MBA Director and staff

MBA Director and staff

Directors

Dr Geraldine Kennett

Dr Geraldine Kennett MBA Director
MBA Director

Dr Geraldine Kennett is the 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

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.

Michael Wildenauer

Michael Wildenauer

Michael has more than two decades' technology leadership experience in a thirty year career in both the private and public sectors; in Australia, the US, UK and Europe. At La Trobe University, Michael teaches into MBA and master's courses in the social and ethical issues around technology, business ethics and diversity, and corporate governance, and is a member of the University's Digital Literacies Reference Group.

Industry engagement for Latrobe Business School (LBS) has included facilitating a governance workshop for practitioners and directors at the Governance Institute national conference, running an executive education session on business funding for small business in conjunction with Moreland City Council, and being a judge in the University's 'Dream It, Plan It, Pitch It' competition for school students.

In addition to teaching at LBS, Michael is a technology advisor, a non-executive director on the board of a rural health service, and a member of the Profession Advisory Board and Vice-Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Michael is also researching board effectiveness in Australian startups at Victoria Law School, and has published in the area of corporate governance.

As a result of previous work Michael is listed as a co-inventor on four current patents in the area of cloud-based audience engagement and sentiment analysis technology for television. He also was previously appointed to the Human Research Ethics Committee for the Alfred/Monash Research and Education Precinct at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. A senior member of the ACS, ACS Certified Professional, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Michael lives in the countryside just outside of Melbourne.

Dr Nicholas Shipley

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
MBA Director
Professor of Practice
Department of Management, Sport and Tourism
E: Geraldine.Kennett@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Jennifer R Spoor
Lecturer and Deputy Director
Department of Management, Sport and Tourism
E: j.spoor@latrobe.edu.au
Professor Jane Hamilton
Dean and Head of La Trobe Business School
Professor of Accounting
Department of Accounting and Data Analytics
E: jane.hamilton@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Nicholas Shipley
Professor of Practice
Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing
E: n.shipley@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Jennifer Laing
Associate Professor
Department of Management, Sport and Tourism
E: jennifer.laing@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Vanessa Ratten
Associate Professor
Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing
E: v.ratten@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Suzanne Young
Professor of Governance and CSR, Associate Head of School (Partnerships)
Department of Management, Sport and Tourism
E: s.h.young@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Alison Parkes
Associate Professor, Head of Department
Department of Accounting and Data Analytics
E: A.Parkes@latrobe.edu.au
W: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/business/about/staff/profile?uname=AParkes
Mr Michael Wildenauer
Professor of Practice (Management)
Department of Management, Sport and Tourism
E: M.Wildenauer@latrobe.edu.au
W: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/staff-profiles/show-profile.php?uname=mwildenauer
Mr Greg Jamieson
Senior lecturer and Head of Department
Department of Economics and Finance
E: G.Jamieson@latrobe.edu.au
W: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/business/about/staff/profile?uname=GJJamieson
Dr Leila Afshari
Lecturer and Program Director HRM and Management
Department of Management, Sport and Tourism
E: L.Afshari@latrobe.edu.au
W: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/assc/staff/profile?uname=LAfshari
Dr Kok-Leong Ong
Associate Professor, Program Director (Business Analytics)
Department of Accounting and Data Analytics
E: Kok-leong.Ong@latrobe.edu.au
W: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/feature/included-content/dr-kok-leong-ong