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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Characteristics of 'successful' engagement: evaluating approaches to communication engagement in business or local government

Engagement offers organisations an ethical mechanism to respond to organisational-stakeholder power imbalances and enhance corporate governance in the interests of wider society. Stakeholder demands for authentic engagement may address stakeholder-held views of perceived organisation-stakeholder power deficits. Challenges exist, however, for corporate managers to provide relevant information and become responsive to the diverse stakeholder interests (Johnston, 2016). This study seeks to understand, document and theorise the characteristics of 'successful' engagement.Please note: This topic illustrates the type of projects these supervisors are …

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

Digital community engagement: how do organisations use digital technologies for community engagement?

'Engagement' describes practices an organisation undertakes to build stakeholder relationships and respond to the social opinion environment. These practices build on individual-level engagement to facilitate stakeholder and community connection, participation, and involvement across and within organisational boundaries and stakeholder networks. This study seeks to understand the role and characteristics of digital technologies in enabling engagement.Please note: This topic illustrates the type of projects these supervisors are interested in. Given the background of the supervisors, this topic takes a public relations …

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

Promoter penalties in Australia: an effective deterrent?

Research has shown that many participants in tax exploitation schemes are given advice to invest by financial advisors and tax professionals. Traditionally, it has been the participants in tax exploitation schemes who bear the risks associated with the investment and who are subjected to significant financial penalties when the schemes are proven ineffective. The designers and promoters of the schemes (financial advisors and tax professionals) have not been subject to penalties, except in unusual circumstances.Research activitiesThis project will examine the …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Forced saving: a comparative analysis of mandatory retirement funding schemes in Australia and Hong Kong

Population ageing has necessitated the need for governments in different parts of the world to implement reform in retirement saving policy to lessen reliance on publicly funded retirement benefits.In addition to voluntary savings encouraged through concessional tax treatment, employment-related compulsory retirement saving schemes are mandated in a number of jurisdictions. While the Australian government legislated the superannuation guarantee (SG) scheme in 1992, nearly a decade later the Hong Kong government implemented the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme.There is a range …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

The role of culture as a contributor to fraud, bribery and corruption in Australia

Over the past five years, it has been noted by industry and academics that the cultural environment of an organisation plays a large part in promoting or minimising incidents of fraud, bribery and corruption. The importance of this topic is that there is little empirical evidence to support this view, yet substantial anecdotal evidence in cases such as Enron, HIH Insurance, ING and the Queensland Health (Barlow) fraud.This research topic would assist in addressing this gap. …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Working the gig economy: the organisation and experience of digital platform work

A core component of the digital or ‘gig’ economy, digital platforms connect individual workers with end-users (companies or consumers) seeking specific services, via a website or an app. A wide range of platform business models operate in diverse industries offering tasks that can be completed online (eg: graphic design or coding), or ‘in person’ services (eg: driving or cleaning). Examples include Uber, Deliveroo, Freelancer and Airtasker. Platform work is also rapidly expanding into new sectors including care work, creative industries, …

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

Customised flexible work

Developing and supporting flexible or customised work arrangements is a key HR strategy in many organisations and has been shown to have benefits for both business and individual employees. However, research has also demonstrated the significant problem of policy-utilisation gaps in relation to flexible work, including concerns about unequal access, low uptake amongst men and penalties that result from adjusting standard working arrangements.Student projects are available in this field of research and there is the possibility of utilising existing and …

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

Startup Cultures

In the startup world there is much talk of culture as a unifying driver of performance. Culture research has a long history, and there are measures (albeit disputed) of organisational culture. There are also a range of studies that have investigated relationships between culture and performance. For this project, the focus is on understanding what founders and other key personnel in startups mean when they talk of culture and how they 'measure' culture.The student is expected to produce an extended …

Centre/School
School of Management

A systematic review of economic modelling of negative externalities literature

Economic activity produces good and bad outputs. Whilst good output enhances quality of life, bad outputs generate negative externalities. Negative externalities can arise from, for example, pollution, noise and environmental degradation. Such production systems are inefficient, but continue to endure despite the costs.Economists (and social scientists) have begun to develop socio-economic models and use valuation techniques to understand the socio-economic issues related to negative externalities. However, such work remains scattered and the existing literature reveals that modelling techniques can be …

Centre/School
School of Economics and Finance

Developing marketing communications to increase blood donations from males

This project will analyse data already collected from male non-donors to identify the key marketing communication appeals that can be developed for different male archetypes. Specifically the aim is to identify marketing communication strategies that will effectively generate bookings to donate from current male non-donors.The student is expected to produce a draft journal article on the topic that will be co-authored with the research team. Skills employed are:Literature searchanalysis of qualitative dataacademic writing. …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Unpacking public relations practitioner decisions

By connecting a student to real world industry professionals, this project aims to simultaneously build student networks and explore an applied research problem around how public relations professionals make decisions about optimal strategies and tactics in campaigns.The student and research team will meet to co-design the research and undertake the following activities:Review award-winning public relations campaigns using a semantic and relational network analysis tool to identify trends and patterns in strategies and tacticsinterview the public relations professionals behind these campaigns …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Faithful Representation and the usefulness of Financial Information

Faithful Representation and Relevance are two fundamental qualities which are proposed to make financial information useful in the Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting and its proposed revision. Faithful representation is further described as information which is complete, neutral and free from error. This research seeks to determine how faithful representation of financial information might be measured/determined drawing on representation theory concepts from the Information systems discipline.

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

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