Eric Knight

Professor

20082023

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Biography

Eric Knight is Executive Dean of Macquarie Business School, one of the four faculties of Macquarie University. In this role, he provides strategic and operational leadership of the business school and its academic and professional staff. This includes research activity and outputs, grant income and management as well as the activity of its research centres. The role also involves accountability and responsibility for student experience, curriculum integrity, teaching quality and accreditations. The Executive Dean is a member of the University’s Executive Group and contributes to the management of the wider University, and the achievement of its strategic intent. 

Eric was previously Professor of Strategic Management and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research - Enterprise & Engagement) at the University of Sydney, and before that worked at Boston Consulting Group. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Visiting Professor at Stanford University and completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford as an Australian Rhodes Scholar.  Eric currently serves on the boards of MQ Health, the Universities Admissions Centre, Sydney Grammar School, the Research Committee of the Committee for Sydney, and on the Business Council of Australia’s Skills, Education and Migration Committee.  

Professor Knight's research is in the field of organisational theory and strategic management. He is a world leading scholar in this area, having published in some of the top journals in his field including the Academy of Managment Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review. He has been Global Chair of the Strategy Practice interest group of the Strategic Management Society and is Chair of the Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) interest group of the Academy of Management.  

  • Published in such A* and top-tiered FT50 journals as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, and Human Relations 

  • Won multiple research grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and with industry partners  
  • Formerly worked for a range of clients in Australia and Asia whilst at Boston Consulting Group 
  • Been awarded Best Paper awards or nominations at the Academy of Management, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, and the Strategic Management Society 
  • Board service on numerous company and government boards, including the founding boards of NSW Smart Sensors Network and the NSW Defence Innovation Network  
  • Chair of the Strategy Practice interest group of the Strategic Management Society and Chair of the Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) interest group at the Academy of Management 
  • Teaching excellence focused at the intersection of strategy and engineering, with free online access to award-winning Design-led Strategy course available here with 70,000+ students 
  • Previously Professor of Strategic Management and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research – Enterprise & Engagement) at the University of Sydney, responsible for the university’s R&D research strategy and implementation 
  • Honorary Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Sydney, and visiting professor at Oxford University and Stanford University 
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW. 

External positions

Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy

2020 → …

Fellow, The Royal Society of New South Wales

2020 → …

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