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Research Awards reaffirm Business School status as centre of excellence

26 Aug 2013

Work undertaken by University of Sydney Business School staff in fields as diverse as outsourcing, credit unions and corporate taxation has been recognised in the School's inaugural Research Achievement Awards.

The awards have been launched this year in line with the Business School's ambition to become a world class centre of excellence for research that informs business practice, policy and regulation both nationally and internationally and which leads to School staff being regarded as thought leaders in Australia and globally.

"Research that enables us to engage with the business community and to do so in ways that add real world value is core to the mission of the Business School," said Business School Co-Dean, Professor David Grant as he congratulated the award winners.

"We aim to carry out research that is of relevance to business, informs public policy and professionalises the not-for-profit sector," Professor Grant said. "At the same time, we aspire to produce research that is widely recognised as upholding the highest standards of academic rigour, excellence and independence."

Professor Grant went on to note the importance of the School's research activity in relation to teaching and learning.

"Our research informs what we teach and how we teach the current and next generation of leaders and problem-solvers that take our programs of study; empowering them to make changes that better prepare their organisations for the major economic and social challenges that they face," he said.

Award winners in three categories were;

Early Career Researcher, Dr Antony Ting, Business Law. Dr Ting's project compared tax consolidation regimes in eight countries. Tax consolidation in these countries allows a group of companies to be treated as a single tax entity.

Excellence in Research by an Established Researcher, Associate Professor Vikas Kumar, International Business. Dr Kumar's work on emerging markets and the associated issues of offshoring and outsourcing have earned him world recognition.

Research Engagement Award, Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher, World and Organisational Studies. Dr Cutcher's work on the role of credit unions is widely acknowledged and highly relevant to millions of people in Australia and in the wider Asia Pacific Region.

Commenting on the award recipients, the School's Associate Dean (Research), Professor Elizabeth Cowley said that the work undertaken by the three recipients had "contributed significantly to the research profile of the School."

"The assessing committee was composed of experienced business practitioners drawn from our alumni and senior academics in the School. The research was assessed against rigorous criteria," Professor Cowley said. "The committee was very impressed with the creativity of the approaches taken by the awardees, the quality of the work, and the depth of the insights offered by the research."

"We congratulate them and thank them for all of their hard work," she concluded.

"Dr Ting, Associate Professor Cutcher and Associate Professor Kumar will be presented with their awards at a Business School celebratory event later this year," said Co-Dean, Professor Tyrone Carlin.