Matthew Mount

Matthew Mount

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

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

Matt is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the Adelaide Business School, University of Adelaide. He researches in the areas of behavioral strategy, strategic leadership, and corporate governance. He received his doctoral degree in Management Science (Strategy focused) in 2013 from the University of York, UK. Since completing his Ph.D., Matt has been the recipient of several grants from industry, the British Leverhulme Trust and the EU for the study of strategic problem-solving and open strategizing (totalling over $3 million AUD). His work has appeared in leading academic and practitioner outlets - including the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Corporate Finance, MIT Sloan Management Review, and California Management Review, among several others. His work has been shortlisted for best paper awards at the Strategic Management Society and Academy of Management conferences.

Prior to joining the Adelaide Business School, Matt worked as Associate Professor of Strategy at Deakin Business School, Melbourne, as well a Management Consultant prior to becoming an academic. He continues to serve on the advisory board and consult with a number of international organizations.

Matt is open to Ph.D. students seeking supervision in the above areas. Potential students must have a high technical proficiency in data analysis and management.

Key Research Areas:

  • Behavioral Strategy
  • Managerial Decision-Making
  • CEOs and Executives
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Associate Professor of Strategy University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2022 Associate Professor/ Assistant Professor of Strategy Deakin University
    2014 - 2017 Assistant Professor of Strategy University of Leeds
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 University of York United Kingdom Ph.D. Management Science (Strategy Focus)
    2010 University of York United Kingdom MRes (Master of Research) Management
    2008 University of Bradford United Kingdom BSc (Hons) International Business
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Lai, K. M. Y., Khedmati, M., Gul, F. A., & Mount, M. P. (2022). Making honest men of them: Institutional investors, financial reporting, and the appointment of female directors to all-male boards. JOURNAL OF CORPORATE FINANCE, 78, 21 pages.
    2022 Mount, M. P., & Baer, M. (2022). CEOs’ Regulatory Focus and Risk-Taking When Firms Perform Below and Above the Bar. Journal of Management, 48(7), 1980-2008.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS11
    2022 Angelidou, S., Mount, M., & Pandza, K. (2022). Exploring the asymmetric complementarity between external knowledge search and management innovation. Technovation, 115, 102472.
    DOI Scopus2
    2021 Mount, M. P., Baer, M., & Lupoli, M. J. (2021). Quantum leaps or baby steps? Expertise distance, construal level, and the propensity to invest in novel technological ideas. Strategic Management Journal, 42(8), 1490-1515.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS10
    2021 Newman, A., Bavik, Y. L., Mount, M., & Shao, B. (2021). Data Collection via Online Platforms: Challenges and Recommendations for Future Research. Applied Psychology, 70(3), 1380-1402.
    DOI Scopus42 WoS41
    2020 Newman, A., Round, H., Wang, S., & Mount, M. (2020). Innovation climate: A systematic review of the literature and agenda for future research. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 93(1), 73-109.
    DOI Scopus49 WoS44
    2020 Mount, M. P., Clegg, S. R., & Pitsis, T. S. (2020). Conceptualizing the de–materializing characteristics of internal inclusion in crowdsourced open strategy. Long Range Planning, 53(5), 29 pages.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS3
    2020 Mount, M., Round, H., & Pitsis, T. S. (2020). Design Thinking Inspired Crowdsourcing: Toward a Generative Model of Complex Problem Solving. California Management Review, 62(3), 103-120.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS7
    2017 Cabras, I., & Mount, M. P. (2017). Assessing the impact of pubs on community cohesion and wellbeing in the English countryside. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 29(1), 489-506.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS12
    2017 Cabras, I., & Mount, M. P. (2017). How third places foster and shape community cohesion, economic development and social capital: The case of pubs in rural Ireland. Journal of Rural Studies, 55, 71-82.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS19
    2016 Mount, M., & Cabras, I. (2016). Community Cohesion and Village Pubs in Northern England: An Econometric Study. Regional Studies, 50(7), 1203-1216.
    DOI Scopus24
    2016 Cabras, I., & Mount, M. (2016). Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Embeddedness and Resilience: The Case of Pubs in Rural Ireland. European Planning Studies, 24(2), 254-276.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS15
    2015 Milewski, S. K., Fernandes, K. J., & Mount, M. P. (2015). Exploring technological process innovation from a lifecycle perspective. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 35(9), 1312-1331.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS18
    2015 Mount, M., Milewski, S., & Fernandes, K. (2015). Exploring the knowledge complexities of innovation intermediaries: The case of nanotechnology in the UK. International Journal of Technology Management, 69(1), 20-37.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5
    2014 Mount, M., & Martinez, M. G. (2014). Social media: A tool for open innovation. California Management Review, 56(4), 124-143.
    DOI Scopus125 WoS106
    2014 Mount, M., & Martinez, M. G. (2014). Rejuvenating a brand through social media. MIT Sloan Management Review, 55(4), 14-16.
    Scopus9 WoS4
    2013 Mount, M. P., & Fernandes, K. (2013). Adoption of free and open source software within high-velocity firms. Behaviour and Information Technology, 32(3), 231-246.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2018 Zaman, T., Mount, M., Pitsis, T. S., O’Connor, R., & Dean, S. (2018). A Socio-Cognitive Model of Innovation Adoption and Implementation. In K. J. Sund, R. J. Galavan, & S. Brusoni (Eds.), New Horizons in Managerial and Organizational Cognition (1 ed., pp. 45-70). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing Limited.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2022 Golding, C., Pitsis, T., & Mount, M. (2022). How Fear Can Affect the Pursuit of Novel Technologies in Incumbent Firms. In Academy of Management Proceedings Vol. 2022. Academy of Management.
    2021 Mount, M., Gul, F., & Lai, K. (2021). Crash and Burn: Investor Perceptions of CEO/CFO Dismissal Following a Stock Price Crash. In Academy of Management Proceedings Vol. 2021 (pp. 13551). Virtual: Academy of Management.
    2020 Ayden, Y., & Mount, M. (2020). Conceptualizing Digital Orientation and Linking It to Digital Business Strategy: Towards an Action-Based View. In Conceptualizing Digital Orientation and Linking It to Digital Business Strategy: Towards an Action-Based View. Online.
    2019 Mount, M., & Pitsis, T. (2019). Quantum Leaps: The Effect of Creative Endowment and Innovative Aversion on Gambling on Novelty. In Academy of Management Proceedings Vol. 2019 (pp. 12254). Academy of Management.
    2018 Mount, M., Pandza, K., & Majchrzak, A. (2018). Low-Power, High-Influence: A Case of IT-enabled Open Strategy Formulation. In Academy of Management Proceedings Vol. 2018 (pp. 12305). Academy of Management.
    2018 Zaman, T., Mount, M., Pitsis, T., & O'Connor, R. (2018). Multi-Team Adoption And Diffusion Of Innovation In Complex Organizations. In Academy of Management Proceedings Vol. 2018 (pp. 12689). Academy of Management.
    2017 Mount, M., & Pitsis, T. (2017). Field Configuration in Complex Transnational Fields: Developing a Response Strategy to HIV/AIDS. In Academy of Management Proceedings Vol. 2017 (pp. 1 page). Atlanta, Georgia, USA: Academy of Management.

Matt has been the recipient of substantial research income, attracting over $3,000,000AUD across several small and large scale projects, including:

Title: Business Process Transformation and Strategic Change with the Australian Bureau of Statistics
Start Date: July 2017
Description: Change within large incumbent organizations is difficult for at least two reasons. First, established firms have deeply entrained process, routines, resources, and capabilities. Second, managers develop mental models and cognitive schemes aligned to established ways of working that are 'sticky' and difficult to realign. Taken together, this means large firms often struggle with realigning to technological shifts in the external environment, such as the recent digital revolution we are seeing today. These difficulties tend to hold true for all large firms - whether public, government, or private. The only difference is that government firms find change even more difficult as the are not exposed to the same competitive pressures as other firms who have to change or 'die'. The purpose of this project is to develop a transformation program and roadmap to assist the Australian Bureau of Statistics in becoming a digitally enabled and capable organization.
Funding Scheme: NA.
Funding Category (Source of Funds): Category 3
Funder Name (Organisation): Australian Bureau of Statistics
Funder Reference: SG142145
Investigators: Mount M, Pyman A.
Application Date: July 2017
Award Date: July 2017
Total Awarded Amount: AUD 1,450,000

Title: Complex Open Innovation for Networked Society (COINS)
Start Date: 1 October 2015
Description: COINS European Industrial Doctorate partnership will create a sustainable platform for researchers to engage in collaborative production of knowledge by investigating challenges for managing processes of complex and open innovation created by advances in digital technology. Five Early Stage Researchers, accompanied by experienced, interdisciplinary and intersectoral group of supervisors will study development of innovation capabilities required for organizations of different types to effectively respond to institutional, social and technological complexity in innovation ecosystems. Fellows will benefit of rich and unique complementary training programme, which will enable them to pursue variety of professional careers in academia, industry, consultancy and public policy. They will especially benefit from competency and skills for professional innovation management and technology entrepreneurship. An ambitious outreach programme will equip all fellows with appreciation of the role of business, entrepreneurship and technology in society. They will become responsible researchers and leaders capable of finding solutions for some of the greatest challenges facing our planet. The COINS objectives will be achieved by establishing a long-term partnership between the University of Leeds and Ericsson AB. They are joined by technology start-up Diamentech.
Funding Scheme: Horizon 2020 - European Commission
Funding Category (Source of Funds): Competitive - non-HERDC
Funder Name (Organisation): European Commission
Funder Reference: 675866
Investigators: Pandza K, Khanagha S, Mount M.
Application Date: 13 January 2015
Award Date: 1 October 2015
Total Awarded Amount: EUR 1,366,439.4

Title: The Role of Crowdsourcing in Coordinating Solutions for Complex Problems
Start Date: 6 April 2015
Description: Crowdsourcing represents a new form of information technology (IT) that empowers crowds of people, internal or external to an organization, to participate and collaborate on specific tasks. The concept of crowdsourcing is gaining traction, as it enables organizations to open up and share their boundaries with the external environment of a large scale. As such, it offers organizations huge potential for solving complex problems that require coordinated efforts from a wide cross-section of stakeholders. Complex problems refer to those that encompass links between social, economic, and environmental factors. For example, developing smarter, more eco-friendly cities or strategies for combating HIV/AIDS requires synergistic efforts from a plethora of organizations, governments, and citizens. Very little is known, however, about how to approach such problems. Therefore, the aim of this proposal is to explore and evaluate the potential of crowdsourcing technology as a tool to help solve complex problems. Results will offer significantly important insights for practitioners and policymakers.
Funding Scheme: Small Research Grant
Funding Category (Source of Funds): Competitive - non-HERDC
Funder Name (Organisation): British Academy
Funder Reference: SG142145
Investigators: Mount M
Application Date: 5 January 2015
Award Date: 6 April 2015
Total Awarded Amount: GBP 9,487

Strategic Management (Adelaide MBA)

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Principal Supervisor Decentralisation through innovation: Blockchain from the perspective of higher education institutions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Annika Wesbuer
    2022 Principal Supervisor Essays on top executives from S&P 1500 firms to advance upper echelon theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ziheng Zhang
    2022 Co-Supervisor An Empirical Study on Shared Leadership Among Top Management Teams, Green Absorptive Capacity and SMEs' Green Innovation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Mahsa Javdanmehr

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