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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Entrepreneurship in the Australian mining industry

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) at QUT Business School is seeking interested PhD candidates to work on a project that is concerned with the Australian mining industry. The project’s aim is to further develop a large scale longitudinal panel data set of companies in Australia’s mining industry, and to advance our knowledge of the “business side” of the booming resources industry. The primary data for this project is already collected and available for use. While the dataset lends …

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

Examining the Asian consumers’ perceptions of Australian fresh foods

This project examines whether Asian consumers purposely seek out and desire Australian produce, over their own, and if so, if this could be considered reverse ethnocentrism.As a sociological construct, ethnocentrism refers to the bias of believing in the superiority of one's own group and inferiority of others. According to this concept, highly ethnocentric consumers may think that purchasing imported products hurts the domestic economy and causes unemployment. Repeatedly, consumer age has been identified as a variable that significantly correlates with …

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

Do packaging aesthetics affect perceptions of taste and purchase intentions?

It's what's on the outside that counts. Consumers buy food products presented in elaborative or plain packaging. We examine whether shoppers' perceptions of taste can be influenced by packaging aesthetics.Recent work (Moore, D.J., 2013) published in the Journal of Business Research found that food aroma influences purchase intentions through the mediation of appetite drive states, such as:taste anticipationsubjective expected pleasuretaste enjoyment.That is, the simple aroma of the food is a predictor of taste anticipation and accordingly intentions to purchase.This research …

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

Self-gifting: examining contexts and categories

Researchers have suggested that 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 (SGCB) 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.Mortimer et al's 2015 scale development study on self-gifting did not …

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

Engaging recreational fishers in the management of fisheries habitats

Recreational fishing is Australia’s most popular sport and leisure activity. The number of recreational fishers in Australia is significant and they have considerable political influence. Recreational fishers also have the potential to be instrumental in successful fisheries conservation, habitat restoration and environmental stewardship efforts.We welcome research proposals which will contribute to understanding stakeholder engagement strategies for the collaborative management of fishing areas and the meaningful engagement of recreational fishers in a range of advocacy, conservation, monitoring, enforcement, and habitat restoration …

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

Stakeholder management in community projects

This study focuses on how project managers experience stakeholders and their perceptions of project effectiveness in building large community infrastructure.  A constructivist approach is taken to gather dialogue from project managers and to interpret issues and actions.

Centre/School
School of Management

Managing risk in healthcare programs

This study focuses on how executive teams manage risk in complex projects with a hospital environment. A multi-method study is used to identify effective and non effective projects for case analysis with observations of team meetings and interviews with decision-makers.

Centre/School
School of Management

Career experiences of women in project management

This study focuses on women's experiences of career progression in project-based organisations affected by their unique structural and cultural characteristics that create gender based barriers to woman's advancement.An exploratory approach is used to capture the perceptions and experiences of career progression, encountered challenges to that progression and the strategies used to overcome those challenges by individual female project managers in project-based organisations

Centre/School
School of Management

Adoption of retro technologies

There's a vibrant computing community dedicated to embracing long-ago obsolete computer systems. Within it, there's a growing sub-community playing equally obsolete computer and arcade games. And not only are LPs still available, despite their supposed replacement by cassetes, then CDs, then digital music, but they have been the fastest-growing music format in the US in recent years.This research project investigates the characteristics of the adopters of such retro-technologies.Some of the central questions include:Why do these individuals retro-use and what do …

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

The impact of gender in the classroom: real or imagined?

Building on the close ties with Earnshaw and Raceview State Schools established via the Principal for the Day project, this project aims to identify the measured impact of single-gender classrooms. This issue has been somewhat contentious; in the US there have been legal challenges questioning whether single-gender classes violate the constitution. In Australia, concern over the poor high school performance of boys relative to girls - in particular the smaller proportion of boys completing Year 12 and the growing female …

Centre/School
School of Economics and Finance
Study levels
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Control and collaboration in the boardroom: an observational investigation

This project aims to explore board-level attributes that favor board monitoring and resource provisioning tasks. While theoretical works (Hillman & Dalziel 2003) identify separate individual directors' attributes as predictors of monitoring (e.g. independence) or resource provisioning (e.g. background knowledge and connections), empirical evidence shows a high overlap between the two tasks (e.g. Minichilli et al 2012; Pugliese et al 2014). This counter-intuitive phenomenon is known as the 'paradox of control and collaboration' within boards (Sundaramurthy & Lewis 2003).Research activitiesThe project …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Courtesy in virtual/online service interactions

For marketing professionals, online and virtual environments can be perceived as a 'new' concept. To successfully manage a constantly changing business environment, it's necessary for organisations to develop digital capabilities. It is within the nature of information technology that it is constantly evolving and new inventions, upgrades, applications, and innovations are getting regularly developed and applied. Utilising information technologies for marketing communications therefore presents a constant challenge on various levels.Issues under consideration include:Research has shown that businesses often are frustrated …

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

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