Professor Deves holds an Honours degree in psychology and research methods (UNSW, 1977), a Masters of Business Administration (MGSM, 1985), and a Doctor of Philosophy (IMC, 1996). Professional experience in operations planning and research preceded commencement of an academic career at the Faculty of Business, at the (then) University of Western Sydney (now Western Sydney University) in 1987. At the University of Western Sydney he demonstrated a commitment to academic innovation, commercial development and managing business programs delivered on-campus within several Australian corporations and through an extensive international network.
Senior academic positions include Director, Graduate School of Management (1994–2000), Director, International Programs, Sydney Graduate School of Management (2001-03), and Professor of Management, Charles Darwin University (2006-10), where he has held the honorary position of Professorial Fellow since 2017.
Publications include management related journal articles, reports and research monographs. Research papers, including keynote addresses, have been presented to conferences and institutes in Europe, Scandinavia and Asia. He has served on the editorial board of an international journal since 2006.