BA(Hons1) (ANU), PhD (Monash)
Strategy, management and organisational behaviour

Professor Ian Palmer is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business) and Vice President, RMIT University. His academic work is in the area of organization change, flexible forms of organization design and the structuring effects of management language and discourse.

Ian holds a PhD from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons - 1) from the Australian National University. He has held visiting academic positions at the University of Virginia, Cornell University and at MGSM.

He has been appointed to a range of national and international leadership roles. Nationally, from 2000 - 2002, he was Vice-President, President and Immediate Past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM). From 2004 - 2008 he was the foundation Chair of BARDsNET- the Business Academic Research Director's Network. In 2007 hw qA ppointed by the Federal Government as chair of the Research Quality Framework Panel 10 for Economics, Commerce and Management. Internationally, in 2004 - 2006 Ian was appointed to the Executive of the US Academy of Management's Organizational Development and Change Division (ODC), as the International Representative. In 2008 - 2010 Ian was elected internationally to the same Executive as the Representative-at-Large. In 2002 Ian was made a Fellow of ANZAM and in 2007 he was appointed to Life Membership of ANZAM.

Administrative Posts (internal to universities)

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business) and Vice-President, RMIT University (August 2010 - )
  • Dean, School of Graduate Research, RMIT University and Deputy PVC Business (Research), College of Business, RMIT University (January 2009 - July 2010)
  • Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Business, RMIT University (2002 - 2008)

Administrative Posts (external to universities)

  • Representative-at-Large, Executive Board Member, Executive & Change Division, US Academy of Management (internationally elected position) (2008 - 2010)
  • Chair, Research Quality Framework Panel 10 - Economics, Commerce & Management - appointment by Commonwealth Minister for Education, Science and Training (2007 - 2008)
  • Foundation Chair, Business Academics Research Directors Network (BARDsNET) (2004 - 2008)
  • Executive member (co-opted), Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (2003 - 2008)
  • International Representative, Board Member, Organization Development & Change Division, US Academy of Management (2004 - 2006)
  • Immediate Past-President, ANZAM (2002)
  • President, ANZAM (2001)
  • Australian Vice-President, ANZAM (2000)
  • Treasurer, ANZAM (1996 - 1999)

Teaching and Research Posts

  • Professor of Management, College of Business, RMIT University (2009 - )
  • Professor, School of Management, University of Technology Sydney (1999 - 2008)
  • Associate Professor, School of Management, UTS (1995)
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Management, UTS (1991)
  • Lecturer, organisation and management studies, Kuring-gai CAE (1987 - 1990)
  • Senior Tutor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Monash University (1986)
  • Tutor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Monash University (1984 - 1985)

Fellowships, Honorary Memberships, Special Awards

  • Life Membership, ANZAM (awarded in December 2007): "This is the most prestigious honour which ANZAM awards to members for outstanding service and leadership in the field of management education, research, and practice. Since ANZAM was established in 1985, this is only the 11th award of Life Membership to be converred" (ANZAM President Delwyn Clark, 5/12/07)
  • Fellow (Distinguished membership), ANZAM (December 2002): This is conferred on members who "have demonstrated an advanced standing in any or all of the avenues of management research, scholarship, education and leadership". (Clause 3b, ANZAM Constitution)