Graham was Professor of Strategic Management in the School of Business at the University of Adelaide until January 2011, when he left university life to focus on his consulting activities. He is currently President of Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha, a not-for-profit environmental group, a Director of Mt Martha Community Enterprises (which operates the Mt Martha community branch of Bendigo Bank), consults to a range of organisations and mentors individual business people.
Previously, he was Head of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Adelaide, Professor of Strategic Management at Mt Eliza Business School and Head of the Marketing Group at RMIT University. He also taught at Monash, Melbourne, Deakin and Swinburne Universities in Australia, Cranfield School of Management in the UK and the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, US. He also worked for Alcoa of Australia, Corporate Adviser and Coopers and Lybrand in the UK.
His research interests included understanding the nature of ‘successful’ organisations, organisational performance measurement, (green) sustainability and organisational strategy, corporate diversification and mergers and acquisitions.
In 2013, Graham was awarded a Citation of Excellence - one of only 50 in the world - for his article, 'Measuring Organizational Performance: Beyond the Triple Bottom Line'.