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Dr Kathleen Wilson

Lecturer, Supply Chain Management
PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia; Master of Management, Monash University, Australia; Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Melbourne, Australia


Dr Kathleen (Kathy) Wilson (PhD, MMgt, BA(HONS)) is a Lecturer in Management, Operations and Supply Chains at Swinburne University. Kathy is also a crowdsourcing, sports innovation and social impact researcher. Kathy formerly lectured in Management at The University of Melbourne in the Faculty of Business and Economics where she completed her PhD in Crowdsourcing in 2015. She has recently published in the International Journal of Operations & Production Management in Crowdsourcing, Project Management and Innovation and has delievered papers at the prestigious Academy of Management Meeting. Kathy’s academic speciality is crowdsourcing, project management, innovation, value creation, qualitative research, sport innovation, social impact and business models. She was on an APA scholarship and awarded a PhD for her research into 8 of the world's biggest and most successful crowdsourcing firms based in the USA, Canada, Australia & Nepal.

Kathy was formerly a Management Consultant at Pearson in business development, tender projects, engagement, distributed workforces, innovation and strategy. Kathy also was permanently appointed in a long-term role as senior Project/Stakeholder Manager, Program Manager and Foreign Investment Advisor in the Vic Department of Economic Development. She project managed a million-dollar government project facilitating innovative collaboration and business development in Victoria's ICT industry. She also was an investment attraction, trade & business development specialist in the ICT and Biotechnology sectors and managed Ministerial International Trade Missions. 

Other career highlights include that Kathy was sworn-in as the first female Clerk of the Executive Council in Victoria’s 150 year history. In this role she worked closely in an advisory capacity to the Governor of Victoria and Cabinet Ministers in relation to their statutory executive legal obligations. Kathy also worked as Manager of Cabinet Operations and Secretary of the Budget Committee and Ministerial Council. She also filled an advisory role to the Victorian Cabinet Secretary.

In previous roles Kathy contract managed a Whole-of-Vic-Government $50M Teleco Calls contract with Telstra and Optus and was a tender and procurement specialist.

Earlier roles included professional Human Resources roles at Ford where she placed on the highly competitive Graduate Program and for ANZ Bank.

In 2010 Kathy was awarded Most Outstanding Graduating Student and Dean’s Honor’s at Monash University for Master Business Management.

Research interests

Innovation; Crowdsourcing; Project Management; Qualitative; Social Procurement; Value Creation; Operations; Business Models

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Organisation And Management Theory - 350709
  • Innovation Management - 350705
  • Supply Chains - 350909
  • Technology Management - 350307
  • Logistics - 350903

Teaching areas

Innovation;Project Management;Supply Chains;Operations;Human Resources;Organisational Behaviour;Capstone


  • 2014, National, Best Paper - Melbourne & Monash Doctoral Colloquium, University of Melbourne
  • 2011, National, Australian Postgraduate Award, Commonwealth of Australia
  • 2010, National, Most Outstanding Graduating Student, Monash University
  • 2010, National, Dean's Honours, Monash University


Also published as: Wilson, Kathleen; Wilson, K.; Wilson, K. B.; Wilson, Kathleen B.; Wilson, Kathleen Bridget; Wilson, Kathy; Wilson, Kathy B.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Change Our Game initiatives evaluation *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

* Chief Investigator