Christopher Smith

Dr Christopher Smith

Program Director UG-Marketing and Management

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


After several years as a clinical psychologist Chris moved into the business sector. Initially in a corporate HR role he subsequently fulfilled a number of GM/CEO roles across a variety of international industries finishing up in the UK as the CEO of a multinational division overseeing businesses throughout Australasia, UK, Europe and the USA. In the mid 90s he left the business world for Warwick Business School (The University of Warwick - UK) where he completed his doctorate in strategy before becoming full time member of the faculty. He joined the Adelaide Business School in early 2005 where he is Discipline Head (Management).

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2002 - 2016 Teaching Associate Warwick Business School
    1994 - 2003 Lecturer in Strategic Management Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
    1993 - 1994 Divisional Managing Director Britax PLC
    1990 - 1992 Managing Director Brittax Ltd
    1987 - 1990 General Manager ICI Ltd
    1986 - 1987 General Manager Simpson Ltd
    1983 - 1985 General Manager Simpson Ltd
    1980 - 1983 Corporate Employee Relations Manager Simpson Ltd
    1972 - 1980 Psychologist/Senior Psychologist Department of Veterans Affaires
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 - 2015 University of Warwick United Kingdom MA (Post Compulsory Education)
    1990 - 1993 University of Warwick UK PhD
    1983 - 1986 University of Adelaide Australia MBA
    1978 - 1980 University of Surrey UK MSc (Clincal Psychology)
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Chinese State-owned Enterprises-government departments or (Lumbering) free-marketeers? A comparative study of strategic cognition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Juan Zhao
    2011 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Organizational Sustainability in the Chinese Context - the Role of Cultural Wisdom, Management Perception, and Small Stories Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Lulu Ouyang
    2005 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Human Decision-Making Under Uncertainty in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Steven Mackie
  • Position: Program Director UG-Marketing and Management
  • Phone: 83138332
  • Email: dr.chris.smith@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83133184
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 10
  • Org Unit: Management

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