Academic journey complete

3 March 2010

Dr Richard Zanner
Dr Richard Zanner

One of the first students to commence at Monash South Africa (MSA) has progressed through the academic ranks to complete his PhD.

Richard Zanner was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy at a graduation ceremony at the Monash campus along with more than 340 undergraduate and postgraduate students in February.

Dr Zanner graduated with a Bachelor of Business Systems degree in 2004 after attending MSA's School of Information Technology.

He then completed an honours degree in disaster risk management at the University of Cape Town before receiving a scholarship to undertake his PhD at the Monash Caulfield campus.

"One of the things that attracted me to Monash was the flexibility of being able to take elective subjects from other schools as part of my degree," Dr Zanner said.

"Although I graduated with a Bachelor of Business Systems, I was able to include economics as well as geography and environmental science as electives."

Dr Zanner's thesis investigated knowledge management during organisational transformation providing valuable insight into business continuity and the limitations of technology in knowledge continuity.

Dr Zanner said he was grateful for the assistance he received from his supervisors at the Caulfield School of IT: Associate Professor Frada Burstein, Dr Henry Linger, and Dr Kerry Tanner.

Dr Zanner's future plans are to move back into industry but he will also continue to maintain his university engagement through teaching and journal publication.