Ian Williamson joined Melbourne Business School in 2006 and is the Helen Macpherson Smith Chair of Leadership for Social Impact at the Melbourne Business School. He is also Associate Dean of International Relations and Co-director of the Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre.

After completing his PhD in Organisational Behaviour at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Ian was Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Maryland. He is also a Director of S&S Futures and has consulted for a number of reputable brands, including ANZ, NestlĂ©, Petronas, PwC, the Royal Women’s Hospital and more.

Ian’s research into how the development of effective talent pipelines can enhance organisational and community outcomes has been published in leading journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review and Journal of Applied Psychology.

Ian teaches Managing People and Managing Human Capital on the MBA, Executive MBA and Senior Executive MBA programs and has extensive media experience within Australia and internationally, including with the Australian Financial Review, ABC, Business Week, The Washington Post and HR Magazine.


Doing business in ASEAN markets: Leadership challenges and governance solutions across Asian borders, Verhezen, P, Williamson, IO, Crosby, M & Soebagjo, N, (eds), 2016, Palgrave Macmillan.

‘Person-organization and person-job fit perceptions of new employees: Work outcomes and gender differences’, Venkatesh, V, Newell, J, Bartol, K, & Williamson, IO, 2016, MIS Quarterly, (forthcoming). 

Standardize or customize: the interactive effects of HRM and environment uncertainty on MNC subsidiary performance’, Cogin, JA, & Williamson, IO, 2014), Human Resource Management, vol. 53, no. 5, pp. 701–721.

Firm-specific, industry-specific and occupational human capital and the sourcing of knowledge work’, Mayer, KJ, Somay, D & Williamson, IO, 2012, Organization Science, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 1311–1329.

Justice in self-managed teams: The role of social networks in the emergence of procedural justice climates’, Roberson, QM & Williamson, IO, 2012, Academy of Management Journal, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 685–701.


University of Melbourne Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education

Management Education Division of the Academy of Management Best Paper Award

Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management Best Paper Award

Academy of Management Mentoring Best Practices Award Recipient

Robert H. Smith School of Business Allen J. Krowe Teaching Award

Ian Williamson
HELEN MACPHERSON SMITH CHAIR IN LEADERSHIP FOR SOCIAL IMPACT QUALIFICATIONS PHD, KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA (CHAPEL HILL) BSC (BUS MNGT), RICHARD T. FARMER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, MIAMI UNIVERSITY AREAS OF EXPERTISE Strategic human resource management, entrepreneurship, innovation, succession planning, employee recruitment, employee retention, corporate social responsibility, employer branding, social networks, executive coaching, executive assessment, decision making and team development TOPICS Talent management, Indigenous economic development, employee well-being, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility INDUSTRIES Aviation, advertising, building materials, consulting, consumer products, financial services, government sector, health care, legal profession, luxury goods, not-for-profit, retail GEOGRAPHIES Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, US, Switzerland, Poland, UAE, New Zealand, Australia, China Contact: