Sydney Business Blog
The Business School is proud of both the depth and breadth of our community. Our students, academics, alumni and industry partners are all integral in helping to shape the principles we believe in, and the successes we achieve.
That is why the Business School encourages our entire community to make their voices heard. Whether it is students taking part in our Exchange or Industry Placement programs, or a member of staff with something to say in their area of expertise, we believe that every opinion counts.
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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.
Summer in Paris 16 Jul 2015
Summer in Paris hits the city hard and swift. Our move to Cite U at the start of July coincided with the first heatwave of summer, so the air-conditioned luxury of our former hotel was sorely missed. It was a challenge to dress presentably for work in 36-degree heat, but as some coworkers showed up in shorts on these days, that was our cue to follow suit! Unfortunately the typical, century-old More
People from all backgrounds, from end consumers to business strategists, are driving – and grappling with – changing expectations about sustainability in business. Organisations are facing pressure to serve today’s conscious consumer, while achieving more ambitious business outcomes. At the recent “Green at the core” sustainability panel discussion hosted by the Master of Management Society, More
Why leadership prevails over your WAM 1 Jul 2015
The moment you sit in your first graduation job interview, your potential employer isn’t looking at your WAM or your academic achievements. They’re looking for an entrepreneurial character to help grow their business. That’s why when you see them clicking their pens or not writing anything down, it’s a cue to move on. Tell them explicitly what makes you different. How? Leadership. It is the More
Our adventures in Paris begin 30 Jun 2015
I write this blog post on the Eurostar as it zooms to London after surviving my first week of the Paris International Placement Program (IPP). Last weekend, twenty undergrads and postgrads from the Business School descended upon Paris, some even managing to squeeze in trips to Lisbon and Barcelona enroute. Travel is an obvious perk of the program and we intended to make the most of it! Seine More
By Timothy Castle, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program The single biggest insight I have learned from the MBA so far is this – it’s all about mindset. If I go into a day, situation … Continue reading
Taking a step back to become a better leader 16 Jul 2015
By Emily Hensby, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program Can the public sector and the private sector work together more effectively? Can we as leaders go beyond our own perceptions and biases to make truly … Continue reading
Sassing up the Sums 1 Jul 2015
By Belinda Coniglio, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program I will be honest – I failed microeconomics in my first year of university and swiftly transferred from a Bachelor of Arts/Economics to straight Arts. Even … Continue reading
UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship Breakfast 24 Jun 2015
By Lisa Tarry, Careers & Corporate Relations Manager MBA Programs, Management Education, at the University of Sydney Business School Recently I took an unexpected journey into my childhood, thanks to Julie McKay, Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for … Continue reading
By Bradley Rolfe, Unit Coordinator, Leading Project Management, The University of Sydney Business School MBA program I have frequently had students and colleagues ask me what they think the relevance of project management will be as we continue through the 21st … Continue reading
A new take on a branch experience 4 Aug 2015
To be a bank these days is by no means an easy job. Consumers hate them, shareholders have a continual haste towards them and regulators just can’t seem to figure out what to do with them. At the end of the day, a bank’s got to do, what a bank’s got to do - make money! However, the way in which they do this makes all the difference. The Bank of Queensland is aiming to challenge consumer ... Read More
The dark side of collaborative consumption 27 Jul 2015
The roots of collaborative consumption are deeply entrenched in the idea of a sharing economy. The act of sharing is hardwired into humans, but can be more prevalent in some societies and cultures than others. However, almost all cultures value sharing from a young age, with children being taught that sharing is good and should be encouraged. The idea of a sharing economy is certainly not a new ... Read More
Wrigley’s Extra and ‘The Bachelor’ 24 Jul 2015
Wrigley’s Extra has become a major sponsor of The Bachelor, whilst undergoing a global rebrand. Wrigley’s Extra has decided to hop on board to sponsor The Bachelor as part of their global rebranding strategy for its main gum brand, Extra. The new look for Extra will incorporate aspects of pop culture and dating conversation through the new business relationship with Ten's The Bachelor ... Read More
Co-creation takes over at LEGO 21 Jul 2015
One of the best recent examples of co-creation is LEGO, and its IDEAS website which allows customers to create new designs. The website was set up for LEGO enthusiasts who can both create, vote and give feedback on new projects. The projects that receive over 10,000 votes go into a review phase where senior LEGO employees decide if the product is viable for production. If the product is approved, ... Read More
Coca-Cola has long been known for their fantastic use of marketing to connect with their audience. Earlier this week saw one of the best campaigns I can remember from them in a very long time. Coke cans in the Middle East have been stripped of the famous Coca-Cola logo. This will run throughout the holy festival of Ramadan, which is observed by Muslims worldwide.The new blank cans still have ... Read More
US Placement Program Blogs
During their stay in the United States, participants in the Washington DC and Los Angeles Placement Programs share their experiences of work, study and all else that is life.
Three snow days and three days left 5 Mar 2014
With three days left in this program, I have decided to do a blog updating the work I have done, events we have attended and the places we have travelled.... More
Hello again! I'm finally here in DC and well, have been here for a few weeks! The first time I set foot on DC soil, I knew it was time to start work to start the program that I had... More
New York - Part 2 Now, I’ve left Times Square to a separate part - reason being was that we came here again with a larger group of friends on the Weekend once we were in DC so I decided... More
Los Angeles Series: Theme Parks 6 Feb 2014
It's almost halfway through the LA program and I've been lucky enough to visit 4 theme parks! Here's my breakdown:... More
Los Angeles Series: The Holiday 6 Feb 2014
Hey guys, Ben here attempting my first ever blog post. I know it’s been almost 4 weeks into the LA program, but it has been crazy since day one!... More
I'm An Intern! And More Cycling... 25 Jan 2014
I got an internship! Woohoo- no longer an intern-orphan! This week was the start of my internship at M&C Saatchi. I’m placed with Apple-extraordinaire Lee on the program who’s from WA and so far it’s been an amazing experience! M&C... More