Digital Business and Innovation

Digital business is the creation of new business designs by blurring the digital and physical worlds and is global in nature.

Our core strengths in the digital business and innovation research area are Digital Disruption, Strategy and Value; Digital Business and Sustainability; Information and Knowledge Studies; Business Analytics; Learning Analytics; and Health Informatics.

Because of our emphasis on applied research, we either develop digital solutions for organisations or disseminate research solutions to other academics.

Our research collaboration is extensive covering national and global industry partners (such as Fujitsu, IBM, GS1 Australia, the Australian Information Industry Association, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network) and state and federal government as well as Australian and international universities.

Digital Disruption, Strategy and Value

Digital Disruption, Strategy and Value research undertakes research on strategies for and value created by the power of connection technologies, the need to manage large amounts of data and information, and the requirements for evolving business models due to digital disruption.

The focus of research is on the nature and context of digital disruption, strategies for managing disruptions, collaboration and engagement effects of disruptors and incumbents, and capitalising on the value of digital disruption.

Evidence based outcomes of research on this new revolution in today’s technological environment add to theory, as well as deliver solutions and recommendations to small and medium enterprises, business organisations, government entities and the community.

Digital Business and Sustainability

The Digital Business and Sustainability research goal is to promote excellence in the discovery of the design, use, management and value of information technology and information systems solutions to transform organisations and communities and to enhance not only economic outcomes, but also contribute to environmentally and socially responsible human activity of current and future generations.

We focus on Green IS to investigate the information system enabled organisational practices and processes that improve economic and environmental performance and on Green IT to study how the production, use and disposal of information technology can be made greener.

Information and Knowledge Studies

The Information and Knowledge Studies research at the School adopts an interdisciplinary approach with a specific focus on creation, acquisition, storage, organisation, retrieval, and preservation of information and knowledge for dissemination, use and reuse in many different contexts.

We are interested in exploring the integral role of data (big or small) in information management and knowledge creation, digital literacies, digital curation and various applications and usage of information and knowledge in organizations (galleries, libraries, archives, museums), along with the interaction between people, organizations, information systems and the wide environment.

Business Analytics

The Business Analytics research at the School focuses on the development of the techniques and skills for optimising the utilisation of organisational data to design better strategies and policies and make better decisions in today’s dynamic environment.

We apply these techniques and skills in various applications across all industries including supply chains, manufacturing, service operations and healthcare for increasing profits, reducing costs, increasing customer satisfaction, and improving patient outcomes.

Learning Analytics

The Learning Analytics research at the School concentrates on the investigation of the personalised delivery of learning resources in a typically blended educational environment that enables collection, analysis and reporting of learning performance for purposes of understanding and optimising learning and the environments in which it occurs.

We develop a better understanding of the effectiveness of instructional, curricular and support resources underpin the design of any-device and in-transit student engagement. This dynamic research field involves human-computer interaction, instructional science, information systems, educational technology and government training/business reskilling programmes.

Data models to collect and visualise include formative and summative assessment results, self-diagnostics from personal devices, and student behavioural characteristics.

Health Informatics

The Health Informatics research at the School adopts a multidisciplinary approach that focuses on the optimal utilisation of health information technology to improve health care, the efficiency of health care providers, and developing new opportunities for both the health care providers as well as the users.

Working closely with the health care sector, we explore the design of health information systems and develop a better understanding of the complex issues relating to the adoption, implementation, use and evaluation of these systems.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

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