GMAA conference to examine ethics and governance

The Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) has finalised the program for its 2013 National Conference with a range of internationally-renowned speakers on the agenda.

The one-day conference is being held at the Griffith Business School in Brisbane on 12 July (Friday).

GMAA National President Philip Leitch said this year’s conference theme, Governance & Ethics – Myth or Reality, reflected the growing importance of governance and ethics in both the public and private sectors.

“We have secured an incredible line-up of speakers who will address a range of topics around the theme… it is an extremely relevant theme in the current business environment and is sure to spark plenty of debate,” he said.

Keynote speaker - Admiral Chris Barrie
Keynote speaker – Admiral Chris Barrie

The GMAA recently confirmed the keynote speaker for the conference would be Admiral Chris Barrie. Admiral Barrie retired from the Royal Australian Navy in 2002 after more than 40 years of active service, including as Chief of the Defence Force.

Since retirement from the military he has concentrated his work on strategic leadership issues as a consultant, teacher and mentor. He became involved in the Oxford University’s Strategic Leadership and Stimulus Forum Programs (2002-2011) and is now a key member of the Oxford Praxis Forum.

Other major speakers at the Conference include:

  • Professor John Kane & Professor Haig Patapan, Griffith University – “Rethinking Corporate Social Responsibility”
  • Associate Professor Gavin Nicholson, Queensland University of Technology – “An Effective Board of Directors: Evidence from observation based research”
  • Dr Peter Steane, Australian Catholic University – “Oils Ain’t Oils !! Business, Education and Ethics”
  • Dr Michael Segon, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – “MBAs, the needs of Business and Ethical Practice: The increasing importance of Accreditation and MBA Ranking”

The GMAA is a membership-based organisation of graduates who hold and MBA, DBA or other postgraduate management qualification. It was established in 1993 by the amalgamation of a range of State-based organisations.

The GMAA’s mission is to promote the standing and enhance the value of MBA, DBA and other postgraduate management qualifications.

Full details and registration forms are available at

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