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Dr Christopher Nailer

Research School of Management

Position: Senior Lecturer
Email: chris.nailer@anu.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 612 56745
Office: Room 1073, LF Crisp Bld (26)

Dr Christopher Nailer


PhD (ANU) 2015


MA (Melb) 1980

BA Hons (Melb) 1975


Christopher Nailer is a Senior Lecturer in the Research School of Management, College of Business and Economics, at The Australian National University. He graduated in Chinese studies at the University of Melbourne in 1973. After postgraduate studies in Japanese language and literature at Waseda University in Tokyo, he completed a research Masters in Chinese literature at University of Melbourne. He experimented for a time with a small translation business and then joined Fujitsu Australia in 1980, becoming manager of the technical translation unit in 1981. When he left Fujitsu in 1985, the unit had grown to a 15-person team that was exporting its services to the parent company in Japan.

In 1986, he graduated from the MBA program of the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales and worked for a year or so developing business plans for new ventures. The stock-market crash of 1987 ended that experiment and he joined the Sydney-based consulting company BIS Shrapnel. While there, he worked on some of the largest projects the company had undertaken, including strategic plans for the National Library and the National Museum, one of the first studies of the mobile phone market in China, as well as leading the team that undertook the cost-benefit study for the NSW Government on the redevelopment of Sydney’s Homebush Bay area as the future site for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In 1993, he joined IMA Asia Pty Ltd, working on international marketing strategies for Australian-based companies expanding their operations across Asia. 

In 1997, he joined the Singapore office of The Economist Group as Director of Advisory Services and Regional Economist, providing business and economic advice to the Asia-Pacific Headquarters of over 200 multinational companies. This period coincided with the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98, the dot.com boom-bust cycle of 1999-2000 and the outbreak of global terrorism and US-led responses in 2001-2002. During this period, he presented over 250 regional strategy briefings to Economist clients as well as chairing the annual Heads of Asia-Pacific Operations Roundtable, at that time the Economist’s premier client event in Asia. In 2002, he led a major consultancy for the Singapore government on the globalisation of Singapore’s emerging ICT companies. In 2003 he returned to Australia and joined the management faculty at the ANU.


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