Peter Cebon is a highly experienced researcher, consultant and advisor in the field
of organisational innovation. 

Peter’s professional expertise includes using organisational innovation to create safer
and cleaner operations, and he has completed extensive research at both MIT and Harvard,
as well as in Switzerland. Peter’s research interests include the problem of ‘late
adoption’ during the diffusion of administrative innovations, and knowledge management in
safety and environmental management. His current research involves examining the way new
management practices diffuse through populations of organisations, and the role of
consultants in that process. 

Prior to joining Melbourne Business School, Peter worked at the Swiss Federal Institute
for Environmental Science and Technology, leading a team of 50 scientists and researching
innovation in transportation in response to global warming issues. 

Peter has consulted on organisational and innovation-related matters for various
Australian organisations, and he has also worked extensively for the Victorian



When less is more: The benefit of limits on executive pay (with Benjamin Hermalin), Review of Financial Studies (2015)

We derive conditions under which limits on executive compensation can enhance efficiency and benefit shareholders...



Broadband applications and commercialisation: Hospital-in-the-home and water management (with Adam Lodders), Telecommunications Journal of Australia (2012)

Government investment in ubiquitous high-speed broadband, such as the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN) is...



Using real-time information for transportation effectiveness in cities (with Daniel Samson), City, culture and society (2012)


Product modularity and the product life cycle: New dynamics in the interactions of product and process technologies (with Oscar Hauptman and Chander Shekhar), International Journal of Technology Management (2008)

Many aspects of product life cycle theory – which underlies the theories of technical innovation...



Meanings on Multiple Levels: The Influence of Field-Level and Organization-Level Meaning Systems on Diffusion (with E. Geoffrey Love), Journal of Management Studies (2008)

This study considers how organisation-level and field-level meaning systems affect when firms adopt administrative innovations....




Measured Success: Innovation management in Australia (2008)

This book conducts an in-depth analysis of eleven cases of high-technology innovation in Australia. While...


Popular Press


Simply an unintended consequence of innovation, Australian Financial Review (2008)

This Op-Ed argues that the financial meltdown can be understood as an example of a...




Submission to the review of the national innovation system (2008)

This submission takes the findings of "Measured Success: Innovation Management in Australia" and applies them...