MBA Director and staff

Directors

Dr Geraldine Kennett

Acting MBA Director

MBA Director

Dr Geraldine Kennett is the Acting Director of the La Trobe Business School MBA Program. She was previously a Professor of Practice in Management and Director of Industry Engagement at La Trobe University where she was responsible for teaching, curriculum development and providing industry engagement initiatives for the Business School.

Before joining La Trobe University she was the Institute for Public Administration Australia’s (IPAA) Victorian Chief Executive Officer responsible for the development and management of a range of professional development programs and services for members. Geraldine was also the Institute’s Program Director, Australian Industry Group’s Membership Strategy Manager and Australian Human Resource Institute’s, Professional Development and Membership Manager.

In the past Geraldine worked as a lecturer in the school of management for Central Metropolitan College of TAFE and as a business and human resource manager for Myer Stores Ltd.

Geraldine is currently Deputy Chair of Multicultural Arts Victoria and a Board member of Connecting Home (formerly Stolen Generation Victoria).

Her qualifications include a Doctorate of Business Administration and a Masters in Training and Development. She is also a Reviewer for the Australian Journal of Public Administration and the American Journal, Review of Personnel Public Administration.

Statement of expertise
Geraldine has specialist expertise in leading, managing and growing sustainable not-for-profit organisations, in particular organisations with complex stakeholders and education outcomes. As CEO of a peak body/professional association she had a reputation for excellent governance and relationship building capabilities. Geraldine has been on not-for-profit Boards for more than 10 year, undertaking roles in audit, risk and finance, human resource management and strategic planning.

Board Governance and directorship skills include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Risk analysis
  • Business and financial acumen
  • Governance administration

Leadership and business management strengths include:

  • Developing strategic objectives and accompanying corporate plans
  • Business development and entrepreneurship
  • Business acumen and strategic financial management
  • Stakeholder management, partnering and collaboration
  • Working with integrity, dignity and social responsibility

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 Geraldine Kennett
Acting La Trobe MBA Director
Professor of Practice - Management, Management, Sport and Tourism Melbourne
E: Geraldine.Kennett@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Kok-Boon Oh
Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Finance
E: k.oh@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Bret W Slade
Associate Professor, Department of Management and Marketing
E: b.slade@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Mei-Tai Chu
Senior Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing
Program Director of Master of Business Information Management and Systems
(MBIMS), Research Centre for Computers, Communication and Social Innovation
E: m.chu@latrobe.edu.au

Professor Jane Hamilton
Associate Head of La Trobe Law School
Professor of Accounting, Department of Accounting
E: jane.hamilton@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Nicholas Shipley
La Trobe Business School Professor of Practice
E: n.shipley@latrobe.edu.au

Ms Janet Russell
La Trobe Business School Professor of Practice
Professor, Department of Management and Marketing
E: j.russell@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Susan Inglis
La Trobe Business School Professor of Practice
Professor, Department of Management and Marketing
E: s.inglis@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Jennifer Laing
Associate Professor, Department of Management and Marketing
E: jennifer.laing@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Susan Keller
La Trobe MBA Deputy Director
Senior Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing
E: s.keller@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Jennifer R Spoor
Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing
E: j.spoor@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Suzanne Young
Head of Department of Management and Marketing
Associate Professor, Department of Management and Marketing
E: s.h.young@latrobe.edu.au

Mr Jeremy Seward
Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing
E: j.seward@latrobe.edu.au

Professor Tim Marjoribanks
Associate Head of La Trobe Business School
Professor of Management (Organisation Studies), Department of Management and Marketing
E: t.marjoribanks@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Jillian Cavanagh
La Trobe Business School Graduate Research Co-ordinator
Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing
E: j.cavanagh@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Vanessa Ratten
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Associate Professor, Department of Management and Marketing
E: v.ratten@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Kate Grosser
Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing
E: k.grosser@latrobe.edu.au