Data analytics impact on decision-making in Queensland Health

Big data analytics underpinned by sophisticated algorithms are increasingly guiding management decision-making processes. Supporters claim “data-driven management” (DDM) will improve organisational decision-making processes by  optimizing the use of limited resources. However DDM has also been seen as potentially causing top down decision-making data-driven bureaucracies.

Dr Peter Ross and Professor Adrian Wilkinson examine how data analytics are being introduced into the Queensland Health sector and the impact on workplace decision-making practices.

Re-modelling social commerce in Saudi Arabia

Social commerce adoption has been studied from different perspectives by applying diverse theories that concern technology acceptance. Research shows that social commerce is influenced by subjective norms, attitude, social support and e-WOM (Electronic Word of Mouth) which can become viral if the message is persuasive enough.

PhD candidate, Ali Saeed Alghamdi, (supervised by Dr Kuldeep Sandhu and Dr Luke Houghton) is looking at social commerce as a business tool from a Saudi Arabian perspective.

Towards a predictive framework for the social factors value conversions in online markets

Dr Luke Houghton is testing a research model that conjectures that: desire, awareness, empathy and trust create resonance or a 'fit' between potential customers.  Called the Dibby effect, this theory argues that the biggest predictors of conversions are soft/social factors.  This model is currently being tested with internet markets and a variety of small businesses.

Factors affecting adoption of digital agricultural tools and systems in Australian horticulture

Agriculture faces many challenges including diminishing land and water resources, soil degradation, contamination, and adverse climate change patterns and therefore well placed to gain from adoption of digital technologies, however most in the Australian industry have failed to embrace them.

PhD candidate, Edith Gomez (supervised by Dr Louis Sanzogni and Dr Kuldeep Sandhu) is exploring the factors influencing uptake of digital technologies in Australian horticulture supply chains.

Exploring Jordanian barriers to e-government adoption

Few qualitative studies have investigated the main factors relevant to the adoption of e-government by citizens in the Middle East such as resistance to change, wasta (favouritism), and word of mouth (WOM).

Associate Professor Peter Woods and Dr Kuldeep Sandhu (with Mohammad Alomari) explore the fears, motivations and factors with respect to e-government relevant to two social groups of people, those who do and those who do not have regular access to the internet in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan.

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