PROF Cynthia Hardy

PROF Cynthia Hardy


  • Management (Critical Management Studies, Organization Studies)



  • Cynthia Hardy is Laureate Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is an Honorary Professor at Cardiff Business School, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, an Honorary member of EGOS (the European Group on Organization Studies), and a former International Visiting Fellow at the Advanced Institute of Management Research, UK. She is one of only two professors in Australia to be ranked by Thomson Reuters as a highly cited researcher in the field of Business & Economics.

    Professor Hardy moved to Melbourne in 1998, and was Head of the newly formed Department of Management for its first three years. She previously worked at McGill University, Canada, and holds an undergraduate degree and doctorate from the University of Warwick, UK. She has held visiting positions at a range of institutions including the University of Leicester; the University of Ferrara, Italy; L'Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, France; Simon Fraser University, Canada; and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She is co-founder of the International Centre for Research in Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change (ICRODSC), which links international researchers at institutions in Australia, Europe, North America and Asia, who share an interest in developing and applying discourse methods to study organizations.

    Professor Hardy’s research interests revolve around discourse, power and organizational change She has published over 60 articles in refereed journals, as well as numerous book chapters and conference papers. She has published over 10 books, including two SAGE Handbooks – the Handbook of Organization Studies, which won the George R. Terry Book Award at the 1997 Academy of Management; and the Handbook of Organizational Discourse, which won the 2005 Outstanding Book at the Organizational Communication Division of the USA’   


Member of

  • Academy of Management. Member 2006 -
  • European Group on Organization Studies. Member 2006 -
  • Society for the Advancement of Management Studies. Invited Member 2006 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Warwick 1982
  • BSc, University of Warwick 1978

Awards and honors

  • Trailblazer Award, OMT Division of the Academy of Management, 2018
  • Finalist for Best Paper publlshed in 2016, Academy of Management Review, 2017
  • Highly Cited Researcher, Thomson Reuters, 2014
  • Honorary Professor, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, Wales, UK, 2014
  • Honorary Member, European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS), 2014
  • University of Melbourne Laureate Professor, 2011
  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2010
  • Dean's Prize for Exceptional Distinction in Research and Research Training, Faculty of Economics & Commerce, The University of Melbourne, 2005
  • 2005 Outstanding Book Award, Organizational Communication Division of the USA's National Communication Association, 2005
  • Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Melbourne, 2005
  • Best Paper Award, Academy of Management (Critical Management Studies Division), 2004
  • Member of the panel awarded Best symposium, Academy of Management (Organization & Management Division), 1999
  • George R. Terry Book Award, American Academy of Management, 1997
  • The Sage Publications Award for the Best Refereed Paper at the British Academy of Management Conference, British Academy of Management Conference, 1996
  • Best Paper Award, American Academy of Management (Power, Negotiation and Conflict Management Interest Group), 1988
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Management, The University of Melbourne, 1986



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