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Associate Professor Bret Slade Associate Professor - HRM/Management, Management Sport & Tourism

Bret has significant experience in organisational headquarters and strategic management consulting roles. His areas of expertise are leadership, strategy, decision making, emergency management and security. He has worked extensively in management with Australian national and state government organisations, including the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, and the Victoria Country Fire Authority. Bret also has experience working in Asia, including China, Vietnam and Malaysia.

In addition to corporate trouble-shooting roles, Bret has developed a specialisation in teaching strategy through the use of computer-based team and first person simulation environments. Organisations that have utilised his specific method for improving senior management teams, and organisational responsiveness to emergency have included the Australian Army and the Victorian Country Fire Authority.

Bret has a PhD in Strategic Management, a Master's Degree in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University. His doctorate focused on national defence within a diagnostic framework designed to identify organisational effectiveness in high tempo, mission critical environments.

During 2011, Bret was at the at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Australian Defence College, Canberra as a Visiting Fellow. At this institution, Australian senior military and Government officers engage with a broad range of national and international security issues. Along with overseas participants, these officers are provided with the knowledge and skills required to operate at the strategic level in the complex, fast-cycle, international security environment.

Bret's work with the Centre focussed on the impact of terrorism and insurgency on civilian populations and civil infrastructure. Much of this research was in specific relation to the psychology of combatants and non-combatants, and the effect of emergency and crisis response within civilian populations.


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