B Bus (Hons 1st class), PhD

Lecturer, Griffith Business School

PASS Academic Manager, Griffith Business School

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Biography

Dr William Vuk Despotovic’s area of professional interest explores the cross-cultural and logistical training of expatriates living and working internationally. As a researcher, but also as someone with prior first-hand experience, he is fascinated with knowledge of the type, method, duration and value of activities undertaken to assist logistical readiness and intercultural effectiveness.

Dr William Vuk Despotovic contributes to Griffith Business School in various capacities, demonstrating his depth and breadth of knowledge and skills, as well as his adaptability. His engagements have included PASS Program Coordinator, Online Orientation Project Officer and Sessional Academic. For the last nine years he has performed core management and leadership functions within the Griffith University Business School including: recruitment and selection; performance management; training and development; annual reporting; marketing and communications; advocating for funding and support; surveying; conference presentations; and, promotional activity. His teaching experience involves appointments in Australia and China lecturing and tutoring on Human Resource Management and Employment Relations. He is also currently responsible in overseeing the management and development of effective pedagogical practices for Business School mentors whom provide over 14,500 hours of study support to students each year.

He has been the recipient of a Vice Chancellors Highly Commended Award for Excellence in Teaching. Beyond the university setting, his broader professional experience includes having owned and operated an importing business and having worked across diverse industries including: tourism; marketing; retail and hospitality. He has spent time living and working in South Korea and Germany where he was responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating a range of cross-cultural training programs. Prior to relocating to Australia as a permanent resident he had lived and worked in Europe and New Zealand.

Research expertise

  • International human resource management
  • Cross-cultural preparation
  • Expatriation
  • Training and development
  • Peer-mentoring
  • Learning and teaching

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