Dr Michelle Evans holds an Associate Professorship in Leadership at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne, specialising in the areas of Indigenous leadership and entrepreneurship. She is also co-Founder and Program Director of the award winning MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass Program, based at Melbourne Business School where she completed her PhD.
Dr Evans has been awarded three Australian Research Council competitive grants and a Fulbright Scholarship and is widely published in this space. She teaches predominantly at senior executive and postgraduate levels. Prior to academia, Dr Evans was Founder of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Victorian College of Arts. Together with her research, this provides a unique combination of professional experience in management, community engagement and facilitation in Indigenous leadership and policy development. She has been consulted by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, OECD and other public institutions as well as leading Australian organisations in development of their Reconciliation Action Plans. Dr Evans believes that the path to Indigenous self-determination is economic independence. In addition to establishing MURRA, Dr Evans has also established other initiatives designed to support Indigenous entrepreneurship including Walan Mayingu Indigenous entrepreneurship pop-up Hub, Indigenous Business Month and collaborated on the Native Title Operations and Management Training Program with the National Native Title Council.
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The Link between HRM Practices and Social Purpose Outcomes in Indigenous Enterprises
Michelle Evans, Jeffrey Robinson, Ian Williamson
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | Academy of Management Proceedings
The human resource management (HRM) practices of social enterprise organizations is an under researched area of the emerging field..
Navigating the territories of Indigenous leadership: Exploring the experiences and practices of Australian Indigenous arts leaders
MM Evans, A Sinclair
Journal article | 2016 | Leadership
This article explores the leadership of Australian Indigenous artists and arts leaders. We advance the idea of ‘territories’ to co..
Digital storytelling, image-making and self-representation: Building digital literacy as an ethical response for supporting Aboriginal young peoples’ visual identities
Fran Edmonds, Michelle Evans, Sscott McQuire, Richard Chenhall
Journal article | 2015 | Visual Methodologies
From the early 19th century, Aboriginal culture in southeast Australia was severely disrupted by colonisation, the affects of whic..
Indigenous Management Education and the Management Academy
Michelle Evans, Rick Colbourne, Ella Yvette Henry, Brent Mainprize, Daniel Stewart, Ian O Williamson
Conference Proceedings | 2015 | Academy of Management Proceedings
Indigenous entrepreneurism, business ownership and self-employment are growing across first world nations, creating great need for..
Making space for Indigenous worldviews: from received economic hegemony to diverse ways of knowing
Michelle Evans, Sonia Ospina, AnaMaria Peredo, Deirdre Tedmanson
Conference Proceedings | 2013 | Academy of Management Proceedings
Management research and business education is largely bound by western organisational discourses. With some notable exceptions (fo..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Postdoctoral Indigenous Scholarship
Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award
Associate Professor In Leadership
Management And Marketing
International Leadership Association
Certified Member (Cahri)
Australian Institute of Human Resources
Academy of Management
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Melbourne Business School
Master of Creative Arts
University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma in Arts Management
Victorian College of the Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Communications-Community Theatre)
Charles Sturt University