Engaging with businesses and partner institutions

Our staff work closely with businesses and institutions globally to develop sustainable community-university partnerships and deliver mutually beneficial outcomes. Below are just some examples of these partnerships.

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For applied research to have an impact it is imperative to know what the end-users want. Therefore, we first need to identify the end-users and then engage with them to give them a role in conducting the research. This includes up front asking questions such as: Who is the end-user? What outcomes are they seeking? How can they be involved in the research? What are the potential sources of funding? And how will we know if the research has made a difference?

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Dr Byung Min travelled to Taipai to commence his research project ‘Family firms and research and development’ as part of his Taiwan Fellowship 2018. The Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) is the largest think-tank for Taiwanese economic policy and is the designated partner organisation for the project. Fellow researchers include Ko-Hsiung Lien (Director, Regional Development Research Centre and Small and Medium Enterprises) and Chien-Fu Lin (TIER and National Taiwan University).

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The term engagement within the university environment encompasses a plethora of relations:  academia-industry; academia-academia; academia-student; industry-academia-student; academia-potential students, to name a few. The Department of Business Strategy and Innovation actively engages with potential students from low socio-economic communities to promote education opportunities and drive social inclusion.

Dr Paul Howard, Program Director (Bachelor of Asian Studies) shares his experience with student engagement.

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Academy of International Business

Professor Sara McGaughey chairs the Oceania chapter of the Academy of International Business. The AIB has 3010 members in 88 countries. Members include scholars from leading academic institutions, consultants and practitioners. The Oceania chapter is one of 18 chapters around the world facilitating networking and knowledge exchange at the local level in the Pacific region.

AIB Oceania chapter website

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Centre for Global Cooperation Research

Dr Larry Crump was appointed as a Senior Fellow in 2016-2017 based on a proposal entitled: Global Governance Revisited via Three Levels of Analysis: Global, Regional and Bilateral. The global focus of this fellowship was on the G20, the regional focus was aimed at the factors that support and inhibit policy coordination in regional associations, and the bilateral focus was on developing a theoretical framework to help explain closure in bilateral free trade agreement negotiations.

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Dr Dhara Shah worked with the Vice President Human Resources of CGI Group on her research project to understand issues causing the lack of women in Indian IT industry in senior leadership roles on international assignments.

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Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre

Professor Anneke Fitzgerald and Adjunct A/Professor Joanne Curry are working with the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (The University of Sydney) with regard to patient journey modelling. The objectives are to give voice to people with dementia and their carers about their individual journeys in order to understand positive and negative experiences and identify opportunities for improvement to optimise effective coordination, integration and delivery of care.

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Dr Larry Crump provided trade negotiation training to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Canberra). This program of engagement is based on negotiation research that began in 2004 that involved interviewing trade treaty diplomats and negotiators to create negotiation theory that has direct application to practice.

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Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil)

Dr Gustavo Guzman and Dr Mariana Mayumi from Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil), are developing a research project that studies the implementation of a sustainable network of household waste management in regional Brazil. Outcomes of this project are already helping Brazilian communities to address environmental and social concerns generated by household waste.

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Flinders University

Professor Anneke Fitzgerald has teamed with colleagues from Flinders University, Adelaide to undertake an NHMRC funded project titled "'Agents of Change’: Improving post diagnosis care for people with dementia and their carers through the establishment of a National Quality Collaborative to implement guideline recommendations".

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Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Professor Anneke Fitzgerald, Dr Katrina Radford and Mark Avery are working with the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and Gold Coast business community to bring the Health System Global Symposium to the region in 2022. At the moment they are preparing a bid and are liaising with health institutes and research centres around Australia seeking their support.

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Gothenburg Research Institute (Sweden)

Dr Gustavo Guzman has teamed with Airi Rovio-Johansson and Roy Liff from Gothenburg Research Institute (Sweden) to expand the understanding on how students understand and apply textbook theory. This study contributes to the learning as change and translation bodies of knowledge. Currently Dr Gustavo Guzman is a Visiting Research Fellow at Gothenburg Research Institute.

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Independent Research Institute of Mongolia

Dr Tapan Sarker is working with colleagues from the Independent Research Institute of Mongolia to conduct research that aims to enhance governance and sustainable development of Mining in Mongolia. This project has been funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Dr Dhara Shah is currently collaborating with Professor Narendra Agrawal from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore on a research project titled “Dual Career Issues in women led international assignments within the Indian IT industry”.

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Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

Dr Tapan Sarker  was appointed as Scholar in Residence in 2016-17 at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), India. IIMC is the first tripled crowned higher education management institution in India, and has accreditation from EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBA’s (AMBA). The focus of his fellowship was to conduct a research titled ‘Pathways to a sustainable future: the prospects and challenges for Indian business’.

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Macquarie University

Dr Gustavo Guzman and Dr Louis Sanzogni have teamed with Dr Peter Busch and Dr Stephen Smith from Macquarie University (Sydney) to develop a novel application of Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Management. It aims at helping Fire Emergency organisations to effectively deal with major and household fires.

Ministry of Environment and Forestry (Indonesia)

Dr Tapan Sarker is working with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia to conduct  research that aims to enhance the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Indonesia. This project has been funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

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Multicultural Community Centre

Dr Katrina Radford and Professor Anneke Fitzgerald are collaborating with the Multicultural Community Centre on the  Gold Coast (MCCGC) implementing the Future Care program for the elderly and people with cognitive decline and their carers. This program is a direct response/impact as a result of research undertaken with the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC) exploring the current state of play of the healthcare journey experienced by people with cognitive decline and their carers.

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National Dong Hwa University (Taiwan)

Dr Byung Min has been collaborating with the National Dong Hwa University, Department of Management, to investigate factors affecting Taiwanese listed firms proactively complying with board regulation in response to various institutional pressures including self-enforcing regulations such as corporate social responsibility and environmental regulations. As 63 percent of listed firms in Taiwan are family firms, this project is planned to extend to examine family firm's strategies and competitiveness.

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National University of Laos

Dr Tapan Sarker and Dr Andrea Haefner facilitated a program funded by a DFAT Australian Awards Fellowship, to develop good practices in the transfer of knowledge to professionals from Laos in the area of water governance. Laos is one of the least developed nations in South East Asia and inhabits nearly 7 million people with the mighty Mekong River playing a central part in their lives. The water sector will play a key role to support the growth of agriculture and natural resources.

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Rajalakshmi School of Business (India)

Dr Tapan Sarker was  appointed as Visiting Research Scholar at the Rajalakshmi School of Business (RSB), India in 2018. A research collaboration  has since been developed to work on a Griffith University funded action research project titled “Supply change processes in marketing system: The case of farmers’ markets in India and Vietnam”. The research is jointly led by RSB Director Professor Subhendu Dey and Dr Tapan Sarker.

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Dr Tapan Sarker is working with the Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry to conduct research based on one of its rural development projects Sri Aurobindo Rural and Village Action and Movement (SARVAM) project.

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Taiwan Institute of Economic Research

Dr Byung Min has partnered with Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) to conduct research on ‘Family firms and research and development’ as part of his Taiwan Fellowship 2018. The Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) is the largest think-tank for Taiwanese economic policy and is the designated partner organisation for the project.

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Union for the Mediterranean

Dr Larry Crump worked with members of the Union for the Mediterranean to conducted interviews involving government officials, policy centre, and secretariat officials involved with the Union for the Mediterranean as part of his negotiation research.

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Université of Paris-Dauphine (France)

Dr Gustavo Guzman, Cécile Petitgand from Université of Paris-Dauphine, (France) and Naiara Carrillo from the University of Queensland (Australia), are starting a research collaboration to investigate the emergence of ethical practices. This study is based on a long-term ethnographic study on social entrepreneurs attempting to help poor people from Brazilian favelas.

University of Canberra

Professor Michelle Barker and Associate Professor Peter Woods have teamed with colleagues from University of Canberra to develop, model, and strengthen national approaches to the effective embedding of intercultural competence development in business and health curricula, including preparation for work-integrated learning.

University of Queensland

Dr Dhara Shah and Professor Michelle Barker are working with Dr Rui Oliviera and Dr Miriam Moeller from University of Queensland on a project exploring the impact of trailing expatriate spouses and children' adjustment on expatriate assignment.

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University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Associate Professor Ki-Hoon Lee is working with colleagues at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka to build a global network and knowledge base around environmental management accounting (EMA) and corporate sustainability practices.  This project has been funded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

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