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Patrick Dawson The University of Adelaide, Australia, University of Aberdeen Business School

Patrick Dawson is Professor of Organizational Change at the University of Northumbria and Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen. He holds a PhD in Industrial Sociology from the University of Southampton and during his early career, worked at the University of Surrey and the University of Edinburgh. He moved to Australia in the 1980s and took up a lectureship at the University of Adelaide.  In 1997, he took up the Salvesen Chair in Management at the University of Aberdeen, where he undertook senior administrative roles including Director of Graduate Studies and Head of the Business School. After a sabbatical in 2005, Patrick reduced his time at Aberdeen and took up a professorial appointment at the University of Wollongong (2006-2016) and the University of Adelaide (2017-2019), regularly travelling between the two countries.  He has held visiting professorships at Roskilde University, Lund University and the Danish Technical University, as well as an adjunct professorship at Monash University.

In extended case study research in the UK and Australia, Patrick has been actively engaged in longitudinal studies on innovation and change for over forty years in a range of organizations, including Pirelli Cables, British Rail, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, the CSIRO and Micro-X. Many of these funded projects were collaborations with scholars from other universities, resulting in the publication of over 60 refereed journal articles, 14 books, 50 book chapters and numerous conference papers.