David Pender

Adjunct Senior Lecturer at The University of Adelaide


  • The University of Adelaide




The University of Adelaide

Since 2002, Principal of Knowledge Perspectives, a consulting collaborative that specialises in the management and development of knowledge intensive organisations.

Since 2003, adjunct lecturer firstly at the Adelaide Graduate School of Business and now at the University of Adelaide Business School.


13 years private practice as a Chartered Accountant

12 years in senior executive positions in the financial services industry


B Ec (Adelaide)

MBA (Adelaide)

Chartered Accountant

Doctoral student in the Business School

Teaching Interests

I teach 3 subjects in the MBA program in Adelaide and Singapore - Fundamentals of Leadership, Knowledge Management and Negotiation Skills - and one in the MComm program - Knowledge Management and Measurement.

Research Interests

My doctoral research is examining the links between intraorganisational collaboration and the social network structures formed within organisatins as a result.

Other keen research interests include

  • understanding knowledge and value flows within the supply chain for large scale engineering projects
  • understanding complex negotiations as a system.

Specialist research tools - social network analysis, value network analysis.


Conference presentations with refereed paper:

“Emerging Trends in Inter-firm Collaboration”, 1st International Workshop on Knowledge Management for Space Exploration, NASA JPL – California Institute of Technology, Pasadena Ca USA July 2007. Awarded best paper in track.

Conference presentations without refereed paper:

"How to elevate leadership skills within organisations, agencies & teams for innovative emergency management", Criterion, March 2011

"Knowledge Capture in the Transport Industry", Informa Australia (Lloyds), February 2010

“Getting up close and personal with social networks”, CPA Australia, November 2009

"Development of KPIs in the professional accounting practice”, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, June 2009.

“Supply chains in Large Scale Engineering Projects: Some Knowledge Management Issues”, September 2008, Southern California Knowledge Management Conference

Track Chair: Internationalisation of Knowledge Management, September 2008, Southern California Knowledge Management Conference

Poster presentation: Using Social Network Analysis as an organisational analytical tool to drive innovation, September 2008, Southern California Knowledge Management conference

“Deconstructing & reconstructing roles”, Facilitating Knowledge Transfer and Retention in the Modern Workplace, ARK Group, Melbourne, February 2008.

“Public Sector Knowledge Management”, ARK Group, Sydney NSW, November 2007.

“Getting more of what you want – an introduction to negotiation” – Institute of Chartered Accountants, Adelaide, SA April 2006

“Knowledge Audits: Data gathering approaches – strengths, limitations and contributions of each type” Ark Group, Singapore, July 2005

“Getting more of what you want – an introduction to negotiation” – Institute of Chartered Accountants, Adelaide, SA April 2005

Other articles and reports

D Pender, “Clear Collaboration”, Australian Wine Business Magazine, July 2009

“RA Muhlack, PA Smith, S Wells, D Pender & IS Pretorius, “The climate is right for change”, Australian Wine Business Magazine, October 2009

Pender DSD, “Learning mats for Knowledge Management & Measurement:Report on Design & In-Class Trial, Semester 2, 2010”, December 2010, University of Adelaide Business School (Learning & Teaching Grant granted to Dr Sam Wells)

Pender DSD, “The Distribution of Research, Development, Extension and Education Capabilities between Agencies Supporting the Australian Wine Industry” SARDI, February 2007

"Workforce planning", Hansard Editors Association, January 2010

Professional Associations

Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia


Courses Taught

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