Grants and achievements

Our research benefits people and businesses locally, nationally and globally. We examine issues that underpin Australia’s long-term economic, social and environmental development. Recent achievements include new partnerships with the mining and resources sector and new funds for research in disaster management and energy-efficient vehicles.

Mining and resources sector developments

Mining equipment and technology procurement services (METS)

We are setting up a new METS Innovation Partnership with Austmine. The operation, with headquarters in Brisbane, will provide a collaborative platform to develop business solutions and coordinate the adoption of technologies to enhance productivity.

Our researchers are:

  • investigating the business models of Australian METS firms so that they can better access global markets
  • analysing a large survey of Australian METS to build a more accurate profile of the innovation and internationalisation in the sector.

New mining ventures

Government and industry funding of $383,000 will help us uncover why only a fraction of new Australian mining ventures survive to make a profit, and how to address this concern. This unique study, in conjunction with Queensland Resources Council and international collaborators, will collect and analyse more than 30 years of data on junior miners.

System optimisation for power stations

Mining companies will be able to 'road test' future high-cost decisions to optimise productivity and efficiency, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Synengco Ltd and the federal government are funding the Mining System Monitoring and Optimisation project, led by Professor Paul Hyland.

Oil and gas personnel risk management

A comprehensive method of assessing people-related risk across an oil and gas project is being developed in collaboration with Air Energi. Dr Karen Becker from the School of Management leads the new project: Developing a project-based people risk framework.

Cooperative Research Centre projects

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program supports research collaborations to address major challenges facing Australia. QUT Business School is the highest participant nationally in CRC research, involving researchers from all disciplines.

Energy efficient vehicles

Professor Lionel Page and Associate Professor Rob Perrons are part of an AutoCRC team working to identify barriers to the take up of energy-efficient vehicles across Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. The EEV Future Regional Market and Technology Uptake Study includes Malaysia Automotive Institute as a partner. The QUT Business School team was awarded funds for two PhD students and $238,000 over three years.

Disaster response communications

Improving the role of hazard communications to build resilient communities is a key focus of a new $2.28 million, seven-year Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research project. Dr Amisha Mehta and Dr Dominique Greer will work in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, RMIT and University of Tasmania to develop a comprehensive guide to communication during disaster response and recovery.

National competitive ARC grants

Our success in acquiring national competitive grants is a reflection of the quality of our academic staff and the rigor of our research.

ARC Linkage

Pursuing the right opportunities: the actor-opportunity nexus and new venture performance

Investigators
Dr Rene Bakker (CI), Professor Per Davidsson (CI), Dr Henri Burgers (CI)
Funding
$383,000
Partners
Queensland Resources Council, Indiana University, Iowa State University
Project summary
The project aims to explain how Australians that are currently involved in setting up new business ventures can be more successful. Based on a study of new ventures in Australia’s mining industry, reserachers expect to demonstrate that the key to success lies in a complex matching process between the actor involved, and the opportunity (s)he is pursuing.

Pursuing the right opportunities: the actor-opportunity nexus and new venture performance

Heart rate variability biofeedback coaching in reducing workplace stress: Laboratory and field investigations

Investigators
Associate Professor Cameron Newton (CI), Professor Uwe Dulleck (CI), Dr Nerina Jimmieson (CI)
Funding
$250,000
Partners
Autonom Talent Consulting GmgH, Lochnivar Personnel Pty Ltd, MCE Consulting, NiederOsterreichischen Landserregierung
Project summary
Targeted and informed intervention in workplace stress is a vital concept in stress management, yet it is often misinformed. Using mobile heart rate monitors we are able to measure the causes and consequences of stress in a controlled and natural environment and design specific biofeedback interventions to attack primary sources of employee strain.

Heart rate variability biofeedback coaching in reducing workplace stress

The limits of disclosure: Private rights, public duties and the search for accountable governance

Investigators
Professor Justin O'Brien (CI), Professor Natalie Gallery (CI), Professor Gerry Gallery (CI), Dr Martin Fahy , Dr Melvin Dubnick (PI), Mr David Squire (CI)
Funding
$61,790
Partner
Financial Services Institute of Australasia
Project summary
A reliance on technical considerations such as enhanced disclosure, literacy programs and attempts to bifurcate between sophisticated and unsophisticated investors has proved sub-optimal in the search for greater, or more accurately, effective accountability both here in Australia and internationally. The acceptance by the corporate sector to process risk allocation, develop a mutually endorsed formal and informal regulatory framework, and agree on clear and transparent roles and responsibilities marks a significant step forward. It is both significant and innovative that the design and implementation of the proposed strategic plan will derive from an extended exercise in deliberative democracy.

The limits of disclosure

The value of financial planning advice: Process and outcome effects on consumer well-being

Investigators
Professor Natalie Gallery (CI), Professor Stephen Corones (CI), Professor Gerry Gallery (CI), Associate Professor Cameron Newton (CI)
Funding
$338,444
Partner
Financial Services Council
Project summary
The impact of the global financial crisis on personal wealth focused attention on financial advice and effects of poor advice (e.g. Storm Financial). However, little is known about how and the extent to which financial planning advice contributes to broader client well-being. The research will address this knowledge gap by providing empirical evidence using a multidimensional approach that takes into account the affect and life satisfaction components of well-being, together with broader notions of capabilities, opportunities and freedoms. Findings will inform industry practices and policy debates, and recommendations will be made regarding evidence-based financial advice regulation, to improve quality of advice and consumer-well-being.

The value of financial planning advice

Leveraging research and development (R and D) for the Australian built environment

Investigators
Professor Rachel Parker (CI), Professor Paul Thompson (PI)
Funding
$235,000
Project summary
This project will evaluate impacts, diffusion mechanisms and uptake of research and development (R and D) in the Australian building and construction industry.  Building on a retrospective analysis and industry consultation, a future-focussed industry roadmap will be developed to establish R and D policies to inform and improve R and D investment effectiveness.

Leveraging research and development (R and D) for the Australian built environment

A comparative study of knowledge transfer systems and their contribution to knowledge transfer and diffusion, innovation and socioeconomic transformation

Investigators
Professor Rachel Parker (CI), Dr Chrys Gunasekara (CI), Dr Damian Hine (CI), Dr Andrew Griffiths
Funding
$325,000
Project summary
This research involves an international comparison of the Queensland knowledge transfer system (KTS) and the role of intermediaries in facilitating knowledge transfer and diffusion, innovation and socioeconomic transformation, including in regional and rural firms and communities.  the project's significance arises from its novel system level approach that spans sectors and regions, and involves international comparison.  The international dimension will highlight effective models of knowledge transfer in the UK and Denmark and will generate models of high performing KTSs which can inform public policy.

A comparative study of knowledge transfer systems and their contribution to knowledge transfer and diffusion, innovation and socioeconomic transformation

ARC Discovery

Leveraging mobile phone technology to influence responsible drinking behaviours

Investigators
Professor Judy Drennan (CI), Dr Jason Connor (CI), Dr Marie-Louise Fry (CI), Professor David Kavanagh (CI), Dr Josephine Previte (CI), Dr Angela White (CI), Dr Dian Tjondronegoro (CI)
Funding
$160,000
Project summary

Alcohol remains a key social and health issue for Australia, particularly for young women. The project will assess the impact of a mobile phone software application tool for supporting young adult women's responsible drinking behaviour. Expected outcomes are to reduce problem drinking behaviour in Australia.

Leveraging mobile phone technology to influence responsible drinking behaviours

Honesty and efficiency in the provision of expert services: Doctors and other experts as participants in economic experiments

Investigators
Professor Uwe Dulleck (CI), Professor Dr Matthias Sutter (PI), Dr Rudolf Kerschbamer (PI)
Funding
$271,969
Project summary
Experts serve us when we see the doctor, the financial planner or the car mechanic. In all these case the expert can take advantage of his superior knowledge and sell us something we do not need. This research will inform policy makers about the underlying motives of real world experts and allow them to design better institutions.

Honesty and efficiency in the provision of expert services

Novel econometric techniques for dealing with point processes in high frequency financial data with applications to financial risk management

Investigators
Professor Adam Clements, Professor Stan Hurn, Professor Kenneth Lindsay
Funding
$100,000
Project summary
The recent global financial crisis highlighted the inherent risk involved in investing in financial assets. This project aims to develop novel statistical methods for forecasting the onset of instability in asset prices. The outcomes of this research will lead to improvements in the management of financial risk.

Novel econometric techniques for dealing with point processes in high frequency financial data with applications to financial risk management

Customising work through manager-employee exchange

Investigators
Associate Professor Paula McDonald, Dr Keith Townsend
Funding
$200,000
Project summary
This project will explore how managers and employees customise the terms and conditions of standardised employment arrangements. The results will inform legislation such as right to request provisions and organisational strategies such as manager training which support effective, mutually beneficial manager-employee exchanges.

Customising work through manager-employee exchange

Capturing value on the margins of the global knowledge economy

Investigators
Professor Rachel Parker (CI), Professor Paul Thompson (PI)
Funding
$200,000
Project summary
This project draws on a range of theoretical resources to develop an understanding of how workers, firms and industries develop 'isolating mechanisms', which are unique resources that enable them to capture value and compete in global markets. It will refer to global production network (GPN) theory, which will provide an account of power and conflict among a range of actors including government, business and workers in different geographical locations in the struggle to capture value. This unique theoretical framework will be used to develop a multi-level analysis of value capture in knowledge intensive industries.

Capturing value on the margins of the global knowledge economy

What facilitates or hinders the discovery and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities? A systematic comparison of the independent and corporate contexts

Investigators
Dr Henri Burgers (CI), Professor Per Davidsson (CI), Associate Professor Paul Steffens (CI), Dr Vareska Van de Vrande (PI)
Funding
$122,500
Project summary
This project received an ARC Discovery grant in 2009 with empirical work starting in 2010. It addresses under-studied research questions in the core of the field, namely what type of entrepreneurial opportunities tend to be successfully initiated and exploited in independent and corporate business contexts respectively.

What facilitates or hinders the discovery and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities?

Sexual harassment in Australia: Contexts, outcomes and prevention

Investigators
Associate Professor Paula McDonald (CI), Dr Sara Charlesworth (CI)
Funding
$396,000
Project summary
Despite legal prohibition, sexual harassment is a persistent workplace issue with significant costs for individuals and organisations. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative methods, the research investigates the various manifestations of sexual harassment across a range of workplaces contexts. The project also addresses organisational and institutional understandings and responses to sexual harassment and other forms of gender inequality and the longer term impacts for individual 'targets'. The project outcomes will contribute to more effective policy development and implementation in workplaces and by human rights and other bodies.

Sexual harassment in Australia

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

The inaugural DECRA scheme was awarded to 277 applicants. 203 successful applicants were from the Group of Eight universities. Of the remaining 74 awardees, QUT received 10. This is a great achievement in highly competitive circumstances.

Recipient
Dr Lionel Page, School of Economics and Finance
Project
The behavioural birth date effect: the impact of relative position within cohorts on risk aversion, self confidence and aspiration levels

ARC committee membership

Professor Stan Hurn, from the School of Economics and Finance, has been selected as the Social and Behavioural Sciences representative on the Australian Research Council's Selection Committee for Laureate Fellows.

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