Christopher Smith

Dr Christopher Smith

Program Director UG-Marketing and Management

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of the Professions

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).

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  • 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)
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 Principal Supervisor Research Capabilities in Higher Education Institutes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Nuha Nizam
    2011 Co-Supervisor Organisational Sustainability Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Lulu Ouyang
  • 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
    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: 8313 3184
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 10
  • Room: 10 35
  • Org Unit: Business School Office

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