Dr Judy Matthews

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Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Management

Personal details


Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Management


Business Model Innovation, Design Led Innovation, Design and Strategic Organisational Renewal, Design, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, Exploration and Exploitation, Human Resource Management and Innovation, Innovation in SMEs, Knowledge Management and Innovation, Learning and Innovation, Problem Framing and Problem Solving in Complex Environments

Research field

Business and Management, Design Practice and Management

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships and associations

Member, US Academy of Management

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), previous Elected Board Member

Member, Global Design Thinking Alliance (GDTA) Potsdam, Germany

Member, Australian Association of Social Workers


Teaching Expertise Since joining QUT in 2007, Dr Judy Matthews initiated, developed and delivered graduate and accredited corporate education in areas of Problem Framing and Design Thinking, Managing Innovation, Knowledge Management and Organisational Behaviour. From 2008 to 2015, Judy developed new units for the Executive Masters in Complex Project Management (EMCPM) Program and delivered these units in Canberra and Brisbane in:

  • Problem Solving in Complex Environments
  • Creative and Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Managing Innovation in Technology Based Organisations

  • Her focus on the human face of innovation led to the creation of a new unit, Problem Framing for Creative Action, a foundation unit in the MBA program for the last 10 years. Here design thinking is introduced as a mindset, a framework and a set of human-focused processes.
  • In this unit experienced professionals, executives and senior managers undertake short work-related projects in their workplaces, develop confidence in their creative abilities and co-design and implement better solutions and outcomes to existing challenges and contexts: even sometimes creating new enterprises. Dr Matthews currently facilitates and delivers units in programs in the Executive MBA and MBA programs; Master of Management,  Master of Business (Human Resource Management), building on her previous expertise in Master of Management (Technology and Innovation) programs in these topic areas in Brisbane, Canberra and Beijing.

New unit development and teaching expertise include:

  • Problem Framing for Creative Action
  • Design Thinking in Management Education
  • Design Thinking for Improved Service Delivery
  • Actioning Strategic Innovation
  • Building an Innovative Culture
  • Introduction to Design Thinking for Health Care Professionals (online course)

Other areas of teaching expertise include :

  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Creativity and Management
  • Organisational Behaviour and Managing People in Organisations

Selected publications

QUT ePrints

To find publications by Judy, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.