Course Director for the Master of Management, I am both professionally and academically qualified to engage students and executive practitioners in identifying and questioning entrenched assumptions that have passed (to our global and generational cost) as acceptable management theory for practice. The fruits of that cost are seen in celebrating only the merit of globalisation and being indifferent (at best) to those who "missed out" - Brexit and Trump are manifestations of the anger at such neglect.
Upon graduation, I spent almost 20 years in General Management with local and international organisations (17 years with Esso/EXXON) with the next 10 years as a wholly dependent (self-employed) consultant, facilitator and educator in strategic thinking and planning. The combined 30 years General Management experience generated increasingly disillusioned and disturbing views about the extent to which many management and organisational practices remained unquestioned and unchallenged - especially by those in elite ("C-Suite") authority. Exposure to entrenched neo-liberal ideology - especially over these last two decades - meant that the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) did not come as a shock. In a now deeply researched & shared critique, post-graduate neo-liberal management education (especially the MBA) was directly (but grossly under-reported) complicit in creating the GFC
My post-graduate studies (MEd and EdD) focused on management learning. My abiding research and teaching/learning interest - is related to experiential formation to cultivate capacities for greater public scrutiny and accountability - so as to underpin public trust and confidence (stewardship) in university-based management education. It will now come as no surprise that I see massive merit in students undertaking a General Management masters - distinguished from the MBA (frequently focused on students aiming for the executive C-Suite ranks - by developing a "whole of enterprise" orientation, with a passion for enabling and valuing work "from the shop floor/back office to the boardroom"
Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).
Stewardship (of human dignity in the workplace); Cultivating practical wisdom (Aristotle's "phronesis" essential form of knowledge) for balanced/humanist and accountable judgement; Critical Realist Personalism (as social theory and philosophy of human flourishing/brokenness - drawing on Christian Smith, 2010, 2014, 2015); Kantian approaches to leadership and management; Business History; Influence of neo-liberal ideology; German industry and education influences [especially the Mittelstand (SMEs)] on non-liberal approaches to business & industrial democracy (Mitbestimmung). Elliott Jacques and Mary Follett are central to my research and teaching on collaborating for co-determination/joint governance/economic democracy, as a basis of public trust in respecting human dignity in the workplace.
Course Director, Master of Management.
Postgraduate Management majors/MBA: Managing, Leading and Stewardship (a foundational MBA subject); Organisational Dialogue: Theory and Practice; Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring; People, Work & Employment; Management Skills; Career and Portfolio Development.
Undergraduate: Managing People and Organisations; Understanding Organisations - Theory and Practice; Management Skills; Business Ethics and Sustainability; Management Capstone (core - locally and in Shanghai); Managing Work and People (BBA [Indigenous] Program).
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