Paul Dainty

Professor of Management; Deputy Dean, Melbourne Business School

Paul Dainty is Deputy Dean of Melbourne Business School and one of our most experienced academics and executive educators, having spent more than two decades at the School in senior roles across our degree and executive education programs.

Paul first joined the School as a senior lecturer in 1991, soon after emigrating from the UK, where he had held senior research and teaching positions at Cranfield School of Management.

A human resources expert, he was the inaugural Pratt Family Professor of Human Resource Management and Employee Relations at our School before becoming head of HR in 1996 at major conglomerate Pacific Dunlop, then Australia’s seventh-largest company.

Paul returned to the School in 2001 as management development professor and filled many senior roles, including Acting Dean, Deputy Dean, Executive Education and Deputy Dean, Academic Faculty until 2014, when he set up his own management development consultancy.

Working closely with Dean Ian Harper in his current role, Paul oversees the internal operations and culture of the School.

Paul’s academic qualifications include a PhD in Organisational Behaviour and MBA from Cranfield. His research on organisational change and executive leadership and development has appeared in several books and leading academic journals. Paul is also a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).



The MBA Companion, with Anderson, M, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2008.

The Capable Executive, with Anderson, M, Palgrave Macmillan, 1996.

Handbook for Management Researchers, with Smith, C, Routledge, 1991.


Book Chapters

‘Developing Global Business Competencies’, in Contemporary Issues in Management and Organisational Behaviour; Murray, P, Poole, D & Jones, G, Thomson, Melbourne, 2006.

‘Mindsets for Managers’, with Anderson, M, in Management 21C, Chowdhury, S, Prentice Hall, 2000.

‘Leadership Issues and Research: The British Perspective Within the International Context’, with Kakabadse, A, Encyclopaedia of Leadership, Keiser A, Poeschel Verlag, Stuttgart, 1994.


Most Notable Research

‘The Strategic HR Role: Do Australian HR Professionals Have the Required Skills?’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 49 (1), 2011.

‘Top Team Characteristics that Lead to Business Success or Failure’, with Kakabadse, A, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol 7, No 2, 1992.

‘Clarifying the Confusion: A Practical Framework for Evaluating Outdoor Development Programmes’, with Lucas, D, Journal of Management Education and Development, Winter 1991.