NIODA Symposium 2019
Building Healthy and Ethical Organisational Culture

For those who wish to understand, study and explore the conditions that build, promote and sustain healthy and ethical organisational cultures.

Friday 13th September 2019

Thursday 12th optional pre-symposium dinner

Building Healthy and Ethical Organisational Culture

This symposium is for those who wish to understand, study and explore the systemic conditions that build, promote and sustain healthy and ethical organisational cultures. In so doing, the symposium also hopes to address the socioanalytic or system psychodynamic bases of corrupt and unethical practices; indicators of problematic practices; the emergence of whistleblowing and the factors that guard against corruption of organisational purpose and task in order to promote a healthy and ethical organisational culture.

As we have recently been discovering, many of our primary institutions of business, banking, religion, health services and the media have succumbed to profit-and-power-first cultural dynamics amidst a kind of selective blindness about what is occurring by those in senior roles. Hence, the increasing number of situations where whistle-blowers emerge and the growing number of Royal Commissions that are established to investigate corrupt practices. We are mindful of the cover-ups and denials that are acted out, and the shame that is experienced by organisation members – often those with little power but who are caught firmly in the culture of the organisation and whose roles are coloured by it.

But not all organisations within these broad institutions are subject to such dynamics. For many, prosperity lies in designing and trading excellent products and services. It lies in providing jobs for a satisfied workforce and customers. It lies in providing outcomes for the community such as products, utilities, good governance, health and education. Such organisations are able to go about their primary business and tasks without the slide into bad practices.

So, what are the conditions that build, promote and sustain healthy and ethical organisational cultures? The symposium will provide a space for examining this question.

Keynote speaker: Chris Parker

Director, The Banking and Finance Oath 

Manager, The Ethics Alliance, The Ethics Centre

Symposium sponsor partner

Cris has had a career that has been based on communication; telling people’s stories and building relationships that lead to better things. Starting her career in the theatre, Cris founded The Peccadillo Theatre Company in Manhattan’s Lower Eastside, which continues today off Broadway. On returning to Australia, Cris was the Founder of a EAT Casting Agency and then Brownslane Productions, a production company that produced creative documentaries which explored people, their fascinating stories and experiences, and their contributions to a better society.

In 2011, after completing a Social Science degree Cris started working for The Ethics Centre, contributing to social impact projects that continue to thrive today. These initiatives seek to place ethics at the centre of public life – as a shared impulse to live with purpose in line with values and principles.  

Cris started working on The Banking and Finance Oath in 2104 and spends much of her time having conversations with people about the impact of behaviour on their culture, the importance of ethics and integrity and the growing potential of a better industry.

Cris is currently leading The Ethics Alliance, a program at The Ethics Centre which brings friends and fierce competitors in businesses, including financial services together as a community to learn from each other and prioritise ethics.

Keynote speaker: Professor Anona Armstrong

Topic: Ethics and Sustainability in the Boardroom

Professor Emeritus Anona Armstrong FAPS, FAICD, FAES, FIPAA (Vic) AM

Professor Armstrong is the Founder and Life member of AES. She completed her PhD (psychology) at the University of Melbourne. Previous appointments were Professor of Governance, Head of the Centre for Governance Research, and Director of Research and Research Training in the College of Law & Justice. She is the Chair of the Board of Southern Cross Institute of Higher Education. She is a Life Member and Fellow of the Australian Evaluation Society, and Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia. Her research interests are evaluation, governance, management and ethics. She has lectured, consulted, received research grants including ARC grants, and supervised over 70 postgraduate in these areas. Recent research publications addressed governance, whistleblowing and corporate culture. Her publications are available in the National Library and VU Repository.

Paper Presentations

‘Why Fairness is the new black’

Dr June Smith

Lead Ombudsman, Australian Financial Complaints Authority

‘How can spiritual consciousness contribute to healthy and ethical organisational culture?’

Dr Bernadette Miles

Director, Kardia Foundation

‘Mutual recognition in the workplace: just do it?’

Ms Kristina Karlsson

Organisation Consultant

‘Cultural challenges for contemporary organisations. An exploration of the ground in which the seeds of corruption take hold.’

Ms Liz Brnjak & Mr Fred Wright

‘Transforming Perverse Organisational Structures: the whistleblower journey’

Dr Susan Long

Director Research & Scholarship, NIODA

‘A ‘culture initiative’ – a consultant’s reflections on the influence of a system
psychodynamic approach to interventions on an organisation’s cultural journey’

Mr Peter Ernest

Chief Experience Orchestrator, Values Journey

‘Do libido-free cultures make healthy organisations?’

Mr Paul Harvey

Managing Director, Synthesis

‘Influencing an Organisation’s Moral Third Through Exploring Intersubjectivity’

Mrs Nicola Murray

Founder/MD, Toxic Ltd

‘Authenticity as a virtue in the mitigation of conduct risk’

Ms Jenny Smith

General Manager People and Safety, Lochard Energy

Building Healthy and Ethical Organisational Cutlure Symposium








Building Healthy and Ethical Organisational Culture

13 September 2019, 9am – 4:30pm from $310 in Parkville, Melbourne, Australia.  Don’t miss out!

When & Where

Building Healthy and Ethical Organisation Culture Symposium


Friday 13th September 2019

Optional dinner Thursday 13th 


9am – 4:30 pm



St Hilda’s College

19-25 College Crescent, Parkville, Melbourne Australia


The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research, and decades of experience consulting with Australian organisations. In 2018, their annual Symposium will explore the dynamics of interoperability and work within the emergency and trauma sectors.

The study of organisation dynamics brings together socio-technical and psychoanalytic disciplines to explore the unconscious dynamics that exist in every group, team or organisation. Learning more about these theories, and reflecting on the experience of them, can support leaders and managers to unlock great potential in their organisations, tackling issues through a whole new light.


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