… so I won’t. I have news. As of July, I’ll be leaving the University of Melbourne and taking up a position at the University of Toronto as the Jeffrey Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management. Rotman is, depending on where you look, one of the Top 20 business schools in the world and the Strategy Department that I will be joining is one of the world’s finest. This was one of those opportunities that was too good to refuse and so I didn’t. The family have become quite happy living in North America these past 16 months and are excited about staying.
So what does this mean? First, this blog will be continuing on. A few years ago, it became multiple author and I believe it has been much more successful as that. Indeed, over the past year, as I have pulled back my posts others have contributed as per usual. As a forum of academic economists located in or with ties to Australia, it is an institution that has solid impact.
Second, I’ll remain affiliated with Melbourne Business School. My reasons for leaving have nothing to do with dissatisfaction there. MBS remains one of the great working environments for academics in the world. The direction I want to take my career is beyond Australia and, as I have discovered recently, location matters. Nonetheless, I want to return regularly and my continued affiliation will facilitate that.
Finally, as I have done over the past year, my engagement in Australian policy issues will be diminished. I, of course, am personally very interested in how things develop but my commentary will be more targeted.
As with all such things, I am very sad to be leaving colleagues and friends in Australia. I’ve missed them this past year and will continue to do so. But fortunately in my profession ties are strong and independent of geography. It is a feature that allows us to broaden our horizons.