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.
It’s eye-opening what travelling over the summer break can do for a uni student, especially if the purpose of travel is volunteer and social work. That’s what I found during my trip to Europe at the beginning of 2014, as part of AIESEC’s Go Volunteer exchange. AIESEC is a global youth network that develops leaders through international exchange. With the aid of a Business School scholarship, I More
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
Mindful Leadership: Trend or Transformation 9 Apr 2014
By Belinda Coniglio, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program What are the characteristics of effective leadership? – A question posed by Professor Mike Jenner, on the second weekend of the University of Sydney MBA’s world … Continue reading
Critical Analysis and Thought Leadership 4 Apr 2014
By Hugh Simpson, corporate advisor, digital entrepreneur and current student of the University of Sydney Business School’s MBA program Standing out from the pack in this day and age is difficult when there is so much noise from all the … Continue reading
By John Shields, Professor and Associate Dean (Postgraduate), University of Sydney MBA program So you think it can never happen again – the global financial crisis, I mean. Well, have I got news for you. Today’s senior management echelon – … Continue reading
Our MBA adventure begins 20 Mar 2014
By Omar Khan, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program So, end of weekend 1, and we had drunk a whole lot ‘a MBA kool aid. Much like the Gauls, in the French comic Asterix, except … Continue reading
By Nicholas Flood, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program In September 2013, I found myself, for the first time in my professional career, in a situation where I began to question my capacity to truly … 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
Extending your reach through employees 17 Apr 2014
I’m fascinated by the idea of ‘Employee Activism,’ and it has been a talking point in the business media in recent times. I read about an interesting study by the PR and Marketing Communications agency Weber Shandwick. They surveyed 2,300 employees over 15 global markets, finding that 1 in 5 workers are ‘employee activists’; people who will publicly defend and advocate for their employer. They ... Read More
If you’re not familiar with Airbnb, then to put it simply, you’re not travelling the right way. Sure, we could all simply check into a hotel when we get to a foreign city, but in many ways this distances us from the sense of place and marginalises us to the category of a tourist. In the search for something more authentic, an experience with purpose, Airbnb connects property owners with short ... Read More
As marketing students, we may still have a lot to learn in the field, but what we’re already known for is effectively sharing and spreading the knowledge and skills we currently possess. With such a special organisation like TEDx arriving in Sydney in such a short time, what better way to spread experience than to get involved! For those who are not familiar with TEDx, it’s an organisation based ... Read More
A Marketer’s Guide to the Business of the Blog 11 Apr 2014
Blogging as a full-time job, in this day and age, is no new concept. There are countless blogger success stories out there for you to discover; whether it be 'Beauty Guru', Michelle Phan (who not only has her own makeup line, but also regularly collaborates with big name brands such as American Vogue, Lancome, Dr Pepper etc), to fashion blogger 'Tavi' (who started her blog at tender age of 12, ... Read More
Having recently had the pleasure (and I don't use this term lightly) of travelling to Singapore and returning from Hong Kong with Qantas, I am pleased to say I was both shocked and delighted by my experience. I checked in feeling sorry for their employees, 5000 of which are to be sacked; none of them knowing who would lose their job, or when. But they did know that they were going to go, ... 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