Through our research priorities we will seek to positively impact key areas of endeavour among industry, community, and government enterprises and in doing so improve their performance to benefit the economy and society within Australia and across geographical and cultural boundaries.
These priorities will also inform what we teach and how we teach the current and next generation of leaders, further empowering them to make changes that better prepare their organisations for the major economic and social challenges they face.
Network Leader - Professor Christopher Wright
The Balanced Enterprise Research Network generates new insights into how businesses can better balance economic, social and environmental concerns and create shared value for a broad range of stakeholders (including shareholders, employees, consumers, communities and society). The Network explores ways in which business, government, and not-for- profit enterprises strategically create and manage this balance in their day-to-day operations.
The Network aims to foster innovative and influential research which informs the ways in which organisations can anticipate and respond to the key challenges of the coming decades including environmental degradation, climate change, poverty, social inclusion and financial stability.
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Network Leader - Professor Hans Hendrischke
China has emerged as a major global trading power, portfolio investor and, more importantly for Australia, outward direct investor. At the end of 2012, Australia was the largest recipient country of Chinese direct investment stock. The China and Business network publishes regular reports on Chinese direct investment into Australia.
The network's theme Globalising Australia-China Business reflects our focus on corporate actors and business strategy in Australia China business cooperation. The network's focus on the role of business institutions and the creation of new markets underpins our commitment to the Australian corporate and government sectors.
The research projects of the China Business Network reflect this orientation through cooperation with Australian business and government sectors, engagement with the Chinese business community in Australia and China and joint research and training with Chinese university partners and the University of Sydney China Studies Centre. The network's projects are collaborative and open to participants from all disciplines.
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Network Leaders - Associate Professor Teresa Davis and Professor Corinne Mulley
The Business of Health Research Network engages with other research groups within the University as well as businesses in the health sector, community groups and policy makers. The focus of the Network is health and business related issues that impact on the quality of life enjoyed by the Australian people. Importantly, the Network works closely with the Charles Perkins Centre’s Businesses, Markets and the Social Context of Health Project Node.
This creates collaborative opportunities which will provide access to data and a research profile that will benefit Network researchers.
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Innovation and Change Research Network
Network Leader - Professor Dan Lovallo
Meeting the major social and economic challenges of the future requires innovative thinking followed by action. Research in the Business School focuses on understanding the ability to read an environment, seize an opportunity and respond in a creative way. It considers the productivity challenges and opportunities that are presented in emerging, fragmenting, and declining markets.
This network recognises the strategic significance of planning in the process of sustaining productivity and fiscal strength beyond the mining boom in Australia. It will also consider the effect of technological advances on doing business and examine how these impact financial performance and social well-being.
Flowing from this research, teaching at the Business School will focus on understanding the processes and consequences of change, and on acquiring the skills to stimulate innovative thought and to encourage and manage activity from an international perspective, be it socially or financially motivated.
Leadership Practice and Performance Systems Research Network
Network Leaders - Professor Suresh Cuganesan and Professor Richard Hall
The Leadership Practice and Performance Systems (LPPS) Network focuses on the key question: how do organisations create effective alignment between their leadership practices and performance systems to achieve high-performing workplaces?
Theories of relational leadership and leadership-as-practice indicate that how leadership is enacted is more powerful than inherent competency sets in creating engaged, otivated and focused workforces. However, research on high-performing organisations concludes that leaders must also pay equal attention to the design of their performance systems, comprising statements of vision and values and approaches to measuring and rewarding performance. Drawing on both of these research fields, PPS projects focus on the relationship between leadership styles and behaviours and performance systems and how these interact to influence organisational engagement and performance.