2016 Seminar Series


Leadership and Complex Decision Making

Jim McDowell, Chancellor: UniSA

6.00pm - 8.00pm   :   21 June   :   UniSA City West Campus

High achieving students of the UniSA Business School were invited to the inaugural 'View from the Top' seminar, 'Leadership and Complex Decision Making' in June 2016.  Jim McDowell, UniSA Chancellor, was the guest speaker for this event.

With over 35 years’ experience in Aerospace and Defense, Jim was CEO of BAE Systems Saudi Arabia (BAESSA) and previously Chief Executive, BAE Systems Australia.

Jim joined British Aerospace in Singapore in 1996 and was appointed Regional Managing Director of BAE Systems for Asia In 1999.

Upon taking over at BAE Systems Australia, Jim established the company’s headquarters in Adelaide and under his leadership, the company expanded to become Australia’s largest defense firm, with more than 6500 employees and annual sales of approximately AUD $1.5 billion.

Jim provided an inside view to the role of leadership in a global cultural diverse company, where change is constant and complex decision making is the norm.

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Purpose Driven Innovation

Professor David Paterson, Adjunct Professor: UniSA

7:30am - 9:30am   :   11 July   :   UniSA City West Campus

David Paterson, Adjunct Professor at UniSA (his alma mater), is a specialist in strategic and social innovation and was the guest speaker for this event.

David is Chair and Co-founder of Social Capital, a movement seeking to grow the social economy in South Australia, and position Adelaide as an international hub for social innovation and entrepreneurship. He has his own consultancy, Cornerstone Strategy, working across the public, private, and civil society sectors. Recently he led the development of a new Innovation Framework for South Australia, on behalf of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

David has served as the Chief Innovation Officer for World Vision, the world's largest international aid and development NGO, with some 45,000 staff in 90 countries.

Purpose-driven innovation turns need into opportunity. It sticks because it mobilises teams around a bigger and more meaningful idea. It has higher prospects of breaking through in the market because it addresses higher-order needs. It is doubly rewarding because it benefits others as well as ourselves and it is equally open to both commercial and social enterprises. David shared his experiences in this rapidly-growing opportunity area.

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Data Driven Disruptive

Dr Roger Kermode, Practice Principal: Hewlett Packard Enterprise

7:30am - 9:30am   :   10 August 2016   :   UniSA City West Campus

Dr Roger Kermode is an experienced technology and business executive who has over 20 years' experience in a variety of roles spanning academia and corporate worlds in the creation and delivery of innovation technology solutions for the US, China, and Australia. He was the guest speaker for this event.

As a Practice Principal at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Roger works with executives to help them leverage the data within their businesses to improve business performance with foci in the financial services Industry, the application of advanced analytics, transforming organisations to become data-driven and agile, and embedding analytics into core business processes.

Roger previously served as the CTO for Communications Media and Entertainment (South Pacific) for HP providing innovation and advisory services across telecommunications, media and entertainment clients on how best to create value from using cloud, big data, mobility, networking, and security technologies.

The pace at which disruption now takes place is faster than ever before and as a result, the pressure on business leaders has never been greater. This is not just a problem for IT or the marketing department, it is now a board level issue that affects every business from nascent startups to multination corporations.

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Organisational Financial Turnarounds

Elaine Bensted , Chief Executive Officer: Zoos SA

6.00pm - 8.00pm   :   13 September   :   UniSA City West Campus

The View From The Top series entitled 'Organisational Financial Turn Arounds' was held on 13 September 2016. Our guest speaker was Elaine Bensted, Chief Executive Officer of Zoos SA.

In 2011/2012 Zoos SA was operating with a deficit and a large debt that couldn't be serviced. It is now operating with a surplus, repaying its debt and looking forward to an exciting future with new investments. Elaine spoke about the change journey as well as future plans for Zoos SA.

Elaine has previous experience in both the public and private sectors in management, marketing and community engagement. Her qualifications include an MBA and a Masters degree in Public Public Policy and Management. Prior to being appointed to her position at Zoos SA, Elaine held the position of Chief Executive of TAFE SA.

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Identifying & Realising the Benefits of Emerging Markets

Julianne Parkinson, Executive Director: Office of Economic Development Board

6.00pm - 8.00pm   :   31 October   :   UniSA City West Campus

The View From The Top Series entitled 'Identifying and Realising the Benefits of Emerging Sectors - Ageing Well Case Study' was held on 31 October 2016. Our guest speaker was Julianne Parkinson - Executive Director, Office of the Economic Development Board.

With over 25 years' experience with global financial and legal consulting firms including Ernst & Young, KPMG and Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills), Julianne specialises in strategic planning, business development and change management. She is also an alumnus of the UniSA Business School.

Julianne shared her thoughts on this topic which will cover the journey and learnings of creating a new sector economy on Ageing Well which is consumer driven, industry led and government supported.

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The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader

Professor Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing: London Business School

6.00pm - 8.00pm   :   30 November   :   UniSA City West Campus

The 'View from the Top' seminar, 'The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader' was held on 30 November 2016. Our guest speaker for this event was Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at the London Business School. 

Patrick's most recent publication The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader, co-authored with former McKinsey partner Thomas Barta (September 2016), was the focus of this session.

He presented the results and recommendations of a major new global study of marketing leadership. The isolated twelve drivers of senior marketers' business impact and career success (the '12 Powers') under four headings: mobilise your boss, mobilise your colleagues, mobilise team and mobilise yourself. Based on these results for marketing, the seminar concluded with some brief general thoughts on leadership below the CEO level.

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