Kyle Bruce

Associate Professor

Accepting PhD Students

  • 194 Citations
1993 …2020

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Personal profile


Kyle Bruce is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management, Macquarie Business School. He holds a PhD and MCom (Hons) from the University of Wollongong where he studied economics, management, history, and the philosophy of science. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics from University of Sydney where he studied economics, government, and industrial relations. Before starting at MGSM in 2011, Kyle taught at Aston Business School in the UK, the University of Queensland, and Monash University. He has held visiting positions at EDHEC in France, Monash University, and the University of Wollongong. 

Research interests

Kyle's research is fundamentally interdisciplinary, believing that one can not entirely understand organisations, their heritage and environment, their strategic activities and capabilities, or their internal and external participants and stakeholders from any one disciplinary perspective. His research is in the broad areas of: 

  • Institutional theory in Management/Organisation Studies and Economics;
  • Business, Labour, and Management History;
  • History of Management and Economic Thought;
  • Evolutionary Economics and Business Strategy.


Kyle teaches Organisational Behaviour, Strategy, and International Business. His pedagogical approach speaks to the fact that he believes managers are actually very good philosophers, inasmuch as they are capable of intuitively solving complex problems daily. He believes that his job is to expose them to a range of interdisciplinary analytical toolkits that may assist them to be more reflective and formalise their problem-solving techniques. Kyle’s research speaks directly to managers’ ability to make sense of their ever changing environment, their ability to attract, inspire, energise, and retain talented staff, and their ability to engage in change. In addition, he has contributed extensively to the practice of management through executive education including the following UK-based companies: VocaLink, Dollond and Aitchison, Carillion, Biffa Waste Services, The SIMS Group, Siemens UK, and IBM UK.

Research student supervision

Kyle is receptive to supervising PhD students in a broad range of areas, particularly if they have a good grasp of what they want to do, why they want to do it, how they'll do it, and what they expect to find once they're finished. 

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Economics, University of Sydney

MCom (Hons), Universily of Wollongong

PhD, Universily of Wollongong

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Research Outputs

  • Handbook of research on management and organizational history

    Bruce, K. (ed.), 2020, Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing. 320 p. (Research handbooks in business and management)

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/Anthology

    Introduction to the Handbook of Research on Management and Organizational History: the hotly contested present state of management and organizational history

    Bruce, K., 2020, Handbook of research on management and organizational history. Bruce, K. (ed.). Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 1-9 (Research handbooks in business and management).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Adapt fast or die slowly: Complex adaptive business models at Cisco Systems

    Groeger, L., Bruce, K. & Rolfe, I., Feb 2019, In : Industrial Marketing Management. 77, p. 102-115 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Breaking the chains of ignorance: manager-philosophers in recent management history

    Segal, S. & Bruce, K., 2017, In : Journal of Management History. 23, 2, p. 118-132 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    We Are Unity HR survey collaboration

    Denise Jepsen (Participant), Kyle Bruce (Participant), Richard J. Badham (Participant)

    Activity: Other