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Professor Peter Galvin

Professor of Strategic Management

Contact Information Mobile: 0406434760, Email:, Campus: Joondalup,
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Mobile: 0406434760
Campus: Joondalup  


Peter Galvin is Professor of Strategic Management and the Director of MBA & Post Graduate Studies in the School of Business and Law.


Peter Galvin was previously 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, Geissen 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 is now 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.

Current Teaching

  • Strategic Management

Professional Association

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

Awards and Recognition

  • Australian University Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) National Citation for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning’ -2009
  • Life Fellow, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management - 2014

Research Areas and Interests

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


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

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Burton, N., Galvin, P., (2019), Using template and matrix analysis: A case study of management and organisation history research. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 14(4), 393-409, DOI:
  • Galvin, P., Tywoniak, S., (2019), How organizational boundary choices impact capability development. Construction Management and Economics, 37(12), 712-726, DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2019.1582789.
  • Burton, N., Galvin, P., (2018), Component complementarity and transaction costs: the evolution of product design. Review of Managerial Science, 2018(article in press), 1-23, DOI: 10.1007/s11846-018-0310-3.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2018.1437259.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1177/0266242613497379.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1177/0266242613495035.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1017/jmo.2015.32.

Conference Publications

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