Dr Chris Christodoulou

Position

Casual Academic

School /
Work Unit

Graduate School of Business & Law

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 0111

chris.christodoulou@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 013
Level: 02
Room: 016

City campus

College/Portfolio

College of Business

Chris has been involved in the development of research for over 25 years. During this time he has supervised more than 15 doctoral students to completion. The major focus of the research he has undertaken and supervised is in the field of Strategic Management. He has a deep interest in the strategic management practices of large organisations and the associated senior executive responsibilities. The research of the doctoral students he has supervised has focussed on these aspects and much of this research has been undertaken in Asia.

Chris has also had extensive experience in both the development and delivery of postgraduate management education. He has taught in DBA, MBA and other postgraduate programs both in Australia and overseas.

Previously, Chris has held senior positions in industry including H.J.Heinz and Brown and Dureau. He has also been active in professional bodies including the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. Chris has also undertaken teaching commitments in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Central Europe and throughout Asia. In Australia, Asia and New Zealand, Chris has conducted programs for both academic staff and students in the development of research activities. He has also conducted both contract research and consultancies for industry.

Qualifications

B.Ag. Sci. (Melb), M. Sci. (Monash), M. Admin (Monash), Ph.D. (Monash)

Major Research

Strategic Management

The first comprehensive review of Australian corporate planning practices was originally undertaken in the early 1980s. This foundation study fulfilled the following:

  1. A detailed description of Australian corporate planning practices.
  2. Major insights into the factors influencing both corporate planning practices and corporate strategies. In addition a system of determining the level of planning sophistication was established.
  3. An identification of the influences of overseas subsidiaries on both corporate planning and corporate strategies in Australia.
  4. A comparison of the Australian results with comparable overseas studies, especially the study undertaken by the Columbia Graduate School of Business (USA).
  5. A data base against which further Australian studies can be compared.

This original work continues to be of major practical and theoretical importance to both corporate executives and to management theorists. It has also provided the foundation for further ongoing significant research.

In 1993/1994 a major replication of this work was financed by the Australian Research Council and undertaken under the supervision of Associate Professor Christodoulou as chief investigator. This replication is providing both an update to the earlier research findings and also providing important longitudinal insights into many aspects of strategic management. In particular, this study is unique in that it is able to trace the strategic management practices of the companies who have survived the last decade as leading manufacturers.

Further research has been undertaken by doctoral students under Associate Professor Christodoulou’s supervision to extend this work to other industries such as the financial services industries and to other countries especially in Asia. In addition, a number of postgraduate students are undertaking Ph.D.studies in related areas of senior executive responsibility.

Industry Simulations

Chris Christodoulou has been a worldwide leader in the development of industry based simulations. In particular he has led the development of the Caravan Management Game, a computerised industry based simulation. He undertook all the industry research and developed the underlying conceptual frameworks for the industry based simulation model. As well, he has been responsible for the development and maintenance of all the support materials i.e. participant’s manual, instructor’s manual, input forms etc.

The Caravan Management Game has been acknowledged as one of the leading industry simulations worldwide. This simulation has been conducted over 300 times and in many locations including the United Kingdom, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. For 20 years this simulation has been the main activity of the Graduate Diploma Business Administration residential weekend and for the majority of the participants it has been considered as the highlight of their course. The Caravan Management Game has also been an important part of the Australian Program for Training Eurasian Managers (APTEA) at Swinburne. In addition, it has been an integral part of senior executive development programs for many of Australia’s leading companies and public sector organisations.

In addition, Chris Christodoulou initiated and led the development of the Experiential Learning Centre (formerly known as the Management Behaviour Laboratory) at Swinburne. A teaching facility which comprises a suite of teaching rooms, a central observation area, a control room and integrated audio visual amenities. The Experiential Learning Centre is ideal for teaching activities that are dependent on a high level of quality feedback and is particularly suited to the running of experiential learning activities (such as the Caravan Management Game).

Other Areas of Current Research

As coordinating supervisor of postgraduate research students, particularly doctoral students, a significant research group investigating Strategic Management issues and Senior executive responsibilities is being led and managed. Amongst the areas being researched at present are:

  • Chief Executive Officer Role Behaviour and Firm Performance.
  • Multinational Joint Ventures in China..
  • The Adoption of Quality Practices. Total Quality Management and Total Quality Assurance, Strengths and Weaknesses.
  • Foreign Investment Decisions into the Pharmaceutical Industry in China.
  • Strategic Management Practices of Small Forestry Organisations.

Other Research Involvement and Related Aspects

Establishment of the Centre for Organisational and Strategic Studies

Chris Christodoulou has led the development of the Centre for Organisational and Strategic Studies (COSS) which was formally established in July 1996. The purpose of this Centre is to consolidate the School of Management’s research in the fields of organisation behaviour/organisation dynamics, marketing, strategic management, innovation and strategic change. This Centre provides a way for both academics and postgraduate research students to work collaboratively and to increase their interaction with other researchers worldwide. A major role of the Centre is to widely disseminate its research findings to both the academic and broader community. Chris Christodoulou has been appointed the inaugural Director of COSS.

Further information about COSS is available at the following home page address: http://www.swin.edu.au/sgsm/coss/welcome.html

Contract Research

COSS has successfully tendered for contract research. Chris Christodoulou is the research leader for the Eastern Energy contract to examine the value of electricity to businesses in the medium contestable electricity market in Victoria.

Value of Eastern Energy Contract: $78,810 (1997-1998).

Chief Investigator

Chief Investigator for an Australian Research Council (ARC) large grant funded project, titled:
“Strategic Management/Strategic Planning Processes of Selected Australian Organisations”.
Total ARC Funding: $48,200 (1993-1994).

Referee for International Journals:

  • Asia Pacific Journal of International Management
  • Australian Journal of Management
  • Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Journal of World Business

Note: Book reviewer for JANZAM (Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management) of strategic management books.

Referee for International Conferences:

  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
  • Academy of International Business, South East Asia Regional Conference
  • Decision Sciences Institute
  • Western Decision Sciences Institute

Editor

Centre for Organisational and Strategic Studies (COSS) Management Paper Series

Track Chair

Track Chair, for the Management/Organisation Behaviour track at the following international conference:
Decision Sciences Institute, Fourth International Meeting, Sydney, Australia, 20-23 July 1997

Discussant, Session Chair

Frequently invited to Chair sessions at the following international Management conferences:

  • Strategic Management Society International Conferences (annual)
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conferences (annual)
  • Decision Sciences Institute Conferences (International, National, Asia Pacific)

Invited to be a discussant at international conferences with respect to selected papers in the field of strategic management. The role of discussant is normally assigned to recognised experts in the Track Areas in which the papers are delivered. This has been often requested at both the Strategic Management Society International Conferences and the Decision Sciences Institute Meetings.

ARC Assessor

Assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC) for both ARC large grants and ARC SPIRT grants.

Examiner

Requested to be an examiner for research theses, both internally and externally. Over 40 theses examined, including Ph.D., Master’s by research, and minor theses in coursework postgraduate programs.

ANZAM

Member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Research Sub Committee (1998-1999). This Sub Committee successfully applied to the Australian Research Council (ARC) for a special initiatives grant to support the development of doctoral students and academic researchers in the field of business/management. The ARC has awarded a three year grant totalling $150,000.00 (commencing 1999) to support this initiative.

ARC/ANZAM Strategy Docoral Workshop

The workshop was arranged and coordinated by Chris Christodoulou on behalf of the ARC and ANZAM for Doctoral students in Strategic Management. In total 25 doctoral students from all around Australia participated. The workshop’s objectives were to create a forum in which to explore research issues, to assist participants in the development and execution of effective research, and to facilitate the development of networks for mutual support.

The workshop was held at the Swinburne Graduate School of Management on the 26th to 30th November 1999 and the ARC provided $12,000 financial support. It was facilitated by Professor John McGee, Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Warwick (and President elect of the Strategic Management Society), in collaboration with Chris Christodoulou, Professor Richard Dunford (Macquarie Graduate School of Management) and Mr. Michael Browne. Resource consultants were also available, namely Mr. John Pidgeon re analytical approaches and Ms. Jane O’Donnell re library resources. All staff provided their services on a voluntary basis i.e. no remuneration was paid for their contributions/time.

Feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive and that the workshop had succeeded in achieving its objectives.

Teaching/Academic Involvement

Convened and taught units in the following areas:

Undergraduate

  • Management
  • Organisation Behaviour
  • Organisation Theory
  • Marketing/Marketing Research

Postgraduate

  • Business Policy/Strategic Management
  • Research Methodology
  • Strategic Change
  • Organisation Theory
  • Organisation Behaviour

Initiated the establishment of residential weekends in both the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration and the Graduate Diploma of Organisation Behaviour programs. Major contributor to the development of postgraduate courses in Organisation Behaviour (Graduate Diploma, Master’s and Professional Doctorate) and postgraduate courses in Business Administration (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master’s and Professional Doctorate).

Consulting and Short Course Activities

Extensive consulting and short course activities have been conducted for both industry and public service . Among the organisations are Telecom, Australian Institute of Management, New Zealand Institute of Management, Australian Public Service Board (ACT), Qantas, ACI, Cadbury-Schweppes, Gas & Fuel Corporation, Clelland's, State Bank (Vic), ICI (Australia and New Zealand), Mobil, CUB, Mars Corporation, CRA, Coopers and Lybrand, BHP, SECV, Agrevo,Robert Bosch, Visy and MAST.

Professional Societies

  • Strategic Management Society
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Decision Sciences Institute (U.S.A.)

Publications

Papers:

  • Capon, N., Christodoulou, C., Farley, J. and Hulbert, J. 'A Comparative Analysis of the Strategy and Structure of United States and Australian Corporations: An Evolutionary Perspective'. Journal of Strategic Management, 1984
  • Capon, N., Christodoulou, C., Farley, J. and Hulbert, J. 'A Comparison of Corporate Planning Practice in American and Australian Manufacturing Companies', Journal of International Business Studies, Fall 1984
  • Capon, N., Christodoulou, C., Farley, J. and Hulbert, J. 'Corporate Planning Practices in Major American and Australian Manufacturing Companies'. Swinburne Working Paper, Monash Working Paper, 1984
  • Capon, N., Christodoulou, C., Farley, J. and Hulbert, J. 'Big Business in the US and Australia; A Comparative Study', Swinburne Working Paper, Monash Working Paper, 1983
  • Christodoulou, C. 'Ensuring a Future For Your Organization', Management Update, Issue No. 65, June 1985
  • Capon, N., Christodoulou, C., Farley, J. and Hulbert, J. 'A Comparative Analysis of the Strategy and Structure of United States and Australian Corporations', Journal of International Business Studies, Spring 1987
  • Christodoulou, C. ‘Formal Corporate Planning Practices of Major Australian Manufacturing Companies’ Swinburne Working Paper, 1984
  • Christodoulou, C. and Fitzroy, P. 'A Comprehensive Study of Strategic Planning in Australian Subsidiary and Non-Subsidiary Companies', Swinburne Working Paper, 1985
  • Christodoulou, C. 'Strategic Planning by Selected Australian Organisations', Published Doctoral Dissertation, Monash University 1984
  • Christodoulou, C. 'A Comparative Examination of Subsidiary and Non Subsidiary Strategies', Swinburne Staff Paper, No 29, 1986
  • Christodoulou, C. 'The Impact of Home Office Culture on Subsidiary Strategic Planning', Swinburne Staff Paper, No 34, 1987
  • Christodoulou, C. 'Australian Industry: Sophisticated Planning and Weak R & D?', Journal of Long Range Planning, Vol. 21, No. 1, 1988
  • Christodoulou, C. 'Seeking Effective Management Education', Swinburne Staff Paper, No 89, 1992
  • Christodoulou, C, 'Seeking Meaningful Management Education Learning Experiences. Part 1: The Establishment of an Experiential Learning Centre' Training and Development In Australia, Vol 20, No.3, September 1993.
  • Christodoulou, C., 'Seeking Meaningful Management Education Learning Eperiences, Part 2: The Development of an Industry Based Simulation' Training and Development In Australia, Vol 20, No.4, December 1993
  • Bonn, I., and Christodoulou, C., ‘From Strategic Planning to Strategic Management’, Journal of Long Range Planning, Volume 29, No.4, 1996
  • Zakliki, M., and Christodoulou, C., ‘The Impact of CEO Role Behaviour on Firm Performance’, Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Vol.2, No.2 1996.
  • Wei, H.C., and Christodoulou, C., ‘An Examination of Strategic Foreign Direct Investment Decision Processes: The Case of Taiwanese Manufacturing SMEs’, special edition of Management Decision, titled Strategic Management in the Asia Pacific #2, Volume 35, Issue8, May 1997.
  • Christodoulou, C., ‘Ethical Implications of Research’, accepted for publication by the Journal of the Association of Private Higher Education Institutions of Thailand, May 1997
  • Wei H. C., and Christodoulou C., ‘Factors affecting Taiwanese Foreign Direct Investment Decisions by SME Manufacturing Firms’, Journal of International Marketing and Export, Vol. 3, No.1, February 1998
  • Jennings, D.F., Artz, K., Gillin, M. L., and Christodoulou, C., ‘Determinants of Trust in Global Strategic Alliances: AMRAD and the Biomedical Industry’, accepted for publication by Competitiveness Review, May 1998
  • Wei H. C., and Christodoulou C., ‘The Changing Relationship Between the Taiwanese Government and its Small and Medium Sized Enterprises’, Asian Studies Review, Vol. 22, No.2, June 1998
  • Wei H. C., and Christodoulou C., ‘Factors affecting Taiwanese Foreign Direct Investment Decisions by SME Manufacturing Firms’, a book chapter in Contemporary Issues in Marketing, 1998
  • Wei H. C., and Christodoulou C., ‘An Examination of Strategic Foreign Direct Investment Decision Processes: The Case of Taiwanese Manufacturing SME’s’, Chapter 23 in the book titled, Strategic Management in the Asia Pacific: Harnessing Regional and Organizational Change for Competitive Advantage, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, January 1999
  • Wei H. C., and Christodoulou C., ‘Taiwanese SMEs in Post Crisis Asia”, Chapter 23a in the book titled, Strategic Management in the Asia Pacific: Harnessing Regional and Organizational Change for Competitive Advantage, Butterworth- Heinemann, Oxford, January 1999
  • Jennings D. F., Artz K., Gillin M., and Christodoulou C., Determinants of Trust in Global Strategic Alliances: Amrad and the Australian Biomedical Industry, Competitiveness Review, Volume 10, No. 1, pp25-44, 2000
  • Fuming J., Christodoulou C., and Wei H. C., ‘The Determinants of International Pharmaceutical Firms’ FDI in China: A Comparison Between Early (pre-1992) and Late (from-1992) Entrants’, Management Decision, Volume 39, No. 1, 2001
  • Fuming J., Christodoulou C., and Wei H. C., ‘ The Determinants of Foreign Pharmaceutical Firms’ FDI Entry Mode Choices Between Joint Venture and Sole Venture into China’, Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice, Volume 4, pages 74-87, 2002

Conference Papers

  • Christodoulou, C. 'Formal Corporate Planning Practices of Major Australian Manufacturing Companies', Management Educator's Conference, 1984
  • Christodoulou, C. and Fitzroy, P. 'A Comprehensive Study of Strategic Planning in Australian Subsidiary and Non-Subsidiary Companies', Strategic Management Society Conference, Philadelphia, 1984
  • Capon, N., Christodoulou, C., Farley, J. and Hulbert, J. 'Big Business in US and Australia: Comparative Strategy - Structure Study', Management Educator's Conference, Sydney, 1983
  • Christodoulou, C. 'A Comparative Examination of Subsidiary and Non-Subsidiary Strategies', The Institute of Management Sciences XXVII Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, July 1986
  • Christodoulou, C. 'The Impact of Home Office Culture on Subsidiary Strategic Planning', Strategic Management Society Conference, Singapore, October 1986
  • Christodoulou, C. 'Ensuring a Future for your Organization', Automach Australia 1985 Conference, Melbourne, Australia, July 1985
  • Christodoulou, C. and Logie-Smith, R. 'Trends in Strategic Management', Australian Institute of Training & Development Conference, Melbourne, 1985
  • Christodoulou, C. 'Seeking Effective Management Education', Australian New Zealand Association of Management Educators Conference, Bond University, Gold Coast, 1991
  • Christodoulou, C. 'Developing Meaningful Management Education Learning Experiences', Second International Organisation Behaviour Teaching Conference, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, December 1992
  • Bonn, I. and Christodoulou, C. 'Preliminary Report on the Evolution of Strategies and Structures in the Australian Manufacturing Industry Over the Past Decade', Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Geelong, December 1993
  • Christodoulou, C. 'Lessons From Thailand for Experientially Based Senior Management Development Programs', Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Geelong, December 1993
  • Christodoulou, C. and Bonn I. 'The Evolution of Strategies and Structures in The Australian Manufacturing Industry Over The Past Decade', Strategic Management Society Conference, Paris, September 1994
  • Christodoulou, C. and Bonn I. 'The Change in Strategic Management Practices in Australian Manufacturing Companies Over The Past Decade', Strategic Management Society Conference, Paris, September 1994
  • Christodoulou, C. and Bonn I, 'Can Large Companies Strategically Manage Without Formalised Strategic Planning', Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Wellington, New Zealand December 1994
  • Christodoulou, C. and Bonn I, 'Why Are Subsidiaries Different?', Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Wellington, New Zealand December 1994
  • Christodoulou, C. 'Learning From The Experiences in Thailand: Experientially Based Senior Management Development Programs'‘, 3rd. International Organisation Behaviour Teaching Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, December 1994
  • Bonn, I & Christodoulou, C. ‘Striving Towards Strategic Management: The Australian Evidence’, 2nd Australasian Conference in Strategic Management, Melbourne, April 1995
  • Zakliki, M. & Christodoulou, C. ‘Executive Leadership & Contingency Factors’, 2nd Australasian Conference in Strategic Management, Melbourne, April 1995
  • Bonn, I. & Christodoulou, C. ‘The Uniqueness of Australian Subsidiaries’, Strategic Management Society Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, October 1995
  • Christodoulou, C ‘Experientially Based Senior Management Development Programs: Experiences in Thailand’, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Townsville, December 1995
  • Zakliki, M. & Christodoulou, C. ‘The Impact of CEO Role Behaviour on Firm Performance’, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Townsville, December 1995 (warded second best conference paper out of 210 papers)
  • Bonn, I. & Christodoulou, C. ‘The Changing Approach of Large Manufacturing Companies to Strategic Planning/Strategic Management’, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Townsville, December 1995 (Awarded third best conference paper out of 210 papers)
  • Christodoulou, C., ‘Experientially Based Senior Management Development Programs: Lessons From Thailand’, First Asian Convention on Asian Business and Management Education in Asia (Organised by Universiti Kebangsaan), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 1996
  • Jennings, D. F., Artz, K., Gillin, M.L., and Christodoulou, C., ‘Determinants of Trust in Global Strategic Alliances: Amrad and the Australian Biomedical Industry’, 1996 American Society for Competitiveness Conference, Atlanta, U.S.A., October 1996
  • Jennings, D. F., Artz, K., Gillin, M.l., and Christodoulou, C., ‘Developing Cooperation in Global Strategic Alliances: A Process Model of Trust’, Annual Southern Management Association Conference, New Orleans, U.S.A., November 1996
  • Wei, H.C., and Christodoulou, C., ‘Strategic Foreign Direct Investment Decision Processes of Taiwanese Manufacturing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: An Examination of the Electronic and Electric Appliances Industry’, 27th Annual Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute, Florida, U.S.A., November 1996
  • Zakliki, M., and Christodoulou, C., ‘An Empirical Investigation of the Relationship Between Behavioural Complexity and CEO Characteristics’, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Wollongong, December 1996
  • Lin, C. H., and Christodoulou, C., ‘The Effects of R. & D./Marketing Integration on New Product Success in Taiwanese High-Technology Firms’, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Wollongong, December 1996
  • Wei, H. C., and Christodoulou, C., ‘Determinants of Taiwanese Foreign Direct Investment Decisions by Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Firms’, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Wollongong, December 1996
  • Lin, C.H., and Christodoulou, C., ‘Determinants of R. & D./ Marketing Integration in Taiwanese High-Technology Firms: Hypotheses and Empirical Evidence’, Western Decision Sciences Institute, 26th Annual Meeting (Pacific Rim Track), Hawai, March, 1997
  • Christodoulou, C., ‘The Ongoing Evolution of a Sophisticated Industry Based Computer Simulation’, 4th International Organisational Behaviour Teaching Conference: Cultural Diversity in Management Education, Hong Kong, January 1997
  • Christodoulou, C., ‘The Ethical Implications of Research’, Fifth Asian Forum on Business Education: Business Ethics an Asian Perspective, Phuket, Thailand, June 1997
  • Zakliki, M., and Christodoulou, C., ‘The Relationship of CEO Behavioural Complexity with Firm Performance’, Fourth International Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, Sydney, Australia, July 1997
  • Lin, C.H., and Christodoulou, C., ‘The Impact of Strategy on R.&D./Marketing Integration in Taiwanese High-Technology Firms’, Fourth International Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, Sydney, Australia, July 1997 (Awarded best paper in International Business)
  • Christodoulou, C., ‘Developing the Academic Leaders: The Role of Postgraduate Research Degrees’, APEC Education Forum: 21st Century Challenge-Technological and Vocational Curriculum and Instruction, Taipei, Taiwan, November 1997
  • Zakliki, M., and Christodoulou, C., ‘Which CEO Characteristics Contribute to Behavioural Complexity’, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Melbourne, December 1997
  • Zakliki, M., and Christodoulou, C., ‘The Personal Determinants of CEO Behavioural Complexity’, Second Asia Pacific Decision Sciences Institute Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, June 1998
  • Wei, H. C., and Christodoulou, C., ‘Owner Manager’s Networking and Their Strategic Decisions’, Academy of Management 1998 Annual Conference, San Diego, USA, August 1998
  • Christodoulou C., ‘Formalised Strategic Planning: A Critical Component of Strategic Management or an Illusion’, 18th International Strategic Management Society Conference, Orlando, USA, November 1998
  • Christodoulou C., ‘Achieving Interdisciplinary Learning: The Evolution of a Sophisticated Industry Based Computer Simulation’, 29th Annual Decision Sciences Institute Conference, Las Vegas, USA, November 1998
  • Zakliki, M., and Christodoulou, C., ‘The Relationship Between Contingency Factors and Chief Executive Officer Characteristics’, 12th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management International Conference, Adelaide, December 1998
  • Jiang, F., Christodoulou, C., and Wei, H., ‘An Examination of Foreign Pharmaceutical Firms’ Strategic Decisions on FDI Entry Mode Choice Into China’, ANZAM Conference 2001, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2001
  • Jiang, F., Christodoulou, C., and Wei, H., ‘An Exploratory Investigation Of Foreign Pharmaceutical Firms’s FDI Decision Into China’, International Business and Economics Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2002

Case Studies

  • Heinz-Ade Drink in Australian Marketing Case Book, UQP, 1981
  • Wilke & Co. (Education Technology Case, 1978)
  • Other small case studies have been written for internal teaching purposes in Marketing, Business Policy and Organisation Behaviour.

Industry Based Computerised Management Simulations

  • Bradshaw, K., Christodoulou, C., Watts, G., and Zimmerman, L., 'Caravan Management Game', revised 1998.
  • Christodoulou, C., Watts, G., and Zimmerman, L., 'Marketing International: A Marketing Management Simulation on the Sailboard Industry'.

Prior Technical Publications

  • 'The Biogenesis of Mitochondria", Biochemistry, July 1968.
  • The Biochemical Basis of the Resistance of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae', National Academy of Science, 1968

Invited International And National Seminars

Invited seminars conducted in recent years:

  • C. Christodoulou, ‘Developments in Strategic Management’, Adelaide Graduate School of Management seminar for the business community, Adelaide, 12 August 1994.
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘Key Issues in Strategic Management’, MBA seminar, Universiti Kebangsaam, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10 March 1995
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘The Australian Business Environment/Key Management Issues’, Executive MBA seminar, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 15 March 1995
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘The Changes in Strategic Management Practices in Australian Manufacturing Industry Over The Past Decade’, Faculty of Economics and Commerce research seminar, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, 10 May 1995
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘Australia-Springboard to the Pacific Rim’, Export-Akademie Baden Wurrtemberg, Reutlingen, Germany, 7 June 1995
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘Higher Education in Australia and Postgraduate Management Education’, Export-Akademie Baden Wurrtemberg, Reutlingen, Germany, 8 & 9 June 1995
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘Australia’s Trading Realationship with Asia’, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University, Texas, U.S.A., 9 October 1995
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘Australia’s Trading Relationship with Asia’, Penn State University, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 23 October 1995
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘Developments in Australian Strategic Management Practices’, Penn State University, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 23 October 1995
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘Postgraduate Research Programs in Management’, Swinburne University of Technology, School of Management Colloquium, 12 March 1996
  • C. Christdodoulou, ‘C.O.S.S. - It’s Evolution and Future Plans’, Swinburne University of Technology, School of Management Colloquium, 30 July 1996
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘The Role of Executive Leadership on Company Performance’, Swinburne Graduate Society of Business Leading Edge Breakfast Seminars, Swinburne University of Technology, 4 March 1997
  • J. Miller & C. Christodoulou ‘Overview of the Graduate School of Management and Especially the Role of Research in its Development’, Centre for Organisational and Strategic Studies Colloquium, Swinburne University of Technology, 22 April 1998
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘Strategic Planning Processes of Selected Australian Organisations’, Deakin University, Bowater School of Management and Marketing Research Seminar Program, 8 May 1998
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘The Corporatisation of Academe: Pearls or Profits ’, Decision Sciences Institute 1998 Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, USA, 22 November 1998
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘Effective Supervision Practices’, School of Management, Faculty of Business, UNITEC, Auckland, New Zealand, (Seminar Series), September/October 1999
  • C. Christodoulou, ‘Learning to Ask The Right Questions’, School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Business, UNITEC, Auckland, New Zealand (Entrepreneurship Seminar Series), November 2, 2001

Supervisions

Completed Theses

  • Anastasiou, M., 'Making Sense of a Merger Process Involving Three Colleges of Advanced Education', Master of Business (Organisation Behaviour), 1992
  • Bonn, I., ‘Strategic Management In Australian Organisations’, Ph.D. 1997
  • Chen, Y.L., ‘An Indication of Establishing the Marketing Strategy in the Taiwanese Higher Education Market: The Case of Swinburne University of Technology’, Masters of International Business, 1998
  • Greig, D., ‘Corporate Change in a Collegial Culture’, Ph.D. 2004
  • Hui, S., and Toh, S., 'Cross Border Banking in the Single European Market', Master of Business Administration, 1992
  • Harris, J., ‘Strategic Analysis of N. Steening & Company’, Master of Business Administration, 2002
  • Irving, J., ‘Change Management in Community Employment Sector: A study of Three Community Employment Agencies in South East Melbourne’, Master of Business (Organisation Dynamics), 1998
  • Jiang, F., ‘Foreign Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry Investment in China’, Ph.D. 2002
  • Kakanamveetil, A., ‘Strategic Management Practices in Indian Manufacturing Companies’ , Ph.D., 2004
  • Keenan, B., ‘Strategic Analysis of Sunbeam Foods’, Master of Business Administration, 2002
  • Lewis, A., 'Factors Influencing Adoption of Computer Based Management Information and Decision Support Systems by Australian Farmers', Ph.D. 1997
  • Lin, C., 'The Relationship between R & D/Marketing Integration and Product Innovation Success in Taiwanese High Technology Firms’, Ph.D. 1998
  • Menon, J., 'A Study Into the Theories of Self Directed Work Teams: The Reality of Employees Experience of Working in a Self Directed Environment in the Client Service Division at Colonial Mututual Life Australia', Master of Business (Organisation Behaviour) 1993
  • Nimmanphatcharin, N., ‘Strategic Management Practices By Selected Thai Bank and Financial Organisations’, Ph.D., 2002
  • Oke, H., 'Factors Influencing the Return to Work Following a Career Break of Selected Women in Major Chartered Accounting Firms', Master of Business (Organisation Behaviour), 1991
  • Ralfs, G., 'Emerging Trends in Health Service Management- A Study of Change in the National Health Service of the United Kingdom and the Australian (Victorian) Health System', Master of Business (Organisation Behaviour), 1993
  • Schroeder E. S., ‘Empowerment in Industry: Myth or Reality’, Master of Business (Organisation Behaviour), 1994
  • Shrapnel, R., ‘A Comparative Study of Western Strategic Management Theory and Practices and Classical Chinese Military Work on Strategy’, Ph.D. 2001
  • Wakefield-Semmens, P., ‘The Development and Validation of an Instrument to Measure Entrepreneurial Leadership’, Master of Organisation Dynamics, 1999
  • Wei, H., ‘An Examination of Strategic Foreign Direct Investment Decisions of Small and Medium Sized Taiwanese Manufacturing Firms’, Ph.D. 1997
  • Wild, T., 'Business Plans: A Vital Business Tool or Dust Catcher', Master of Business (Organisation Behaviour), 1994
  • Wild, T., ‘The Search for the Holy Grail: Can a Traditional Bureaucracy Find Salvation by Embracing Quality’, Professional Doctorate in Organisational Dynamics, 1997
  • Zakliki, M., ‘The Relationship Between Executive Leadership and Firm Performance: A Contingency Approach, Ph.D., 1996

Theses in Progress

  • Angkasuvana, C., ‘Strategic Management Practices in Hotel Industry of Thailand, Ph.D., full time (submitted for examination 2005)
  • Shepherd, P., ‘Business Planning by Small Enterprises in the Victorian Forestry Sector’, DBA., part time
  • Vajanapoom, P., ‘An Examination of Executive Leadership and Organisational Performance in Selected Thai Organisations’, Ph.D., full time (submitted for examination 2005)
  • Yu, G., ‘Multinational Joint Ventures in Hubei, China’, Ph.D., full time

Major Overseas Teaching/Research Commitments

  • 1982: Collaborative research undertaken at Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.,for approximately 6 months.
  • 1988: Teaching in Cranfield Graduate School of Management (U.K.), senior executive development programs for approximately 6 months.
  • 1992-95: Conducting management simulations for academic staff (1992) and as part of MBA programs (1993, 1994 and 1995) at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC), Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 1996: Conducting management simulations for Executive MBA programs in Central Europe (sponsored by the Australian Government). The Caravan Management Game simulation were conducted at the Faculty of Economics, Zagreb University, Croatia, at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and at the Czech Management Centre, Czech Republic.
  • 1999: Visiting Professor, School of Management, Faculty of Business, UNITEC, Auckland, New Zealand (July – November). Facilitating the development of postgraduate management education programmes, assisting academic staff develop their research skills, and supporting the development of supervisory skills
  • 2000: Visiting Professor, School of Management, Faculty of Business, UNITEC, Auckland, New Zealand (Ongoing)
  • 2000: Visiting Professor, School of Graduate Studies, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC), Bangkok, Thailand (Ongoing).
  • 2002: Visiting Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand (Ongoing).

Other Aspects

The Business Press often seeks my opinion on a variety of management issues especially in the corporate strategy area. I am often asked to address a variety of groups concerning management issues. Chris Christodoulou has been an entry in ‘Who’s Who in Australia’ for more than ten years. Chris Christodoulou is an entry in the American ‘Who’s Who in Finance and Industry’.