Dr Sally Curtis

Sally Curtis


Research School of Management

Phone number
+61 2 612 51107
Room 1077, LF Crisp Bld (26)
Research areas

Inclusive business; Social innovation; Organisational change; Institutional change.


Sally Curtis is a Lecturer of Leadership and Social Impact. Her research examines the ways in which leaders and organisations address social challenges and work towards a more equitable and inclusive society. Sally is currently researching impact investing and inclusive business, the development of young social innovators and addressing workplace incivility in the healthcare system. Central to this work is the notion of change, be it at the individual, organisational and/or societal level. As such, Sally draws on perspectives from different disciplines including behavioural science, organisational psychology, anthropology and sociology. Sally’s work is often at the nexus between research and management practice, where she creates and translates scientific evidence with, and for, leaders who wish to have a social impact. Sally is a member of the Impact Scholar Community, an international community of impact-driven researchers who aim to take research and the researcher out of academia and into the public.

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Research publications

Hirst, G., Curtis, S., Nielson, I., Smyth, R., Newman, A. and Xiao, N. (forthcoming). Refugee recruitment and workplace integration: An opportunity for human resource management scholarship and impact. Human Resource Management Journal.

Curtis, S. and Bradly, A. (forthcoming), Inclusive Business: A Private Sector Approach to Poverty Alleviation in Developing Economies. In T. Maak, N. Pless, M. Orlitzky, and S. Sandhu (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Corporate Social Responsibility, London: Routledge.


Curtis, S. (2020). The potential of blockchain for social impact. Social Impact Knowledge Exchange, Melbourne, Australia.

Curtis, S. 2018. The paradox of inclusive business: Capability contraction and expansion, 34th European Group of Organisational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Tallinn, Estonia.

Curtis, S and Bradly, A., 2016. Inclusive business: Towards a conceptual framework and research agenda, Annual European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference, Paris, France. 

Curtis, S and Bradly, A., 2016, The reality of inclusive business: The firm's perspective, 14th Annual Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) Conference, Milan, Italy. 

Curtis, S. 2013. Exploring the business-poverty interface: Perspectives of the firm and the poor. U.S. Academy of Management Africa Conference, Johannesburg, 6-10 January.

Curtis, S. and Bradly, A. 2012, Corporate social responsibility and poverty alleviation: A conceptual framework, 71st Annual Academy of Management Conference, Boston, U.S.A.

Research grants and awards


Bridging the gap: The role of gender pay gap reporting. A research partnership led by Kings College London Global Institute for Women's Leadership (GIWL) and the ANU GIWL.

Curtis, S., Ahmed, N. and Glennie, M. (2019-2020). Evaluating the impact of the ABC’s Trailblazer program on social change leaders. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Total funding: $22,200 (Category 3).

Capezio, A., Curtis, S. and Barends, E. (2019-2020). Improving workplace culture in the ACT Health System. Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health Directorate. Total funding: $199,100 (Category 2). 


ANU College of Business and Economics Teaching Commendation for Outstanding Teaching, 2020

People’s Choice Award, ANU College of Business and Economics Three Minute Thesis Competition, 2013.

Best Young Academician Award, 9th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, 16-18 June 2012.

Research engagement and outreach


Ad-hoc reviewer, Journal of Business Ethics

Member, U.S. Academy of Management (AoM)

Member, European Group for Organisational Studies (EGOS)

Member, Center for Evidence-based Management (CEBMa)

Member, Impact Scholar Community


2020. Organising Committee Member, Social Innovation Conference (SICON), Canberra. A partnership with the ANU Research School of Management, The Social Outcomes Lab and ACT Government aimed at building a vibrant social innovation network in the ACT.

University Service

2021 to present. Chair, Research School of Management Gender Equity Committee.

2019 to present. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee, ANU College of Business and Economics.

2020 to present. ANU Gender Equity Working Group.

2019 to 2020. Executive Committee Member, ANU Research School of Management.

2017 to 2020. Member, Higher Degree Research Committee, ANU Research School of Management.


Current Teaching:

MGMT7062 Leadership and Delivering Societal Impact

MGMT3102 Business and Society

MGMT3021 Leadership (evidence-based)

Other Teaching:

College of Business and Economics Internship Program Supervisor

Mentor, Innovation ACT