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Prescott Family

Lecture series


  • The series

    Monash Business School acknowledges and thanks the Prescott Family Foundation which is sponsoring this series of open lectures.This series focuses on human resources, industrial relations and related areas, led by experts presenting on important topics and issues.Speakers share their knowledge and experience and engage in discussion with students, alumni, academics, researchers and practitioners.John Prescott aims to make a brief comment after each lecture.

  • John Prescott

    John B. Prescott AC has wide experience in major companies in resources, manufacturing and transport, including as a CEO of BHP; Chair of the Australian Submarine Corporation; of Australia’s major rail freight company, Aurizon; and advisor to Governments on defence, transport, manufacturing and safety.He was a Member of Australia’s Remuneration Tribunal for 6 years. He has a record of many successes in HR, IR, safety, health, the environment, innovative strategy development of major projects and business turnarounds.He has received numerous awards, including a Companion in the Order of Australia, the Australian Centenary Medal and an honorary doctorate, from Monash University.

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Past events

  • 2020

    Cultural agility

    The key to success across countries and cultures

    Presented by Professor Paula Caligiuri, renowned organisational psychologist and consultant from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy at Northeastern University in the United States.

  • 2019

    From smart workers to smart work

    Creating a positive future in the digital era

    Presented by Professor Sharon Parker, Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow, a Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Curtin University’s Future of Work Institute, and the Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design.

  • 2018

    Leadership and management

    An integrated approach

    Presented by Professor Emeritus David Lewin from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, USA.

  • 2017

    The future of work in the third digital revolution

    What if anyone could make (almost) anything?

    Presented by Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, USA.

  • 2016

    New workplaces reflect continual global change

    What does a modern worker look like?

    Presented by Professor Peter Wilson AM Chairman Australian Human Resources Institute Limited and the Australian Network on Disability Limited, Director of Vision Super and The Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank; Adjunct Professor Monash Business School, Monash University; and World President-elect of the World Federation of People Management Association (WFPMA).