Dr April Wright
April Wright
Reader/Associate Professor, Strategy
  • PhD, Management (The University of Queensland)
  • MBus, International Business (University of Southern Queensland)
  • BBus, Economics, Marketing (University of Southern Queensland)
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+61 7 3346 8154
Room 510, Joyce Ackroyd Building, St. Lucia Campus

    Dr April Wright was awarded her PhD in management from the University of Queensland in 2007. She is a qualitative researcher who explores the interplay between institutions and organisations as a source of both change and stability. Her research investigates how institutions - such as the state, markets, managerialism, and professions - guide the strategies, structures and practices of organisations and individuals and, at the same time, how macro-level institutions are both maintained and changed through the micro-level actions of organisations and their members. Dr Wright has conducted longitudinal studies of institutional maintenance and change in a variety of emprical settings including English County Cricket, financial institutions, and hospital emergency departments. She is a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project grant which explores institutional change processes in hospitals. Dr Wright also conducts research in the field of management education. This research investigates new pedagogies for management education in the areas of threshold concepts and evidence-based management. Dr Wright's research has been published in leading international journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Banking and Finance, Organization, and the Academy of Management Learning and Education. Her paper, co-authored with Anne Gilmore, won the Fritz Roethlisberger award for the best paper published in the Journal of Management Education in 2012. Dr Wright has won numerous awards and citations for teaching, including the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management 'Management Educator of the Year' in 2011 and a national citation in the Australian Awards for University Teaching in 2013.

    Research interests

    Institutions and Institutional Logics
    Society is comprised of multiple institutions, with each institution evolving its own set of institutional logics. Institutions include the professions, the market, the corporation, the family, and the religions. The content of an institution's logics provides distinctive categories, collective understandings, values, motives, and role identities. In organisational settings, institutional logics are a lens through which individuals evaluate the legitimacy and meaning of aspects of the organisation, including organisational goals, structures and practices. The existence of multiple institutional logics means that organisational practices which seem meaningful and propoer within one set of logics may become contentious when another set of logics is applied. Contests over institutional logics are a driver of change in organisational fields as diverse as healthcare and cricket.

    Publications

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    Memberships

    • Academy of International Business

    Distinctions

    Awarded University Medal, University of Southern Queensland 1989
    Awarded University Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern Queensland 1996
    Awarded a Dean's Commendation for Outstanding PhD thesis, University of Queensland 2007
    Awarded UQ Business School Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence 2008

    Major research grants

    Title Agency Year Amount
    Investigates the process of disruption and change by examining how the impact of an environmental jolt on a profession unfolds over time through interplay between institutional, organisational and individual levels Australian Research Council, Discovery 2014-2016 $235,000
    Experts: 
    Strategy and International Business -