New head means business

handshake-stdProfessor Paul Collier says that while it is very important that the School continues to focus on technical and critical thinking skills, there must be more emphasis placed on developing the interpersonal skills that employers look for in graduates.

‘The School will work more closely with business, professional bodies, government and non-government organisations,’ said Professor Paul Collier, who started in his new role on Wednesday 1 February 2012.

‘It’s about having more relevance as well as rigour in the Business School’s education and research programs. Many business schools have been known for their research quality in academic terms but there has often been little relevance to, or impact on, organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors,’ said Professor Collier.

‘We will put more effort into leveraging our relationships with alumni, drawing on our relationships with business organisations, the professions, and government.’ Executive education is a good way of building research links.

Professor Collier believes that it is important to make sure students and graduates value ethical business behaviour and sustainability. ‘When we talk about sustainability we are not just talking about environmental sustainability but also economic and social sustainability.

‘It’s important for all organisations to embrace these values in the interests of long term sustainability rather than focusing, often to their detriment, on short term performance,’ said Professor Collier.

Professor Collier has had an illustrious and varied career in industry and academia. After leaving his position as Chief Financial Officer and then General Manager of the listed Sydney-based Computer Resources Company and a period as Head of Training for a UK police force, Professor Collier joined Aston Business School where he was head of executive education. He returned to Australia where he was Deputy Head of the Department of Accounting & Finance and then Associate Dean for Research Training in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University.

Most recently Professor Collier completed a three year ARC Linkage study into how police allocate limited resources for investigations into serious and organised crimes.

In his spare time, Professor Collier is a self confessed ‘jet ski hoon’ and four-wheel drive enthusiast.

“My family and I like to travel. We spent 13 years in the UK and travelled through Europe whenever we got the chance, especially to France and Italy’


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