Associate Professor Andreas Paul Spee
Andreas Paul Spee
Research Program Leader for Strategy
  • PhD, Strategic Management (Aston University)
  • MSc, Management (University of Glamorgan)
  • BA Hons (University of Glamorgan)
+61 7 334 68150
Room 509, Joyce Ackroyd Building, St. Lucia Campus

Paul is a leading scholar in strategy and qualitative research. His research reflects his passion to identify the relevance of theory in practice, and how practice can inform theory. He has been part of and leading several research teams, in the context of entrepreneurship, health, reinsurance, telecommunication and the petrochemical industry.

His research is at the forefront of theory development, in particular strategy-as-practice and advances qualitative research methodology. His work appeared in a number of top-tier journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science and Organisation Studies amongst others.

Paul’s work has made an impact to practice and academe. Based on a global ethnography of reinsurance trading, his book ‘Making a market for acts of God’ has been highly influential leading to contributions in the Financial Times, The Economist, ABC News - The Business and Actuaries Digital amongst others. He has been invited to contribute to webinars and several professional development workshops for instance on process research methods and on career advice for doctoral students and early career researchers. Recently, one of his published manuscripts received the Emerald Citation Award recognising the impact of his work. His work has also received several prestigious distinctions including best paper awards from the leading professional associations in business and management, the Academy of Management and the European Group of Organisation Studies.

His experience and drive to explore the relation of theory and practice is reflected in his approach to teaching. Currently, Paul delivers and oversees the strategy course in the Master of Business. Paul also delivers a popular strategy capstone course into the Medical Leadership Program.

Paul actively supervises Master thesis and doctoral students, whose work has received several awards, including the prestigious Carolyn Dexter award (awarded by the Academy of Management).

Paul has been very engaged shaping the academic profession of strategy scholarship. Currently, serves as Chair of the Strategizing, Activities and Practices (SAP) interest group in the term 2017-2018. SAP is a rapidly growing interest group within the Academy of Management, a global association. To foster debates in the academic community, Paul has organised numerous workshops and convened streams at several national and international conferences.

Paul serves as Senior Editor at Organization Studies, a leading journal included in the Financial Times 45 list. He is also an invited member of the editorial board serving Long Range Planning, a leading strategy journal, and Organizational Research Methods, the leading journal advancing innovation in research methods.


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  • Long Range Planning, Editorial Board member (since 2017)
  • Organizational Research Methods, Editorial Board member (since 2017)
  • Organization Studies, Editorial Board member (since 2013)
  • Academy of Management
  • European Group for Organizational Studies
  • Strategy-as-Practice International Network


- Emerald citation of Excellence Award (for ‘Material artifacts: practices for doing strategy with stuff’, European Management Journal). It recognizes highly cited papers relating to the areas of Business Management, Finance, Accounting, Economics and Marketing published in 2013
- Carolyn Dexter Award, all-academy award. Academy of Management, the leading global professional association for academics in
ntrepreneurship, business and management. - Best International Paper Award, Critical Management Studies division, Academy of Management
- Best reviewer award, Academy of Management, Strategy, Activities and Practices interest group
- Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Strategizing, Activities Practice Interest Group). Boston.
- Best Paper Award, European Group for Organizational Studies colloquium 2012 (sub-theme: New forms on organizational ethnography). Helsinki.
- Best Student Paper Award, European Group for Organizational Studies colloquium 2009 (sub-theme: Strategizing, Activity, Practice). Amsterdam

Major research grants

Title Agency Year Amount
Examining the strategy implementation of (Industry Partner) Centre for Business and Economics of Health 2017-2019 Undisclosed
The evolution of Bahrain’s telecommunications industry Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Kingdom of Bahrain 2017-2018 Undisclosed
Developing expertise in entrepreneurship – A research driven approach Australian Institute For Business and Economics 2017-2018 Undisclosed
Determining success: an activity based approach to examine new firm creation UQ Early Career Researcher Grant 2016 Undisclosed
Managing supply chain risk and collaboration in megaprojects Project Management Institute 2015-2017 Undisclosed