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5 February 2018

The Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) has appointed the Australian and international experts who will review the ABDC Business Journal Quality List.

They are Professor Kim Langfield-Smith, Emeritus Professor at Monash University in Australia and a Principal at Nous Group, and Professor Geoffrey Wood, Dean and Professor of International Business at Essex Business School in England.

The pair will review the methodology underpinning the list’s rankings to ensure the list remains up to date and of continued relevance to the Australian and New Zealand business academic community. 

The Journal Quality List was first published in 2007 and revised again in 2009, 2013 and 2016. More details of the 2018 review process are on the ABDC website at




Professor Kim Langfield-Smith’s most recent university role was Vice-Provost (Academic Performance) at Monash University, where she oversaw academic staff performance, research performance reporting, global university rankings performance and management of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) submission. Earlier appointments include being Deputy Dean (Research) and Head of Department of Accounting and Finance at Monash Business School, and Head of the La Trobe University School of Business.

At Nous Group, Kim is working with universities on building research capability, benchmarking research performance, improving research integrity, designing teaching and learning strategies, and enhancing the student experience 

Past positions include being on two ERA Research Evaluation Committees; an international member of the New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund Research Assessment Panel and Chair of the ABDC business researchers’ network, BARDsNet, from 2009 to 2012.

She also chaired the Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand

(AFAANZ) from 2000-2001; was Chair of the Professional Qualifications Advisory and Accreditation Advisory Committees of CPA Australia; and was a member of the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB).

Kim has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both AFAANZ and CPA Australia.

Professor Geoffrey Wood is Dean and Professor of International Business at Essex Business School and holds honorary positions at Griffith and Monash Universities in Australia, and Witwatersrand and Nelson Mandela Universities in South Africa. Previously, he was Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School, UK.

Geoff has written, co-authored and/or edited 17 books and more than 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He serves on the British Academy of Management (BAM) Council and is Editor-in-Chief of BAM’s official journal, British Journal of Management. He is also Co-Editor of the Annals of Corporate Governance and Associate Editor of Academy of Management Perspectives.  

Geoff’s research focuses on the relationship between institutional setting, corporate governance, firm finance, and firm-level work and employment relations. He has received numerous research grants from councils (e.g. ESRC); government departments (e.g. US Department of Labour; UK Department of Works and Pensions); charities (e.g. Nuffield Foundation); the labour movement (e.g. the ITF); and the European Union. 


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