Upcoming events

GBI Seminar Series

In 2020 the GBI ECP has launched a new event series this year – the Global Business Innovation Seminar Series. It comprises of workshops specifically designed for the needs of the various cohorts related to the platforms – Early Career Researchers (ECRs), Vice Chancellor Research Fellows, PhD students (HDRs) and academics from various schools of all RMIT colleges.
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A Better Work Start: Impact of COVID-19 on Maritime Supply Chain and Post Pandemic Mitigation Strategies: Implications for Australia

On 2nd July we had another event within the RMIT ECP Post Covid-19 Restart initiative. It was organised in conjunction with the Australian Maritime Logistics Research Network (AMLRN) and led by Assoc. Prof. Vinh Thai. Watch the webinar here.

Past Event Reflections

A line up of external speakers were on hand to share how COVID-19 has impacted businesses within the transport and logistics sector, new technologies likely to change in the future post COVID-19 and what strategies businesses can adopt to build more operational resilience in the face of similar disruptions.

The panellist were:

  • Mr Jonathan Bolton, General Manager consumer and retail, DHL – Victoria
  • Mr Dave Coughlin, Branch manager, Mainfreight – Tullamarine
  • Mr Nicholas O'Connell, Operations Production Manager, DP-World – Melbourne

Speakers also discussed ways for RMIT researchers to collaborate with industry and government in post COVID-19 recovery efforts. 

In 2019 the GBI ECP held a series of events designed specifically for the needs of the HDR Cohort.  HDR students from different schools in the College of Business were provided with the opportunity to meet with Prof. Anne-Laure Mention and discuss with her various matters related to collaboration opportunities, support activities and engagement with the GBI ECP.

On 17 Sept 2019 Dr. Iryna Heiets hosted the first workshop on coopetition strategy for airlines, which was organised by the School of Engineering and Global Business Innovation ECP.

The aim of the workshop was to bring a new understanding of the perspectives of coopetition for airlines. It investigated how best to co-create and co-innovate in the industry, from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Researcher engagement was provided through collaboration in coopetition and innovation between researchers from European and Australian Universities. The practical component involved industry engagement events with professionals from the airline industry.

This workshop united scholars with different background and experienced practitioners. The invited lectures and speakers were Associated Professor at Sumy State University (Ukraine) Dr. Hanna Shvindina, Senior Lecturer in Aviation at RMIT University Dr. Iryna Heiets, Executive Manager Government, Industry & International Affairs of Qantas and Jetstar Rohan W. Garnett, CEO of Friendly Avia Support (Lithuania) Aleksandr Lanecki, Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT University Paul Fox, Director of FSF’s Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) program David Anderson.

On 22 August 2019 we hosted a designated workshop to foster the engagement of Early Career Researchers with the Global Business Innovation ECP. The initiative is part of one the platform’s key focus areas in 2019 – ECR engagement.

The event was well-attended by representatives from all schools in the College of Business. As part of the workshop activities, they participated in a “brainswarming” session where they identified the challenges they face throughout their ECR journey. A discussion with Prof. Mention followed, where the ECRs outlined their suggestions for support and collaboration opportunities with the GBI ECP.

On 23 August 2019 the first Technological Roadmapping webinar took place. It was delivered by world leading institution on strategic technology roadmapping - Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. It brought together curious and knowledge-hungry staff and HDRs across various RMIT colleges.

For details on this project, please contact, VC Postdoctoral Research Fellow supported by the GBI ECP, School of Management.

On 2nd July we had another event within the RMIT ECP Post Covid-19 Restart initiative. It was organised in conjunction with the Australian Maritime Logistics Research Network (AMLRN) and led by Assoc. Prof. Vinh Thai. 

Find out more about the event

Watch the webinar here.

On 30th July 2020, we held the third roundtable within the A Better Work Start initiative. It was led by Prof. Anne-Laure Mention and Prof. Ivan Cole and was another extremely successful event. We had a diverse audience from academia, industry and government and 4 distinguished speakers who presented highly engaging and interesting presentations, and contributed to a very fruitful panel discussion and a Q&A session with the audience. 

We have already received a large number of excellent comments and reviews from the event, in particular on the multiple perspectives and insights provided by our speakers, which have created opportunities for further conversations and collaborations within the RMIT Community and our partners. 

Find out more about the event

Watch the webinar here

The visiting PhD candidate Pauline Reinecke from Hamburg University of Technology kicked off the 2020 Global Business Innovation (GBI) Seminar Series on 3 March 2020.  Presenting to a diverse audience comprised of HDR students and academics, Puline talked about how she derived different research projects on Big Data Analytics.

Pauline is currently a PhD student and Research Assistant at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). She did a Secondment at RMIT from January 15 to March 15, 2020 in the course of the OpenInnoTrain Project. She pursues research in the context of Big Data and Analytics, focusing on the strategic opportunities and risks for organisations, as well as the impact Big Data and Analytics has on strategic decision processes and organizations from a socio-technical systems perspective.

GBI ECP and the Graduate School of Business and Law organised an online research seminar on 2 June 2020 that focused on the role and suitability of the ecosystem analogy in business research and practice.

The seminar speaker was one of the leading scholars in the contemporary innovation and coopetition field, Professor Paavo Ritala from the School of Business & Management in LUT University Finland. Prof. Ritala is a research-active scholar with +100 publications, +5500 citations (google scholar), and H-index of 38, and serves as an Associate Editor of R&D Management (ABDC A-ranked). 

The online seminar was very successful and included a varied audience from RMIT, which contributed to a very active discussion on the usage of ecosystem analogies in different areas of research.

On the 20 August 2020 Dr. Natalya Turkina from the Graduate School of Business and Law presented her paper "How institutional logics shape place-and organisation-specific resource dependencies in mining partnerships? A case study of a mining MNC in Australia and Mongolia", which she is currently finalising to be submitted to the Journal of Business Ethics' Special Issue "Putting Partnerships in their Place: Moral and Material Processes of Place-based Respect, Repair, and Renewal".

The paper presentation was followed by an engaging discussion with the audience who asked critical and in-depth questions, and provided Dr. Turkina with a very valuable feedback. Special thanks go out to Dr Brian Coffey, a Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research for suggesting that looking at not only dominant but also secondary institutional logics is important in Dr. Turkina's study. Another valuable feedback was provided by Leigh Fisher, a PhD student at the School of Education and a former partnerships manager for private development agency in India. Leigh has kindly complemented Dr. Turkina's framework, commenting on its practical implications, and suggested that extending her research on cross-sector partnerships in the Indian context would extend her theory, as India is full of idiosyncratic cases that are worth researching.

Overall, it was a successful and engaging webinar and Dr. Turkina is keen to run similar events in the future where she could present other papers she is currently working on.

You can watch the event recording here.

You can find more details about the event here.

On 3rd September 2020 Dr Janne Korhonen, a RMIT Visiting Academic from Aalto Univeristy, Finland, held the next session of the event series.

The webinar appreciated innovation as a multi-level, multi-dimensional process, whose stages can be seen along different value dimensions. Each value dimension adds a new perspective to innovation and entails a new level of innovation capability that is needed to address a progressively more complex and dynamic context. The webinar provided new vistas into the structure of innovation, the development of innovation capability in organisations, and the leadership requirements at different levels of innovation. 

Dr. Korhonen's presenatation was followed by a fruitful discussion with the audience. The event was attended by a varied audience, which included RMIT academics from Melbourne and Barcelona, PhD students and external partners. 

The webinar was moderated by Massimo Menichinelli who is a Research Fellow at RMIT Europe.

You can watch the event recording here.

You can find more details about the event here.

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