Professional Certificate in Research Training

Undertake this professional certificate focusing on Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship Research.

Like to improve your research skills? Want to try know more about research philosophy, design, problem solving, conceptual development, methodologies including quantitative and qualitative, analysis, paper development and advanced report writing?

UniSA Business School offers a Professional Certificate in Research Training. A program of four seminars (courses) with additional specialisation lectures provides a comprehensive set of formal research training seminars designed to provide scholars, students and practioners with comprehensive research methods and foundational knowledge in research training in strategy, international business and entrepreneurship research.

This short course is designed to prepare candidates to undertake research, high level consulting projects and publish reports and academics outcomes, including journal articles, and research grants in these specific fields, and will provide a comprehensive overview from the perspective of both the scholar and the teacher.

Courses and presentations delivered by highly experienced international academic experts including Professor S. Tamer Cavusgil (Georgia State University, USA), Professor Pervez Ghauri (Birmingham University, UK), Professor Kevin Zhou (University of Hong Kong, HK), Professor Leigh Anne Liu (Georgia State University, USA), distiguished visiting Professor Ian Fillis (Liverpool John Moores University, UK) Professor Susan Freeman and Professor Ying Zhu (University of South Australia, Australia). Along with the formal courses, there will also be two panel Q&A sessions with experienced researchers from UniSA, plus the opportunity to expand your network of research colleagues.

Who should attend?

Academics, doctoral candidates, masters by research and honours students and early career academics, masters by coursework level students, practitioners and consultants. Courses are open to participants from UniSA, other national and international institutions, and consultants and practitioners.

Dates and location

Classes are held 9:00am-5:30pm, Monday to Friday, from 9 – 20 July 2018

Sessions will be held at the University of South Australia, City West campus, Adelaide

Structure of the course

Modules offered in the Professional Certificate include:

  • Strategy and International Business Theory and International Entrepreneurship
  • Qualitative Research Methods: Designing and Conducting Case Studies
  • Critical Review and Model Development in Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Cross Cultural Frameworks and Research

It will also cover the diversity of perspectives in this interdisciplinary field, and contributions from the functional SIBER business disciplines as well as related areas such as economics, anthropology and sociology.

Guest Speakers will also be running lunchtime seminars aimed to provide further expertise around the SIBER fields.  For more information and a copy of the schedule, please click here.


A dedicated group of UniSA and visiting professors who are accomplished contributors to their fields of research:

Professor Tamer Cavusgil – Professor of International Business

Professor Susan Freeman – Professor of International Business

Professor Ian Fillis – visiting academic from Liverpool Business School, UK

Professor Pervez Ghauri – Professor of International Business

Professor Leigh Anne Liu – Professor of Intercultural Communication/International Human Resource Management

Professor Kevin Zhou – Professor of International Business/Strategy

Professor Ying Zhu - Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Business


Participants completing all four seminars will be awarded a Professional Certificate in Research Training. Participants will also receive assistance in preparing a research paper targeted for a refereed publication, industry report and/or research proposal.

The Professional Certificate in Research Training is sponsored by the Australian Centre for Asian Business (ACAB) and endorsed by the Consortium for International Marketing (CIMaR), Georgia State University Center for International Business Education and Research (GSU-CIBER), Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) and Rutgers Business Review. 

Course fees and scholarship

The Professional Certificate in Research Training has course fees of $1,000 ($250 per module).  Module fees will be waived for UniSA Business School students.

Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) will fund 6 scholarships of $500 for attendance open to Australian and New Zealand based PhD students to help support the certificate with criteria for selection. 

Contact details: Prof Douglas Dow /

(Deadline for submissions - 30 June 2018)

Applicants will need to apply to the ANZIBA Executive for the scholarship.  The criteria will be as follows:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a New Zealand or Australian-based PhD program.
  • There will only be one scholarship per applicant per year.
  • Priority will be given to ensuring that the scholarships are distributed as evenly as possible across New Zealand and the various Australian states within each year.  E.g. an applicant from a region that is under-represented will be given priority over an applicant from a region that is already heavily represented.
  • Applicants will need to submit a 500 word statement identifying how this program will help them, and explain any special circumstances - such as financial need - that make them a worthy candidate.

How to apply

Registrations are now open. 

Click here to register


Further information

Please email if you have any queries.