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CQUni hosts international conference on wicked problems facing management research and practice

Published:11 December 2019

CQUniversity's School of Business and Law recently played host to the 33rd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference in Cairns, where over 350 delegates from around the world attended.

Over 350 delegates from around the world attended the recent 33rd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, hosted by CQUniversity’s School of Business and Law.

Held at Pullman Cairns International from December 3 to 6, the conference offered workshops and discussions based around the theme of Wicked solutions to wicked problems: The challenges facing management research and practice.

CQUniversity Senior Lecturer, Dr Stephanie Macht worked tirelessly as Conference Chair for over a year to ensure that the event was a resounding success.

Reflecting on the conference, Dr Macht said that attendees, including 20 CQUniversity academics and research higher degree students, gained valuable insights from renowned management professionals.

“The conference began with a thought-provoking keynote address by Professor Chris Brewster (International Human Resource Management) of Henley Business School, University of Reading, United Kingdom, who outlined the many wicked problems in management research,” she said.

“The following day, Director of the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, Professor Helen Sullivan delivered a stimulating keynote address about the importance of collaborations in wicked times. This was followed by an expert panel session on the wicked learning and teaching issue of Indigenising the curriculum.

“The conference concluded with a plenary session, which included five industry leaders from the Cairns region who debated the wicked problems they face in their own day-to-day management practice."

Dr Macht would like to thank everyone at CQUniversity involved with the planning and running of the conference, in particular, the members of the conference organising committee members, Dr Geoffrey Chapman and Dr Upamali Amarakoon, who played an instrumental role in the delivery of the event, and Dr Malcolm Johnson for initiating contact with industry leaders.