BBA (Hons), MBA, MPhil (Cantab), PhD (UniSA)

Lecturer in Management

Research and teaching specialties

Change Management, Cross-Cultural Management, Project Management, Higher Education Policy and Management, Academic and Research Integrity.


Dr Saadia Mahmud is a Lecturer in Management at the Australian Institute of Business. Her doctoral research at the University of South Australia applied complexity theory to the handling of rapid change by SMEs. After completing her MBA as the top student, she pursued a career in banking and finance with Citibank. In higher education, she has managed large research projects to improve the quality of teaching and learning funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia. The vital role of honest communication, trust and a strong value system in organisations is a recurrent theme in her work from enhancing adaptive capability in complex systems to creating a culture of integrity. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals and incorporated into industry relevant outcomes.   Her research with colleagues is referred to on the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) guidance on good practice in academic integrity.