Shahnaz is an academic and a senior consultant with more than 30 years’ experience working across public and private sector organisations.

She has both theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of strategic management, organisational change management, organisational behaviour and leadership development which she leverages while lecturing and consulting. Her specific skill set is in leading transformational and culture change through conducting strategic reviews, designing strategic change governance framework, mapping end-to-end change delivery, leading change implementation and leadership development through workshop and training.

Shahnaz’s core strength lies in her ability to think strategically and she's known as a strategic thinker with an innate ability to recognise and analyse problems quickly and design solutions.  Apart from consulting and teaching in Australia, she has led major and complex change projects internationally and has taught in several countries on postgraduate programs.  Shahnaz pioneered Master of Change, Innovation and leadership (MCIL) program and also teaches on MCIL, MBA, DBA and Executive programs where contribution of her knowledge is well recognised amongst her peers, students and industry professionals.


Refereed journal articles

Petitta L, Naughton S (2015), Mapping the Association of Emotional Contagion to Leaders, Colleagues, and Clients: Implications for Leadership, Organisation Management Journal, 12 (3): 178-192

Naughton S and Naughton T (2000), Religion, Ethics and Stock Trading: The Case of an Islamic Equities Market, Journal of Business Ethics, 23: 2, 145-159

Conference presentations

Menting F, Naughton S (2018), Towards the understanding of collective readiness for change: a multi-level view, paper accepted and to be presented at British Academy of Management Conference, Bristol 4-6 September, 2018.

Maddock R, Naughton S, Ishak AF, (2017), Managing Temptation; East Kalimantan Deals with Its Legacies, paper presented at International Conference on Climate Change and Green Economy, Novotel Hotel Balikpapan, 25-28 September 2017

Malihi K, Naughton S, (2017), Towards Development of Conceptual Research Framework for fostering innovative practice in Public Sector, paper presented at ANZAM Conference, December, 2017, Melbourne Australia.

Naughton S (2010), The Relationship between organisational commitment and organisational culture and climate and its influence on organisational change, paper accepted and to be presented at the 27th World Congress on Applied Psychology, 11-16 July, 2010, Melbourne Australia.

Naughton S and Bohle P (2006), The Contextual and Processual Nature of Organisational Change: A Case Study, Paper presented at the Academy of Management Conference, August 2006, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (Best paper finalist).

Naughton S (2007), Nature of work and meaning of competency development during change, Paper presented at the 10th International Conference of the Society for Global Business and Economic Development (SGBED) Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan, August 8-11, 2007.

Teaching responsibilities


Master of Change, Innovation and Leadership


Managing Change & Complexity

Advanced Organisational Behaviour

Strategy and Strategic Change

Organisation Change Management


Supervision of two doctoral candidates to completion

Supervision of six current doctoral candidates

Supervisor Masters thesis

Industry experience

Worked full time in industry from 2008 to 2013 as Principal Consultant and Change Lead in the following:

  • financial sector
  • UNDP
  • international governments, Australian government, local government
  • mining sector
  • health Sector
  • defence.

Professional memberships

  • British Academy of Management
  • American Academy of Management
  • Association of Change Management Professional Global
  • Change Management Institute, Australia
  • Australian Institute of Management

Areas of expertise

  • Organisation change management
  • Strategic management
  • Advanced organisational behaviour
  • organisational learning and capability
  • executive leadership development

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 1923