B Arts, B Arts (Hons), PhD, FAIP
David Limerick was appointed Foundation Professor and Foundation Chairman of the School of Social and Industrial Administration in April 1979. Working with a group of innovative, energetic faculty members, the School grew over the following twenty years into the Faculty of Commerce with some eight interdisciplinary and applied Schools within it. David spent a number of periods as Dean of the Faculty and when he retired due to ill-health in 1996 he was Foundation Head of the new Graduate School of Management. Of the original twenty foundation members of the School, five later became Vice Chancellors in Australian Universities.
David played a wide-ranging role within both the University and its broader managerial and academic environments. For example: he chaired the group that initiated and designed the development of Behavioural Studies within the University; was appointed a member of the three-person Federal committee that studied the development of management education in China; Chaired and organised a summit meeting (within the new Griffith Graduate School of Management precinct) between Heads of all Management Schools within Australia and the Federal Commission of Inquiry into Management Education; carried out spells as Visiting Professor within Graduate Schools of Management at the University of Melbourne, the University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia. He was consultant to a range of Australian and international businesses, not-for-profit and government organisations on strategy, structure and culture.
Before joining Griffith University in 1979 Professor Limerick was Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and had taught at the University of Strathclyde and the Graduate School of Business Administration in the University of Melbourne.
In 1976 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. His research focused on the management of strategic, structural and cultural change in organisations and he published widely in key international journals such as The Academy of Management Review, Organisational Dynamics and the Journal of Management Education. His book on “Managing the New Organisation: collaboration and sustainability in the postcorporate world”, co-authored with Bert Cunnington and Frank Crowther, became a management bestseller in Australia and was published in the United States and Asia.