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Graduate Management Association of Australia Inc.
“The Bridge Between Business and Management Education”




12 August 2016

Sydney Business School, Sydney




Speaker: Glenn Smith,  Director - & CEO -

 “'Economy in transition: Startups, innovation, and a workforce for the future”

Presentation Abstract

The future of the way we work has recently become a topic of intensive study as changes in global economic dynamics have begun to impact national economies. These changes have not escaped the attention of political and business leaders, who have become increasingly aware that profound changes to the nature of how and why people are employed are just over the horizon. These changes are now being seen by the public, as companies like Uber, Airbnb, Xero, and Netflix disrupt industries across the economic spectrum. This trend is likely to continue as a new generation of digital startups extend their reach and impact.

Presenter’s Biography

Almost 18 years as Associate Professor of Management (including ‘Program Director’ or ‘Director of Studies’ of graduate management programs) across four higher education programs, teaching and advising higher education students on choices of post-graduate courses and research programs and their careers after graduation, especially in management positions.

Glenn Smith is an entrepreneur, innovation leader, and growth agent. His success to date has been built around his involvement with growing customer centric businesses at all stages of the growth cycle (listed and private) from existence (start-ups), to resource maturity (>$1B) in the areas of consumer internet & media, biotech/medical devices, enterprise software, financial services and agribusiness.

He is passionate about guiding entrepreneurs and organisations to understand the effects of emerging technology on business and society with a mantra of creating "shared value" - the idea that corporate success and social good are interdependent.

Glenn is a Director for, Growth Expert with the ANZ Business Growth Program, Chairman of, and CEO of

He holds an MBA, a BA (Econ) and holds a degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Melbourne and is a qualified vigneron ("wine is life").