Aaron Smith is Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
He was previously Professor and Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Industry Engagement) in the College of Business, prior to which he was Director of Sport and Leisure Management and held the Chair of Sport Management at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He has also worked for Deakin University and Victoria University.
Aaron has research interests in the management of psychological, organisational and policy change in business, and sport and health. This is reflected in three tiers of work that have spanned a range of institutions and contexts including: 1) the impact of commercial and global forces using foresight, futures analysis and scenario planning to examine change in sport policy; 2) the examination of sporting institutions and their environments using systems lenses such as organisational culture, complexity theory, and innovative forms of organising; and 3) the investigation of the role of social forces in managing change, including the deployment of corporate social responsibility, the impact on society of sport consumption trends, and the management of social policy change such as those associated with health and drug use. Aaron has authored or co-authored 11 books which examine these issues and has published research papers in journals such as the British Medical Journal, Drug and Alcohol Review, the Journal of Sport Management, and Sport Management Review. Currently Aaron is co-Director of the Drugs in Sport Research Unit, which is partnered with the Australian Drug Foundation and funded in part by the Australian Research Council.
In addition to his academic work, Aaron also has an extensive background in organisational consulting. He has worked in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and the Middle East for over a hundred clients in a diverse range of sectors and industries including multi-national corporations, professional sporting clubs, national and state sport associations, media companies, sport and entertainment facilities, government, and not-for-profit organisations.
For more information about Aaron’s research and books see:
- Stavros, C.,Westberg, K.,Wilson, B.,Smith, A. (2016). Managing Behavior: Organizational and consumer perspectives on athlete transgressions In: Routledge Handbook of Sports Marketing, Routledge, New York, USA
- Gilbert, D.,Smith, A.,Sutherland, F. (2015). Osmotic strategy: Innovating at the core to inspire at the edges In: Organizational Dynamics, 44, 217 - 225
- Smith, A.,Stewart, B. (2015). Why the war on drugs in sport will never be won In: Harm Reduction Journal, 12, 1 - 6
- Stewart, B.,Smith, A. (2014). The significance of critical incidents in explaining gym use amongst adult populations In: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 6, 45 - 61
- Smith, A.,Stavros, C.,Westberg, K.,Wilson, B.,Boyle, C. (2014). Alcohol-related player behavioral transgressions: Incidences, fan media responses, and a harm-reduction alternative In: International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 49, 400 - 416
- Smith, A.,Stewart, B. (2014). Why deterrence policies do not work: a cognitive perspective on drug-use in sport In: Drugs and sport : writings from the edge, Dry Ink Press, Hawthorn, Australia
- Stewart, B.,Smith, A. (2014). Sport, drug-use regulation, and human rights: An Australian case study In: Drugs and sport : writings from the edge, Dry Ink Press, Hawthorn, Australia
- Humphries, C.,Smith, A. (2014). Talking objects: Towards a post-social research framework for exploring object narratives In: Organization, 21, 477 - 494
- Smith, A. (2014). Thinking about religion : extending the cognitive science of religion, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
- Stewart, B.,Smith, A. (2014). Rethinking drug use in sport: Why the war on drugs in sport will never be won, Routledge, New York, United States
- Exploring the use of sport-linked alcohol marketing via social media. Funded by: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education Grant 2014 from (2014 to 2014)
- Organising for Control in Innovation-driven Firms: Managing the efficiency-flexibility duality. Administered by La Trobe University. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects via other University Grant pre-2014 from (2011 to 2013)