Mr Geoff Upton

Position/s:Lecturer in International Business
Flinders Business School
Phone: +61 8 82015797
Location: Law Commerce (3.46)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia


Geoff joined the Business School in 2005 following an extensive international business career.

Geoff has over 30 years international business management experience in exporting, importing, foreign direct investment, freight forwarding, customs brokerage, ships agency and vessel and aircraft charter in the private sector and in trade facilitation  as an Australian Government Trade Commissioner. Geoff has transacted business in 15 countries. He has been heavily involved in exporter education through the Australian Institute of Export, with Austrade, the Australian Trade Commission and in running workshops on importing and exporting for small business.


Teaching interests

Primary aims are:
- To assist students develop an awareness and understanding of the concepts and issues involved in the creation and patterns of international business;
- To assist students understand the relevance of theoretical frameworks and cross-cultural factors to companies that seek to move from domestic to international activities;
- To assist students develop technical and communication skills so as to quickly add value to an organisation they may join or establish.

Topic Coordinator:

  • BUSN2019  International Business Context
  • BUSN2039  International Business Management
  • BUSN3037  Import- Export Theory and Practice
  • BUSN9013A International Business Environment
  • BUSN9015  Management Theory and Practice
  • BUSN9243  International Marketing and Export Management

Research and supervision


Refereed journal articles
  • English, T.W., Andressen, C.A. and Upton, G.R. (2005). An Australia-China free trade agreement: managing an elephant. Taiwanese Journal of Australian Studies, 6 pp. 1-40.

Professional and community engagement

Geoff is an Alternative Director of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC), a member of the Audit and Governance subcommittee of the National Board and a member of the Executive Committee of the SA State Chapter of ACBC.

Former positions:
Chairman, College of International Business (NSW)
Vice -President, Australian Institute of Export, NSW. Chairman, Education Committee
Board member, Council of International Commerce and Trade SA Inc.,
Board member, International Trade Association SA Inc,
Board member, SA Exporters Association Inc
Executive Director, Airport Industries Association Inc
National Export Awards: Member of judging panel of NSW and SA Export Awards
Director, Trading Partners Australia Ltd
Member, SA Advisory Council, Australian Institute of Export

inspiring achievement