Research Topics




 

UniSA Business invites applicants to develop research questions in line with the expertise of its world-class academics. For research degree candidates, this means a team of expert supervisors committed to your development and the chance to be part of a visionary research culture.

UniSA Business offers a wide range of research topics from each of its disciplines . These topics have been developed by teams of academics who will jointly supervise successful candidates. 

Each research topic is a broad area of investigation. It is the responsibility of the candidate to produce an original research question. More than one candidate can submit a scholarship application on the same research topic.

All prospective Research Degree candidates are encouraged to review the full list of research topics and contact the relevant Primary Supervisor/s for further information. This will inform and enhance any subsequent application to study a research degree in Business. 

Research degree applications are made through Apply Online, in your application you will need to reference the topic you are applying for, either by topic number or topic title from the list below.

Please browse our list of priority research topics below. Click on the topics for more information, including Primary Supervisor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Further information on topics

Impact of Caring Responsibilities on Older People’s Propensity to Work in China

 

An ageing population is a perspective faced by most parts of the world nowadays, and UN projected that the age cohort of 60 and over to grow faster than all other age groups in the next few decades.  It is forecasted to make up more than one quarter of the population by 2050 in all regions except Africa. Longer longevity means that people may have to work longer, yet it is not clear how the motivations to work differ among older people. Also, the motivations can vary significantly across countries where the cultural and institutional settings are different.

 

Master or PhD (or both):  PhD or Masters

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Xin Deng

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Addressing community concerns on tourism development: a community-centred approach to tourism

 

In 2017, the term overtourism became commonly used as places such as Venice and Barcelona, as well as Unesco heritage sites, national parks and protected areas, began to suffer impacts from poorly managed tourism. A key problem is that local communities are concerned that they are not benefiting from tourism and that they suffer the negative impacts. It is important for community well-being, ecological integrity and the sustainability of tourism that this problem is well understood and addressed. Taking the perspective of local community concerns, interests and rights has been argued to be the foundation of meaningful sustainable tourism development.

 

Master or PhD (or both):  PhD

 

Primary Supervisor:Dr Freya Higgins-Desboilles

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Breaking free from the herd: How organisations become front runners in gender diversity

 

Despite decades of equal opportunity legislation, gender inequality persists in organisations around the world. This project investigates why a few exceptional organisations (front runners) make substantive progress toward gender equality when so many of their competitors fail.

 

Despite regulatory pressures and significant financial investments in gender diversity initiatives, most Australian employers fail to make substantive progress toward gender equality. This project focuses on exceptions to this general rule. The project can take any of following directions depending upon the specific interest of the PhD student:

  1. Understanding what differentiates gender diversity leaders (front runners) from their competitors (laggards)
  2. Investigating how these differentiating factors are established in new start-up organisations
  3. Investigating how organisations leverage commitment to social and environmental sustainability to become gender diversity front runners
  4. Investigating how external recognition (such as awards) can stimulate organisations to become gender diversity front runners

 

Master or PhD (or both):  PhD

 

Primary Supervisor:Dr Sukhbir Sandhu

 

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Optimising digital media spending for small to medium sized companies

 

Small to medium sized companies now use digital media (search ads on Google and display ads in Facebook) instead of traditional media like Yellow Pages listings and local newspapers and radio. But little is known about the effectiveness of digital media, and the best way to allocate spending across Google, Facebook, and other digital options, because of a lack of independent experimental data. The importance of digital versus traditional media is likely to vary by business type (e.g., direct-to-consumer vs. bricks-and-mortar), available budget (small, medium, large), and whether the product is a frequent or infrequent purchase.

 

Master or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:Dr Justin Cohen

 

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Adoption and diffusion of new transport technologies and services

 

Recent advances in transport systems and services, such as the development of autonomous vehicles (AVs), the invention of unmanned aerial vehicles, the growth of shared mobility services, and the commercialization of alternative fuel vehicle technologies, promise to revolutionize how humans travel. The implications are profound: some have predicted the end of car dependent Western societies, others have portended greater suburbanization than has ever been observed before. This research will seek to understand how different agents will engage with these new systems and services, and what will be the consequent economic, social and environmental impacts of their decisions.

 

Master or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Akshay Vij

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Social networks and tax avoidance

 

In the proposed research project, we seek to link two major streams of research in financial economics. First, global concerns regarding corporate tax aggressiveness and its macro and micro effects are a major source of concern. A second stream of research concerns the impact of social networks of key corporate executives on a range of corporate activities such as mergers and acquisitions, investments and executive compensation. Network effects have also been shown to have an effect on illegal insider trading and corporate fraud. Our focus is to examine the impact of social network factors in influencing a firm’s tax avoidance behaviour.

 

Master or PhD (or both):  PhD

 

Primary Supervisor:Dr Gordon (Guodong) Yuan

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Valuing social return on investment in Aboriginal led economic development in remote

A number of studies review factors enabling successful regional economic development in communities with large Aboriginal populations. They highlight the importance of: culturally legitimate, sound goverance; business development mechanisms (mentorship, incentives and business incubators); selfdetermination, accountability and entrepreneurship; human capital (individual & community); capital and market access; agglomeration (including location of resources to enable economic development); Suitably defined property rights. While some enterprises already being run and developed by Aboriginal organisations are achieving development outcomes consistent with these principles, research documenting success factors, direct economic and wider social benefit are still few. The proposed topic is to address this deficit.

 

Master or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor: Professor Jeff Connor

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What marketing managers think their Distinctive Assets are compared with actual markets

 

A growing body of research across disciplines is identifying the limits of when managerial judgement is a good basis for making decisions. Wicked environments (that present many variables) undermine intuition and can lead to poor decisions. Marketing generally, and branding specifically, is rife with opinion-based practice rather than evidence-base practice. This topic will extend prior research on managerial judgement to brand identity and building Distinctive Assets (e.g. logos, taglines, characters); another potentially wicked environment. Our interest is, do marketing managers really know what their Distinctive Assets are? If judgement proves inaccurate then collecting data to support decisions is necessary

 

Master or PhD (or both):  Master

 

Primary Supervisor:  Dr  Nicole Hartnett

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Mitigating carbon costs in the Australian wine industry by reducing the usage of glass bottles

The glass bottle and associated transportation produce 68% of the carbon cost by the time a bottle of wine is purchased by a consumer. The whole wine industry is focused around bottles, even though some wine is packaged in bag-in-box, tetra pack and a small amount in cans. Bottles are seen as a symbol of quality. Alternate packaging exists but is not see as mainstream by either industry or consumers. This project will take the first steps of linking wine producers with retailers to trial alternate packages focusing on communication strategies to wine consumers. This topic is linked to a related topic by another Master’s student (Wolf Blass Scholar)

 

Master or PhD (or both):  Master

 

Primary Supervisor:Professor Larry Lockshin

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The short and long term effects of an economic shock on consumer loyalty: using 2009 to guide decision making

 

Economic downturns have a noted impact on the sales of many categories. Due to the consequent resource constraints, businesses often reduce marketing support. It has been observed that maintaining support during an economic down turn can be a good strategy, however this is at least partly dependent on how the downturn affects key metrics like loyalty. If loyalty increases then spending can safely decrease, however if loyalty decreases, it would suggest that marketing spend (or at least Share of Voice) must at least be maintained in the face of increased consumer switching. Of further interest is the longer-term effects on consumer behaviour: if loyalty does decline (or increase) what happens in the following 2 years regarding the individual’s repertoires?

 

Master or PhD (or both):  PhD

 

Primary Supervisor:Dr Carl Driesener

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Masters topic: Understanding the evolution of per occasion volume, value and units

PhD topic: Understanding and modelling the evolution of per occasion volume, value and units

 

Many studies modelling consumer behaviour focus on the size of a customer base and the frequency of purchase occasions of a given brand. This approach is based on an observation that the volume, value and number of units purchased on a given purchase occasion by a consumer have relatively low variance across the purchase occasions of all consumers and all brands within that category - hence it can be safely ignored (e.g. when calculating market share). We propose to firstly revisit this finding and explore the extent of the per occasion variance, including in the context of the light, medium and heavy buyer. The second part of this topic is to understand how the per occasion metrics evolve for growing and declining brands (including for light medium and heavy buyers). PhD extension: A useful, and more difficult, component will be developing a model to incorporate the findings on the distribution of weight of purchase into relevant brand choice models (e.g. the Conditional Trend Analysis application of the negative binomial distribution).

 

Master or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:Dr Carl Driesener

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How do light, medium and heavy brand buyers differ? Building an understanding through brand user profiles.

 

Competing brand user profiles are remarkably similar at the aggregate level. Prior research has not, however, examined the light, medium and heavy buyer classes for a given brand. Furthermore, the purchasing of a brand’s SKUs by buyer class has not been examined. The homogeneity (or otherwise) of a brand’s buyer base and their purchase selections have strategic implications. For example, growth is largely driven by increasing penetration, which means recruiting buyers, in particular many more light buyers. Thus, understanding how this group may or may not differ from the rest of the buyer base is important, as is identifying the generalisability of such a finding. Finally the existing generalisation compared the user bases of competing brands; the comparison of buyer groups between brands expands these findings.

 

Master or PhD (or both):  Masters

 

Primary Supervisor:Dr Carl Driesener

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The next one is the most important one: Moore’s Law and the role of new points of distribution in building penetration in the context of the quasi-equilibrium between distribution and market share

 

The purpose of this topic is to assess and formalise Moore’s proposed law: ‘All new distribution in a new channel or retailer is nearly 100% incremental’. Distribution plays an important role in brand growth, however, as with any tactical decision there are options. Brand managers can a) seek new outlets, or b) they can focus on changing the range (the distribution depth) and locations in a given store. Managing these options requires understanding which option will deliver more incremental sales and when. This project will quantify the importance of gaining new distribution for a brand and its SKUs (a. above). Secondly it will examine the incremental sales impact of range expansion within a store (b. above). Both a) and b) will be examined in the context of brands moving along the Wilbur & Farris velocity curve.

 

Master or PhD (or both):  PhD

 

Primary Supervisor:Dr Carl Driesener

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Social enterprise and the purpose economy

 

The purpose economy is the fasted growing industry sector in Australia. Within that sector, opportunities for innovation exist within the emergence of market-based social service models such as the introduction of Consumer Directed Care (CDC) for older Australians and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). New knowledge is required to meet opportunities emerging from changes in the social housing sector and wholesale systems reform in key social service areas. New forms of social finance like social impact bonds, along with the re-emergence of cooperative services and other, new forms of social enterprise provide further opportunities for research-led innovation to respond to emerging industrial and intellectual challenges.

Students can engage with the following topics related to social enterprise and the purpose economy:

  1. Mechanisms and strategies to scale up social procurement 
  2. Mechanisms, policy and strategy to grow social impact investment 
  3. The role of cooperative structures in advancing enterprising responses to social issues
  4. Opportunities and risks related to emerging markets in social service provision
  5. The importance of values led and mission driven organisations in the effective and appropriate provision of social services
  6. Leadership and values in mission driven organisations
  7. Business for good: mission, values and leadership as drivers of success

 

Master or PhD (or both): PhD

 

Primary Supervisor: Professor Ian Goodwin-Smith

 

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The financial inclusion agenda in Australia: Contested spaces and the papering over different economic worlds.

 

Global financial architecture – whether the World Bank, IMF, OECD through to regional development banks – have reproduced and reinforced an economic worldview that has been replicated (with regionally unique characteristics) across the world. Even in the face of significant crises the business as usual approach that accompanies a narrowly defined idea of what economics ‘is’ has defined financial inclusion agendas that include the development of financial products like microfinance through to financial literacy education.

Yet despite the growing emphasis on financial inclusion there are many marginalised and vulnerable communities and individuals whose lifeworlds to do not align with the economic worldviews promoted through this inclusion agenda. While much of the focus is on the developing worlds (in particular the ‘great unbanked’), this topic is how these spaces are often papered over in a developed world context. This project would seek to identify and work with a financially excluded cohort in an Australian context (e.g. some Indigenous communities, individuals experiencing homelessness) to better understand what financial inclusion means to them and to develop an evidence base to better inform financial inclusive practices.

 

Master or PhD (or both): Both

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Jonathon Louth


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Political economy of Indigenous Financial Exclusion

 

Indigenous economic worldviews have been subsumed, ignored and/or dismantled because of Australia’s colonial experience. The intergenerational effects of financial exclusion are a contributor to lower social determinants (e.g. health, income, education) within many remote Aboriginal communities. Western economic (and welfare practices) presume how Indigenous communities ought to function, yet the evidence has shown that the gap in knowledges (in both directions) exacerbates the financial exclusion experienced in many communities. This includes the appropriateness of particular financial products (e.g. superannuation), the impact of predatory practices (e.g. payday loans), through to a lack of knowledge around financial services (and what is required of services). Undertaking fieldwork in the Northern Territory, this project will examine what ‘financial capabilities’ are relevant and required in communities

 

Master or PhD (or both): Both

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Jonathon Louth

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Purchasing patterns of smart home product brands - How they compete and grow

 

Over the past 50 years, many studies in the marketing literature have investigated purchasing patterns of brand buying in a range of mature product categories. As a result, there are solid patterns found such as double jeopardy and duplication of purchases, which can inform marketers on how to grow their brands (Sharps, B. 2010). However, whether or not these patterns can be applied to newly introduced categories such as smart home products are yet not known. In addition, it is also important to identify marketing factors affect brand growth in the newly introduced categories such as smart home products

 

Master or PhD (or both): PhD

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Giang Trinh

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Disability NOT Inability: The management control of workers living with intellectually disability

 

Beyond arguments relating to social justice, social inclusion, and equal opportunity, the employment of individuals with an intellectual disability can be justified on rational economic and productivity grounds. However, this employment practice calls into question the extent to which management control systems are or should be modified to accommodate workers with such ‘special needs’. This study will provide foundational insights into the management control implications of employing intellectually disabled people. This research will involve interviews with policy-makers and practitioners in the intellectual disability area within South Australia.

 

Master or PhD (or both): PhD

Primary Supervisor: Dr Basil Tucker

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How can local businesses and civic organisations collaborate to reduce the impact of domestic violence?

 

Violence against women has been identified internationally as ‘the most pervasive yet underrecognized human rights violation in the world’ (WHO, 2005) with intimate partner violence being the most common (UNSD, 2015). A recent South Australian regional study found that local businesses and employers were a strong avenue of support for young women experiencing domestic violence. With the introduction of domestic violence leave, it is an opportune time to increase understanding of the ways in which businesses and employers respond to women experiencing domestic violence. Further, more information is needed about how businesses, community services and civic organisations may collaborate in whole-of-community efforts to reduce the impact of domestic violence in their local and/or regional communities.

 

Master or PhD (or both): Both

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Catherine Mackenzie

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Global saviours, local heroes and regional economies: Exploring industrial transformation in the Upper Spencer Gulf

 

The towns of Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla, in the Upper Spencer Gulf region of South Australia, have been economically reliant on traditional industries (i.e. mining and heavy industry) and subjected to numerous cycles of industrial transformation over the past few decades with limited success. While these regional economies exhibit some variation, it has been mining-reliant industries that have defined them economically, in the process influencing the social and cultural fabric of the communities that have helped sustain them. In recent years – and reflecting a global trend – the Upper Spencer Gulf and surrounding areas have experienced the advent of the ‘international entrepreneur’ (e.g. Elon Musk and Sanjeev Gupta) offering new regional industries and economic development. However, while these global saviours have brought promise, they have also brought disappointment. With governments keen to identify sources of direct (and silver bullet) investment, localised options are often overlooked. The extent to which locally developed primary and secondary and service industries that draw on and seek to retain pre-existing social capital within these regional economies is less known and would be the central focus of this study

 

Master or PhD (or both): Both

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Catherine Mackenzie

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Convergence, divergence or cross-vergence: How consumer values change at the age of globalisation

Over the past four decades, most studies on consumer value or culture have focused on identifying cultural differences across nations. Relatively little attention is given to examining the dynamic aspect of culture or the mechanisms underlying value changes. Both academics and practitioners agree that “globalisation is shaping culture, modifying value systems, affecting social identifies, and ultimately, altering the dispositions and behaviours of consumers worldwide” (Cleveland 2018, p257). As globalisation is probably the most challenging issue facing international marketers today, the aim of this study is to investigate whether the globalisation (de-globalisation) process homogenises or diverges consumer values and how the value evolution affects consumer behaviours worldwide.

 

Master or PhD (or both): Both

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Song Yang

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Use of workforce analytics in the journey towards gender equity goals

 

Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels in traditionally masculine hierarchies. Diversity statements might signal organisational intent, but there may be a disconnect between words and practices. Even when managers are aware of gender imbalance, and motivated to launch organisational change efforts, they are unlikely to have an evidence-based strategy to measure organisational progress toward gender equity. An evidence-based practice (EBP) approach relies on high-quality information to support decision-making. Local data collected on an ongoing basis and well-designed intervention initiatives form the foundation of an EBP approach to gender equity. Systematically analysing the data using workforce analytics tools can help develop the necessary evidence and identify lead indicators to achieve gender equity.

 

Master or PhD (or both): Both

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Shruti Sardeshmukh

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Bringing dignity and choice to hunger relief: a comparison of different models of food relief services

 

Last year some 5 Million Australians reported that they ran out of food and did not have enough money to buy more at least once in the past 12 months; 1/3rd of those were children (FHR 2019). Over 2,600 Australian charities currently provide hunger relief; yet only 37% believe they can meet the current demand, which has increased by 22% in just 12 months (FHR 2019). Hunger can have serious long-term economic, social and health implications for individuals and for society. So, finding more effective ways to eliminate hunger can be transformational for the food relief sector, and for affected individuals and society as a whole.

 

Master or PhD (or both): Both

 

Primary Supervisor: Professor Svetlana Bogomolova

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The effects of neurodynamics on team performance: the role of brain-to-brain synchrony on team performance

 

The broad topic attempts to explore the effect of neurobiological markers on individual performance (EEG markers, Physiological measures like heartrate variability, eye tracking etc.) on collaborative decision-making performance within operational units in a variety of context. The broad questions include how the team composition on these individual neurobiological profiles can influence team decision-making capability. We aim to use the cutting-edge technique of measuring brain-to-brain synchrony along with behavioural observation data on communication dynamics between team members to asses the neural and behavioural dynamics of team performance. The broad topic relates to how personality, shared mental models and other known team constructs relate to these neurodyanmics.

 

Master or PhD (or both): PhD

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Ruchi Sinha

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Carbon accounting, reporting and performance management

 

Business and non-business organisations are increasingly managing and reporting carbon emissions. Climate change is one of the most discussed political, societal and business issues globally, and the issue is particularly sensitive in Australia, which has experienced incredible carbon policy changes within a short time frame, after introducing the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act in 2007. Businesses increasingly understand that there is a price for carbon, irrespective of policy changes, and that any advancement or drop in carbon reporting and management will have significant implications for performance and valuation in a carbon-constrained future.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:  Dr Wei Qian

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China – India: Global economic growth perspective

 

Since 1980, while Europe and America have experienced slower growth rates, China and India have grown at an unprecedented rate and become the centre stage for policymakers from all over the world. However, rising corruption and income inequality, as well as political and economic instabilities, cast doubts on the long-term sustainability of these growth rates. This research compares the factors driving the long-run economic growth of these two countries and suggests policy implications for developing countries around the world.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:  Dr Rajabrata Banerjee

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Cross-country analysis of successful ageing and health utilisation

 

Ageing is an important issue in both developing and developed countries. For example, the number of people in Asia who are 65 or older will reach close to 1 billion by 2050 (more than double today’s number). Thus, it is crucial to identify ways to age successfully, which in return will ease the burden on the public health system in many countries around the world.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:  Dr Ilke Onur

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Environmental sustainability and growth prospects of firms: Cross-country analysis

 

Climate change poses a risk worldwide and if not controlled, may lead to irreversible damage. It has direct and indirect influence on financial markets through damaged asset values, lower investment, decreased economic growth, and stranded assets due to policy changes. If a firm is environmentally proactive there is positive and significant cost advantage. On the other hand, environmental activities are costly and may divert valuable resources that could have been otherwise invested by firms to gain higher market share. This research examines the costs, benefits and regulatory environment of environmentally sustainability of firms in a global setting.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:  Associate Professor Kartick Gupta

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Integrated technological solutions for sustainable and safe water use and storage 

 

Water stress is increasing around the world. Nearly all countries worldwide project increasing water risks due to climate change, with extreme events (floods/droughts) cited as a primary concern for regional catchments. Healthy catchments provide water for people and food production, mitigate floods and droughts, recharge groundwater and provide for aquatic ecosystems, but poorly managed water use and storage contribute to unhealthy catchments and, in turn, the detriment of regional communities. Behavioural, financial and technical responses of farmers and agricultural industries require more in-depth focus to better understand how regionally sensitive technology, programs and policy can advance secure and safe water storage and use.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

 

Primary Supervisor:  Dr Joanne Tingey-Holyoak

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NGO accountability and governance: Exploring new organisational forms and performance measurement systems

 

This research explores the evolving nature and forms of NGO accountability and governance in a neo-liberal era. NGOs in developing country contexts are facing significant funding pressure as international policy continues to shift. Many NGOs are transforming the ways they operate, leaving well-established programs of work to enter ‘new markets’ in a bid to stay relevant and engage with beneficiaries. These has given rise to new ‘hybrid’ organisational forms and related performance measurement systems. This project will research: how NGO governance is evolving in developing countries; what impacts these changes have on performance measurement systems; and how these factors impact NGO accountability.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:  Professor Sumit Lodhia

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Sustainability reporting in developing countries in Asia-Pacific and Africa

 

Corporate sustainability reporting has been studied extensively in developed countries but there is still only limited, albeit growing, research undertaken in developing countries. Given that the majority of the world's population lives in developing countries, especially in the Asian and African regions, it is surprising that only a small number of papers have so far examined sustainability reporting in these regions. There is a clear gap in the research of sustainability reporting practices, motivations and impacts on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia and Africa.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:  Professor Carol Tilt

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The aftermath of war: Assessing the economic and health impact of  WW1 on Canadian and Australian soldiers

 

Recent advances in linking data bases has made it possible to examine aspects of the life histories of individuals. Such data allows researchers to examine the impact of shocks on individual resilience, life trajectories and the consequences of trauma on long-term economic outcomes. This project takes advantage of a recently created database of Canadian and Australian WW1 soldiers to examine the long-term financial, economic and health impact of war on returning soldiers.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:  Dr John Wilson

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The transformation of management and reporting  systems in response to sustainable development goals : A study into Australian organisations 

 

Global bodies such as United Nations (UN) suggest that progress towards sustainability requires cooperation from all sectors in society: governments, companies, international organisations and civil society. It is in this context that the United Nations developed its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which incorporates seventeen goals and 169 associated targets. This research will explore how Australian organisations are responding to the sustainable development goals through changes to their management and reporting systems.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

 

Primary Supervisor:  Professor Sumit Lodhia

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Transforming performance measurement, accountability and governance in the Australian public sector: Integrating the six capitals into public sector practices

 

This research will explore whether the use of the six capitals (Financial, Manufactured, Human, Intellectual, Natural, and Social and Relationship) approach advocated by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) can be used to transform current approaches to performance measurement, accountability and governance in the Australian public sector.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

 

Primary Supervisor:  Professor Sumit Lodhia

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A novel model to improve the current Australian Kidney Exchange Program: A genetic algorithm approach 

 

Around 10-15% of the population worldwide is affected with Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD).

CKD results in reduced life expectancy for patients and impaired quality of life. It also has significant cost implications, costing the Australian health system 4.1 billion dollars in 2014 alone. The most severe form of CKD is end-stage renal disease (ESRD), which, if left untreated, can be fatal. The treatment for ESRD is either by dialysis or kidney transplantation. Around 30% of patients with ESRD have a willing living donor in time for transplant; however, their donor is incompatible due to either blood group incompatibility or human leucocyte antigen (HLA) sensitisation of the recipient against the donor.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Yousef Amer

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International comparison of millennial entrepreneurship

 

This project aims to compare the phenomenon of millennial entrepreneurship among leading economies and draw lessons that could help close the gap between Australia and these more advanced entrepreneurial markets. This project expects to generate new knowledge on how best to provide the right entrepreneurial milieu, policy initiatives and infrastructure to help stimulate new start-ups. Expected outcomes of the project include an actionable agenda for private and public sector organisations engaged in stimulating entrepreneurial activity.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

 

Primary Supervisor:  Professor Ying Zhu

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Non-profit governance dynamics

 

This project aims to examine the phenomenon of non-profit governance dynamics by comparing leading board directors and organisations, drawing lessons that could help close the gap between South Australia and more advanced governance systems. This project expects to generate new knowledge on how best to provide the right governance dynamics in non-profit organisations, policy initiatives and infrastructure to help stimulate sustainability. Expected outcomes of the project include an agenda for change in independent non-profits, the public sector and for-profit entertainment businesses engaged in seeking governance effectiveness.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:  Professor Ruth Rentschler

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Role of interdisciplinary dynamic capabilities in strategic ambidexterity and business performance

 

Businesses have various strategic business units (SBUs) (i.e. Marketing, Supply Chain, International, Finance & HRM). SBUs possess different dynamic capabilities, allowing each to learn/adapt responsively to changing environment/institutional/market conditions. Meanwhile, research into market ambidexterity shows successful firms enact strategic ambidexterity (exploration and/or exploitation) identifying opportunities, to avoid failure and optimise performance. Integrating these disciplines, this research examines how capabilities across different business SBUs combine/interact to enhance market ambidexterity (locally/internationally) and consequently business performance. This is an important area of investigation because traditional resource-based view and static/routine capabilities are no longer effective navigating today’s markets, which are highly competitive and increasingly volatile due to changing customers’ requirements, competition, advancing technology and globalisation.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

 

Primary Supervisor:  Professor Susan Freeman

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The effect of extra-organisational social support on employee organisational attitudes, behaviour and performance

 

Organisational behaviour research has highlighted the role of social support within the organisation, primarily through supervisors and co-workers (see, for example French et al., 2018; Kossek et al. 2011). Treuren (2017) and Treuren and Fein (2018) have demonstrated that family and community-based social support can buffer the negative consequences of work and life conflict on employee turnover intentions. This research proposes to integrate the extensive sociology and social psychology literature of the 1970s and 1980s on community social support into a theory of employee workplace coping and performance (See, for example, House et al.1988).

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:  Dr Gerry Treuren

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The management of the psychosocial dimensions of personal care work in the aged care and disability services sector

 

Personal care work requires substantial emotional and cognitive engagement by employees. The literature on compassion fatigue has demonstrated the substantial negative consequences to clients, employees and employing organisations. This research seeks to explore the origins and experience of the adverse psychosocial consequences of personal care work and identifies self-care and employer management responses to compassion fatigue.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:  Dr Gerry Treuren

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The refugee and migrant experience of entering the Australian labour market

 

Australia is proportionally one of the largest destinations of migrants and refugees. The limited literature indicates that refugees struggle to find employment, and few find employment equivalent to that held in their home country. Little is known about the process of finding employment, the success factors and the barriers, the role of government and community-organisation support. This broadly-defined topic seeks to explore issues of migrant and refugee settlement.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

 

Primary Supervisor:  Dr Gerry Treuren

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Waste minimisation in supply chain for sustainability

 

Sustainable supply chains need to incorporate 6R attributes to achieve the potential of sustainability within the triple bottom line. This supply chain will be incorporating 3R process improvement (reuse, recycle and remanufacturing) and 3R product design (reduce, recover and redesign) across all organisational activities of all members. Upon reaching end-of-life of the product use stage, a strategy of further improving product utilisation needs to be considered to extend product lifecycle, in order to reduce product disposal significantly.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD 

 

Primary Supervisor:  Dr Sev Nagalingam

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Developing a scale for aged-care quality standards

 

Australia’s aging population has led to more people moving to aged-care homes. To ensure that providers offer quality services to their residents, the Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has recently consolidated various standards policies and developed a single quality framework that will come into effect in July 2019. This framework defines the standards expected of aged-care service providers, in order to protect and enhance the safety, health, well-being and quality of life of people receiving aged care. This project aims to develop a scale that can consistently and continually measure the quality performance of aged-care homes. 

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD 

 

Primary Supervisor:  Associate Professor Richard Lee

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Give me wine and innovative ideas, and I will develop a region

 

Wine is often regarded as one of the key economic levers for the sustainable development of rural areas. Wine production, in fact, not only creates successful winery businesses, but contributes to the economic growth and development of all businesses and communities in the entire wine region. It is therefore important to understand how wine functions as both glue and creative power, enabling and supporting various sectors to develop sustainable, value co-creation ecosystems that can help wine regions to grow and be resilient over time.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both 

 

Primary Supervisor:  Associate Professor Armando Corsi

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Identifying effective marketing interventions for improved household food discard management through the household three-bin kerbside system

 

Reducing food waste and diverting waste from landfill is a local, national and state government priority, but waste disposal is a private, complex, under-researched consumer behaviour occurring in every household. Currently, 47% of a household’s landfill bin is kitchen organic discards, which is a significant collection cost to councils and detrimental to the environment. Councils are charged with improving diversion rates from landfill into the organic kerbside bin; however, scalable, effective behaviour-change interventions cannot be developed without more social science research into effective ways to engage householders on this issue. 

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Masters 

 

Primary Supervisor:  Associate Professor Anne Sharp

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Measuring physical availability of brands: What is physical availability worth? 

 

Surprisingly, there appear to be few measures of physical availability for brands other than counting the number of stores in which they are stocked. As well as reviewing existing measures, there is a need to ascertain the quality of types of physical availability (e.g. shelf height), and to investigate the effect on sales of shelf facings, end of aisle locations, close to check-out display, proximity to other categories and brands, vending machines, convenience and e-commerce. Studies might also replicate and extend existing research to discover the conditions that affect shelf space elasticity. 

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both 

 

Primary Supervisor:  Professor Larry Lockshin

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Smart target marketing strategies – knowing how far to push the targeting concept

 

Target marketing is somewhat of a gospel in marketing.  However, it can be likened to salt in cooking – a bit improves the dish but at a point adding more doesn't. This agenda hopes to make discoveries that will allow smarter targeting.  Specific questions to be addressed are: How well do various demographic variables relate to buying behaviour differences?  Decades of research has shown that competing brands tend to have very similar buyer profiles.  Are there nuances in this generalisation that allow for more intelligent targeting decisions? Target marketing is intrinsically linked to making specific appeals to specific buyers.  But what sort of appeals resonate broadly, across the whole market?

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  Both 

 

Primary Supervisor: Professor Rachel Kennedy

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Econometric Analysis of Business and Economic Data

 

Research in business and economics ubiquitously involves evidence-based approach. This is particularly so due to facilitation of collection of data in the information era. In an evidence-based approach research questions can be addressed through a set of propositions which are then verified based on sample information. Hypothesis testing in econometric analysis offers a valuable approach to verification of research propositions on relationships among business and economics variables. More specifically, it quantifies empirical evidence in probability measures concerning research propositions. Inaccurate presentation of evidence may have serious consequences on research findings. It is vital that the evidence can be quantified accurately.

 

Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD 

 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Zen Lu

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