Dr Ken Tann
Ken Tann
Lecturer in Communication Management
+61 7 334 68131
Room 311, Colin Clark Building, St. Lucia Campus

Ken Tann is the in-house linguist of the UQ Business School. He specializes in applying linguistic and semiotic techniques to interdisciplinary research, and helps industry professionals add value to their professions through effective communication. He has supervised PhDs in education and marketing, and his analytical framework has been applied across media, forensic, education and workplace contexts. His current research includes knowledge construction in the management discipline and multimodal marketing in the fashion industry.

Research interests

Business Semiotics
Analysing the use of visual, audio, spatial and body language in organization and branding.
Corporate Communication
Applying linguistic and sociological analysis to improve corporate engagement with community and stakeholders.
Discourse Analysis
Applying linguistic and sociological analysis to professional, corporate and institutional communication.
Systemic Functional Linguistics
Linguistic modelling and description of communication in academic and organizational contexts.


2005 Awarded the University of Sydney School Medal