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Dr Robert P. Wright
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Dr Robert Phillip WRIGHT

Associate Professor

Research Area: Management

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  • +852 2766 7378
  • Consulting, Research and Teaching Interests: Paradoxical Thinking, Reflective Practice, Boards of Directors, Managerial Cognitions, Strategy-as-Practice, Strategy-as-Paradox, Executive Educatoin
  • Curriculum Vitae

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business, Western Australian College of Advanced Education
  • Master of Industrial Relations, The University of Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management
  • Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management


Dr Wright is an internationally recognized multi-award winning educator and scholar with over 30+ years experience in tertiary education. He is a four time nominee for the University’s President’s Award for Excellence Performance and recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Finalist for the University Grants Committee Teaching Award, in addition to his other awards in reseach and service. Dr Wright recently successfully completed a $HK9.7M 3-year Teaching & Learning Development Grant awarded by the Hong Kong Government to scale up his strategic thinking “F.O.C.U.S.E.D.” framework across the UGC tertiary education sector. In 2020, he received the Faculty Prize for Outstanding Service. In 2021 he completed a 6-months sabbatical leave attached to the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. Dr Wright is the past Chairperson for the Teaching Community and past Chairperson of the Strategy Practice Research track of the American Strategic Management Society (SMS). His research on “How useful are the strategic tools we teach in business schools?” won Best Paper of the Year from the prestigious Journal of Management Studies. He is recognized by Emerald Citations of Excellence Award for high impact research. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Education (JME) and sits on the Editorial Review Boards of the Academy of Management Learning & Education (AMLE), Organizational Research Methods (ORM), and previously served on the boards of the Academy of Management Review (AMR) and Journal of Organizational Behavior (JOB). Outside academia he is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, and served on the Board of Directors for 14 years (as an Executive Council member) of the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management. Dr Wright is a graduate of executive development programs in IMD in Switzerland and the Harvard Business School.



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