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Dr James Hanson taught at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) for 18 years, with UNSW Canberra.  He holds an MBA in strategic management from Yale University and an EdD in adult learning and professional education from the University of Sydney. He has been a member of the Australian Business Deans' Council Learning & Teaching Forum and, in 2009, he was awarded a prestigious Australian Learning & Teaching Council citation for excellence in course design.  For over 20 years, he has taught postgraduate courses in strategic management, organisational behaviour and organisational change, first at the University of Sydney and then at ADFA. His main expertise is in using graphical techniques to develop the strategic thinking, high-order reasoning and communication skills of managers and professionals.  His well-known Effective Writing for Defence course draws insights from all of these subject areas to understand the needs of readers and senior decision makers in large organsations. 
Management Development Pty Ltd was established in 2009.  Our courses develop leadership and advocacy skills based on clear and compelling communication, rational persuasion, argumentation and evidence.  Our argument mapping and writing techniques can improve productivity of managers, administrators and professionals and contribute to the quality of debate, decision making and policy making in organisations.  They have had over 12 years of successful application in policy areas such as Defence, Security & Intelligence, Law & Order, Aviation Safety, People Management and  Environmental Management. From 2009 til 2020, the company delivered courses through the UNSW Canberra Professional Education Program.  Now, we have partnered with to enhance our course offerings.  Since 2009, we have helped to develop the advanced reasoning and writing skills of people from:
Attorney-General's Department (D Branch) 
Audit & Fraud Control Division 
Australian Army 
Australian Government Security Vetting Agency - AGSVA 
Australian Intelligence Corps
Australian Medical Students Association - AMSA 

Australian Signals Directorate - ASD 
Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group - CASG 
Capability & Technology Management College - CTMC 
Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch - CFI 
Chief Information Officer Group - CIOG 
Civil Aviation Safety Authority - CASA 
Defence Finance Group - DFG 
Defence Honours & Awards 
Defence People Group - DPG 
Defence Science & Technology Group - DSTG 
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment & Water
Downer Professional Services
ECLIPS Logistics Engineering

Ernst & Young 

Headquarters Joint Operations Command - HQJOC 
Nova Systems Pty Ltd.

Office of the Defence Seaworthiness Regulator 
Oilsearch Ltd 
QinetiQ Ltd
Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF 
Royal Australian Navy - RAN 
Special Air Service Regiment - SASR 
and from many other organisations throughout Australia.
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