Ian Williamson

at Melbourne Business School

Professor of Management at Lorange Institute


Melbourne Business School

Professor Ian O. Williamson is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce at Victoria Business School (Faculty of Commerce), Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to joining Victoria University in 2017, he served on the faculties of the Melbourne Business School (Australia), Rutgers Business School (USA), the Zurich Institute of Business Education (Switzerland), the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia). He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio USA).

Ian is a globally recognised expert in the area of human resource management. His research examines the impact of "talent pipelines" on organisational and community outcomes. In particular, his research focuses on how human and social capital influences firm operational and financial outcomes, talent management in the context of new ventures and growth-oriented firms, the role of human resource practices in driving firm innovation and the impact of social issues on firm outcomes.

Ian’s research has been published in leading academic journals (e.g. Academy of Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology) and has been covered by leading media outlets across the world. He is a past recipient of the Academy of Management (AOM) Education Division best paper award for his research on high performing teams and the AOM Human Resource Division best paper award for his research on the effect of employee mobility on firm performance. He is also a recipient of the AOM Best Practices Mentoring Award for his role as the founding President of the Management Faculty of Color Association (MFCA).

A passionate educator, Ian has been recognised for his innovative approaches to business education. He is a past recipient of the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Krowe Teaching Award, the Melbourne Business School Senior Executive MBA Teaching Award, the University of Melbourne Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education, and the Business/Higher Education Round Table CPA Australia/ABDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Education Collaboration.

Lorange Institute


is a member of the Lorange Faculty. Raised in Chicago, he is a Professor of Management at the Melbourne Business School (Australia) and a Research Fellow of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia. His expertise is in the recruitment, development, and retention of knowledge workers (e.g., executives, IT workers, consultants, and lawyers). He also examines recruitment and selection issues in the context of small businesses and how internet technologies can enhance firm recruitment outcomes. Drawing knowledge not just from his academic studies but also from a wealth of practical industry experience he has taught executives on every continent in over 10 countries.



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