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.
The Sydney Business blogs exist to give all of members of the Business School community the opportunity and space to voice those opinions, report their experiences and share their thoughts on what's happening at the Business School, and beyond.
We are always looking for bloggers to write for us. Whether you are a student, an academic, alumni or a representative of the industry, if you would like to blog for the Business School, please contact us for more information.
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.
While women who pursue a career in industries which, until the late 20th century, were largely dominated by men, have been struggling against ‘glass ceilings’ and ‘sticky floors’, many men have also had to defend their ability to perform in domains that are traditionally dominated by women. A shift in cultural norms, a changing workforce and the rise and powerful performance of women beyond More
KPMG International Case Competition: Team Ignite Advances to the Nationals, with a Chance to Compete Internationally in Brazil 13 Feb 2014
Entering a competition while at university was something that each of us had on our bucket lists, so when we heard about the annual KPMG International Case Competition (KICC), we knew we had to give it a shot. KICC is a global competition run by KPMG that replicates the work that KPMG consultants do, calling for teams of four students to analyse a case study, develop solutions and pitch it to More
The notion of career offers a vantage point from which to understand the relationship between individuals and their organisations. But from which vantage point should we be looking? Let’s look at the pre-existing career; the one that hasn’t started for most of us Gen Y university students, yet the one that looks to be the most seductive in its ‘limitless’ form - the ‘boundaryless’ career. ‘ More
View from the Empire State Building When I landed in a freezing, wintry, New York on the night of Thanksgiving, even the long hours of travel, harrowing connections and stale airplane food could not contain my excitement on finally reaching the Big Apple! My brief was to job shadow Mr. James Ferguson, Vice President Corporate Cards at American Express New York. I have only ever been to More
Jewels in the social entrepreneurship crown 7 Jan 2014
I've recently completed a one-month social entrepreneurship project in Bangalore, India, working with other students to empower women from a rural village community by training them to produce 'Roka' jewellery. Made from bi-products of local village quarries, the ultimate aim of this jewellery is to allow these women to make an income and bring about real changes in their lives. Our role More
By Associate Professor Tony Webber, University of Sydney MBA program The economic and financial world is a much more volatile place than it was a decade ago. Before this volatility, companies could make do, almost exclusively, in their decision-making with … Continue reading
Looking back: The first year of the MBA 16 Dec 2013
By Richard Hall, Associate Dean, Management Education What a year! An incredible cohort, some amazing learning experiences and so many outstanding achievements. The MBA is based on some distinctive key principles and aspirations: a commitment to experiential learning based on doing, … Continue reading
Work hard, play hard: eMBAssy Ball 2013 6 Dec 2013
By Georgia Knox, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program We made it! Year one of the MBA complete. And what a year it has been, not just for us, the MBA students, but for all … Continue reading
Networking your MBA 4 Dec 2013
By Dr Thomas Arena, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program The University of Sydney’s re-imagined MBA has a clear vision of the changing way we do business. As a logical consequence, the approach to networking … Continue reading
Looking back: The first year of the MBA 2 Dec 2013
By Hugh Simpson, current student of the University of Sydney Business School’s MBA program Looking back on the first year of the University of Sydney Business School’s MBA, I can’t believe what I was able to achieve and how much the cohort … Continue reading
During their stay in locations around the world, Business School exchange students share their experiences of work, study and all else that is life.
The adventures of an exchange student 15 Jan 2013
As I handed in my final exam paper, I realised that this was it - not only had my studies in China come to an end, but my five years of studying as an undergraduate student had been finally completed.... More
Experiencing the Tsinghua student culture 19 Nov 2012
The past couple of weeks at Tsinghua University have been keeping me extremely busy. At the same time, it has been a rewarding and worthwhile experience. My schedule was packed from morning to night everyday and only just managed to... More
How is it already October?! 12 Oct 2012
Hi everyone, please forgive me for not having updated my blog! Life has been busy in Boston! I am well and truly settled into my classes, and with mid-terms around the corner! I am taking three classes in the School... More
In order to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day of China, we were given a one-week long break from university. To make the most out of this break, I decided to be different by joining a local tour group travelling... More
Life as a Beijing student 24 Sep 2012
Hello everyone! My name is Daniel. I am a fifth year student studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts degree at the University of Sydney. After completing my two majors in Commerce (Accounting and Finance), I have arrived in Beijing to complete... More
And the Oscar goes to…Samsung 7 Mar 2014
If there was an Oscar for Marketing, this year the gold statue would definitely go to Samsung. If you have no idea why this is the case, you must have missed the most tweeted "selfie" of all time. As soon as Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres snapped the celebrity-stuffed selfie, including Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence using a ... Read More
LG Meteor Prank The LG, Korean electronics company created hidden camera prank advertisements to show off the clear image of their HD TV. Unknowing participants showed up to what they thought was a job interview, but were actually walking into the “ultra reality” of the LG TVs. Participants were secretly filmed, and their reactions to the episode have gone viral. LG successfully promoted the ... Read More
Air New Zealand rebrands safety 19 Feb 2014
Air New Zealand is one of those special companies. I know I have a biased view, as I would definitely classify myself as a loyal customer. But the fact of the matter is that their new safety videos are creating quite a stir; a good stir. What began as a way to separate themselves from the competition (and gain the short attention span of their customers) has now become a tactic that ... Read More
Tips for International Students 17 Feb 2014
I clearly remember my first day of the Master of Marketing program at The University of Sydney Business School last year. I could not sleep during the nights leading up to it. I was nervous, but also very enthusiastic. I had so many questions. Besides general study concerns, there was one question that worried me the most – as an international student, what skills would I have to gain and ... Read More
The Sochi 2014 Olympics have begun. And despite all the political controversy, I believe that the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Olympics was simply stunning. I'm not only talking about the lush fireworks, but also the hundreds of creative people who put their hearts and souls into the design, production and performance. However, the controversy surrounding the human rights issues in ... 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