Dr Athar Qureshi

Dr Athar Qureshi
 Position Senior Lecturer
 Org Unit School of Public Health
 Email athar.qureshi@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1694
 Location Floor/Room 4 ,  Rundle Mall Plaza ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr Athar Qureshi is teaching academic. He teaches a wide range of courses in enterprise transformation, people, leadership, organisational change, behaviour, services and management at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels using a strategy and system's thinking development focus. He is particularly interested in developing the healthcare cohorts.

    Dr Qureshi joined us from the University of South Australia with over 20 years of experience in curriculum development and educational delivery across four different countries. His industry and educational background enable him to mentor and coach students on the application of theory to practice. He is an engaging and highly energetic speaker who involves the audience and provide opportunities for a positive learning experience. Allowing learning through participation, self-reflection and interactive problem solving, Dr Qureshi achieves exemplary student outcomes – both in teaching feedback from students and peers, and learning outcomes for individuals and teams. He joined us with an SELT score that was more than double comparing to his university's average score of 40.

    Athar’s approach to development in both teaching and research is through effective strategy and management and active learning and absorption of knowledge. This approach cultivates innovation, resilience and performance. Knowledge comes from the learning experience and, as a result, individuals can push back their boundaries, embrace change and accept risks.

    Dr Qureshi recently received a research grant to work on digital business transformation of the healthcare industry. As a chief investigator, he is working with industry partners and leading an interdisciplinary team into the strategic consequences of digital transformation.

    Athar holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Master in ICT Management and an Honours in Computer Sciences. He is also a Certified Knowledge Manager. For his PhD, Athar was awarded two scholarships by UniSA to investigate strategic pathways to develop innovation capability in healthcare organisations. Dr Qureshi’s current research expands this area and focuses on innovation strategy and digital transformation strategy in healthcare organisations. He presented and published high-impact scientific articles, and maintains a passion for research and publications with unique expertise in qualitative research.

    Athar always looks forward to new challenges. He developed, through his research, consulting and teaching, a profound interest in strategy for innovation and management of knowledge. As a certified knowledge manager, he is equipped with contemporary knowledge and skills deemed necessary to develop a strategy and introduce, lead and mentor change.

    While advising PhD and research students, Dr Qureshi also provides consultancy and leads masterclasses and workshops. He is open for invitations to deliver keynotes, masterclasses and training.


    You are welcome to visit his LinkedIn profile.

  • Qualifications

    • PhD - Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organisations
    • Masters - Information and Communications Technology Management
    • Bachelors - Computer Science [Honours]
  • Awards & Achievements

    • Best Paper Award
      International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ACPI, UK
    • Postgraduate Research Award to pursue a PhD
      University of South Australia, Adelaide
    • Top-up Research Award to pursue a PhD
      University of South Australia, Adelaide
    • Five Work and Study Awards to pursue an Honours degree
      University of Management and Technology, Lahore


  • Teaching Interests

    • Digital Transformation in Healthcare
    • Service Management in Healthcare
    • Strategy Management in Healthcare
    • Managing Challenges in Health
    • Manging People and Organisations
    • Organisational Behaviour
    • Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organisations
    • Workplace Learning and Development
  • Research Interests

    • Digital Transformation of the Healthcare Industry
    • Managing Change in Healthcare Organisations
    • Knowledge Absorption in Healthcare Organisations
    • Knowledge Sharing/Transfer in Healthcare Organisations
    • Healthcare Organisational Development
    • Qualitative Research with NVivo
  • Research Funding

    $40,000 from the University of South Australia as Seed Funding for project: Digital Transformation of the Services Industry  (out of 102 applications)

  • Publications

  • Community Engagement

    • Secured more than $150,000 in community funding over a period of time for different social projects
    • Secured $15,000 Student Experience Grant at the University of South Australia to run social events
    • Secured $650,000 from the University of South Australia for building special-purpose community facilities at its two metropolitan campuses
    • A few thousand dollars were secured from Multicultural SA (government agency) for social/community projects
    • NPO Community Organisation - Adelaide
      2020 - Chairing the advisory council and mentoring executives
      2013 - 2020 President
      2012 - 2013 Vice President
      2006 - 2008 President

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Entry last updated: Thursday, 3 Mar 2022

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