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The Strategic Management Institute is formed through a collaboration between Paul Hunter and Stuart Orr

Paul describes himself as a professional nudger. In his capacity as founder of Paul Hunter Strategy and Leadership he contributes to the empowerment of leadership teams, motivating them to actively choose to reframe their strategic thinking during a transformation journey, to explore audacious ideas and opportunities and then design alternative pathways to implementation. Success breeds success as those teams are further nudged to design, own, and implement subsequent journeys of organisational transformation.

Throughout his career Paul has nudged change through the conduct of numerous strategy focused consulting assignments, the design and delivery of Senior Leader Master Courses in strategy, and presented at numerous national and international conferences, seminars, and briefings. In his past role he was co-founder of an independent consulting firm, and before that he was a Partner at PwC management consultants. Paul’s past clients include Shell, Toyota, Telstra, PT Krakatau Steel (Indonesia), Orica, Bunzl and Wellington City Council (NZ). Paul holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree. 

Stuart is a professional educator and consultant. As a consultant he has obtained a depth of experience in strategy related projects conducted with organisations that include Australia Post, BHP, SP AusNet. As an educator he is a Professor of Strategic Management at Deakin University and MIT University. In these roles he has conducted numerous industry specific projects including Australia China Council, the Australian Coffee Traders Association and BUPA.

Fundamental to his consulting and teaching skills Stuart has researched and published articles on corporate and international strategy. In addition to over 100 articles, he has published a number of books, including a popular strategic management text.


Stuart is regularly interviewed by magazines such as Forbes, has operated two commercial enterprises and has been a board member or president of a number of organisations including the Decision Sciences Institute.

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​What We Do - Seek New Horizons

Conferences - in addition to industry forums and workshops which SMI has been running since 2010, SMI held a major international conference in Melbourne and London in 2017. Speakers from a variety of industries at this event included Dr Grantley Mailes, a senior partner at BCG, Anthony Claridge, senior executive in industry, Sir John Elvidge, former Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government

2040 Future Corporation Project - working with practitioners and researchers around the globe, SMI orchestrated a range of projects aimed at using a novel reporting practice – backcasting – to identify and describe the important characteristics of the future corporation and the predicted changes that will be experienced by corporations between now and 2040. This project was based on six independent projects conducted in several countries. Results has been published in the book titled “The Corporation of the Future” (Routledge).

Fortune 500 disruption analysis - an analysis of the 113 high performing companies which continuously remained in the Fortune 500 list for a period of 10 years or more was used to identify organisational responses and disruption practices that were used to achieve significant organisational development. This project determined that in order to facilitate organisational development occurred as a progression of events or process in many cases. The results of this study will be published in the future.

Current SMI projects - exciting projects underway at SMI include study of the emergence of new post Covid 19 industries and an investigation into the potential for networked collaborations within, and between Aged Care facilities

Core Values


Our research is always  conducted at post graduate, university degree standards


We believe our work will contribute to the great good; informing decision making


Our publications are grounded in evidence based research and analysis


We will never compromise on our publishing quality, authenticity and values 


With a combined 60 years of experience we are passionate about the work we do

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