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Management in Australia – The Case of Australia’s Wealthiest Valley: The Hunter

  • Bradley BowdenEmail author
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Abstract

The Hunter Valley, a 287-mile long dale to the north of Sydney, encapsulates the peculiarities and problems of Australian management. In an overwhelmingly urban society, the prosperity of the Hunter – as is the case with the wider society – rests on a resource-based economy. In a society characterized by a strongly democratic and egalitarian ethos, the region’s prosperity has been built on a small number of wealthy families and firms. In a society increasingly concerned with the problems of climate change, the wealth of the Hunter still rests on the exploitation of fossil fuels, resources used for both export and the energy-intensive smelting of aluminum. In microcosm, therefore, the Hunter provides insight into both the history of management in Australia and its profound contemporary problems. The paradoxes of the Hunter also speak to the very purpose of modern management. Is the purpose of management still primarily associated with wealth creation and the efficient allocation of resources? Or is it the case that environmental concerns should be given pride of place? If the latter is accepted, does this necessarily entail the destruction of the resource-based industries upon which not only the prosperity of the Hunter but of Australia more generally has been premised?

Keywords

Australia Hunter Valley Newcastle Climate change Coal mining Horse-breeding Pastoralism Trade unions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Griffith Business SchoolGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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