Staff profile

Dr Richard Pech

Associate Professor

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
La Trobe Business School
Department of Management and Marketing

Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD (Massey, NZ), MBA, Dip.Bus.Stud.

Membership of professional associations

RNSA (Research Network for a Secure Australia). IHS (Institute for Human Security)

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Pech has undertaken research and consulting services for a variety of organisations in leadership training, process and product innovation, and strategic redirection. These organisations include the Abu Dhabi Police, Saudi Police. Singapore Airlines, Garuda Airlines, and the New Zealand Army.  He has supervised more than 15 PhDs to completion over the last 5 years. These PhD studies have diagnosed organisations and business processes in countries as varied as the UAE, Mongolia, Vietnam, Germany, China, and Australia. Two of Dr Pech’s students have been awarded their PhD degrees with Distinction.

  Dr Pech has received three international awards for research excellence:

  • Literati Award 2006 ‘Highly Commended Award’ for the article, ‘The increasing cost of corporate governance: decision speed bumps for managers,’ published in Corporate Governance, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2006.
  • Literati Award 2005 ‘Outstanding Paper Award’ for the article “Where the decision-makers went wrong: from capitalism to cannibalism” for the journal Corporate Governance. 2004. Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 65-75. 
  • Literati Award 2004 ‘Highly Commended Award’ for the article “Memetics and innovation: Profit through balanced meme management”, published in the European Journal of Innovation Management. 2003, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 111-117.


Research interests

Managerial psychology and decision science

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Teaching units

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Research Methods
  • Corporate Venturing


Business Problem Diagnosis and Restructuring

Recent publications


Pech, R.J. and Turner, M. (2014), Making waves: Understanding innovation for business success - Global Case Studies.

Pech, R.J. (2009), Entrepreneurial courage, audacity, and genius, Pearson Education, Sydney, Australia. 

Pech, R.J. (2002), Making waves: Innovation in business, Pearson Education/Prentice Hall, Auckland, New Zealand

Pech, R.J., Pech, R.M. and Tweed, D.M. (2000), Business manoeuvre warfare: Managerial styles and strategies for the twenty-first century, Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, New Zealand  


Al Mazrouei, H. and Pech, R.J. (2014), "Expatriates in the UAE: Advanced training eases cultural adjustment," Journal of Business Strategy, 35, 3, pp. 47-54.

Pech, R.J. (2014), “Prophets and losses: The predictive impulse”, Journal of Business Strategy, 35, 1,  pp. 43-51.

Lattuch, F., Pech, R.J., Weigert, M., and Riemenschneider, F. (2013), “Market and technology drivers: Shaping an innovation strategy”, Journal of Business Strategy,  34, 5, pp. 4-11.

Zhao, W., Turner, M., Pech, R.J. (2010), Confucian DNA: The Replication of Traditional Philosophical Traits and Characteristics in Chinese Entrepreneurs – A Shandong Province Survey and Analysis, Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, 6, 1, pp. 21-38.

Pech, R.J. and Stamboulidis, J. (2010), How strategies of deception facilitate business growth, Journal of Business Strategy, 31, 6, pp. 37-45.

Pech, R.J. (2010), Seaworks boss makes his point with a chainsaw, Human Resource Management International Digest, 18, 1, pp. 8-10.

Pech, R.J. (2009), Delegating and devolving power: a case study of engaged employees, Journal of Business Strategy, 30, 1, pp. 27-32.

Pech, R., and Slade, B. (2007) Organisational Sociopaths: Rarely Challenged, Often Promoted, Why? Society and Business Review, 2(3), pp254-269.

Pech, R. and Coate, P. (2007) Interview with Richard Pech: Interview by Patricia Coate, Business Strategy Series, 8(1), pp8-13.

Pech, R.J. (2006), "Stress response mechanisms: from single cells to multinational organizations", Dose-Response, August, 4, 3, (e-journal)

Smith, S. and Pech, R.J. (2006), “A template for commercialising science and facilitating innovation: A case study of Victoria, Australia”, European Journal of Innovation Management, 9, 3, pp. 279-299.

Pech, R.J. and Slade, B.W. (2006), “Religious fundamentalism and terrorism: Why do they do it and what do they want?” Foresight: Journal of Future Studies, Strategic Thinking and Policy, 8, 1, pp. 8-20.

Durden, C.H. and Pech, R.J. (2006), “The increasing cost of corporate governance: Decision speed-bumps for managers”, Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, 6, 2, pp. 84-95.

Pech, R.J. and Cameron, A.F. (2006), "An entrepreneurial decision process model describing opportunity recognition". European Journal of Innovation Management, 9, 1, pp. 61-78.

Pech, R.J. and Oakley, K.E. (2005), " Hormesis: An evolutionary 'predict and prepare' survival mechanism",Leadership and Organization Development Journal, pp. 673-687.

Pech, R.J. and Slade, B.W. (2005), "Employee disengagement: Is there evidence of a growing problem?", 2006 Handbook of Business Strategy, 7, 1, pp. 21-25.

Pech, R.J. and Slade, B.W. (2005), "Imitative terrorism: A Diagnostic framework for identifying catalysts and designing interventions", Foresight: Journal of Future Studies, Strategic Thinking and Policy, 7, 2, pp. 47-60.

Pech, R.M., Pech, R.J., Wei, D. and Shi, H. (2005), "Innovation through acquisition: The Jiangsu Little Swan Group Company in the People's Replic of China", European Journal of Innovation Management, pp. 107-119.

Pech, R.J. and Slade, B.W. (2004) Business maneuver: Exploiting speed and surprise as key elements for defense and attack, Handbook of Business Strategy 2005, 6(1), 35-42.

Pech, R.J. and Slade, B.W. (2004) Manoeuvre theory: Business mission analysis process for high intensity conflict, Management Decision, 42(8), 987-1000.

Pech, R.J. and Slade, B.W. (2004) Memetic engineering: A framework for organisational diagnosis and development, The Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 25,5, 452-465.

Pech, R.J. and Durden, G. (2004) Where the decision-makers went wrong: From capitalism to cannibalism,Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, 4(1), 65-75.

McGregor, J., Tweed, D. and Pech, R. (2004), Human capital in the new economy: Devil's bargain? Journal of Intellectual Capital, 5(1), 153-164.

Pech, R.J. and Slade, B.W. (2003), "Asymmetric competition: Decision processes shaping the future",Management Decision, 41, 9, pp. 883-892.

Cameron, A. and Pech, R.J. (2003), "Manawatu knitting mills: A management buy-out opportunity", Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, 9, 2, pp 30-37.

Pech, R.J. (2003), "Memes and cognitive hardwiring: Why are some memes more successful than others?"European Journal of Innovation Management, 6, 3, pp. 173-181.

Pech, R.J. (2003), "Inhibiting imitative terrorism through memetic engineering", Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 11, 2, pp 61-66.

Pech, R.J. (2003), "Memetics and innovation: Profit through balanced meme management", European Journal of Innovation Management, 6, 2, pp. 111-117.

Pech, R.J. (2003), "Developing a leadership knowledge architecture: A cognitive approach", The Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 24, 1, pp. 32-42.

Pech, R.J. and Durden, G. (2003), "Manoeuvre warfare: A new paradigm for business decision making",Management Decision, 41, 2, pp. 168-179.

Pech, R.J. (2001), "Reflections: Termites, group behaviour and the loss of innovation: Conformity rules!" Journal of Managerial Psychology, 16, 7, Nov. pp. 559-574.

Research projects

PhD theses supervised to completion

Dr Greg Stamboulidis (2009). An Investigation into Australian Family Firms: A Darwinian Explanation for Entrepreneurial Survival and Success.

Dr Bret Slade (2010). Why do organisations resist change? A diagnostic and explanatory framework integrating structuration, memetics, and semiotics.

Dr Ummi Salwa Ahmad Bustamam (2011). Growth strategies among small and medium enterprises: Malay entrepreneurial cases 

Dr Hanan Al Mazrouei (2012) The evaluation of non-United Arab Emirates Nationals' adjustment to leading in UAE organisations.

Dr Ian Bell (2012) The application of the concept of sustainability in the formulation and execution of organisational strategy.

Dr Michael Burgess (2013).  Rigid Informalities: A study of Vietnamese competitive behaviour from a management and organisational perspective.

Dr Graeme Emonson (2014). An examination of leadership and change at multiple organisational hierarchy levels in a local government setting.

PhD theses supervised to completion and awarded with Distinction

Dr Frank Lattuch (2011). A management diagnostic approach for assessing innovation capabilities: Empirical evidence from three German family firms.

Dr Mike Turner (2011). An investigation into entrepreneurship in the transition economies of Mongolia and Vietnam and the complexities of conducting research in culturally different countries.