Research topics and projects

Find a topic you can investigate and see what our students are researching in the QUT Business School.

Within each area of interest, you can find open topics at your study level: PhD, Masters, Honours or the Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES) for eligible undergraduates.

Choosing a topic does not exempt applicants from providing a full research proposal in the application.

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Creating inclusive organisations

Organisations are increasingly striving to implement inclusive HRM practices that will lead to sustainable employment for people with disabilities. Yet a low employment rate for people with disabilities persists in Australia. Arguably, sustainable employment of people with disability sits at the nexus of the individual, organisations and society. Hence this topic could be explored from the individual and/or organisational perspective. There are opportunities for student projects in the broad area of creating inclusive organisational environments including, but not limited to:inclusive …

Centre/School
School of Management
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy

The transition from education to employment for migrants in Australia

The extent to which current employability models explain the transition from education to work for migrants in Australia has received little empirical attention to date. For example, social capital plays an integral part in most young people’s transitions into employment, yet many migrant Australians lack accessibility to social networks that create employment opportunities outside their local communities. This topic would be suitable for students who are interested in exploring migrant job seekers’ experiences in transitioning from education to employment across …

Centre/School
School of Management
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy

Technological innovation systems and industry development

I am seeking research students (either MPhil or PhD) wanting to undertake research into the innovation systems that support society wide technological innovations and subsequent industrial development. For example, Australia, like many countries, is attempting to develop new industries in clean energy. For each of these, the pathway from innovation to a viable, self-sustaining industry is difficult. I am interested in exploring the barriers that prevent successful development of the innovation system in which each technology operates.Battery industries, with industry …

Centre/School
School of Management
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy

Consumer reactions to voice-based AI

Artificial intelligence increasingly allows marketers to manipulate video and audio materials in a manner that has been restricted to still pictures in the past. Yet little is known about how consumers engage with and react to marketing content that consumers know has been manipulated in this fashion. For instance, for whom, when and why do interactions with voice-based AI (e.g. Google Duplex, Healed through A.I.) reduce purchase intentions. Building on research from interpersonal interactions (Lechner & Mathmann, 2020) and motivational …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Indigenous entrepreneurship in Australia

Indigenous entrepreneurship is an emerging field of academic research. The creation of new ventures by indigenous people has important implications for diversity, job creation and regional economic development for disadvantaged people. Generally, in Australia, there has been a strong focus on indigenous tourism entrepreneurship, however research suggests that this may not be the most effective pathway (Ruhanen, Whitford & McLennan, 2015). This project will seek to understand the state of play of indigenous entrepreneurship in Australia by undertaking a desktop …

Centre/School
Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

Curtailing corporate tax aggression through uncertain tax benefits

Over the last five years Australia has adopted numerous measures to address aggressive corporate tax practices. A recent addition to these measures (on the 1st of January 2019) is AASB Interpretation 23 - Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments, which was developed to clarify the treatment of uncertain tax positions. This interpretation requires entities who produce general purpose financial reports (GPFRs) to disclose uncertain tax benefits (UTB) in the notes to their financial statements. Extant literature suggests that UTB disclosures are …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy
Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Regulatory Mode and the Endowment effect

Consumers often demand a higher price for items they own, than what they would be willing to pay to buy the same item (Kahneman et al., 1990). This effect is commonly known as the endowment effect. While the endowment effect is well established (e.g. Bar-Hillel & Neter, 1996; Chan, 2015; Horowitz & Mcconnell, 2002), and some studies have attempted to explain it by considering the effects of psychological ownership (Kirk et al., 2015), there are still questions about when, for …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy

Incorporating recreational and indigenous considerations into commercial fisheries management

Recent changes to Commonwealth legislation require fisheries management decisions to explicitly take into consideration recreational and indigenous users of the resource. Similar requirements are also in place in most State fisheries. This is primarily a social and economic issue, and is primarily to involve allocation of the resource between the different sectors, either as a share of a total allowable catch or a spatial allocation of where different groups may operate (net free zones, customary fishing only areas for example.).Meeting …

Centre/School
School of Economics and Finance

Culture and financial corruption risks in Local Government

Local governments plays an important role in the lives of everyday Queenslander's. However, a recent investigation into local government by the Crime and Misconduct Commission found widespread governance and integrity failures and corruption by local Councillors and employees. This VRES project is part of a larger project with a forensic accounting firm that is looking at how we can improve financial accountability and governance in local councils that will build healthy cultures and practices that minimise corruption risk. We are …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Gender, disability and entrepreneurship

Despite women’s entrepreneurship research encouraging scholars to expand upon the questions asked and approaches taken (Ahl, 2006; Hughes et al., 2012) there are few studies exploring the intersection of gender and disability in this field. This topic area offers students the opportunity to study gender and disability in relation to entrepreneurship, and potentially explore the experiences of disabled women entrepreneurs, an under-researched group. Broadly, the topic has the potential to advance the gender and entrepreneurship field by exploring how and …

Centre/School
School of Management
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Partnering with Health Consumers: Conceptualizing and Measuring Health Engagement

In Australia healthcare facilities are required to ‘partner with consumers’ to improve service experiences. To meet this accreditation requirement, a new type of healthcare management professional, referred to as an engagement advisor, is emerging alongside existing patient advocates. As boundary spanners between healthcare facilities and consumers, the capabilities of health engagement professionals and their understanding of health engagement are critical to the success of consumer partnering.Commensurate with current healthcare engagement research, this study will gather data from consumers, healthcare staff …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Does gender matter? Women, accounting journals and editorial boards

Corporate boards of publicly listed companies and the 'Big 4' professional accounting firms all agree that they want more women represented at the top of their organisations. Accounting as a profession provides women with the knowledge and skills to prepare them for positions of leadership in their chosen fields. Women accounting academics are also well positioned to be leaders in the profession. This research project examines whether women are under-represented on accounting journal boards and if so, what might be …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy

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