Dr Patrick Dawson

Patrick Dawson
Professor
University of Adelaide Business School
Faculty of the Professions

Patrick Dawson is a Professor of Change, Innovation and Creativity at the University of Adelaide and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen. With an extensive publication list of over 60 refereed journal articles, 12 books, 50 book chapters he is an international leader in management research. His reputation has led to frequent invites to chair conference streams as well as regular keynote speaking appearances and he has worked on the Editorial Board of several learned journals. In 2005, he was awarded the ongoing position of Distinguished Member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management and he has held Visiting Professorships at Lund University, Roskilde University and the Danish Technical University, an Adjunct Professorship at Monash University and was holder of the Salvesen Chair of Management at the University of Aberdeen.

Patrick holds a PhD in industrial sociology from the University of Southampton and during his early career worked at the University of Surrey and the University of Edinburgh. He moved to Australia in the 1980s where he took up a position at the University of Adelaide. In studying change in UK, Australian and New Zealand based organizations, Patrick has worked on a number of Australian Research Council (ARC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded projects in collaboration with scholars at other universities. He has examined change and innovation in a number of organizations including: Pirelli Cables, BHP Billiton, Royal Dutch Shell, British Rail, British Aerospace, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, TNT and the CSIRO.

Connect With Me

Dr Patrick Dawson

Patrick Dawson is a Professor of Change, Innovation and Creativity at the University of Adelaide and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen. With an extensive publication list of over 60 refereed journal articles, 12 books, 50 book chapters he is an international leader in management research. His reputation has led to frequent invites to chair conference streams as well as regular keynote speaking appearances and he has worked on the Editorial Board of several learned journals. In 2005, he was awarded the ongoing position of Distinguished Member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management and he has held Visiting Professorships at Lund University, Roskilde University and the Danish Technical University, an Adjunct Professorship at Monash University and was holder of the Salvesen Chair of Management at the University of Aberdeen.

Patrick holds a PhD in industrial sociology from the University of Southampton and during his early career worked at the University of Surrey and the University of Edinburgh. He moved to Australia in the 1980s where he took up a position at the University of Adelaide. In studying change in UK, Australian and New Zealand based organizations, Patrick has worked on a number of Australian Research Council (ARC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded projects in collaboration with scholars at other universities. He has examined change and innovation in a number of organizations including: Pirelli Cables, BHP Billiton, Royal Dutch Shell, British Rail, British Aerospace, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, TNT and the CSIRO.

My main research interests centre on organizational change, time and temporality, creativity and innovation.

Underpinning my research and theoretical development has been the refinement and elaboration of a process approach to understanding change.  This perspective originally formulated in my 1994 book Organizational Change: A Processual Approach promotes the importance of viewing change as a non-linear dynamic rather than as a simple progressive series of stages commonly advocated in the mainstream literature.  The approach stresses the importance of examining movements as-they-occur from a current position (when possible at the initial conception of a need to change) through processes of change (the planning and implementation of change) to a period of review and evaluation (a post-change period).  Examining changes as-they-happen is central in building knowledge of complex change processes rather than linear models that focus on after-the-event accounts.  Data are collected throughout these processes from stakeholders and employees at all levels (not just management) and examined within a broader contextual frame that takes account of the past (historical and retrospective analyses) and the future (analyses of future expectations before and after the event), as well as the current ongoing processes of change (Dawson, 2013: 252). It is based on the assumption that change is complex and at times chaotic (Alvesson & Sveningsson, 2016).  It recognizes that the unplanned, unforeseen and unexpected will occur and that consequently, organizational change should not be reduced to a list of simple sequential steps (Dawson, 1994).

This processual perspective highlights the importance of temporality and context (the history and culture of organizations), political processes, power plays and decision-making that engages people in negotiations, in communications that may be misinterpreted or reinterpreted in various ways that create further uncertainties, ambiguities and confusion.  It spotlights how forms of ‘equivocality’ (where multiple interpretations exists) may be progressively resolved through collective sensemaking processes, whilst also sustaining conflicting interpretations between different groups that may be further reinforced through processes of change (Dawson, 2003).  Attention is given to the temporal reconstitution of practices (management strategy, change interventions and workplace reconfigurations) and how people give and make sense of the way social and material processes, activities and actions unfold over time (Dawson and Skykes, 2016).  In short, change is viewed as a complex, dynamic, non-linear, temporal process.

Alvesson, M, & Sveningsson, S. (2016) Changing Organizational Culture: Cultural Change Work in Progress. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.                                 Dawson, P. (1994) Organizational Change: A Processual Approach.  London: Paul Chapman Publishing.                                                                                     Dawson, P. (2003) Reshaping Change: A Processual Perspective.  London: Routledge.                                                                                                                 Dawson, P. and Sykes, C. (2016) Organizational Change and Temporality: Bending the Arrow of Time.  New York: Routledge.

 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
1997 - 2015 Salvesen Chair of Management University of Aberdeen

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
1981 - 1984 University of Southampton England PhD

Journals

Date Citation
2016 Pattinson,S, Preece,D, Dawson,P, 2016, In search of innovative capabilities of communities of practice: A systematic review and typology for future research, Management Learning, 47, 5, 506-524 10.1177/1350507616646698
2016 Banna,S, Hasan,H, Dawson,P, 2016, Understanding the diversity of user requirements for interactive online health services, International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 15, 3, 253-271 10.1504/IJHTM.2016.078371
2015 Dawson,PM, 2015, In search of freedom: legacies of management innovations for the experience of work and employment, Employment Relations Record, 15, 1, 4-26
2014 Dawson,P, 2014, Temporal practices: time and ethnographic research in changing organizations, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 3, 2, 130-151 10.1108/JOE-05-2012-0025
2014 Dawson,P, 2014, Reflections: On Time, Temporality and Change in Organizations, Journal of Change Management, 14, 3, 285-308 10.1080/14697017.2014.886870
2014 Dawson,P, Sykes,C, McLean,P, Zanko,M, Marciano,H, 2014, Stories affording new pathways: Bridging the divide between aged and disability care, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 27, 5, 819-838 10.1108/JOCM-12-2013-0245
2013 Dawson,P, McLean,P, 2013, Miners' Tales: Stories and the Storying Process for Understanding the Collective Sensemaking of Employees During Contested Change, Group and Organization Management, 38, 2, 198-229 10.1177/1059601112472367
2012 Zanko,M, Dawson,P, 2012, Occupational Health and Safety Management in Organizations: A Review, International Journal of Management Reviews, 14, 3, 328-344 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2011.00319.x
2012 Oke,A, Dawson,PM, 2012, The role of socio-cultural norms in the experience of workplace stress: An empirical study of bank employees in Nigeria, International Journal of Management, 29, 1, 314-331
2011 Dawson,P, Farmer,J, Thomson,E, 2011, The power of stories to persuade: The storying of midwives and the financial narratives of central policy makers, Journal of Management and Organization, 17, 2, 146-164 10.5172/jmo.2011.17.2.146
2011 Charles,K, Dawson,P, 2011, Dispersed change agency and the improvisation of strategies during processes of change, Journal of Change Management, 11, 3, 329-351 10.1080/14697017.2011.576653
2011 Daniel,L, Dawson,P, 2011, The sociology of innovation and new biotechnologies, New Technology Work and Employment, 26, 1, 1-16 10.1111/j.1468-005X.2010.00253.x
2010 Dawson,P, Spedding,T, 2010, Simulation modelling and strategic change: Creating the sustainable enterprise, Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 16, 2, 71-80
2010 Dawson,P, Daniel,L, 2010, Understanding social innovation: A provisional framework, International Journal of Technology Management, 51, 1 Sp Iss, 9-21 10.1504/IJTM.2010.033125
2009 Dawson,PM, Zanko,M, 2009, Cultural issues in organizational change: the case of the Australian Services Union, Employment Relations Record, 9, 1, 19-41
2007 Mahdi,M, Dawson,P, 2007, The introduction of information technology in the commercial banking sector of developing countries: Voices from Sudan, Information Technology and People, 20, 2, 184-204 10.1108/09593840710758077
2007 Skordoulis,R, Dawson,P, 2007, Reflective decisions: The use of Socratic dialogue in managing organizational change, Management Decision, 45, 6, 991-1007 10.1108/00251740710762044
2007 Buchanan,D, Dawson,P, 2007, Discourse and Audience: Organizational Change as Multi-Story Process, Journal of Management Studies, 44, 5, 669-686 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00669.x
2007 Farmer,J, Dawson,P, Martin,E, Tucker,J, 2007, Rurality, remoteness and the change process: Evidence from a study of maternity services in the north of Scotland, Health Services Management Research, 20, 1, 59-68 10.1258/095148407779614963
2006 Skordoulis,R, Dawson,PM, 2006, The Acropolis of change: the Socratically reflective employee?, International Journal of Applied Management, 2, 3, 1-21
2006 Mahdi,O, Dawson,PM, 2006, Technology policy and change in developing economies: advancing a banking strategy for world developments, International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 6, 3, 1468-4322
2005 Dawson,PM, 2005, The way it really happened: competing narratives in the political process of technological change, Human Relations, 58, 7, 845-864 10.1177/0018726705057807
2005 Dawson,P, 2005, Changing manufacturing practices: An appraisal of the processual approach, Human Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing, 15, 4, 385-402 10.1002/hfm.20034
2003 Dawson,P, Preece,D, McLoughlin,I, 2003, From Essex to Cyberspace: Virtual Organisational Reality and Real Organisational Virtuality, Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 14, 1, 73-89 10.1080/10301763.2003.10669281
2003 Dawson,P, 2003, Organisational change stories and management research: Facts or fiction, Journal of Management and Organization, 9, 3, 37-49 10.5172/jmo.2003.9.3.37
2003 Dawson,P, Huang,J, 2003, Reconfiguration in the context of BPR, International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management, 1, 4, 373-373 10.1504/IJIEM.2003.003905
2003 Badham,R, Garrety,K, Morrigan,V, Zanko,M, Dawson,P, 2003, Designer Deviance: Enterprise and Deviance in Culture Change Programmes, Organization, 10, 4, 707-730 10.1177/13505084030104001
2002 Dawson,P, Gunson,N, 2002, Technology and the politics of change at work: the case of Dalebake Bakeries, New Technology, Work and Employment, 17, 1, 35-45 10.1111/1468-005X.00092
2001 Dawson,P, 2001, Contextual shaping in the origination, implementation and uptake of manufacturing cells, Integrated Manufacturing Systems, 12, 4, 296-305 10.1108/09576060110392605
2001 Atkins,M, Dawson,PM, 2001, The virtual organization: emerging forms of ICT-based work arrangements, Journal of General Management, 26, 3, 41-52
2001 Panteli,N, Dawson,P, 2001, Video conferencing meetings: Changing patterns of business communication, New Technology, Work and Employment, 16, 2, 88-99 10.1111/1468-005X.00079
2001 Dawson,P, Jensen,P, 2001, The professional working environment consultant - A new actor in the health and safety arena, Human Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing, 11, 2, 159-172 10.1002/hfm.1006
2000 Dawson,PM, 2000, Telling tales: Restructuring at General Motors, Human Resource Management International Digest, 8, 5, 10-12
2000 Dawson,P, Drinkwater,R, Gunson,N, Atkins,M, 2000, Computer-Mediated Communication and the Virtual Workplace: the Social and Political Processes of Change, Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 10, 3, 17-36 10.1080/10301763.2000.10669222
2000 Dawson,P, Clausen,C, Nielsen,KT, 2000, Political processes in management, organization and the social shaping of technology, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 12, 1, 13-15
2000 Dawson,P, 2000, Technology, work restructuring and the orchestration of a rational narrative in the pursuit of 'management objectives': The political process of plant-level change, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 12, 1, 56-58
1998 Dawson,P, 1998, Australian technology meets American manufacturing: A case study of industrial collaboration, Human Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing, 8, 2, 111-123 10.1002/(SICI)1520-6564(199821)8:2<111::AID-HFM2>3.0.CO;2-6
1998 Dawson,P, 1998, The rhetoric and bureaucracy of quality management: A totally questionable method?, Personnel Review, 27, 1, 5-19
1997 Dawson,P, 1997, From technology research to the practice of group-based manufacturing under multi-partner projects, Human Systems Management, 16, 1, 35-42
1997 Dawson,P, 1997, In at the deep end: Conducting processual research on organisational change, Scandinavian Journal of Management, 13, 4, 389-405 10.1016/S0956-5221(97)00025-0
1996 Dawson,P, 1996, Advanced technology design, people and organization: Experience of Australian industrial collaboration, Integrated Manufacturing Systems, 7, 5, 5-11 10.1108/09576069610129883
1996 Dawson,P, 1996, Beyond conventional change models: A processual perspective, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 34, 2, 57-70 10.1177/103841119603400207
1995 Dawson,P, 1995, Redefining human resource management: Work restructuring and employee relations at Mobil Adelaide Refinery, International Journal of Manpower, 16, 5-6, 47-55 10.1108/01437729510095944
1995 Dawson,PM, 1995, Implementing quality management: some general lessons on managing change, Asia Pacific Journal of Quality Management, 4, 1, 35-46
1995 Dawson,P, 1995, Troubles with TQM -Pirelli Cables Australia Limited, Managing Service Quality: An International Journal, 5, 6, 18-20 10.1108/09604529510104347
1994 Dawson,PM, 1994, Quality management, Asia Pacific Journal of Quality Management, 3, 2, 55-63
1994 Bloor,G, Dawson,P, 1994, Understanding Professional Culture in Organizational Context, Organization Studies, 15, 2, 275-295 10.1177/017084069401500205
1994 Dawson,P, 1994, Quality Management: Beyond the Japanese Model, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, 11, 7, 51-59 10.1108/02656719410739028
1993 Dawson,PM, Palmer,G, 1993, Total quality management in Australian and New Zealand companies: some emerging themes and issues, International Journal of Employment Studies, 1, 1, 115-136
1991 Dawson,PM, 1991, From machine-centred to human-centred manufacture, International Journal of Human Factors in Manufacturing, 1, 4, 327-338
1991 Dawson,P, 1991, The Historical Emergence and Changing Role of the Industrial Supervisor, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 29, 2, 36-50 10.1177/103841119102900204
1991 Dawson,P, Patrickson,M, 1991, Total Quality Management in the Australian Banking Industry, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, 8, 5, - 10.1108/02656719110143590
1991 Dawson,P, 1991, Lost Managers or Industrial Dinosaurs? A Reappraisal of Front-line Management, Australian Journal of Management, 16, 1, 35-48 10.1177/031289629101600102
1991 Webb,J, Dawson,P, 1991, MEASURE FOR MEASURE: STRATEGIC CHANGE IN AN ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION*, Journal of Management Studies, 28, 2, 191-192 10.1111/j.1467-6486.1991.tb00277.x
1990 Dawson,P, Buckland,S, Gilbert,N, 1990, Expert Systems and the Public Provision of Welfare Benefit Advice, Policy & Politics, 18, 1, 43-54 10.1332/030557390782454602
1989 Dawson,P, Webb,J, 1989, New Production Arrangements: The Totally Flexible Cage?, Work Employment & Society, 3, 2, 221-238 10.1177/0950017089003002006
1989 Buckland,S, Dawson,P, 1989, Household Claiming Behaviour, Social Policy & Administration, 23, 1, 60-71 10.1111/j.1467-9515.1989.tb00496.x
1988 Dawson,P, 1988, Intelligent knowledge based systems (IKBS): organisational implications, New Technology, Work and Employment, 3, 1, 56-65 10.1111/j.1468-005X.1988.tb00089.x
1987 Dawson,P, 1987, Computer technology and the job of the First-Line Supervisor, New Technology, Work and Employment, 2, 1, 47-60 10.1111/j.1468-005X.1987.tb00073.x
1986 Dawson,P, McLoughlin,I, 1986, COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND THE REDEFINITION OF SUPERVISION: A STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF COMPUTERIZATION ON RAILWAY FREIGHT SUPERVISORS, Journal of Management Studies, 23, 1, 116-132 10.1111/j.1467-6486.1986.tb00937.x

Books

Date Citation
2016 Dawson,P, Sykes,C, 2016, Organizational Change and Temporality Bending the Arrow of Time, Routledge
2014 Dawson,P, Andriopoulos,C, 2014, Managing Change, Creativity and Innovation, SAGE Publications Limited, London UK
2008 Andriopoulos,C, Dawson,P, 2008, Managing Change, Creativity and Innovation, SAGE Publications Limited
2003 Dawson,P, 2003, Understanding Organizational Change The Contemporary Experience of People at Work, SAGE
2003 Dawson,P, 2003, Reshaping change: A processual perspective, 1-220 10.4324/9780203451830
2000 McLoughlin,I, Preece,D, Dawson,P, 2000, Technology, Organizations and Innovation: The early debates, Taylor & Francis
2000 McLoughlin,I, Preece,D, Dawson,P, 2000, Technology, Organizations and Innovation: Theories, concepts and paradigms, Taylor & Francis
2000 McLoughlin,I, Preece,D, Dawson,P, 2000, Technology, Organizations and Innovation: Towards 'real virtuality'?, Taylor & Francis
2000 McLoughlin,I, Preece,D, Dawson,P, 2000, Technology, Organizations and Innovation: Critical empirical studies, Taylor & Francis
1996 Dawson,PM, 1996, Technology and Quality: Change in the Workplace, International Thomson Business Press, London
1995 Dawson,P, Palmer,G, 1995, Quality Management The Theory and Practice of Implementing Change
1994 Dawson,P, 1994, Organizational Change, SAGE Publications Limited

Book Chapters

Date Citation
2017 McLoughlin,I, Dawson,PM, 2017, 'Not out'? A sociomaterial perspective on decision review systems in professional cricket, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 192-208
2016 Dawson,P, 2016, Change bites: Stories from the field, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 51-63
2013 Dawson,PM, 2013, The use of time in the design, conduct and write-up of longitudinal processual case study research, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, Glos; United Kingdom, pp. 249-268
2012 Dawson,PM, 2012, The contribution of the processual approach to the theory and practice of organizational change, Routledge, pp. 119-132
2011 Dawson,PM, 2011, Reframing OH&S – a social interaction approach, Tilde University Press, Prahan Victoria, pp. 83-100
2007 Dawson,PM, 2007, Change management, Blackwell Publisher, pp. 427-431
2004 Dawson,PM, 2004, Company change and human resources: In pursuit of flexibility, John Wiley & Sons
2003 McLoughlin,I, Dawson,P, 2003, The mutual shaping of technology and organisation: 'Between Cinema and a Hard Place', pp. 20-36 10.4324/9780203380543
2003 Dawson,P, 2003, Managing change: Communication and political process, pp. 60-73 10.4324/9780203634394
2002 Dawson,PM, 2002, Changing supervisory relations at work: behind the success stories of Quality Management, Routledge, London, pp. 211-226
2001 Dawson,PM, 2001, Organizational change, Elsevier Science, Oxford
1999 Dawson,PM, 1999, Quality management: contextual conditions for continuous improvement?, MacMillan, London, pp. 215-225
1998 Dawson,PM, 1998, The implications of work restructuring and change, Business & Professional Publishing, Warriewood, NSW
1998 Dawson,PM, 1998, Understanding the process of organizational change, Allen & Unwin, pp. 125-142
1997 Dawson,PM, 1997, Advanced technology and the development of new forms of work organization, International Thomson Business Press, London
1997 Dawson,PM, 1997, Best practice at Adelaide mobile refinery, Pitman, Melbourne
1995 Dawson,PM, 1995, Managing quality in the mutli-cultural workplace, Routledge, London, pp. 173-193
1995 Allan,C, Dawson,PM, 1995, The managerial politics of organizational change
1994 Dawson,PM, 1994, Total quality management, SAGE
1991 Dawson,PM, 1991, The successful management of change: The case of Central Linen Services South Australia, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne
  • 2011 (June) - 2014 (July): Awarded an ARC (Australian Research Council) Linkage grant with Professor Trevor Spedding (University of Wollongong), Professor Amrik Sohal (University of Monash), Professor Mike Clements (Swinburne University of Technology), and Dr Lisa Daniel (University of Adelaide).  Project entitled: Technological innovation and change in supply chain integration.  Funding: $161,676 from the ARC and $70,500 from the three industry partners PLUS $180,000 of in-kind support from the industry partners.  Cash funding of $232,176 and total funding of $412,176 (£280,160).
  • 2010-2011: Funding for research on story-telling in community service organizations in collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Michael Zanko, Dr Peter McLean and Dr Chris Sykes.  Project entitled: Social innovation and health: transitioning developments for the intellectually disabled into aged care, grant of $6,740 from the University of Wollongong, Australia.

At Aberdeen University my responsibilities for taught teaching centred on the coordination and delivery of materials for three courses, namely:

  • Management of Change and Innovation (Energy MBA and MBA core module)
  • Creativity and Change (MBA elective module)
  • Understanding Theory and Research on Organizational Change (Consultancy and Change MSc)

Melissa Errey, PhD Candidate, 'The role of the physical body in change management: A Processual Study Using Video Reflexive Ethnography (VRE)'

 

Position
Professor
Phone
83132066
Campus
North Terrace
Building
10 Pulteney Street
Room Number
10 23
Org Unit
Marketing and Management

top