Addressing economic, social and environmental challenges

We have built a reputation for exceptional teaching quality, leadership in work-integrated learning initiatives and study abroad programs and, of course, expertise in Asia. Maintaining our strong ethos of research, we continue to develop a reputation for high impact research that addresses economic, social and environmental challenges.

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Welcome from the Head of Department

It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation.  This year is one of change for the Department.  From its foundations in Asian Studies over 30 years ago, the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation has built an international reputation in teaching and research.   We are now refocusing to embrace changes in the business landscape and to align with the strategic focus of GBS and Griffith University.

As the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation (BSI) we are looking forward to new challenges.  We retain our strengths in teaching and research, which include exceptional teaching quality, leadership in Work Integrated Learning initiatives and Study Abroad programmes and, of course, expertise in Asia.  Building on our strong ethos of research, we will continue to develop our reputation for high impact research that addresses economic, social and environmental challenges.

We value engagement with business organisations, social enterprises, government and other entities across the broader community. Whether you are a student, parent, alumni, employer, a business or a colleague we value your input to help us maintain excellence in our teaching and our research.  I hope you find the website both interesting and informative.

Professor Rosemary Stockdale

Rosemary Stockdale

OUR VISION

To be at the forefront in global innovative business thinking and to challenge the boundaries in research, teaching and engagement.

OUR MISSION

To contribute to the communities in which we live by engaging with business to create forward thinking, innovative and confident graduates and to be known for creating positive, socially responsible solutions to global business problems.

OUR VALUES

We are committed to:

  • innovative and creative problem solving
  • valuing diversity
  • promoting a collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture
  • an Asia focussed agenda in teaching and research
  • contributing to our communities through impactful research
  • rigorous standard of scholarship and integrity in all we do.

Strategic Advisory Board

Jo-Anne Cochran

Jo-Anne Cochran

Economic Development Queensland

Damien Green

Damien Green

Gold Coast Health

Enid Hughes

Enid Hughes

DV Connect Limited

Gary Mahon

Gary Mahon

Queensland Trucking Association

Rory O'Connor

Rory O'Connor

Yugambeh Museum

Chris Rees

Chris Rees

Austrade

Rob Whiddon

Rob Whiddon

Retired - DFAT/TIQ

AJ Williams

AJ Williams

Mercury IT

Irene Yashin-Shaw

Irene Yashin-Shaw

Entrepreneur

History of BSI

The Department of Business Strategy and Innovation (BSI), formerly the Department of International Business and Asian Studies (IBAS), has a long and rich history as a foundation school with Griffith University. The University’s founding Chancellor Sir Theodor Bray created the BSI as part of his commitment to raising the education standards offered in Queensland at a time of great social change. ““If we do nothing else in this university,” he said, “we will teach Asian Studies and we will cultivate good relations between Asia and its neighbours around the Pacific Rim.”

The department, then called the School of Modern Asian Studies, sat alongside Humanities, Australian Environmental Studies and Science as one of the first schools to launch with the University in 1975.

Harnessing the Griffith University spirit of innovation and forward thinking, the study area gave rise to the Division of Asian and International Studies (AIS), which then grew into the Faculty of AIS. Comprising three schools - International Business, Asian Studies and Language and Linguistics, the school continued to flourish and produce future-ready graduates.

As the University grew and evolved, 1996 saw the first two schools merging with the School of Politics and Public Policy, and the School of Economics into the new Faculty of International Business and Politics, while Languages and Linguistics moved to the Faculty of Arts.

In 2001, the School of Asian Studies and the School of International Business were combined into the School of International Business and Asian Studies (IBAS) and joined the Faculty of Commerce and Management. Then 2004 saw this Faculty come to include the Graduate School of Management (GSM) to form the Griffith Business School (GBS). The School of IBAS was then renamed the Department of IBAS. In January 2019 the Department was renamed the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation to align with the strategic vision of the Grifth Business School.

Today, BSI aims to build its reputation as a leader in the field of business innovation and creativity as part of the process of its repositioning. It incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to a number of areas of relevance (entrepreneurship, information management, international and Asian business and supply chain management) that are informed by a focus on business strategy, sustainability and business innovation.