Tim Williams is a Lecturer at the UTS Business School. His work is focused on the urgent management and board priorities and challenges relating to society and the environment: resource constraints and other mega-trends, emerging risks, and shifting stakeholder expectations. This is a hybrid agenda, and Tim researches and teaches in the increasingly interlinked areas of strategic management, innovation, and sustainable enterprise. Sustainability requires radical change in the way that we do business, and Tim’s overall aim is to understand how organisations transition toward sustainability and how this can be encouraged.
His PhD studied the role of strategy in sustainability transitions, and specifically how organisations can embed sustainability into their core strategy. The PhD provided new insights, showing that taken-for-granted strategy thinking and strategy practices have important and unexpected effects by both enabling and constraining the shift to sustainability. Tim has expertise in process research methods, a perspective which understands complex organisational phenomena as processes unfolding over time.
Tim has a background as a leading corporate sustainability and public affairs practitioner, including 15 years’ experience at the Westpac Group. Given this industry experience, he has a particular interest in connecting the worlds of research and practice.
Can supervise: YES
Tim’s teaching focus is executive and post-graduate. He currently leads the Executive MBA subject in Corporate Governance and the Sustainable Enterprise, and the MBA subject in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has led the MBA capstone subject in Strategic Management, and lectures in the postgraduate subject, Managing for Sustainability.
Edwards, M, Williams, T, Angus-Leppan, T & Benn, S 2017, 'Navigating Sustainability: Morphing the Role of the Sustainability Officer', 31st Annual Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Melbourne, Australia.
Williams, TM 2012, 'Sustainability Strategy as Practice: Inside the Black-Box of Sustainability Strategy', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, US.
Williams, TM 2011, 'A Triple-Agent Approach to Research Organisational Change for Corporate Sustainability', Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, US.
Williams, TM, 'Future-work: Agency and emergence in sustainability strategy as practice'.