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Malcolm Johnson

Snr Lecturer/DL Management & Innovation
School of Business and Law
Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chains
About Me

With a professional mantra of evidence-based best practice, Dr. Malcolm Johnson is a practitioner academic, with a robust background in commercial business planning, turnarounds, business start-ups, and organisational change.

A Distinguished Principal Research Fellow - Human Capital with The Conference Board (New York) and Member of the Expert Panel, The Tertiary Qualification and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Malcolm has influenced thought, provided strategies and led or contributed to change at universities and in the private sector. These include: University of Queensland Business School, UQ Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Griffith University, and Australian Institute of Management (AIM).

Complementary to academic practices, Malcolm has also been actively pursuing improvements in business practices for the past two decades. Over time, he has provided many innovative and pragmatic solutions to issues confronting his clients. Malcolm has also established, grown and driven consultancy businesses that have consistently succeeded in the face of exceptionally difficult local and global financial conditions.

Malcolm is a leader in strategic thinking, skilled in getting to the core of complex problems to devise programs and practical business solutions. He is focused on delivering mutually beneficial outcomes for stakeholders across a range of commercial and education settings.

Universities Studied At

Ph.D (University of Queensland)

MBA (University of Queensland)

Universities Worked At

UQ Business School, The University of Queensland

Accounting, Finance & Economics, Griffith University

Previous teaching

Subjects taught include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Innovation Management
  • Business Policy
  • Multinational Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Human Resources Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Plan Construction & Review
  • Retirement & Estate Planning

Professional Experience

National Head of Research & Thought Leadership, Australian Institute of Management

National Academic Director (Interim), ABS, Australian Institute of Management.

Distinguished Principal Research Fellow, Human Capital, The Conference Board (New York)

Managing Partner, Brisbane, Vine Investment Planners.

CEO, Enstil Financial Strategies

Marketing Manager, Reliance Manufacturing Company

Administration Manager, Queensland, Shell Company of Australia

Senior Analyst, Marketing Planning & Economics, Shell Company of Australia.

Area Manager, Shell Company of Australia

Professional Memberships

Australian Institute of Management (AIM) – Fellow

Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia) – Fellow (past)

Professional Interests

Human Capital

Organisational Change

Business Planning

New Venture Start-ups

Key Achievements

Building and selling two financial planning firms both ranked in the Australian Top Ten for the AMP Financial Planning Group.

Securing an Australian Innovation Patent for a goal-mapping tool.

Recognised by The University of Queensland for the first Australian Doctorate in the area of Behavioural Finance.

Appointed as Distinguished Principal Research Fellow in Human Capital (The Conference Board, New York).

Member of the Expert Panel, The Tertiary Qualifications and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Past-Director, 96.5FM

Past-Member, Mater Prostate Cancer Capital campaign Committee, Mater Foundation.

Industry Reports

Johnson M. (2015). How is your Career Capital trading in today’s market? Salient Insight

Johnson, M. (2015). Career Crossroads. Australian Institute of Management.

Johnson, M. (2015). Australian Management Capability Index. Australian Institute of Management.

Johnson, M. (2014). Australian Management Capability Index. Australian Institute of Management.

Johnson, M. (2014) Beyond Belief: The management reality of generational thinking. Australian Institute of Management.

Collaborative research with The Conference Board (New York) on CEO Challenge 2014; 2015; and 2016.


      Hartel, C.E.J, Brundin, E. & Johnson, M. (Eds.) (in press 2016). Research Handbook on Positive Organisations: What it takes to get there and stay there. New York: Edward Elgar.

Consultancy Work


Following are some of the projects undertaken by Dr Malcolm Johnson in his role as Principal of Salient Insight.

Riverside Marine Pty Ltd / Fantasea Cruises Pty Ltd

Proposed venture in marine eco-tourism for the Whitsunday Region

Evaluation of market potential to launch an experiential marine research/eco-tourism business within Riverside Marine’s subsidiary Fantasea Cruises; National Geographic have subsequently launched a similar cruise operation. The proposal examined how to leverage Fantasea’s substantial marine infrastructure with the excitement of field research to be undertaken in joint venture with local and international universities. The business plan also sought to leverage relevant government initiatives including the R&D tax incentives, ARC Linkage Grants and the Export Market Development Scheme.

Stewart Financial Services

Business Plan and Presentation to CVC Venture Capital

Preparation of a Business Plan for an innovative financial product that provides loyalty rewards for people investing in Superannuation. The product received ASIC approval and has recently achieved international and Australian process patents.

O’Rourke Pty Ltd

Strategic Review and Business Plan for a leading financial planning firm

Business diagnostic and preparation of a Business Plan

Flinders Beach Marine Laboratory

Proposed venture in marine eco-tourism in Moreton Bay

Preparation of a business plan following field research to marine laboratories and related tourism ventures in the United States; Scripps Institute, San Diego; Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi; Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Department of Communication Information Local Government and Planning

Strategic review of CITEC’s operations and strategic direction

Preparation of a strategic review and organisational restructuring presented to the Director-General.

Faculty of Business Economics and Law

The University of Queensland

Postgraduate Education in Vietnam: Evaluation of market opportunity and proposed entry strategy. Presented to Prof Callan (Head, Business School) and subsequently DVC Prof Grigg.

Faculty of Biological & Chemical Sciences

Executive Dean Prof McManus

The University of Queensland

(Undertaken 1998-1999)

· Strategic Plan 1999-2003;

· Business Development Plan 1999-2003 (incorporating marketing plan for a variety of activities including academic and professional development courses);

· Business and Marketing Diagnostic: Stores & Purchasing Function;

· Business Plan and Proposal to establish the Centre for Marine Studies presented to Vice Chancellor Prof Hay (incorporating domestic and international marketing strategy); and

· Business Diagnostic and Economic Evaluation of Proposed Capital Expenditure: Central Animal Breeding House.

Brisbane City Council

Executive development programs

Executive development programs encompassing business and marketing planning seminars to managers of contestable business units and the Senior Executive Group.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Business and Management
  • Business and Management
  • Business and Management

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
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