Roger Smith

Professor, BSc DipEd W.Aust., MBA Sask., PhD Bath, CMC, FIMC

  • The University of Western Australia (M254), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


PhD (Bath) MBA (Sask.) BSc DipEd (UWA) FIMC (Aust) CMC FAFBE

Roger’s career has been extensive and has included fifteen years in the chemical and mining industries in Australia and Canada in the areas of production management, systems analysis and training and development. He also spent 5 years in the 1970’s as a university senior lecturer specialising in organisational analysis, design and development, corporate planning and human resource management.

For the period 1982-1996 he worked as a management consultant and is still a Director of Intrain, a Perth based consulting company. As well as consulting to a number of local organisations he worked on many overseas projects in Indonesia, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, Fiji and Mauritius either in the private sector or with UNDP, ILO, AusAID or the World Bank (IBRD). He has also jointly owned and operated a private education export business in WA.

Currently he is a Professorial Fellow in the faculty of the Business School. His teaching specialities are International Management, Management and Consulting and Business Strategies for the Asia Pacic Region. In 2005 he taught the strategy and consulting units in a Summer Session at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington State, USA.

His text on management consulting "Mind for Hire" and an earlier book, "Maxims for Managers" followed two co-authored books, "The Jindalee Factor" and "From Black Hole to Blue Sky". He is currently working on a practical guide for managers on "Going Global" and has produced a set of class readings for students called “Management Allsorts”.

Roles and responsibilities

management consulting and executive mentoring

Previous positions

2007-2008 Senior Research Fellow/Director Jakarta MBA program at the UWA Business School
2005-2006 Visiting Professorial Fellow / Director of the GSM’s MBA programme in Jakarta at the UWA Graduate School of Management
Visiting Professor at Gonzaga University, Washington State, USA
1997-2004 Teaching position at UWA GSM. Appointed as Director of International Programmes at Professorial Fellow level in 2000
1993/1996 External lecturer in UWA GSM MBA programme
1990-2005 Director, Compass International Pty Ltd (management consultants)
1984-Present Owner/Director, Intrain (management consulting and training services).
1984 Acting Director of University of Western Australia Centre for Applied Business Research
1981/1983 Senior Consultant, WAIT-AID Ltd (WAIT's consulting Company)
1976/1981 Senior Lecturer, Department of Management, WAIT (Western Australian Institute of Technology now Curtin University of Technology)

Current projects

Industrial Relevance
Teaching workshops on training and development, human resource management and management consulting with the UWA Extension Services

Links with Industry
Linked to industry via membership of the Institute of Management Consultants Australia

Collaborations with Other Institutions
Research links with University of Wollongong in Dubai and Gonzaga University in Spokane, USA

Teaching overview

Units in International Management, Management and Consulting and Business Strategies for the Asia Pacific Region


Qualitative research in international management and training and development. Developing concepts and views on management and organisations.


Basic Bahasa Indonesia


  • International education
  • International management
  • Management consulting
  • Relationship between official and unofficial systems in organisations

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Research Output 2000 2012

Creating and Maintaining a Sustainable High Performance and Results Organisation (HiPro)

Smith, R., 2012, In : Thailand HR Journal. 04, p. 50-58

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Maps, Myths and Methods - Messages for Managers in Asia

Smith, R., 2011, In : Journal of Accountancy and Management. 2, NA, p. 160-172

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A future for organisational behaviour?

Hosie, P. J. & Smith, R., 2009, In : European Business Review. 21, 3, p. 215-232

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

current direction

The Organization's Underworld: Unofficial Work Systems as the Real Performance Drivers

Smith, R., 2008, The AFBE International Conference 2008 in Contemporary Issues in Doing Business in Asia. Tan, B. C. (ed.). Malaysia ed. SEGi University College: Conference Committee, Vol. NA. p. NA

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Buying EQ and SQ - take another look at what you're getting

Smith, R., 2005, Asian Management, Education and Consumer Behaviour, Values, Styles and Trends. Sheehan, B. (ed.). Thailand ed. Thailand: Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand, Vol. CD-ROM. p. Key note Address (CD- Rom) (see comment below)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper