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Mark Dibben

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Mark Dibben

Associate Professor in Management
Tasmanian School of Business & Economics

Room 321, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2781 (phone)

Mark.Dibben@utas.edu.au

Career summary

Biography

Mark took a double First Class Honours degree in Management and Japanese Studies before gaining an MSc with Distinction in Entrepreneurship. His PhD was in Enterprise and Organisation Studies under one of the founding fathers of the Entrepreneurship discipline in the UK, Michael G. Scott. This was an inherently philosophical study of the trust process, as it manifests itself between entrepreneurs and their businesses' stakeholders. He spent his early career at the Scottish Universities of Aberdeen and latterly St Andrews, where he established the Chapter for Applied Process Thought, the UK node of the International Process Network (IPN) of thirty-plus research centres around the globe concerned with the study and application of process metaphysics. He was Executive Director of the IPN from 2008-2011 and remains on the Board. Before joining the University of Tasmania in November 2010, he was Associate Professor of Management at Monash University, Victoria.

Mark is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Process Studies, Claremont School of Theology, California and a Fellow in the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at the Royal Agricultural University, UK.

Research Themes

Mark's research aligns with the University's research themes of Creativity, Culture and Society and Data. Knowledge and Decisions.

Teaching

Teaching responsibility

Mark teaches undergraduate and postgraduate units in Entrepreneurship and Philosophy of Management

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Expertise

Mark's primary area of research is Philosophy of Management; he is co-editor of the journal.  The underlying premise of his work is that philosophy should be at the heart of management research, teaching and practice. That is, in the true Humboldtian sense of Philosophy – not Science – being at the centre of intellectual inquiry. To be truly effective, all the best managers must engage in 'reason in practice'; to use Simon Blackburn's decree, they must Think. The teaching of management should be about giving students the capacity to make informed value judgements, as opposed merely to being unknowingly constrained to making instrumentalist judgements about values. This is crucial to the development of management practice which, unlike the discipline of astrophysics for example, has a deep and extensive interaction between theory and action. How we think actually can alter what management becomes. Further, whether we like it or not, we are for the time-being stuck with management; there is no alternative as yet even on the horizon for coping in, let alone positively and decisively influencing through action, our increasingly complex work and, indeed, social lives. Improving the capacity to think will directly affect the capacity to act with impact.  

This approach to the use of Philosophy in Management may involve detailed attention to the arguments of given philosophers as they may be genuinely applied in a thoroughgoing way to management topics, such as leadership and entrepreneurship, or it may be reflected in original philosophical thinking about the nature and processes of management. This view stems from Mark's work in what he terms Applied Process Thought. This is a mode of inquiry based on the metaphysics of the Cambridge Mathematician and Harvard Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, which takes as its starting point the premise that the Natural and Physical Universe is inherently processual and, more than this, process-relational. By this he means that change is not only continuous but also that it is dependent on our relations to others. That is, how we are is a function of the relationships we are a part of and, indeed, is a function of what we make of our experience of these relationships for our own selves, and thus for our own becoming. As such, Applied Process Thought is the wholehearted attempt at examining scientific and social scientific phenomena by the thoroughgoing systematic application of process metaphysics. This allows a comprehensive exploration of life as perpetually active experiencing, as opposed to occasional – and thoroughly passive – happening.

Other research focuses on the roles of trust, distrust, culture and collegiality in organisations; Mark has published on this topic across a range of disciplines including Accounting, Medicine, Information Systems and Philosophy, as well as numerous Management sub-disciplines including marketing, strategy, and sport as business.

External Links of Interest

Research Fields

  • Business and Management (150399)
  • Organisation and Management Theory (150310)
  • Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement (150303)
  • Business Ethics (220102)
  • Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
  • Information Systems (080699)
  • Auditing and Accountability (150102)
  • Tourism Management (150603)
  • Law and Society (180119)
  • Business Information Management (incl. Records, Knowledge and Information Management, and Intelligence) (150301)
  • Sport and Leisure Management (150404)
  • Organisational Behaviour (150311)

Research Impact

  • Management and Productivity (910499)
  • Management (910402)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services (970115)
  • Information Services (890399)
  • Tourism (900399)
  • Criminal Justice (940403)
  • Recreation (950103)
  • Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) (920201)
  • Human Capital Issues (910202)
  • Economic Issues in Tourism (900301)

Publications

Mark's publications are in two areas: 

  • Philosophy of Management & Applied Process Thought
  • Trust, Distrust, Culture & Collegiality

Total publications

41

Journal Article

(23 outputs)
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2016Lynch P, Dibben M, 'Exploring Motivations for Adventure Recreation events: A New Zealand Study', Annals of Leisure Research, 19, (1) pp. 80-97. ISSN 1174-5398 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2015.1031804 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Neesham C, Dibben M, 'Class Conflict and Social Order in Smith and Marx: The Relevance of Social Philosophy to Business', Philosophy of Management, 15, (2) pp. 121-133. ISSN 1740-3812 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s40926-016-0038-6 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Miles MP, Shepherd CD, Rose JM, Dibben M, 'Collegiality in business schools: Development of a collegiality measure and evaluations of its implications', International Journal of Educational Management, 29, (3) pp. 322-333. ISSN 0951-354X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/IJEM-02-2014-0022 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Miles MP

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2015Wood M, Dibben M, 'Leadership as Relational Process', Process Studies, 44, (1) pp. 24-47. ISSN 0360-6503 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2014Lynch P, Dibben MR, 'Maintaining leisure values in adventure recreation events: the role of trust', Annals of Leisure Research, 17, (2) pp. 180-199. ISSN 2159-6816 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2014.911663 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2014Macklin RB, Mathison K, Dibben MR, 'Process Ethics and Business: Applying Process Thought to Enact Critiques of Mind/Body Dualism in Organizations', Process Studies, 43, (2) pp. 61-86. ISSN 0360-6503 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Macklin RB; Mathison K

2013Crispin SH, McAuley A, Dibben MR, Hoell RC, Miles M, 'To Teach or Try: A continuum of approaches to entrepreneurship education in Australasia', American Journal of Entrepreneurship, 6, (2) pp. 94-109. ISSN 2164-9685 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Crispin SH; Miles M

2013Dibben MR, Sheard S, 'Reason in practice: A unique role for a Philosophy of Management'', Philosophy of Management, 11, (3) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1740-3812 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Sheard S, Dibben MR, 'Editorial: Philosophy of Management as Moving Beyond Critical Axiologies?', Philosophy of Management, 12, (1) pp. 1-6. ISSN 1740-3812 (2013) [Non Refereed Article]

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2013Sheard S, Dibben MR, 'Philosophy of Management', 12, (1) ISSN 1740-3812 (2013) [Edited Journal]

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2012Neesham C, Dibben M, 'The social value of business: lessons from political economy and process philosophy', Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, 8, (1) pp. 63-83. ISSN 1529-2096 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/S1529-2096(2012)0000008010 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Sheard S, Dibben MR, 'Philosophy of Management', 11, (3) ISSN 1740-3812 (2012) [Edited Journal]

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2010Dibben MR, 'Humbug, Ba and human experience', 9, (2) pp. 1-5. ISSN 1740-3812 (2010) [Edited Journal]

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2010Rose A, Rose J, Dibben MR, 'The effects of trust and management incentives on audit committee judgments', Behavioral Research in Accounting, 22, (2) pp. 87-103. ISSN 1050-4753 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2308/bria.2010.22.2.87 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

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2010Rose A, Rose J, Dibben MR, 'The implications of auditors' dispositional trust and career advancement opportunities for the detection of fraud', Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, 2, (3) pp. 141-163. ISSN 1524-5586 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2010Newton R, Frederick J, Wilson E, Dibben MR, Goddard C, 'Legislation and child death review processes in Australia: Understanding our failure to prevent child death', University of New South Wales Law Journal, 33, (3) pp. 987-1012. ISSN 0313-0096 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2009Dibben MR, 'Exploring Whitehead's understanding of organizations: Moving beyond the organising experience of individual managers', Philosophy of Management, 7, (2) pp. 13-24. ISSN 1740-3812 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2007Lynch P, Johnson P, Dibben MR, 'Exploring Relationships of Trust in 'Adventure' Recreation', Leisure Studies, 26, (1) pp. 47-64. ISSN 0261-4367 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02614360500284767 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10

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2004Dibben MR, 'Process, enterprise and demonstrable applicability: Towards the liberation of managed human life', Concrescence, (5) pp. 13-26. ISSN 1445-4297 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2004Dibben MR, 'Exploring trust and co-operation in organisations: A processual analysis', Reason in Practice: The Journal of Philosophy of Management, 4, (1) pp. 25-40. ISSN 1473-589X (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2004Dibben MR, Davies H, 'Public trust in health care: Trustworthy doctors in confidence building systems ', Quality & Safety in Health Care, 13, (2) pp. 88-89. ISSN 1475-3898 (2004) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1136/qshc.2004.010173 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10

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2004Dibben MR, Monroe I, 'Applying process thought in organisation studies', Process Studies, 32, (2) pp. 183-195. ISSN 0360-6503 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2004Dibben MR, Panteli N, 'Re-thinking technology from an organisational perspective', Process Studies, 32, (2) pp. 258-269. ISSN 0360-6503 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Dibben MR, Newton R, 'Applied process thought II', Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt, pp. 420. ISBN 978-386838-034-7 (2009) [Edited Book]

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2008Dibben MR, Kelly T, 'Applied process thought I: Initial explorations in theory and research', Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt, pp. 382. ISBN 978-3-938793-75-6 (2008) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(12 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Dibben M, 'Management and the Care for Our Common Home', For Our Common Home: Process-Relational Responses To Laudato Si', Process Century Press, JB Cobb and I Castuera (ed), United States, pp. 274-285. ISBN 978-1-940447-08-7 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Goddard C, Hunt S, Broadley K, Dibben M, Frederick J, et al., 'The Silencing of Children in Australia', Child Abuse and Neglect Worldwide, Praeger, JR Conte (ed), United States, pp. 257-284. ISBN 978-1-4408-0090-0 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Dibben M, Dolles H, 'Participant observation in sport management research: collecting and interpreting data from a successful world land speed record attempt', Handbook of Research on Sport and Business, Edward Elgar Publishing, S Soderman & H Dolles (ed), UK, pp. 477-494. ISBN 9781849800051 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010Dibben MR, Rose J, 'Checking, not trusting: trust, distrust and cultural experience in the auditing profession', Organizational Trust, Cambridge University Press, M Saunders, D Skinner, G Dietz, N Gillespie, & R Lewicki (ed), London, pp. 156-181. ISBN 978-0-521-49291-1 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Dibben MR, Newton R, 'Following a trail ablaze', Applied Process Thought 2: Following a Trail Ablaze, Ontos Verlag, Dibben, M. & Newton, R. (ed), Frankfurt/Lancaster, pp. 27-48. ISBN 978-386838-034-7 (2009) [Other Book Chapter]

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2008Dibben MR, 'Management and Organization Studies', Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought, Ontos Verlag, M Weber & W Desmond (ed), Frankfurt/Lancaster, pp. 91-107. ISBN 978-3-938793-92-3 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Dibben MR, 'Understanding organizations as Whiteheadian societies', Applied Process Thought 1: Initial Explorations in Theory and Research, Ontos Verlag, Dibben, M. & Kelly, T. (ed), Frankfurt/Lancaster, pp. 329-347. ISBN 978-3938793756 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Dibben MR, Kelly T, 'What is applied process thought?', Applied Process Thought 1: Initial Explorations in Theory and Research, Ontos Verlag, Dibben, M. & Kelly, T. (ed), Frankfurt/Lancaster, pp. 28-40. ISBN 978-3938793756 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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2006Dibben MR, 'The global context of management', Management: An Australian Perspective, John Wiley & Sons, Davidson, P. & Griffin, FR. (ed), Brisbane, pp. 170-204. ISBN 0-470-80692-3 (2006) [Other Book Chapter]

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2006Dibben MR, Garrett P, 'Flying Kiwi Promotions Ltd: The story of a world land-speed record breaker', Strategic Management: An Integrated Approach, Houghton Mifflin College Div, Hill, C. & Jones, G. (ed), USA, pp. 513-519. ISBN 0470-80929-9 (2006) [Other Book Chapter]

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2005D'Arcy P, Dibben MR, 'Whitehead and management: Learning form management practice', Alfred North Whitehead on Learning and Education: Theory and Application, Cambridge Press, F Riffert (ed), UK, pp. 237-266. ISBN 978-1904-303-57-2 (2005) [Research Book Chapter]

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2004Dibben MR, 'Commentary in 'Conflicts and tensions surrounding the Treaty of Waitangi'', Management: A Pacific Rim Focus, McGraw Hill, Bartol, K. et al., (ed), Sydney, pp. 56-57. ISBN 9780074714195 (2004) [Other Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Dibben MR, Neesham C, 'Revisiting philosophical concerns for the outcomes of management and economics as human and social progress: Smith, Marx and Whitehead on business and the good society', Proceedings of the 2010 EURAM Conference, May 19-22, Rome, pp. 1-12. (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2010Neesham C, Dibben MR, 'Are all goods good? The profit motive - human experience trade-off in Smith, Marx and Whitehead', Proceedings of the 24th ANZAM Conference, December 8-10, Adelaide EJ ISBN 1-877040-82-7 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2005Marsh S, Dibben MR, 'Trust, anti-trust, distrust and mistrust [Keynote Address]', Trust Management, Third International Conference (iTrust 2005) Proceedings, 23-26 May 2005, Paris, France, pp. 17-33. ISBN 978-3-540-26042-4 (2005) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1007/11429760_2 [eCite] [Details]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Newton R, Dibben MR, 'Strengthening the Capacity of Victorian Communities to Survive Natural Disasters', International Advice Pertaining to the Development of Effective Early Warning Systems, Victorian Bushfire Commission, Victoria (2009) [Government or Industry Research]

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Research Supervision

Current

7

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDTo What Extent can Incorporating Spirituality in Professional Development Programs, within Educational Institutions, Improve the Lived Experience and Performance of Employees?2013
PhDUnderstanding the Dynamics of Health Policy Change2013
PhDThe Integration of a Not-for-profit Organisation Into a For-profit Supply Chain: Exploring issues in creating shared value in the case of food banking in Tasmania, Australia2014
PhDInvestigating the Behavioural and Attitudinal Characteristics of the Australian Football League's Tasmanian Members, Associates, Supporters and Fans Through the Lens of Neo-Tribalism2015
PhDA Public Policy Analysis of the Quadruple Universities Model: Sense-T a Case Study from Australia2015
PhDEntrepreneurial Project Management: The Promise to Business and Investment Sustainability in Africa2015
PhDTime for a New Management Paradigm How Philosophy can Help2016

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDPublic Sector Grants: An Analysis of Complexity in Modern Public Administration
Candidate: Peter James Georgelas
2015
MastersWhat is the Relationship between Hybrid Flexible Delivery and the Level of Critical Engagement in Tertiary Education?
Candidate: Christine Ann Adams
2012