Ville, Simon Senior Professor

Senior Professor of Economic and Business History

  • Centre for Human and Social Capital Research
  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • School of Humanities and Social Inquiry
  • Colonial and Settler Studies Network 2015 -

Overview


I am an internationally recognised economic and business historian who has worked with scholars in a broad range of disciplines including economics, history, management, sociology, engineering, and museum science. My collaborators derive from many nations including UK, USA, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand. I have published with many top national and international journals and university publishers. My research partners have ranged across the public and private sectors to include Shell Corporation, the South Korean Government, the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs, the NSW Office of Women, the National Council of Wool-selling Brokers, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and the Australian Museum. I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and have served the Australian Research Council in various roles particularly as a member of the College of Experts. I have held various visiting fellowships including at Harvard Business School and the London School of Economics.

Top Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • I have a broad and extensive record of external engagement with public and private sector bodies in Australia and overseas. The nature of the impact of my engagement is often long term and indirect making it more difficult to measure precisely and report than in more applied disciplines where the line of sight of causality is more obvious. However, on the positive side, the benefits of my work are often broader and more transformative through the ability to influence thinking anew about a set of issues and how to go about solving associated problems. These accounts demonstrate that in an area like history, often considered of limited applied value, a scholar can have a productive record in external engagement and ultimate impact. My ability to work across disciplines, pull together different approaches, and provide long term and holistic perspectives are qualities that are valued by many external agencies.<br /><br />Examples of my engagement with external collaborators within the last five years include:<br /><br />- Shell Corporation<br />- South Korean Government<br />- Federal Department of Veterans Affairs<br />- NSW Government, Office of Women<br />- National Council of Wool-selling Brokers<br />- Australian Bureau of Statistics<br />- Sky History Channel<br />- Narara Ecovillage<br />- UNESCO<br />- Karratha & Districts Chambers of Commerce and Industry<br />- Australian Museum.

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • The formative ideas and key thinkers in the discipline of economic history
    • The history of consumption in Australia
    • Interdisciplinary approaches to research
    • The history and impact of multinational enterprise in Australia
    • Business Groups in Australia
    • Innovation and growth in primary industries
    • Global wool trade
    • Global trade in natural history
    • Inter-sectoral linkages and the role of wool in economic development
    • The economic and social consequences of the Vietnam War
    • Industry associations and business groups
    • Business enterprise and capitalism in colonial Australia
    • Histories of major firms and sectors in twentieth-century Australia
    • Business profitability and performance

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The Internationalisation Of Australian Multinational Enterprises Dean, John
    Doctor of Philosophy Guanxi and Chinese Migration Integration: How Guanxi Affects Chinese Migrants' Integration in Australia Feng, Zhuqin
    Doctor of Philosophy Freemasons and Community. A History of Kangaroo Island Freemasons and Island Lodge from 1908 to 2002 Jacobs, Alan
    Master of Philosophy Investigating the Social and Economic Context of Creativity in Australia using Ethnographic Methods Griffin, Kim
    Master of Philosophy -LHA The Economic Foundation and Framework of the New South Wales Colony from 1788 to 1855 Scott, Brian
    Doctor of Philosophy The Great SME Business Transition - Lessons from the Past and Solutions for the Future Hodgson, Paul

Outreach Overview


  • I have served many outreach roles for a range of organisations particularly the ARC, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand. I have served on the board of many journals.

Keywords


  • economic history

    history of capitalism

    Australian history

    business history

    natural resource industries

    wool trade

    business groups

    multinationals

Full Name


  • Simon Philip Ville

Mailing Address


  • School of Humanities & Social Inquiry, Fac Law, Humanities & Arts

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • I have a broad and extensive record of external engagement with public and private sector bodies in Australia and overseas. The nature of the impact of my engagement is often long term and indirect making it more difficult to measure precisely and report than in more applied disciplines where the line of sight of causality is more obvious. However, on the positive side, the benefits of my work are often broader and more transformative through the ability to influence thinking anew about a set of issues and how to go about solving associated problems. These accounts demonstrate that in an area like history, often considered of limited applied value, a scholar can have a productive record in external engagement and ultimate impact. My ability to work across disciplines, pull together different approaches, and provide long term and holistic perspectives are qualities that are valued by many external agencies.<br /><br />Examples of my engagement with external collaborators within the last five years include:<br /><br />- Shell Corporation<br />- South Korean Government<br />- Federal Department of Veterans Affairs<br />- NSW Government, Office of Women<br />- National Council of Wool-selling Brokers<br />- Australian Bureau of Statistics<br />- Sky History Channel<br />- Narara Ecovillage<br />- UNESCO<br />- Karratha & Districts Chambers of Commerce and Industry<br />- Australian Museum.

Potential Supervision Topics


    • The formative ideas and key thinkers in the discipline of economic history
    • The history of consumption in Australia
    • Interdisciplinary approaches to research
    • The history and impact of multinational enterprise in Australia
    • Business Groups in Australia
    • Innovation and growth in primary industries
    • Global wool trade
    • Global trade in natural history
    • Inter-sectoral linkages and the role of wool in economic development
    • The economic and social consequences of the Vietnam War
    • Industry associations and business groups
    • Business enterprise and capitalism in colonial Australia
    • Histories of major firms and sectors in twentieth-century Australia
    • Business profitability and performance

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The Internationalisation Of Australian Multinational Enterprises Dean, John
    Doctor of Philosophy Guanxi and Chinese Migration Integration: How Guanxi Affects Chinese Migrants' Integration in Australia Feng, Zhuqin
    Doctor of Philosophy Freemasons and Community. A History of Kangaroo Island Freemasons and Island Lodge from 1908 to 2002 Jacobs, Alan
    Master of Philosophy Investigating the Social and Economic Context of Creativity in Australia using Ethnographic Methods Griffin, Kim
    Master of Philosophy -LHA The Economic Foundation and Framework of the New South Wales Colony from 1788 to 1855 Scott, Brian
    Doctor of Philosophy The Great SME Business Transition - Lessons from the Past and Solutions for the Future Hodgson, Paul

Outreach Overview


  • I have served many outreach roles for a range of organisations particularly the ARC, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand. I have served on the board of many journals.

Keywords


  • economic history

    history of capitalism

    Australian history

    business history

    natural resource industries

    wool trade

    business groups

    multinationals

Full Name


  • Simon Philip Ville

Mailing Address


  • School of Humanities & Social Inquiry, Fac Law, Humanities & Arts

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

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