Sydney Business Blog
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The Big Opportunity Blog explores current conversations and ideas from the world of business. These are insights into the thoughts of tomorrow's agents of change - our leading academics, business leaders and students. Shape your opinion on what matters.
China 10 years back and 10 years forward 19 Oct 2016
To summarise the past ten years from an economic and business perspective, China has become globalised, radically restructured its economy and achieved unprecedented affluence. Australia has benefitted from China’s economic growth, first through the mining boom, and now increasingly through Chinese demand for consumer goods and services. Looking into the future, Australia will continue to More
5 insights that can help any startup succeed 17 Oct 2016
Confident, creative and conscientious – these are qualities that describe a successful startup founder. But what qualities determine a successful startup? At the Business School Innovation Hub’s October Insights into Startups panel we asked five experts to help break down the making of a successful startup: Cameron Barnes (Expert-in-Residence), Jenni Catterson (China Business Consultant), More
A new kind of competition that could win you $1m USD - Hult Prize @ The University of Sydney 14 Oct 2016
How do you use the power of student innovation and collaboration for the greater good on a world-wide platform? Interested? Find out more information and register at: http://www.hultprizeat.com/sydney or follow all the details at: https://www.facebook.com/HultPrizeUSYD/ What is the Hult Prize? The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for More
Why we should all care about insider trading 6 Oct 2016
By Dr Juliette Overland, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Business Law at the University of Sydney Business School Local regulators have been enforcing insider trading laws and pursuing insider traders more frequently and vigorously in recent years, with a number of high profile cases gaining much media attention. There is still a perception however, that insider trading is a victimless More
By Professor Guy Ford, Director of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program. There comes a point in many professional’s careers where a certain threshold has been reached and further career progression becomes difficult. It is at this point that people … Continue reading
Innovating with a Customer-Centric Focus 8 Sep 2016
By Leo Bartsch, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program In a time when new crazy ideas seem to explode each week, thinking about the customer seems to be taking a back seat behind the shiny lights … Continue reading
The future of work – why inclusivity and emotional intelligence will become more not less important for leaders of tomorrow 22 Aug 2016
By Natalie Cope, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program and 2014 BOSS Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship Recipient We stand today at the beginning of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. The unprecedented advance in technology is disrupting our world … Continue reading
By Belinda Coniglio, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program On 20 July 2016, I attended the AFR BOSS Emerging Leaders Masterclass held at the University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus. What most attracted me to … Continue reading
Hugh Simpson is a graduate of and innovation coach at the University of Sydney Business School MBA Program, management consultant and start-up advisor. Nine out of ten start-ups fail and the number one reason is the lack of product/market fit. You can have a … Continue reading
How Apple can teach us about brand equity 18 Oct 2016
So the iPhone 7 has been out for roughly a month now and reception has been overall positive. In Apple’s Keynote event back on September 7, the tech giant released the two iPhone variants with the initial release to 28 different countries. This means the lucky people in these countries get to have the iPhone in the first round of release. Here in Australia, we were in the first round of release ... Read More
Marketing yourself on social media 14 Oct 2016
As a marketing practitioner, you have probably been at the forefront of at least one brand’s move to social media. But have you started building your personal brand on that social space you have almost come to master? Research suggests that in the same manner that you have taken to social media to recruit customers, more and more human resource practitioners are also using social media to ... Read More
When Snapchat was released in 2012, many social media users stayed clear from it because they didn’t get it. They thought it was used mostly for inappropriate things due to the nature of the app--that is sending a snap or video for no longer than ten seconds. Now, four years later, more netizens understand the app. Business are also starting to utilise its unique nature. Over 400 million snaps ... Read More
Colombia’s recent rejection of a landmark peace accord between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is viewed as a letdown, considering how widely applauded the deal had been globally. No outsider who watched videos of the dramatic treaty signing ceremony would have thought that Colombia remained divided over the question of ending the five-decade insurgency. Yet ... Read More
Why is marketing important? 4 Oct 2016
“Isn’t marketing basically selling stuff?” “Marketing is easy, it’s all about persuading.” “Why would you bother studying marketing? It’s common sense.” Have you ever heard these questions and statements thrown around? These are common misconceptions among those who do not understand what goes into marketing and the underlying factors that impact the process. Marketing is essential to any ... Read More
These short pieces focus on transport and logistics topics of currency that are likely to be challenging and controversial – hence the titling of the series Thinking outside the box. It has all the elements of critical thinking and the challenge of change.
Professor David Hensher, Director, ITLS
The self-driving car is often presented as the transportation technology of the future. But there remain many physical barriers to these vehicles and, for the average driver, a lot of psychological ones too. If these barriers are not overcome, the self-drive vehicle is destined for the same fate as electric car which has less than 2% of the market to show for 30 years of expensive research. Read more
Density matters 01 Sep 2016
Transport planning and urban planning are two sides of the same coin: A successful public transport service needs residents, businesses and activities to generate passengers and a successful urban development needs good transport links to attract customers. However, too often urban planning and transport planning (and research and teaching) exists in silos with neither side talking to the other. Read more
There is empirical evidence from the UK that letting everyone stand on escalators yields a higher throughput than letting some people walk. This is counter-intuitive, so in this article we analyse this further. Read more
The Smart Cities Plan talks about the establishment of an Infrastructure Financing Unit to explore innovative financing, including private partnerships, balance sheet leveraging and value capture for major projects. My suggestion is that one of the first tasks of this new unit is to explore the application of the NAIF principles. Read more