MBA Director and staff
Dr Andrew O'Loughlin
La Trobe MBA Director
Andrew joined La Trobe University in July 2015. Andrew has previously worked at Deakin University and Monash University in Australia and the University of Surrey, Cranfield University, the University of Liverpool and Henley Management College in the UK. Prior to a career in academia, Andrew’s previous employment includes working across Europe as an operations manager with global engineering group GKN, as a director and consultant with Asiawide International based in Singapore and Malaysia, and serving as a detective inspector with the Royal Hong Kong Police. His early working career was in banking and finance.
Andrew completed his PhD at Henley Management College/Brunel University London researching problem solving in high-performance teams. He also holds an MSc in Technology and Innovation Management from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex and BA (Hons) First Class in International Relations with Development Studies. Andrew’s research interests and publications focus on creative problem solving, innovation, operations management and supply chain management. Andrew has supervised over 840 MBA and Masters' dissertations to successful completion.
Andrew has consulted extensively with:
Andrew has also worked as a consultant to the Australian Federal Government.
Dr Susan Keller
La Trobe MBA Deputy Director
Susan joined the La Trobe Business School in January 2015 as the Deputy Director of the MBA responsible for the MBA Online. She comes from Deakin University where she was the Course Director of the Bachelor of Information Systems. Susan holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and regularly publishes in scholarly books, journals, and conferences. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Australasian Journal of Information Systems (AJIS) and a reviewer for international information systems journals. Her research interests include social informatics, design philosophy, practice theory, and learning and teaching. Her recent research project, funded through the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) investigated innovative methods of teaching business analytics.
Susan has over 20 years’ experience in tertiary education. She has a sustained record of excellence in enhancing students’ employability through experiential and project-based learning in coursework and capstone units in the field of business information systems. Susan is also well-known for her innovative curriculum design and has developed and taught in numerous subject areas including: design thinking, enterprise systems and project management. Her contributions to teaching, curriculum development and community engagement have been recognised with many awards over the years, including a Vice-Chancellor’s award for teaching excellence in 2013.
La Trobe Business School Professors of Practice
The Professors of Practice are curriculum advisers with significant and recent industry experience. They bring practical advice as well as industry networks and connections to our students, while improving curriculum design by ensuring it is relevant and up-to-date with industry trends. They facilitate meaningful engagement with businesses, policymakers and professionals, as well as contributing to research and teaching.
Dr Susan Inglis
Susan has spent over 20 years as a consultant in HR, leadership and management in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. This has encompassed recruiting and selecting executives, helping leadership teams to work more collaboratively, coaching individual managers, and supporting CEOs in strategic planning processes. On a broader HR front, she is a trainer, facilitator, developer of strategies and researcher, and has created HR processes, programs and policies for a range of organisations. Her passion is maximising individual and team capabilities and fostering collaborative work relationships.
This experience is coupled with 10 years of postgraduate study in organisational learning, leadership and management. She holds a PhD in Business Administration, a Master in Business Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts. Her thesis focused on how to maximise learning and sharing at work to improve organisational outcomes. Since 2009, she has combined consulting with lecturing in leadership and management to MBA students at La Trobe University and RMIT University, teaching in Melbourne and Vietnam. Susan is currently a Professor of Practice in Management, while continuing her consulting practice.
Ms Janet Russell
Janet is a senior executive with a career spanning a range of corporate and education settings, including law firms, universities, international business schools and the financial services sector and consultation.
Janet is commercially focused with superior relationship management skills based on authenticity and earned trust. Janet is comfortable dealing with diverse clients such as boards, leaders, stakeholders, and is experienced in leading projects across the private, not-for-profit and government sectors.
She has highly-regarded leadership skills in developing, coaching and driving teams to achieve business objectives, as well as leading and facilitating change and transformation initiatives.
Dr Nicholas Shipley
Nicholas is Professor of Practice in Marketing. He commenced working with La Trobe Business School in July 2016 and has a broad professional background in higher education, corporate and consultancy work in marketing and organisational development.
His strategic marketing experience embraces roles in banking, public and private tertiary institutions, telecommunications, as well as social marketing for international development in South East Asia.
He has extensive teaching and learning experience in marketing and a particular interest in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in higher education. Prior to joining La Trobe Business School he was a director of WIL programs at two Australian universities.
Nicholas holds undergraduate qualifications in business from the UK and USA. His postgraduate qualifications include a Master of Business (Marketing), Master of Arts (Collaborative Education Partnerships) and a PhD in Professional Studies in Work Based Learning. He is a Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM) and member of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), and has contributed to a number of academic texts in marketing and WIL.
La Trobe MBA staff contacts
Dr Andrew O’Loughlin
Dr Kok-Boon Oh
Dr Bret W Slade
Dr Mei-Tai Chu
Professor Jane Hamilton
Dr Nicholas Shipley
Ms Janet Russell
Dr Susan Inglis
Dr Jennifer Laing
Dr Susan Keller
Dr Jennifer R Spoor
Dr Suzanne Young
Mr Jeremy Seward
Professor Tim Marjoribanks
Dr Jillian Cavanagh
Dr Vanessa Ratten
Dr Kate Grosser