in Organisation Dynamics

Dedicated to the advancement of understanding in systems psychodynamics for the purpose of supporting healthy, sustainable and creative organisations.

‘Although there are many different types of personalities in the world, and their complexities and differences are fascinating; people’s behaviours, thoughts and feelings are most strongly influenced by the roles they take up and the tasks they undertake. This effect is not experienced consciously and so people tend to think in terms of personality. But, roles and tasks belong to groups and organisations. Everything changes when you are a parent, a government official, a CEO, a nurse, a lawyer or a call centre worker. Tasks and roles “call out” different parts of you. You think different thoughts and different feelings are experienced in different roles and doing different tasks. These may travel across roles, but they are often unique to the role. I am hugely curious about this.’

Professor Susan Long

The Cornerstone

Cutting Edge Knowledge

Research and Scholarship are the cornerstone of NIODA’s vitality, energy and relevance.  Supporting cutting edge knowledge and practice in NIODA’s Academic programs and Consulting.  Providing a dynamic, forward oriented workplace for staff members and associates, and opportunities for NIODA students to be involved in small and large research endeavours.

NIODA Research supports organisations and their members in discovery of hitherto unknown correlations or causal connections in their organisational experience and supporting and working with them to remedy problematics as a result of new understandings.

NIODA Scholarship works towards scholarly advancements through deeply and humanely thinking about what occurs in organisations; to sort the significant from the insignificant and issue meaningful opinions about important matters, with fairness and grace.

In The Spotlight

Experience & Publications

The experience and expertise of the people behind NIODA is exemplary providing you with real and valuable skills towards better leadership and managment.

Journal Articles

BOARD / COmmittee / staff members with doctorates

Chapter & Book Publications

World Renowned


Professor Susan Long

Professor Susan Long

Research Lead & PhD co-lead

Dr Wendy Harding

Dr Wendy Harding

CEO, Academic Programs Lead & Phd co-lead

Ms Jennifer Burrows

Ms Jennifer Burrows

Education Quality Assurance and Enhancement Lead


Opening the space to think differently and to go on thinking in the face of turbulence;
exploring and creating possibilities

Not Knowing and Coming to Know: Methods of inquiry into unconscious (hidden) dynamics in organisations

8-10 September 2021

NIODA's fifth annual symposium

live interactive online

Working into the Future: Building individual and organisational culture beyond 2020

9-11 September 2020

NIODA's fourth annual symposium

live interactive online

Building Healthy and Ethical Organisational Culture

12-13 September 2019

NIODA's third annual symposium

Parkville, Melbourne

Leading and Managing in the Emergency and Trauma Sectors

14-15 September 2018

NIODA's second annual symposium

Mount Macedon, Victoria

Getting the policies we deserve

September 2017

NIODA's first annual symposium


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Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 (0) 414 529 867

NIODA acknowledges the Kulin Nations, and respective Traditional Custodians of the lands we work on.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and recognise their enduring sovereignty which has, and continues to, care for Country.
NIODA welcomes the Uluru Statement from the Heart’s invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a collective movement for a better future.

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