Associate Professor April Wright

Associate Professor

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 68154


Dr April Wright was awarded her PhD in management from the University of Queensland in 2007. She is a qualitative researcher who explores the interplay between institutions and organisations as a source of both change and stability. Her research investigates how institutions - such as the state, markets, managerialism, and professions - guide the strategies, structures and practices of organisations and individuals and, at the same time, how macro-level institutions are both maintained and changed through the micro-level actions of organisations and their members. Dr Wright has conducted longitudinal studies of institutional maintenance and change in a variety of emprical settings including English County Cricket, financial institutions, and hospital emergency departments. She is a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project grant which explores institutional change processes in hospitals. Dr Wright also conducts research in the field of management education. This research investigates new pedagogies for management education in the areas of threshold concepts and evidence-based management. Dr Wright's research has been published in leading international journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Banking and Finance, Organization, and the Academy of Management Learning and Education. Her paper, co-authored with Anne Gilmore, won the Fritz Roethlisberger award for the best paper published in the Journal of Management Education in 2012. Dr Wright has won numerous awards and citations for teaching, including the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management 'Management Educator of the Year' in 2011 and a national citation in the Australian Awards for University Teaching in 2013.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Masters of Business, University of Southern Queensland
  • Bachelor of Business, University of Southern Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Wright, April L. and Wright, Carla (2019). When research and personal lifeworlds collide. The production of managerial knowledge and organizational theory: new approaches to writing, producing and consuming theory. (pp. 255-273) edited by Tammar B. Zilber, John M. Amis and Johanna Mair. Bingley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing. doi: 10.1108/S0733-558X20190000059014

  • Wright, April, Greenfield, Geoff and Hibbert, Paul (2017). Flipped tutorials in business courses. The flipped classroom: practice and practices in higher education. (pp. 289-307) edited by Carl Reidsema, Lydia Kavanagh, Roger Hadgraft and Neville Smith. Singapore: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-3413-8_18

  • Wright, April (2011). Watch what I do, not what I say: New questions for documents in international business case research. Rethinking the case study in international business and management research. (pp. 361-382) edited by Rebecca Piekkari and Catherine Welch. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision