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Wesley Payne McClendon

Adjunct Faculty

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Doctor of Philosophy, Penn State, USA

  • Innovation, Decision-making and Leadership
  • Strategic Human Resource Management

Academic experience 

  • Professor/Visiting Professor, Human Capital Management, Edinburgh Napier Business School (Scotland)
  • Associate Professor/Adjunct, Strategic HR Management, Melbourne Business School (Australia)
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Leadership and Strategy, Victoria Graduate School of Business (Australia)
  • Visiting Fellow, Strategic HR Management, Birmingham Business School (UK)
  • Lecturer, Industrial Labor Studies, Leeds University Business School (UK)
  • Lecturer, African & African American Studies, Women’s Studies and Sociology, Penn State (USA)


  • Chief Transformation Officer, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Diversity Atlas (Australia)
  • Executive General Manager, People & Capability, GROCON (Australia)
  • Group Director, People & Culture and Executive Director, Dar Academy, Dar Al Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
  • General Manager, Talent & Organization Development, Fonterra, ASX:FSF (Australia & New Zealand)
  • Director, Human Resources, National Alliance of Business (USA)

Consulting Experience

  • Managing Director, Edinburgh Institute (UK & Hong Kong)
  • Principal & Melbourne Practice Leader, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young (Australia)
  • Partner & UK Practice Leader, Human Capital Services, Mercer HR Consulting (UK)
  • Senior Manager, HR & Business Effectiveness, PricewaterhouseCoopers (UK)
  • Manager, Change Management, Deloitte Consulting (USA)

Research Interests

  • McClendon, W.P. Five steps to diversity, equity and inclusion success (submitted for publication)
  • McClendon, W.P. (2021). The Fast-brain leader. Human Resource Director, 4 August.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2020). The curious case of leading remotely. Institute of Public Administration Australia. 6 October.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2020). The Payroll pandemic: Five trends disrupting accountability, transparency and pay. Human Resource Director, 19 August.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2020). Leading from behind: Supporting purposeful leaders Executive PA Media. 19 June.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2020). Managing post-pandemic performance. Human Resource Director, 17 June.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2020).Seven habits of leaders in crisis. Human Resource Director, 20 May.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2020). Leadership, pandemic and the future of working. The HR Director, 9 May.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2020). Leadership, pandemic and the future of working. Human Resource Director, 22 April.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2018) in Burgess, M. How workers can get themselves up for a successful 2019. The Courier Mail October 22.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2018). Seven questions that will help you find and unlock leadership potential within your business. Business Insider Australia, November 13.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2018). Rethinking leadership. Power Equipment Australasia. Feb/Mar, 28-29.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2017). Managing succession risk. Power Equipment Australasia. Dec/Jan, 24-26
  • McClendon, W.P. (2017). Navigating the Gig Economy. Blue Notes. Australia & New Zealand Bank. (November).
  • McClendon, W.P. (2017). Future Proof: Building Industry Disruptive Capability. Power Equipment Australasia. October/November, 22-24.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2017). Workforce 2020: Managing industry supply and demand. Power Equipment Australasia. August/September, 26-28.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2017). Measuring return on investment. Training & Development, Vol. 44, No. 4, Aug 2017: 22-24
  • McClendon, W.P. (2016). Constructing the Strategic HR Value Chain: Never break t chain. Human Resource Director (HRD) Magazine, December – 2016 Year in Review.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2010). Strategy, People and Performance: Aligning business strategy, human resource management and organization performance. Lambert Academic Publications.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2010). Five questions to ask yourself before taking a seat at the strategy table. HRMToday (28 December)
  • McClendon, W.P. (2006). Motivation and teamwork is key in a world of mobile work, Times On-line (May 23, Business).
  • McClendon, W.P. (2006). Tackling diversity and HR convergence. Strategic HR Review Jul/Aug.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2006). Understanding the “L” word. Spectra Online, 1.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2006). Make the right move. Personnel Today, February 6 (p.9-12)
  • McClendon, W.P. in Wilshire, R. (2006). The dilemma facing every business in the w Accounting and Business. February.
  • McClendon, W.P. in Wilshire, R. (2005). Decisions: Ageing workforce: Out with the old. Financial Director. January.
  • Edwards, T., Battisti, G., McClendon, W.P., and Neely, A. (2004) How can firms in the UK be encouraged to create more value? A discussion and Review Paper. Advanced Institute of Management, Department of Trade and Industry (United Kingdom) and London Business School.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2004). Workforce development, education and training: Strategies for building a more competitive workforce. US Department of Education, Washington, DC.
  • McClendon, W.P. (2002). Industrial Labor Relations, Strategic HRM & Technology Change Dilemma (Whitepaper).

Awards & Recognition

  • Bunton Waller Doctoral Fellowship Recipient


  • Pi Lambda Theta
  • Phi Delta Kappa