In late 2016, Australian Owner Manager was formed with foundation partners UQ Business School and the Icehouse. At its core, Australian Owner Manager delivers practical, effective development to Australian business owners and their senior managers.
Over 280 business owners across Australia have completed the Owner Manager Program, all of whom are extremely positive about their experience. There are several keys to its success.
The most important, perhaps, is the selection and ‘design’ of each group. Great care is taken to ensure each program includes like-minded business owners from different industries. Different people are brought together who share common challenges and, through shared experience and observation, shed light on a path forward.
Built on this solid foundation, Australian Owner Manager expanded its portfolio of programs in 2018 to include the OM Leadership Program (OML). OML is Australia’s first entirely practical leadership course created specifically for senior managers of privately owned companies. Next created is the Owner Manager Exchange (OMX), a next level program designed exclusively for graduates of the Owner Manager Program. 2022 has also brought two new programs. The Small Business Owner (SBO) Program designed for owner of businesses with revenues between $750k-$3m. OMP+, the alumni-exclusive ongoing extension to the flagship Owner Manager Program, is the most recent program addition.
“Fundamentally we set out to create something for business owners that was, first and foremost, delivered significant value. There are hundreds of courses out there for business owners – the vast majority of which are theoretical at best. The Owner Manager Program (OMP) was designed to be the absolute opposite – it’s entirely practical, it’s focused, it’s immersive and it’s about helping you and your business move forward”
Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics & Law, University of Queensland
Andrew is an internationally recognised Professor and expert in Business Sustainability and Strategy. He is responsible for the Schools of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Queensland. He facilitated some of the original Owner Manager Programs in Australia and is an ongoing supporter of the program.
Director of Growth and Coaching. The Icehouse
Executive Director, Australian Owner Manager
The Icehouse is Australasia’s leading business accelerator and growth hub. Founded in Auckland, NZ in 2001, they have worked with over 5,000 ambitious owner-managers and entrepreneurs. They believe that to unleash the economic potential, they need to lift the capabilities and aspirations of owners, entrepreneurs and people who run startup and SME businesses to enable them to take the business forward.
The Icehouse works with a wide range of businesses at various stages of growth – from entrepreneurs launching new ventures through to successful owner-managers wanting to take their business to the next level. The Icehouse is owned by a not-for-profit trust and backed by the financial support and expertise of the New Zealand government and an extensive group of committed partners that includes: AJ Park, Bank of New Zealand, Deloitte Private, HP New Zealand, Microsoft New Zealand, Spark, Visa and our founder The University of Auckland Business School