WALTA Meeting 28 February 2018

I am pleased to announce the first WALTA meeting for 2018 which will occur on Wednesday 28 February from 6:00pm.

Please note that this meeting will be held at Sheridan College, Suite 17/7 Aberdeen Street, Perth, where there is ample parking available. Catering will also be provided.

To kick-start this year, our esteemed guest speaker, Emeritus Professor Gabriël A Moens JD, LLM, PhD, GCEd, MBA, MAppL, FCIArb, CArb, FAIM, FCL, will be speaking to us on the following topic: “How to Mismanage Organisations: A Lawyer’s Perspective?”

Below is the abstract for this presentation:

It is not unusual for employees to allege that the organisations for which they work are mismanaged. Even if these allegations are unsupported, the fact that they are raised regularly justifies an examination of how organisations may be mismanaged. This lecture focuses on actions or practices by senior management which may potentially result in the mismanagement of their organisations. In particular, this lecture identifies four interrelated management practices which, in my experience, constitute ‘mismanagement’: (i) the appointment of managers to their level of incompetence (the Peter Principle), which in turn may lead to occupational stress and low staff morale, (ii) the appointment of employees who are deemed to be less ‘intelligent’ than, or ‘inferior’ to, the appointers, (iii) the centralisation of resources, services and decision-making by relevant organisations, arguably to improve efficiency and to achieve cost effectiveness, and (iv) constant restructuring of organisations and associated change management. The purpose of this lecture is to promote and to enhance sound management practices in organisations.

Dr Gabriel A. Moens has a long and successful academic career including appointments as Emeritus Professor of Law, The University of Queensland, 2013; Professor of Law and Director of Research, Curtin Law School, Curtin University, 2011- 2012; Pro Vice Chancellor (Law, Business and Information Technology), Murdoch University 2005- 2011; and Law Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Murdoch University. In 1997 and 2000 he successfully coached the T.C. Beirne School of Law (The University of Queensland) team to win the prestigious Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition in Vienna, Austria. He is a Fellow (FCIArb) and Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, Fellow and Deputy Secretary General of the Australian Centre of International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and Editor-in-Chief of the ACICA Review. He has authored, edited and co-authored numerous academic texts.

In addition, we will also have in attendance Mr Martyn Iles. Martyn is a lawyer and the newly appointed Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). He was previously the Managing Director of the Human Rights Law Alliance (HRLA) until February 2018. The ACL is a non-party partisan, non-denominational movement of over 80,000 people seeking to bring Christian influence and values to the public policy discourse.

This event is free and open to all members and interested parties.

We look forward to seeing you there.