The College of Business has recently finalised the outcomes of three international funding schemes launched this year.
We congratulate all of our inaugural recipients and wish them the best with their research endeavours.
International Visiting Fellowship Scheme
Dr Heather Douglas and Professor Martin Wood, School of Management, have been awarded $10,000 to support a visit to RMIT by Professor Chris Steyaert, an internationally renowned scholar of creativity, entrepreneurship and social innovation from St Gallen University in Switzerland.
Vietnam Research Fellowship Scheme
Ingo Karpen, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, has been awarded $4,260 for his project “Brand Meaning Cocreation: Conceptualization, Operationalization and Outcomes“. This funding will support Dr Karpen’s visit to Vietnam to work on a research article, finalise data analysis and participate in the PhD day of the asia@rmit conference.
Dr Seema Narayan, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, has been awarded $5,000 for her project “The Real Benefits of Financial Integration“. Dr Narayan will be travelling to Vietnam to strengthen research collaborations for this project, chair a panel session on journal article submission, and progress a number of research articles.
Prof Brendan O’Connell, School of Accounting, has been awarded $4,975 for his project “Evolution towards international financial reporting standards in Vietnam“. He will be travelling to Vietnam to conduct interviews with key participants in the Vietnamese accounting profession, and provide mentorship for two local RMIT academics with a collaborative role in the project.
Asian Research Clusters
Professor George Cairns, Dr Afreen Huq and Dr Fahreen Alamgir, School of Management, along with Professor Shams Rahman and Aswini Yadlapalli, School of Business IT and Logistics, have been awarded $8,000 for their cluster project “Exploring ethical consumption of clothing: an Australian perspective“. A collaboration with Oxfam Australia, this translational research will identify Australian consumers' perspectives on ethical consumption in relation to low-cost fashion clothing produced in South Asia, specifically Bangladesh.
Professor Gerda Gemser and Dr Ingo Karpen, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, Professor Mark Leenders, Graduate School of Business and Law, and Professor George Cairns, School of Management, have been awarded $7,920 for their cluster project “Strategic design as a catalyst for business innovation in Asia“. This cluster involves collaboration with Hong Kong PolyTech University, National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, City University of Hong Kong, and UTS. The cluster will organise and attend a symposium in Hong Kong with academics in the field of business, design, and public policy, and develop a research proposal for future funding.
Professor Hepu Deng and Associate Professor Booi Kam, School of Business IT and Logistics, have been awarded $8,000 for their cluster project “Digital divide and e-government development in China and Australia: an empirical study“. In collaboration with Professor Xiaomi An from Renmin University in China, the cluster hopes to open new avenues for developing more effective policy measures that will dampen the mitigating effects of digital divide on e-government development.
Dr Caroline Tan, School of Management, and Dr Ferry Jie, School of Business IT and Logistics, have been awarded $8,000 for their cluster project “Drivers of competitive advantage and firm performance in Indonesian fast-growth SMEs“. They will travel to Indonesia to establish a research cluster between RMIT and Bina Nusantara University, to investigate Indonesian fast-growth SMEs and the key factors that impact sustainable competitive advantage.