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Dr Heather Round



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2014
Master of Business Administration, University of Cape Town, 1999
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Cape Town, 1995

+61 3 924 68026


Dr Heather Round is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management in Deakin Business School. Before becoming an academic Heather spent over 25 years working on large-scale projects within government, public and private organisations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, where she led a number of large-scale organisational transformation programmes, which included people, technology and process change.

Heather’s experience in facilitating organisational change and developing management capabilities, in particular looking at the individual and team processes around creativity and innovation form a basis of her experiential approach to teaching.

As an academic, Heather's research focuses on innovation, creativity and leadership with a deep interest in individual identity work and how this influences individual action taking in the organisational context. Heather continues to work with organisations in a consulting role to assist with developing leadership diversity and amplifying creativity and innovative thinking. 

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Research interests

  • Creativity
  • Identity Work
  • Social Construction


  • Member, Project Management Institute PMI.
  • Member, Institute of Managers and Leaders IML.
  • Member, European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS. 
  • Member, British Academy of Management BAM. 

Teaching interests

  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership

Units taught

  • MPM712 - Managing Innovation
  • MPR705 - Entrepreneurship

Knowledge areas

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Social Processes
  • Management

Research groups

Co-director of the Leadership Futures Hub


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Ethical Culture in Organizations: A Review and Agenda for Future Research

Achinto Roy, Alexander Newman, Heather Round, Sukanto Bhattacharya

(2024), Vol. 34, pp. 97-138, Business Ethics Quarterly, Bowling Green, Ohio, C1

journal article

Creative Identity Work in the Face of Ambiguity: Defending, Distancing, Differentiating

Heather Round

(2021), Vol. 75, pp. 207-228, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

Innovation climate: a systematic review of the literature and agenda for future research

Alexander Newman, Heather Round, Shuanglong Wang, Matt Mount

(2020), Vol. 93, pp. 73-109, Journal of occupational and organizational psychology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Design Thinking Inspired Crowdsourcing: Toward a Generative Model of Complex Problem Solving

M Mount, H Round, T Pitsis

(2020), Vol. 62, pp. 103-120, California Management Review, C1

journal article

Case study: transformational entrepreneurship in Australia. CyRise: a university and an IT service provider join forces to tackle cyber crime

H Round

(2019), pp. 234-249, Transformational entrepreneurial practices : global case studies, [Basingstoke, Eng.], B1

book chapter

Case Study: Transformational Entrepreneurship in Australia

H Round

(2019), pp. 69-87, Transformational entrepreneurship practices : global case studies, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Leaders and followers: co-constructing a creative identity

H Round

(2018), pp. 151-178, Inclusive leadership: negotiating gendered spaces, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Reality bites: managing identity ambiguity in an advertising agency

H Round, A Styhre

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 202-213, Creativity and innovation management, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Ethical climates in organizations: a review and research agenda

A Newman, H Round, S Bhattacharya, A Roy

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 475-512, Business ethics quarterly, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

A developmental learning framework for business report writing: guidance for management educators

A Chia, H Round

(2015), Brisbane, Qld., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Rethinking creativity: three case studies of the social processes of creativity

H Round

(2014), pp. 1-30, EGOS 2014 : Reimagining, rethinking, reshaping: organizational scholarship in unsettled times. Proceedings of the 30th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, E1-1


Can creativity be managed? An advertising agency case study

H Round

(2012), pp. 1-22, BAM 2012 : Management research revisited: prospect for theory and practice : Proceedings of the 2012 British Academy of Management Conference, Cardiff, Wales, E1-1


A study of organisational creativity: thinking outside the box

H Round

(2012), pp. 1-25, AoMO 2015 : Creativity and critique : Proceedings of the 6th Art of Management and Organisation Conference, York, England, E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Emerging Japanese-Australian Female Leader Program

Dr Heather Round, A/Prof Jeff Shao, Prof Alexander Newman

DFAT Australia-Japan Foundation

  • 2022: $19,490

Other Public Sector Funding

Transforming DAPM: Business Process Improvement to realise a transformed NDAC

Prof Amanda Pyman, A/Prof Ambika Zutshi, A/Prof Matt Mount, Dr Heather Round, A/Prof Ahmed Ferdous

Australian Bureau of Statistics

  • 2018: $120,000
  • 2017: $50,063

Melbourne Water Volunteering Program Review

Dr Heather Round

MWC Grant - Research - Melbourne Water Corporation

  • 2018: $5,124


Associate Supervisor

Boris Radickovic

Thesis entitled: Dual Role of Absorptive Capacity for Exploitative and Exploratory Learning

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Management