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Dr Judy Matthews
Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Learning Design
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Senior Lecturer
QUT Business School,
Discipline *
Business and Management, Design Practice and Management
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member, US Academy of Management
Board Member, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)


Business Model Innovation, Design Led Innovation, Design and Strategic Organisational Renewal, Design, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, Exploration and Exploitation, Human Resource Management and Innovation, Innovation in SMEs, Knowledge Management and Innovation, Learning and Innovation, Problem Framing and Problem Solving in Complex Environments

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr. Judy Matthews commenced her career as a full time academic after 15 years in industry in Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development and Community Development.  Judy is regularly invited to speak at industry and professional events on managing innovation, problem framing and problem solving and design led innovation.

Prior to joining QUT in January 2007, she was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, Marketing and International Business in the College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University and from 2002- 2005 was the Director of Master of Management Programs at the National Graduate School of Management at the Australian National University. In 2005-2006 she developed and delivered units in Organisational Behaviour and Knowledge Management to senior managers in China (through interpreters) in the Master of Management (Technology and Innovation) program at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Judy works with individuals, groups and organisations to improve their understanding and practice of leadership and management of people and organisations, particularly the issues, themes and processes that make a difference in managing innovation and effective knowledge generation and implementation. Judy has worked with government agencies to identify barriers to innovation and developed some practical customised solutions to improve innovation. In 2004, Dr Matthews was a Visiting Scholar at the ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom and the Innovation Policy Centre at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
Research interests

Judy completed her PhD at 2000, investigating the responses and learning of senior managers in turbulent environments. Following her experience with ARC Grants in Research and Development and Innovation Systems, Judy is an active researcher and author in the field of innovation management, in particular, human resource development and innovation.

Judy’s research focuses broadly on innovation and entrepreneurship and the contributions of human resource management to innovation and knowledge based strategies, processes and practices in varied workplace environments. Her research includes research projects funded by the public sector and private industry in areas such as design led innovation, innovation management, and human resource management practices for innovation. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers relating to her research.

  • Design Led Innovation
  • Human Resource Management and Innovation
  • Innovation processes and Innovation Management
  • Knowledge management
  • Creativity, Design and Entrepreneurship
This information has been contributed by Dr Judy Matthews.


Teaching Expertise

For the last 14 years, Dr Judy Matthews has initiated, developed and delivered graduate and accredited corporate education in areas of Problem Framing and Design Thinking, Managing Innovation, Knowledge Management and Organisational Behaviour. 

  • Dr Matthews currently facilitates and delivers units in programs in the Executive Masters in Complex Project Management, the Executive MBA  and MBA programs;  and previously in Master of Management,  Master of Business (Human Resource Management)  and Master of Management (Technology and Innovation) programs in these topic areas in Brisbane, Canberra and Beijing.

From 2008 to 2015, Judy developed new units for the Executive Masters in Complex Project Management (EMCPM) Program and delivered these units in Canberra and Brisbane in:

  • Problem Solving in Complex Environments
  • Creative and Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Managing Innovation in Technology Based Organisations

Other areas of teaching expertise include :

  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Creativity and Management
  • Organisational Behaviour and Managing People in Organisations

New unit development and teaching expertise include:

  • Problem Framing for Creative Action, 
  • Design Thinking in Management Education
This information has been contributed by Dr Judy Matthews.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Winner, Edith Cowan University Authentic Learning Award for the Best Paper at HERDSA Conference 2011. The purpose of the award is to promote the development of authentic learning environments in all facets of university teaching and learning, and to support the dissemination and publication of good practice associated with these environments. The award is given to the full refereed paper which, in the opinion of a panel of judges, makes a significant contribution to knowledge about authentic learning environments in higher education. (Joint Recipient)
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
WINNER, GLOBAL FORUM BEST SYMPOSIUM AWARD, Transfer of Learning Success: The benefits of collaborative academic/industry engagement, Management Education and Development (MED) Division, US Academy of Management Conference, 6-10 August, 2010, Montreal, Canada. (Joint recipient)
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Highly Commended Paper Award, Continuous Innovation Network (CINet) Conference Proceedings; Human resource management and innovation: what are knowledge-intensive firms doing? In: Enhancing the innovation environment: Proceedings of the 10th International CINet Conference. 6-8 September 2009, Australia, Queensland, Brisbane.September, Brisbane, Joint recipient,
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Best Paper Award, British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference. Challenges of New Technologies on the Animation and Film Industry: The Case of Singapore. In: 2007 Conference British Academy of Management ¿ Management Research, Education and Business Success: Is the Future as Clear as the Past? 11-13 September 2007, Warwick, United Kingdom, with Caroline Wong (PhD Student), Joint recipient,
Funding Award
Reference year
Chief Investigator with ARC Linkage Grant, LP0219667: Innovation in Australia: Measurement, Performance, Systems, Dynamics and Change; With Dodgson, M., Scott-Kemmis, D., Bryant , K. & Jones, A. (2002-4) Funding in cash and in-kind contributions ~$1 million.