Shann Turnbull obtained an MBA from Harvard in 1963 and published The Management of Capital in 1965 to promote modern financial analysis in Australia. He became a part time teacher at Australia’s first business schools while being a serial entrepreneur founding many enterprises with three becoming traded on the Australian stock exchange. From 1967 to 1974 he was in charge of research for a private equity group that acquired and re-organized a dozen publicly traded companies. In this role and as a company promoter he gained experience as a controlling shareholder, company director, chairman and/or CEO of public companies. In 1970 he also became a founding joint CEO/owner of a mutual fund management company.
In 1971 he advocated education for company directors and in1973 his first academic paper “Time Limited Corporations.” Shann pioneered research and teaching of corporate governance before this term came into vogue as a co-author in 1975 of the first course in the world to provide an educational qualification for company directors. In 1975 he also published his first book on Democratising the Wealth of Nations. The novel ideas in his book led to consulting assignments for multi-national corporations, United Nations, World Bank, and governments, including in 1991 the Peoples Republic of China and Czechoslovakia. Shann has been a prolific writer on reforming the theories and practices of capitalism. In the early 1980’s he presented to community activists attending E.F. Schumacher Society seminars across the US his 1978 proposal for an energy currency. His presentations are published in Building
Sustainable Communities: Tools and concepts for self-reliant economic change.
In 2001 he obtained a PhD from Macquarie University with a thesis that showed how the science of control and communication in the animal and the machine described as cybernetics could be extended to organizations to create a science of governance as presented in his articles. His thesis built upon his education as an electrical engineer in Tasmania in 1957 and a BSc from the University of Melbourne in 1960. His PhD thesis, many journal articles, book chapters and books are posted at http://ssrn.com/author=26239. Two articles were selected for re-publishing in 2000 with the seminal contributions of leading scholars in the Corporate Governance volume of The History of Management Thought.
Shann applied the methodology developed in his dissertation to evaluate and rate the governance integrity of the largest 100 organizations in Australia by turnover for three years from 2001. From 2001 to 2006 he was the Australian Advisor to the London based Hermes Focus Asset Management. In 2002 he was commissioned by the London based New Economics Foundation to write a public policy booklet on A New Way to Govern:
Organizations and society after Enron. Based on his PhD research he designed a MBA course that he taught during 2003/4 at Macquarie University on evaluating and designing the governance architecture of organizations in the government, non-profit and private sectors. He taught risk analysis to graduate students at the University of NSW in 2007 and at Sydney University in 2008. In 2011 Shann founded the Green Money Working Group in
the UK to provide liquidity for Small and Medium sized enterprises in the event of another financial crisis. Group members represent 25% of the UK population as described at http://www.gmwg.org.
Achieving Environmentally Sustainable Prosperity
Mysteries of the Financial System
Financial Crisis Opportunities
Money, Markets and Climate Change
How Can Auditors Lie About Being Independent?
Can Democratic Money with Environmental Values Reduce Market Failures?
Book Review: The Resilience Imperative
June 2-4 San Francisco: Public Banking Conference [https://pba2013.
June 5-6 Toronto: Corporate governance and banking connections
June 7- Boston: Harvard Business School 50th class re-union
June 10-11 Aix-En-Provence, INFINITI conference on International Finance, [http://infiniticonference.com
June 13-14 Lund Sweden: Workshop of European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) of Third Sector, [http://www.eiasm.org/
June 19-21 The Hague, 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems, (ICCCS), [http://www.iss.nl/research/
June 24-25 Copenhagen Business School International Risk Management Conference (IRMC) [http://www.irmc.eu/default.
June 26-27 Nottingham University Internat
June 28-29 Milan Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)
July 1 London launch of “Cooperative Place Making” report by Pat Conaty?
July 2 Centre for the study of financial innovation (CSFI) [http://www.csfi.org] round table luncheon presentation
July 4-6 London Metropolitan University conference of the Association of Heterodox Economists (AHE) [http://www.hetecon.net/
July 8-9 Bali International Conference on Business and Information (BAI) [http://ibac-conference.orgs] presentation listed below
July 10 Perth, Western Australia, 42nd Australian Conference of Economists, (ACE) [http://www.cvent.com/events/
July 11 Return to Sydney
20 Presentations, (3 jointly) January-July:
“Sustaining society with economic democracy” (ICESS)[http://www.
“Might the regulation of alternative types of e-money reduce financialisation and systemic risks? (AWGF)[http://awgf.
“Might sustainable energy cost carrying money have a future?” (ECOBATE March 6 presented by Josh Ryan-Collins), (INFINITI), (IFABS), (SASE) (AHE) [http://ssrn.com/
“How might regulators control alternative types of e-money?” (INFINITI), (ICCCS),
“Green Money: Why It’s Needed, How to Get It? – How Might an Efficient, Equitable and Resilient Finance Sector Be Established?” (ICCCS) [http://ssrn.com/abstract=
“How can non-profit organisations enhance performance and legitimize their operations?” (EIASM) [http://ssrn.com/abstract=
“Minimizing ‘a key cause’ of the 2008 financial crisis: Governance failure” (IRMC)(SASE with Michael Prison) [http://ssrn.com/abstract=
“How might regulators control alternative types of e-money for SMEs?” (IFABS) [http://ssrn.com/abstract=
“Integrating corporate governance into social responsibility” (SASE with Michael Pirson) [http://ssrn.com/abstract=
“What is a sustainable society and how to get there?” (AHE) [http://ssrn.com/abstract=
“A transaction byte paradigm for researching organisations” (BAI2013) [http://ssrn.com/abstract=