Researcher biography

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.