John Batros

1 March 1942 — 14 July 2013

John Batros was a long-standing staff member in Swinburne’s Faculty of Business and Enterprise, where he lectured in Human Resource Management and Organisational Studies.

His long career at Swinburne commenced in 1977, after spending time with BHP and Shell Australia in human resource management and organisational development.

John pioneered much of Swinburne’s early offerings in Executive Education, with courses for major organisations such as Boeing and Hawker de Haviland.

He was both an academic and active practitioner in his field of expertise, as Managing Director of Eudaemonia HR Consultants.

His teaching and research interests included leadership, followership and team dynamics, negotiating and strategic relationships, and the application of existential and postmodern philosophy to organisational dynamics, emotional intelligence, mindfulness and presence. Trained in Gestalt therapy, John used Swinburne’s model of emotional intelligence, Genos EI, for educational and consulting purposes. Helping people to bring themselves to their roles and to be psychologically present at work were abiding interests.

John convened the Gestalt in Organisations Group (GOG) for many years and became a member of its leadership group. He was also a member of Gestalt ANZ, Group Relations Australia, Organisation Development Australia, and the Australian Facilitators' Network, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of the Gestalt Journal ANZ.

John was known for his deep integrity and passionate commitment to innovative teaching. His courses were highly sought after by his students for their practical and experiential approach to learning.