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Professor Peter Galvin

Professor of Strategic Management

Staff Member Details
Mobile: 0406 434 760
Campus: Joondalup  

Peter Galvin is Professor of Strategic Management and the Director of the Master of Business Administration program in the School of Business and Law.

Key Research Areas

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Business Strategy
  • Competitive Dynamics
  • Dynamic Capabilities
  • Innovation
  • Organization Design


Peter Galvin was attracted to  ECU as an institution that really cares for students whilst simultaneously valuing research. As MBA Director, Peter’s goal is to make the MBA degrees at ECU a transformational experience for every student.

Before joining ECU, Peter was employed at Curtin University and has also held roles at Northumbria University (UK), California Polytechnic State University and Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has also held Visiting positions at State University of New York at Stony Brook, Giessen University (Germany), ESC Toulouse (France), Ilmenau Technical University (Germany) and ESC La Rochelle (France).

Peter has won Faculty, University and National level teaching awards, and has been an assessor for the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). He has published a number of textbooks with the latest being the 6th edition of Strategic Management by Hubbard, Rice and Galvin through Pearson.

Peter is an active researcher with publications in a wide variety of journals ranging from Journal of Business Ethics through to Managerial and Decision Economics. His most recent work considers issues pertaining to the boundary of the firm, dynamic capabilities and modular architectures. Between 2011 and 2014, Peter was the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Management & Organization. Peter has graduated over 20 doctoral students as lead supervisor.

Peter received his PhD and a B.Com(Hons) from the University of Western Australia. Prior to entering academia, Peter worked in management consulting

Theme Two: Society and Culture; Modularity theory, the mirroring hypothesis and firm/industry architectures, dynamic capabilities, the resource based view and competitive advantage & Corporate strategy/boundaries of the firm

2014 - Life Fellow, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

2009 - University Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) National Citation for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning’

  • Life Fellow, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Member, British Academy of Management
  • Member, Academy of Management (USA)


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 1998.
  • Bachelor of Commerce, The University of Western Australia, 1992.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Galvin, P., Tywoniak, S., Sutherland, J. (2021). Collaboration and opportunism in megaproject alliance contracts: the interplay of governance, trust and culture. International Journal of Project Management, 2021(article in press), 12 pages.
  • Meissner, D., Burton, N., Galvin, P., Sarpong, D., Bach, N. (2021). Understanding cross border innovation activities: The linkages between innovation modes, product architecture and firm boundaries. Journal of Business Research, 128(May 2021), 762-769.

Journal Articles

  • Burton, N., Galvin, P. (2020). Component complementarity and transaction costs: the evolution of product design. Review of Managerial Science, 14(4), 845–867.
  • Galvin, P., Burton, N., Singh, P., Sarpong, D., Bach, N., Teo, S. (2020). Network rivalry, Competition and Innovation. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 161(December 2020), article number 120253.
  • Galvin, P., Burton, N., Bach, N., Rice, J. (2020). How the rate of change and control of a modular product architecture impact firm‐level outcomes. Strategic Change, 29(1), 67-76.
  • Galvin, P., Burton, N., Nyuur, R. (2020). Leveraging inter-industry spillovers through DIY laboratories: Entrepreneurship and innovation in the global bicycle industry. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 160(November 2020), Article number 120235.
  • Bach, N., Galvin, P. (2020). A third dimension in the mirror? How senior managers design products and organizations. Strategic Change, 29(1), 25-33.

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

  • Burton, N., Galvin, P. (2018). When do product architectures mirror organisational architectures? The combined role of product complexity and the rate of technological change. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 30(9), 1057-1069.

Conference Publications

  • Galvin, P., Burton, N. (2018). Firm boundaries revisited: how firms can alter transaction costs through design choices. BAM2018 Proceedings (1-38). British Academy of Management.

Journal Articles

  • Geneste, L., Galvin, P. (2015). Trust and knowledge acquisition by small and medium-sized firms in weak client–firm exchange relationships. International Small Business Journal, 33(3), 277-289.
  • Galvin, P., Rice, J., Liao, T. (2015). Can a Darwinian nomenclature help reconcile alternative perspectives of the dynamic capabilities view?. Journal of Management and Organization, 21(5), 695-700.
  • Rice, J., Liao, T., Galvin, P., Martin, N. (2015). A configuration-based approach to integrating dynamic capabilities and market transformation in small and medium-sized enterprises to achieve firm performance. International Small Business Journal, 33(3), 231–253.

Journal Articles

  • Rice, J., Galvin, P., Martin, N., Huang, F. (2014). Openness and Appropriation: Empirical Evidence From Australian Businesses. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 61(3), 488-498.
  • Galvin, P., Rice, J., Liao, T. (2014). Applying a Darwinian model to the dynamic capabilities view: Insights and issues. Journal of Management and Organization, 20(2), 250-263.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, A new take on an old question: Additional factors to consider in understanding the diversification performance relationship
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Exploring strategic organizational implications in the development of e-commerce platforms
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