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Dr Cristina Neesham

Senior Lecturer, Philosophy and Ethics in Management and Organisation
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Arts, University of Bucharest, Romania


Cristina is a social philosopher and business ethicist with extensive experience in strategy, leadership and management skills development. She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, and her research interests focus on using philosophical methods to inform the strategic management of systemic social problems. In particular, she investigates interdependencies between individual and group behaviours, social norms and institutional-regulatory regimes and their role in creating (as well as alleviating) social problems. She also uses these findings to inform and design ethical capability building projects for industry, government and professional practice. Her work has been published in leading academic journals and books. After a career as a workplace inspector in the Australian Public Service, Cristina has consulted in executive coaching, strategy and leadership for multinationals, small businesses, government agencies and NGOs.

Cristina has previously taught at Monash University, the University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne, and Bucharest University of Economic Studies. Over the last ten years she has designed and/or delivered courses in business ethics, business strategy (MBA), critical thinking and problem solving (MBA), corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, sustainable organisational design, and research methods (HDR). In 2018, Cristina received an FBL Pro Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award in the Experienced Teacher category, for significantly enhancing MBA students’ cognitive skills by fostering authentic learning in business strategy, through interactive problem-based case studies, reflective practice and authentic assessment

Cristina has recently completed a research project in ethical capability building, supported by a national competitive grant within CPA Australia's Global Research Perspectives. She serves as subject matter expert in ethics and governance for CPA Australia's professional accreditation program. Cristina is also a Secretary of the Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) and Past Chair of the Social Issues in Management Research Committee of the Academy of Management. She is Associate Editor for Business Ethics: A European Review, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Handbook of Philosophy of Management, and Editorial Board member of the Springer Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics, the Philosophy of Management journal and the Journal of Philosophical Economics.

Research interests

Strategic management of systemic problems; Ethical capability building for professionals; Corporate social responsibility and systemic leadership; Philosophy of management and organisation; Philosophical foundations of qualitative organisational research; Practice research methods; Qualitative research methods

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Ethical capability building in the accounting profession: This project applies Giving-Voice-to-Values principles (Gentile 2010) to develop ethical capability in individuals, groups and organisations engaged in the accounting profession. The aim is to create and/or enhance the key instruments needed to foster a strong ethics regime and a culture of ethical reflection – using both formal education and experiential learning.  

The concept of value in management and organisation research: In this project, the results of a systematic review of the sources and meanings of the concept of value are used to critique applications of this concept and propose a coherent and consistent philosophical foundation for theories of value relevant to management and organisation research. 

Fields of Research

  • Organisation And Management Theory - 150310
  • Corporate Governance And Stakeholder Engagement - 150303
  • Human Resources Management - 150305

Teaching areas

Business Strategy;Corporate Social Responsibility;Business and Society;Sustainable Organisational Design;Philosophical Foundations of Research;Ethics and Client Relationships

Further information



Also published as: Neesham, Cristina; Neesham, C.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: 2018 Visiting Fellowships Scheme - Dr Brent Beal *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2016: Needs analysis for the design of an Ethical Capability Building Program for Accounting Professionals *; CPA Australia

* Chief Investigator