Dr Paul Spee

Senior Lecturer

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 68150


Paul’s research reflects his passion to identify the relevance of theory in practice, and how practice can inform theory. His interests pertain to strategy theory and organization theory in particular. He engaged in several inductive studies to get to grips with what happens on the ground when doing strategic planning and reinsurance trading. At the moment, Paul is part of a team investigating the perceptions of risk in complex megaprojects, and exploring the venture creation process of very promising start-ups in the Brisbane ecosystem.

His experience and drive to explore the relation of theory and practice is reflected in his approach to teaching. Currently, Paul delivers and oversees the strategy course in the Master of Business.

Paul’s scholarly work has appeared in a number of world leading journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science and Organisation Studies amongst others. Through several contributions to special issues and influential handbooks, his research is at the forefront of theory development, in particular strategy-as-practice and advanced methodologies specifically on qualitative research methods.

Paul’s work has made an impact to practice and academe. Based on a global ethnography of reinsurance trading, his book ‘Making a market for acts of God’ has been highly influential leading to contributions in the Financial Times, The Economist, ABC News - The Business and Actuaries Digital amongst others. He has been invited to contribute to webinars and several professional development workshops for instance on process research methods and on career advice for doctoral students and early career researchers. Recently, one of his published manuscripts received the Emerald Citation Award recognising the impact of his work. His work has also received several prestigious distinctions including best paper awards from the leading professional associations in business and management, the Academy of Management and the European Group of Organisation Studies.

To foster debates in the academic community, Paul has organised numerous workshops and convened streams at several national and international conferences. Currently, he serves as Program Chair for the Strategizing, Activities and Practices interest group, part of the world leading professional association, the Academy of Management. In addition, Paul serves as Senior Editor at Organization Studies, a leading journal included in the Financial Times 45 list.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Glamorgan
  • Master of Science - Management, University of Glamorgan
  • Doctor of philosophy - Management, Aston University


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Book Chapter

  • Jarzabkowski, Paula, Le, Jane and Spee, Paul (2017). Taking a strong process approach to analyzing qualitative process data. In Ann Langley and Haridimos Tsoukas (Ed.), The Sage handbook of process organization studies (pp. 237-253) London, United Kingdom: SAGE.

  • Jarzabkowski, Paula, Bednarek, Rebecca and Spee, Paul (2016). The role of artifacts in establishing connectivity within professional routines: a question of entanglement. In Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Glaus Rerup, Ann Langley and Haridimos Tsoukas (Ed.), Organizational routines: how they are created, maintained and changed (pp. 117-139) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Le, Jane and Spee, Paul (2015). The role of materiality in the practice of strategy. In Damon Golsorkhi, Linda Rouleau, David Seidl and Eero Vaara (Ed.), Cambridge handbook of strategy as practice 2nd ed. (pp. 582-597) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CCO9781139681032.034

  • Jarzabkowski, Paula, Smets, Michael, Bednarek, Rebecca, Burke, Gary and Spee, Paul (2013). Institutional ambidexterity: leveraging institutional complexity in practice. In Institutional Logics in Action, Part B (pp. 37-61) Bingley, W Yorks, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing. doi:10.1108/S0733-558X(2013)0039B015

  • Jarzabkowski, Paula, Smets Michael and Spee, Paul (2012). Leveraging relationships to get ready for change. In Cora Lynn Heimer Rathbone (Ed.), Ready for change? : transition through turbulence to reformation and transformation (pp. 165-184) Basomgstple: Palgrave MacMillan. doi:10.1057/9781137008404

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Anesa, Mattia, Gillespie, Nicole, Spee, Paul and Sadiq, Kerrie (2016). Field-level legitimization of corporate tax minimization. In: Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings 2016. 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, United States, (). August, 2016. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2016.195

  • Anesa, Mattia, Sadiq, Kerrie, Gillespie, Nicole and Spee, Paul (2015). Is ‘corporate tax maximisation’ an unthinkable?. In: 27th Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association Conference, Adelaide, SA Australia, (). 19-21 January 2015.

  • Anesa, Mattia, Sadiq, Kerrie, Gillespie, Nicole and Spee, Paul (2015). Is ‘corporate tax maximisation’ an unthinkable?. In: 27th Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association Conference - Tax: ‘It’s time’ for change, Adelaide SA, Australia, (). 19-21 January 2015.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision