Business experts

Murdoch University’s business expertise spans accounting, banking, business law, Chinese business, economics, entrepreneurship and innovation, human resource management, international business, management, marketing and the media and marketing management.

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Francesco Paolucci

Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci

Health economics, policy and management

Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci’s expertise includes public policy, economics and management with a particular focus on healthcare nationally and internationally.

Over the past decade he has researched and published work in health economics, policy and management around the world. He is in high demand with think tanks and consultancy firms both nationally and internationally for his expertise in health economics and policy.

He is the Head of Health Policy at the Sir Walter Murdoch of Public Policy and International Affairs and an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Economics at the School of Business and Governance at Murdoch University.


Chris Vas

Dr Chris Vas

Organisational productivity, human capital, business and government

Dr Vas’ expertise lies in innovation and productivity policy, human capital development, industry trade policy through global value chains and public management issues.

Through the course of his professional experiences, he has designed and delivered leadership, strategy and management programs for public and private sector clients including Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Areva Energy, Maersk Ltd (Denmark), Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, Coca Cola and Vodafone.

Dr Vas can comment on business productivity, industry trade and global value chains. He is also an expert in organisational behaviour, human capital, public policy making and strategic future planning.

He is the Academic Director of Murdoch’s Executive Education Centre.

Deanna de Zilwa

Dr Deanna de Zilwa

Leadership, managing organisational change, strategic management

Dr de Zilwa’s current research explores how leaders in large complex organisations (firms and non profit companies) can become catalysts for successful organisational change, creating, sustaining and enhancing organisational performance and effectiveness.

She advises executive managers in large organisations on how to develop and implement strategies for successful organisational transformation in complex environments.

Her latest book Academic Units in a Complex, Changing World: Adaptation and Resistance uses case studies of departments, schools and faculties from Australian public universities to explore the reasons why they respond in different ways to similar contemporary challenges.

Megan Paull

Dr Megan Paull

Volunteering and workplace bullying

Dr Megan Paull is Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching and a Senior Lecturer in Management at the Murdoch Business School.

Dr Paull has been researching volunteering in the non-profit sector since the early 1990s and has particular expertise relating to the management of volunteers. She is the Chair of the research committee for Volunteering WA.

Her secondary area of research is workplace bullying. In particular she is interested in the roles of bystanders in workplace bullying.

Dr Paull is also working on a project on cross cultural perspectives of bullying with Associate Professor Maryam Omari from Edith Cowan University and Dr Burcu Guneri from the Izmir University of Economics in Turkey. She is a founding member of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability.

David Butler

Professor David Butler

Experimental economics, decision theory and behavioural game theory

Professor Butler teaches Contemporary Advances in Economics: Theory and Applications, and economics and strategy for managers. He has Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of York in the UK, and he has a PhD from UWA. His research interests are in experimental economics, decision theory and behavioural game theory. He currently holds an ARC Discovery grant over 2010-2012 entitled: “Investigating Imprecision in Preferences and its Possible Consequences for Economics”.

Professor Butler acts as an ad-hoc referee for the Australian Research Council and for top international journals including: American Economic Review; Review of Economic Studies; International Economic Review, Journal of the European Economic Association; Economic Journal; Economica; Experimental Economics; Journal of Mathematical Economics; Journal of Behavioral Decision Making; Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes; Human Nature.
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Associate Professor John Gountas

Marketing strategy, marketing research, neuromarketing and consumer decision-making

Associate Professor John Gountas is an expert in marketing strategy and consumer behaviour, particularly focusing on how consumers make decisions. He conducts neuromarketing research which looks at how the brain responds to marketing stimuli.

He has worked in the UK, Australia, Spain and Sweden in the tourism, airline and education industries, and has conducted commercial marketing research projects for private and public organisations in Victoria and the UK.

He is the author of leading textbook, Marketing Strategy (2nd edition), and Marketing Services, as well as more than 30 research papers in leading journals, book chapters and refereed conference papers.

Anne Garnett

Dr Anne Garnett

Labour economics, regional economics, rural economics

Anne Garnett’s areas of research expertise include regional economics, labour economics agricultural economics, and population movements. She has published numerous chapters in books and articles in international journals in these areas.

Dr Garnett has also been an invited speaker in the area of regional economics and population movements on a number of occasions, and her research in this area has been featured in numerous radio interviews and newspaper articles.

Dr Garnett is co-author of four very widely used economics textbooks, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Essentials of Economics, and The Australia Economy: Your Guide, published by Pearson Australia.

She is a member of the Centre for Labour Market Research (Canberra branch) and also serves as a committee member of the Economic Society of Australia (WA branch).

Professor Manzurul Alam

Professor Manzurul Alam

Performance management, management control systems and public sector accounting

Murdoch’s Associate Dean (Research) of the Murdoch Business School, Professor Manzurul Alam, is an expert in performance management, management control systems and public sector accounting.

His research interests are currently management accounting change, strategic performance measurement and governance, public sector management accounting, and accounting issues in developing countries.

Professor Alam is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Accounting and Organisational Change and has authored several publications in major international accounting journals.

Associate Professor Malcolm Tull

Professor Malcolm Tull

Economic theory, history and policy; Asian economic development; maritime economics

An expert in applied maritime economics, maritime economic history and Asian economic development, Professor Malcolm Tull is a fellow of Murdoch University’s Centre for Asian Studies.

He was principal investigator for the Asian History of Marine Animal Populations Project in 2006 and initiated his own investigation into Indonesian shark fishing as part of this multi-national project.

He teaches economic history, theory and policy and has authored several publications on maritime economics and economic history.

Professor Tull is Vice-President of the International Maritime Economic History Association and President of the Economic Society of Australia Inc, Western Australian Branch.

Steve Klomp

Steve Klomp

Strategic media planning, portfolio management, services marketing

A marketing and management strategist, Steve Klomp has consulted to some of Australia’s largest private and government sector organisations on areas including strategic planning, management and training.

A lecturer with Murdoch University’s Business School, Steve researches services marketing, portfolio management and strategic media planning.

He maintains strong industry links through organisations such as the Australian Institute of Management, Australian British Chamber of Commerce and the Western Australian Club, and is active in radio.

To reach these experts for media enquiries, contact:

Luke McManus
Media & Communications Advisor
Phone: 08 9360 2491
Mobile: 0400 297 221
l.mcmanus@murdoch.edu.au

For all other enquiries, please ring reception on 08 9360 6000.