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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Consumer loneliness: How does it affect choice and loyalty?

Despite the popularity of social networks and technologies that intend to enhance social interaction, more consumers feel lonely now than before (Wang, Zhu & Shiv, 2013). Little is known about how increasingly lonely consumers make decisions in the marketplace.Might experiences in the marketplace influence our feelings of loneliness or loyalty to brands? Answering this question requires insights from literature on loneliness and consumer behaviour (Wang, Zhu & Shiv, 2013) as well as more general insights about consumer decision-making (Chernev, Böckenholt …

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

Agricultural Cooperatives: considering performance and accountability

Cooperatives are unusual organizational structures, as they are highly democratic in nature (one member + one vote) and their successful operation involves delivery of environmental, business and social outcomes. Internationally, cooperatives are the 'normal' form of social enterprise, however in the Australian context they are considerably under researched legal form. In order to operate successful, cooperatives need to take into consideration the needs of multiple stakeholders, not the least their members and communities which they function to benefit. This thesis …

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

Corporate board gender diversity and accounting conservatism

Female representation on boards has grown worldwide. There is a stream of study that investigates the relationship between board composition and financial reporting quality. However, there is little evidence on whether corporate board gender diversity is associated with one of the most important financial reporting quality metrics-accounting conservatism.The objective of this proposed study is to investigate the relation between corporate board gender diversity and accounting conservatism in the Australian context.If you are interested in researching this topic as part of …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Fraudulent Financial Reporting in China

The project aims to explore the factors associated with fraudulent financial reporting in China. The mechanism of corporate governance and external audit in mitigating fraud will also be investigated in this setting.If you are interested in researching this topic as part of a Master of Philosophy (Accountancy), and you are applying to commence your degree in Semester 1, 2020 you may be eligible for a School of Accountancy Accelerate Scholarship. …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Blockchain technology and its implications for accounting

Blockchain technology is anticipated to further disrupt the digital economy of today. Blockchain is a distributed database technology and is the underlying technical platform for digital cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Blockchain has the potential to profoundly impact accounting and the underlying financial transactions it represents, yet there is very little research exploring the implications for accounting and the profession. This research seeks to investigate how blockchain technology may impact a particular aspect of accounting such as financial accounting or audit …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Gender diversity and IT governance

While there is a substantial literature that has addressed gender diversity on corporate board governance generally and that women are more risk aware than men there is limited research that has specifically addressed gender diversity in IT governance. There is however a growing concern with IT governance as more and more commercial activity occurs in an e-commerce environment and the risks associated with that. This project will investigate the impact of gender diversity on IT governance.

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

Sponsorship-linked marketing: Branding and rivalry

This project will explore branding effects relating to corporate sponsorship and associated marketing activities. It will examine consumer behaviour outcomes like memory, attitude, and purchase intention, and will employ both focus group and experimental methodologies.Research activitiesYou'll gain skills in:organising ideas and dealing with different arguments for and against the ideasusing research databasessorting materials for a focused research projectthinking criticallywriting following a structure.Required skills and experienceThis topic will suit you if you have a background in marketing and creative industries, or …

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

Ambush marketing and counter-strategies

This project will examine the effectiveness of ambush marketing, which is attempts by brands to give consumers the impression they are officially associated with an event or initiative, when they actually are not. Ambush marketing activities are common, but less is known about how useful they are for the ambushing brand, or how detrimental they are for any ambushed brands.The project will also consider counter-strategies that might be employed by those brands being ambushed (that is, those who do have …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Education to work pathways and employability for young people

The notion of employability in describing education to work transitions for young people has become a catch-all term in public and institutional discourse, but its application is diverse across disciplines and policy spheres. Student projects are available to examine how young people navigate education to work pathways and how they build, develop and manage employment-oriented capacities.Questions around the role of higher education institutions, governments and young people themselves in shaping opportunities and outcomes could also be explored. There is the …

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

Self-gifting: identifying cultural differences

Researchers have suggested that western consumers have become more self-orientated in their purchasing behaviour.In contrast to the vast literature on gift-giving, research on self-gifting consumer behaviour is sparse, but growing (Atalay & Meloy, 2006; Clarke & Mortimer, 2013; Mortimer, Bougoure & Hasan, 2015; Weisfeld-Spolter & Thakkar, 2012) . As consumers re-shape their shopping behaviour towards this self-gifting phenomenon, research on self-gifting consumer behaviour is important to both retailers and theorists alike.Currently, we don't know if self-gifting is a global consumer …

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

Making technology work for employees

Employees are recognised as valuable resources for organisations. Increasingly though, organisations are introducing more technology into the workplace. Often there is the perception that increased technology causes employees’ stress.The focus of this research is to investigate whether perceptions of psychological safety create a positive service climate when front line employees (those employees serving customers) are faced with more self-service technology in the workplace. How is this environment perceived by customers as well? …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Outcomes transparency and the democratic paradox in Australian superannuation standard setting: does ED223 promote and protect fund-member interests?

This project focuses on a review of the governance system within the Australian occupational superannuation industry, which is currently holding fund member assets valued at $1.3 trillion. These funds are attributable to approximately 94% of Australian adults, who are locked into a compulsory superannuation system.This pool of funds is larger than Australia's gross domestic product (GDP), and the capitalisation of the Australian Securities Exchange equity market where they are the dominant investors. Of concern is that these monies are currently …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

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