Franz is a senior lecturer of leadership and management at the University of Melbourne. Previously Franz taught at the Kellogg School of Management, and Bocconi University. He has worked extensively with industry for the purposes of research, consulting and executive education, working with firms such as Porsche, Bayer, Pirelli, Inditex, and Ferrero. He has also worked with non-profit organisations and philanthropies such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Global Fund, and Kaiser Permanente. He writes and consults on a range of issues including strategic leadership, interorganizational collaboration, organizational design and development, and implementation of sustainability programs. His research has been published in leading international journals such as the Journal of Management, the Academy of Management Annals, Harvard Business Review , and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.