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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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Summer VRES Program

OpportunityFour Summer VRES positions specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander QUT Business School students working on an immersive research project. This research will allow students to better understand the role of research and its role as an effective approach to developing solutions to complex problems.Key details$2,000.00 honorariumflexible-delivery under academic supervision (set your own days)independent or group-based delivery experience80-100 hoursno prior research experience requiredKey Benefitswork closely with academics and the QUT Business School Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Groupprofessional …

Centre/School
QUT Business School

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

Can executive compensation improve investment efficiency?

Since the last decade, there have been intense debates over whether executive compensation contracts are set optimally for interest alignment between management and shareholders. As Jensen and Murphy (2010) noted, the real problem of compensation is 'not how much you pay, but how'. While there is an agreement that performance-based pay can influence corporate investment decisions, the evidence is less clear on how and to what extent such a link is established. The real interest of this study is to …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

The gender profile of the insolvency profession

Given the advances in representation by women in business leadership and accountancy profession generally, is it inevitable that there remain 'gendered occupational niches'?This project investigates the nature of professional work undertaken by insolvency practitioners and profiles the state of the profession to examine whether there are any isolating influences or barriers to entry for one gender or the other. It will identify the key determinants to effective performance to the role of insolvency practitioner and whether any systemic biases become …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Culture and corruption risks in local government: the role of technology in detecting fraud

A recent investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission found serious fraud and corruption across a number of Queensland city councils. This included inappropriate relationships between the Council and the private sector, in particular property developers and improper use of power and influence for personal benefit by elected councilors.This project investigates how council employees and councillors avoid detection under existing accounting controls, and how they can be strengthened. We will focus on the latest technologies for detecting financial misconduct and …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Exploring the attributes that influence the purchase of indigenous art and souvenirs

What attributes influence a consumers' intention to purchase indigenous art and souvenirs? Research has suggested ‘perception of authenticity’ motivate some consumers to seek out and purchase such products. However, authenticity may relate to the marker/artist, aesthetics of the design, or material use. These attributes are identified through the extant literature in indigenous art and souvenirs. The purpose of this research project is to determine what influences perceptions of authenticity, leading to purchase intention.

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Vacation research experience scheme

Understanding authenticity seeking in the purchase of indigenous art and souvenirs

There is a growing and substantial body of knowledge concerning tourists' perception of authenticity for indigenous art and souvenirs. Such products have significant impact on local economies. For tourist and visitors, indigenous art and souvenirs are mementos of their travel experiences and help tourists appreciate cross-cultural differences. However, more and more, these products are becoming mass-produced objects where the satisfaction of tourists and the profit motives of retailers are given priority. From the demand side, there are many motives for …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Vacation research experience scheme

Understanding Online Global Shopping Event Participation

Online global shopping events, like Singles’ Day, Amazon Prime Day, Click Frenzy and Cyber Monday, resemble traditional physical sales events, like Black Friday and Post-Christmas sales, however differ operationally in that they exist digitally. Such online sales events have grown significantly in sales, media attention and consumer interest. While researchers have examined consumer behaviour in the context of physical retail sales events – such as willingness to attend, participate, or value sought – research is scare in relation to this …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Vacation research experience scheme

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

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

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

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