Prof. Peter Case’s research encompasses organization development, international development, rural development, global health, leadership studies and organization theory & philosophy.

For the past six years Peter has acted as a programme management consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) based at the University of California San Francisco, advising on projects in the Africa and the Greater Mekong Sub-region. He is currently leading an organization development project for the MEI in southern Africa concerned with improving malaria elimination service delivery. Peter also have extensive experience of leading rural development projects in SE Asia and is currently principal investigator for a farmer technology adoption project in Lao People’s Democratic Republic funded by the Australian Centre for Agricultural Research. Peter's research is geared toward 'makng a difference' to the well being of others and achieving impact beyond academia.

Peter has been a tutor for the London Business School EMBA core module ‘Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility’ and has acted as an academic and personal coach to a number of senior executives in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He also has consultancy experience within the UK NHS and a variety of private sector organizations.

  • Organization Theory
  • Organization Philosophy
  • Global Healthcare
  • Research Ethics
  • International Development
  • Rural Development
  • Malaria Healthcare
  • Leadership Studies
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Research Ethics
  • Organization Theory
  • 2011 to present - Professor of Management and Organization Studies, James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2004 to present - Professor of Organization Studies, University of the West of England (Bristol, UK)
  • 2002 to 2004 - Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Exeter (Exeter, UK)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2010 - Fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation (UK)
  • Editorial Board Member: Culture & Organization
  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Editorial Board Member: Social Business
  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion
  • 2011 to 2015 - Visiting Professor, University of Leicester (UK) School of Management
  • 2008 to 2011 - Visiting Professor, University of Humanistics, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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ACIAR - Research Grant

Smallholder farmer decision-making and technology adoption in southern Laos: opportunities and constraints

Indicative Funding
$1,048,686 over 5 years
This project aims to research the gap between aspirations and reality with respect to technology adoption impacts and thence improve smallholder livelihoods. The project will review the drivers and constraints influencing smallholder farmers? decisions to adopt proven technologies and management systems to improve farm productivity. It will analyse the influence on farming decisions of complex interactions between economics, politics, technology and the biological environment with ethnicity, local social traditions, personal motivation and leadership. Opportunities to enhance the livelihood of smallholder farmers through technology adoption will be identified and the role of stakeholder networks explored.
Peter Case and Kim Alexander in collaboration with John Connell, Garry Greenhalgh, Anne Giger-Dray, Tom Jovanovic, Silva Larson, Magnus Moglia, Pascal Perez, Thavone Inthavong, Khamphouvieng Phouisombath and Sillinthone Sacklokham (College of Business, Law & Governance, Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich, Not in list?.., Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, The Laos National Agricultural & Forestry Research Institute, Department of Agriculture Extension & Cooperatives and National University of Laos)
Farmer decision-making; Technology adoption; International Development; Bayesian Network Analysis; Participatory Action Research; Laos

ACIAR - Research Grant

Critical Factors for Self-Sustaining Farmer Organisations in Northern Laos

Indicative Funding
$95,000 over 2 years
The overall aim of this project is to identify key operational arrangements for farmer organisations (FOs) that satisfy the needs of members and enable them to make independent and effective plans while interacting with other stakeholders. This aim will be pursued through two objectives: The first focused on supporting FOs develop capacity to analyse and respond to market opportunities; and the second to build service provider (eg provincial and district agriculture and forestry officers) understanding how best to support Fos and to develop tools to assist with their service provision. The specific geographical focus will be Xieng Khouang province in northern Laos. Supporting Fos in identifying farmer needs and fulfilling collective functions promises to improve farmer livelihoods in a rapidly-evolving market and policy context.
Peter Case in collaboration with John Connell, Michael Jones, Somxay Sisanonh and Khamphouvieng Phouisombath (College of Business, Law & Governance and Department of Agriculture Extension & Cooperatives)
farmer organisations; organisation development; Agricultural Extension; Participatory Action Research; International Development; Laos

ACIAR - Contract Research

Enhancing District Delivery and Management of Agriculture Extension in Lao PDR

Indicative Funding
$949,717 over 4 years
The primary purpose of this project is to improve management of agricultural extension services in Lao PDR. A JCU team is partnering with the Government of Lao's Department of Agriculture Extension and Cooperatives to research and implement ways of strengthening extension. Organization development and participatory action research methodologies will be used to engage stakeholders from villages, Districts, Provinces and relevant government agencies in the co-creation and implementation of: (a) extension guidelines to match new extension interventions to local needs and opportunities; and (b) Extension Management System tools to assist District Agriculture and Forestry Offices to plan and manage services.
Peter Case in collaboration with Natalie Stoeckl, Simon Foale, John Connell, Michael Jones, Somxay Sisanonh and Khamphouvieng Phouisombath (College of Business, Law & Governance, College of Healthcare Sciences, Not in list?.. and Department of Agriculture Extension & Cooperatives)
Agricultural Extension; Farmer Organizations; International Development; Organization Development; Participatory Action Research

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Distributed Leadership Applied to the Design and Evaluation of Leadership Development Programs (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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