Law and Business

Professor Thomas Lange, new Associate Dean Research

A leading German-born Management scholar has been named by Australian Catholic University (ACU) as the new Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Law and Business.

Professor Thomas Lange will join ACU from Middlesex University London where he serves as Head of International Management and Innovation. An alumnus of the Universities of Saarland, Oslo and The London School of Economics & Political Science, he held previous Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor appointments in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Professor Lange has written extensively in the Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour research arena, with well-being in the workplace a focal point of his scholarship. His papers feature in over 20 A/A* rated journal outlets, including recently accepted articles in Journal of Vocational Behavior, British Journal of Management, European Journal of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (US). Beyond his own scholarship, he also serves as Founding Editor-in-Chief of Evidence-based HRM and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower. In 1997, aged 29, he became the UK’s youngest Full Professor in a business discipline at time of conferment.

Throughout his career, Professor Lange has been a strong proponent of evidence-based scholarship. By invitation, he addressed members of the Welsh Assembly Government on the importance of evidence-based policy making. During his time as senior advisor to Scotland’s Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, he served as key architect of Future Skills Scotland, the country’s first labour market intelligence unit. He was also a member of the Economic Policy Advisory Group of New Zealand's National Party and provided strategic advice on empirical labour market research to the Government of Vietnam. His consultancy work included, amongst others, projects for the European Commission, International Labour Organization (ILO), Institute for Personnel Management Sri Lanka, NZ Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs, central and local government departments as well as economic development agencies and industry associations worldwide.

“I am very impressed by what I see at Australian Catholic University. It is an institution with refreshing values focused firmly on social justice. Research at the newly launched Faculty of Law and Business is perfectly positioned to make a real difference in this context,” said Professor Lange. “The Faculty is committed to an exciting developmental agenda, building a strong reputation for research excellence by growing the portfolio of publications in internationally renowned outlets. From a leadership perspective, the clear desire to share this work with, and enthuse and excite, not just the wider community of scholars, but also the ACU student body and the professions of Australia and beyond is particularly appealing. I consider it a privilege to serve the Faculty as Associate Dean Research”, he added.

Professor Lange will commence his service at ACU on 1 October 2014.