Winner of the Pearson-sponsored 2013 ANZAM Management Educator of the Year
Introducing Henry Mintzberg as the 2012 MED Keynote speaker
Organisational Fit: Key Issues and New Directions is published
Winner of Academy of Management Learning & Education's 2012 Outstanding Reviewer award
Click image for the Principles of Leadership trailer; it'll open in a new tab
Celebrating with my co-organisers (Ken Brown, Amy Kenworthy, and George Hrivnak) after the Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE) Unconference at Bond University. A wonderful day.
Paper accepted in JMO on teaching leadership from a social constructionist perspective
2012 Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand: Autumn colours in Christchurch
Paper on business school accreditation has just been accepted by the British Journal of Management
Moving Images: Effective Teaching with Film and TV in Management is available in all good book stores

AMLE Cover blankGuest Editor: Special Issue of Academy of Management Learning and Education

I am delighted to announce that we've been given provisional approval to guest edit a special issue of Academy of Management Learning & Education (AMLE) on academic careers, especially those in management and business. The submission date is 1st September 2017.

The Call for Papers can be found at

The guest editorial team is Michael Cohen (Deakin University), Tine Köhler (University of Melbourne), Micheal Stratton (University of North Carolina Asheville) and Susan Taylor (University of Maryland at College Park).





EJWOPEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology

I'm delighted to announce that I'll be guest editing a special issue of the European Journal on Work and Organizational Psychology on the experience of fit and misfit. Here is the link to the Call for Papers:

I shall be guest editing the special issue with colleagues from Belgium and The Netherlands, namely: Rein De Cooman (KU Leuven, Belgium), Stefan Mol, Corine Boon, and Deanne Den Hartog (all University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

The all-important deadline is the 7th May, 2017, so there's plenty of time to develop new papers targeted at this Call.



org fitNew Books Reviewed

I'm delighted to say that my two most recent books have been reviewed in leading journals. Organizational Fit: Key Issues and New Directions, which Amy Kristof-Brown and I co-edited, was reviewed in Personnel Psychology (click here) and Moving Images: Effective Teaching with Film and Television in Management was reviewed in the Academy of Management Learning & Education (click here). Both reviews were conducted by experts in the field and were absolutely glowing.

moving imagesMoving Images: "As one who has written and presented frequently on the use of media in the classroom, I highly recommend Moving Images for instructors at every level of teaching-undergraduate, graduate, and executive. I was surprised by how much I gained from reading the book. Many of the tips and suggestions about using media were common to me, but example from specific movies frequently provided "aha moments" whiere I realized teaching illustrations I had missed when I viewed these titles. In addition, there are plenty of general lessons about pedagogy helpful for every academic to consider."

Robert L. Holbrook Jr., Associate Professor in Management, Ohio University

Organizational Fit: "Organizational Fit: Key Issues and New DIrections is an outstanding volume. The goal of the book is to go beyond the current research on the fit of individuals and organizatons to begin to develop new approaches to the study of the area. The authors certainly have achieved this goal and more. Kristof-Brown and Billsberry bring together some of the key researchers in the arena to provide an exciting and thought-provoking work. ... the editors have really done an excellent job with this volume ... This work makes an important contribution to the research on organizational fit and should have an impact on shaping the field for years to come."

John A. Lust, Professor of Management, Illinois State University


ANZAM Management Educator of the Year

ANZAM Award 04 mediumI was delighted to win the 2013 Pearson-sponsored Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Management Educator of the Year award. The plaque and prize were presented to me at the annual conference in Hobart, Tasmania in December.

To win the award, I had to make a submission that was assessed in competition with others received. My submission had two strands to it. The first centred on the innovative teaching I've been developing on the Master of Leadership at Deakin University. In particular, I have designed units that include activities in which students produce their own videos, TV magazine programs, and original short films. In several of these activities, the students work with professional actors and filmmakers and use professional equipment to make their digital artefacts. The feedback on the initial offerings of these units was remarkable and this must have helped my submission.

The second strand to my submission focused on my contributions in stimulating innovative scholarly work in management education. I pointed to my involvement in the development of the Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE) Unconferences, the first of which was well attended at Bond University on the Gold Coast in February 2013. I was also able to describe various clusters of people that I was able to bring together in the pursuit of new advances in the discipline. A good example being my introduction of the two people who will guest edit a special issue of the Journal of Management Education on threshold concepts.

One of the nice aspects of the award is an invitation to run a workshop on my teaching innovations at the 2014 ANZAM conference in December in Sydney.


org fitOrganizational Fit: Key Issues and New Directions

Just published, my new book entitled Organizational Fit: Key Issues and New Directions, which Amy Kristof-Brown and I co-edited, includes ten newly written chapters by experts in the field.

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"This book represents a fine compendium of thinking about what fit is, the motivations of people to seek it, the antecedents of achieving it, and the consequences of having – and not having it – at work. The consequences, indeed, extend to performance of the individual and the organizations in which people work. The chapters offer a broad range of insights into the fit process and contain many useful suggestions for – indeed pleas for – future research efforts on this important psychological phenomenon."

Benjamin Schneider, Senior Research Fellow, CEB Valtera, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland


bjm cover copyAccreditation Paper Published

A new paper on the accreditation of British and French business schools accepted for publication in the British Journal of Management.

Our analysis explores the drive for accreditation in two very differing business school cultures, Britain and France, and we note that accreditation will create a base level of quality in both countries. However, deploying institutional theory and ideas associated with the resource-based view of the firm, we conclude that, contrary to popular fears, accreditation will be a driver for differentiation in business schools for those who have achieved it.

Barton, L., Billsberry, J., Ambrosini, V., & Barton, H. (2014). Convergence and divergence dynamics in UK and French business schools: How will the pressure for accreditation influence these dynamics? British Journal of Management, 25(2), 305-319.



moving imagesMoving Images

Published in 2012, Moving Images: Effective Teaching with Film and Television in Management, which Pauline Leonard, Julie Charlesworth and I co-edited, includes sixteen newly written chapters by experts in the field.

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This book captures the most up-to-date and cutting edge ideas on the use of film and television in management and leadership education. The chapters are divided into three sections. The first captures best practice in the use of film and television in a broad cross-section of contexts. The second looks at some process and 'how to' issues such as technology, copyright, and addressing audiences. The third section looks to the future and explores how film and television might be used in different parts of the curriculum.