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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.

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Corporate social and environmental performance information and related accountability practices

Due to stakeholder attention, companies are increasingly disclosing social and environmental performance information within their annual and corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports. OutcomesThis study will investigate whether these disclosures reflect real performance, and thereby create accountability practices by corporations. Both Australian and international companies are the focus of this project.The project considers both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Virtual environments in trade shows

An increasingly adopted feature in trade show displays is the use of virtual environments as a marketing tool. This academically under-explored area focuses on the marketing possibilities Ato trade show organisers and exhibitors due to communication and information technology advances.Given the online environment’s unprecedented potential to reach customers globally, research is limited on understanding how a firm’s practices and structure need to change to incorporate the virtual environment into their strategy and add value to the organisation. Conventional marketing practices …

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

Fraud and the marketer’s response

Fraud hurts the global economy significantly, with billions of dollars stolen from market participants annually. Often these illegal activities are committed by third party entities outside of an organisation's area of influence. While not involved in these fraudulent acts, organisation brand, image, products, processes and reputation can suffer when their customers fall victim.Issues under consideration include possible marketing activities that organisations could employ to effectively warn customers of fraud risk related to their product offerings, and how to then mitigate …

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

Trade show effectiveness

Despite the global popularity and global multi-billion dollar industry surrounding industrial and consumer trade shows, academic research on contemporary trade shows is relatively limited.Topics under consideration include:A cross-cultural study: How does the perception of participation effectiveness at trade shows differ on a cultural level? A comparison of two or more trade show markets.Despite research that shows a majority of trade show visitors do not participate to purchase, exhibitors regularly focus their communication strategies on the purchase intentions of trade show …

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

Characteristics of entrepreneurial opportunities and new venture ideas

The notion of 'opportunities' has become central in entrepreneurship in the last decade. However, the literature on entrepreneurial opportunities is also confused about the distinction between objective, actor-independent factors which facilitate business start-ups — which we call 'external enablers' — on the one hand, and subjective new venture ideas on the other. Further, there has been only limited development concerning the conceptualisation, operationalisation, and (consequently) assessment of the effects of salient characteristics of external enablers and new venture ideas.The purpose …

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

Professional designers and enterprise development: pathways, patterns and priorities

Research tasksDuring this research, you'll:complete a brief literature review on entrepreneurial business and designuse a database of professional designers to interview designers who have developed new enterprises, regarding entrepreneurial activities, market creation, enablers and barriers to enterprise development and sustainabilitycarry out a content analysis of interviews using thematic analysis and drafting of results in a research report.Research skillsThrough this research, you'll develop skills in:literature searches using key wordsconducting critical literature reviewsinterviewing with semi-structured interviewsthematic analysisreport drafting.Expected outcomesOutcomes of this research …

Centre/School
School of Management

Social and cultural dimensions of mining: industry, government, workers and community

Mining in Australia is big business, big news, highly diversified and highly complex. It is part of our collective history and culture, has substantial, wide-ranging and uneven impacts on contemporary everyday life in Australia including work and social reproduction, shapes the landscape and our senses of place and informs our potential futures.It is not only an important object of study but is also an excellent empirical lens through which to understand, for example, gender in organisations, uneven geographies of production …

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

An empirical analysis of audit effectiveness in light of recent regulatory changes

In response to the changing regulatory framework on auditor independence, this project will address auditor independence in an international context. Current international- and selected national-level independence requirements will be analysed. Debatable auditor independence issues, e.g., the provision of non-audit services, and audit partner and audit firm rotations, will be reviewed and empirically investigated at both national levels and internationally. The results will provide informative insight to regulators and the audit profession.

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Compensation consultants: Whom do they serve? New evidence on pay for performance

It is common that companies routinely retain compensation consultants to provide guidance in setting executive pay packages. Most importantly, they offer recommendations about formulating appropriate compensation contracts for top management. Research shows that the size and structure of CEO compensation packages significantly affect firm performance (known as pay-for-performance) and, in particular, excessive CEO compensation is associated with the destruction of shareholder wealth. It is, therefore, interesting to investigate whether the use of compensation consultants actually benefits shareholders (e.g. improve firm …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

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

Philanthropy and accountability in Australia

Philanthropy (defined here as structured giving through organisations such as foundations) is growing strongly and expected to benefit significantly from the intergenerational transfer of wealth in the coming decades. The accountability of philanthropy is a vital discussion, as criticism grows internationally of the lack of transparency, particularly for wealthy philanthropists who use their retained influence over donated and taxpayer-subsided funds to pursue their individual interests and influence public policy. There are current calls for a national blueprint or strategy for …

Centre/School
Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies

Making machine learning understandable for human decision support in credit risk assessment

Credit risk assessment is an important aspect in personal loan applications because of an increase in loan applications and a decline in risk appetite of lending institutions. Traditionally, predictions of credit risk (i.e. the weighted probability of loan default) are based on individual socio-economic information, loan application information and dynamic transaction data. Although machine learning models have been applied to the evaluation of credit risk, there is a gap to their use for decision making because many of these methods …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

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