28 February 2011

Sharing research insights

Professor Brian Corbitt, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation.

Professor Brian Corbitt, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation.

Dr Tim Butcher, Senior Lecturer, School of Management.

Dr Tim Butcher, Senior Lecturer, School of Management.

Recipients of the 2010 Business Research Grant Seed Fund Scheme presented an outline of their research activities at a symposium last week.

More than 40 researchers from RMIT University’s College of Business attended the event, which provided an opportunity to share research insights and provide feedback.

“The aim of this symposium is to encourage our colleagues to apply for future grants and to continue to develop the research culture within the college,” Professor Brian Corbitt, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, said.

“Use this as a celebration of the research you’ve done but also as a means to take that research forward.”

Dr Tim Butcher, School of Management, kicked off the presentations by exploring the impact of sustainable sourcing practices in the global supply chain of an Australian retailer. He discussed the move from local sourcing to global sourcing and identified related issues.

Dr Alberto Posso, School of Economics Finance and Marketing, investigated the effect of increased import penetration from China on the wages of workers in the manufacturing sector.

The next presentation was from Professor Dennis Taylor, School of Accounting, who looked at changes in the value relevance of earning, equity and intellectual capital arising from International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) adoption and the Global Financial Crisis.

Dr Caroline Tan, School of Management, outlined the role of leadership, human resource practice, organisational culture and climate as antecedents of market, learning and entrepreneurial orientation in fast-growth, small-to-medium enterprises.

Dr Siddhi Pittayachawan, School of Business IT and Logistics, then discussed the adoption of best practices in green IT and their impact on the sustainability of data centres.

Dr Larry Li, School of Economics Finance and Marketing, presented his research on whether private firms outperform in China.

The final presentation was from Professor Fang Lee Cook, School of Management. Professor Cook shared her research on migrant Chinese professional workers in Australia from the perspective of the nature of work, career prospects and implications for organisational and government policy development.

The Business Research Grant Seed Fund Scheme (now named Research Grant Scheme) is a competitive scheme which provides funding to researchers working on projects that will result in an application to a competitive national or international granting body.

To conclude the event, Professor Sinclair Davidson, Director of the Centre for Finance, shared his thoughts on the Research Centre.

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