Workshop and Symposia


  • The more things change, the more they stay the same. An organisational history of NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)
    19th May 2017 Rm 5040, Level 5, Abercrombie Building (H70)

    Presenter: Dr Martha Knox-Haly
    Psychologist, researcher and author.

    Abstract: NSW ICAC has been in existence since 1988, and was the result of an electoral promise to provide clean and efficient government in NSW. This paper is an historical examination of ICAC’s work and government response over the previous 29 years of ICAC’s operations. There is analysis of where the ICAC has been supported, and where its recommendations have not been accepted. Two notable conclusions are that minority government supported with the assistance of independent MPs provided the strongest environment for democratic and electoral reform; and that the first year of corruption investigations revealed themes that continued to dominate NSW Government twenty-nine years later. These themes included soft influence peddling, lobbyists access to ministers, lack of transparency in electoral donations and vulnerability of the procurement and licensing systems to corruption.

    Biography: Dr Knox-Haly is an organisational psychologist and author of the books “Workplace Stress versus Outcomes”, "How to stop your workplace going pearshaped"; as well as a comparison of organizational governance between Australia and Italy, recently published through the University of Florence. Dr Knox-Haly's writing and practice is based on more than twenty-years experience as a practitioner and researcher in managing, assessing and understanding the relationships between organizational systems, workplace culture and psychological risk management across transport, insurance and not for profit organisations. Her particular interests are cross cultural comparison of organizational governance, organizational psychological risk and mental health in the workplace. Dr Knox-Haly works closely with executives, middle management and employees in building positive, performance oriented and inclusive organisations.

    RSVP: To by 17 May 2017.

    Light lunch will be served so please advise of any dietary requirements.

  • Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) 9th Annual Conference 2017
    9th Nov 2017 University of Sydney Business School

    Why History?: The Business and Labour History Group (BLHG) of University of Sydney Business School, Australia, will be hosting the 9th Annual Conference of AAHANZBS on 9-10 November 2017.

    The highlights include a plenary address from Professor Chris Howell and sessions that cover a range of issues including work and employment history, co-operatives and mutuals, and business history and architecture.

    Plenary speaker: Professor Chris Howell, Oberlin College

    AAHANZBS 2017 Program

    Abstracts and papers

    Date: Thursday 9 and Friday 10 November 2017
    Time: 9.00am -  5.00pm
    Venue: Room  2080 Level 2
    The Abercrombie Building (H70)
    The University of Sydney Business School
    Cost: (All registrations include morning tea, afternoon tea  and lunch)
    Full Rate (General  Public/Academics)- $120 
    Concession (Student, Pensioner, Newstart) - $90
    Free Registration (University  of Sydney Business School Staff and research students, Postgraduate  students presenting research papers and Members of the Business and Labour  History Group)

    Register here for conference

    Conference Dinner Information 

    The Business and Labour History Group (BLHG) of  the University of Sydney Business School, Australia, invites you to attend  the 9th Annual Conference Dinner of AAHANZBS at Rubyos in Newtown featuring an  eclectic grazing menu 'tapas style' including  dessert and beverages (Red, White and Sparkling wines, light and full  strength Beers, soft drinks and sparkling  water).
    Date: Thursday  9 November 2017
    Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm
    Venue: Rubyos-  18-20 King St, Newtown NSW

    Register here for conference dinner

    Please advise of  any dietary requirements (RSVP by 2  November 2017).

  • Testing the Market: The Ashby Research Service and Australia's Media Industry
    17th Nov 2017 Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)

    Presenter: Professor Robert Crawford, Professor of Advertising in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University

    In 1936 Sylvia Ashby opened the first independently-owned market research firm in Australia. Over the next three and a half decades, the Ashby Research Service conducted hundreds of surveys for various clients, including various newspapers and radio stations. The Ashby Research Service provided important insights into the media’s audience demographics and, more importantly, their broader attitudes and opinions. Such research not only enabled them to gauge the popularity of various initiatives, it offered insights into their commercial viability. The Ashby Research Service’s relationship with Frank Packer provides further insights into Australia’s newspaper business. Packer, who would buy the Ashby Research Service, was actively involved in the market research firm’s operations. The correspondence between him and Sylvia Ashby offer a unique perspective of the everyday operations and interactions of both firms. By examining the surveys and correspondence held in the archives of the Ashby Research Service, this paper will provide an overview of market research and its growing impact on the Australia’s media industry and its operations.

    Robert Crawford is Professor of Advertising in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. His research has focused on the growth and development of the advertising, marketing, and public relations industries across Australia, Oceania, and South East Asia. His most recent publications include Behind Glass Doors: The World of Australia’s Advertising Agencies 1959-1989 (with Jackie Dickenson - UWAP 2016) and Global Advertising Practice in a Borderless World (with Linda Brenna and Lukas Parker - Routledge 2017).

    Date: Friday 17 November 2017
    Time: 1:00pm - 2.00pm
    Venue: Room 5040 Level 5
    The Abercrombie Building (H70)

    Light lunch will be served so please advise of any dietary requirements.

    Registrations close 13 November 2017.