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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Assurance in Not-for-Profit Organisations in Australia

This project investigates the roles of assurance in not-for-profit organisations in Australia. Australia has seen significant regulatory and reporting modifications in the charity and not-for-profit (NFP) sectors since 2013. The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC 2013) specifies various levels of reporting obligations and audit requirements for charities based on their size, in which, from the 2014 reporting period, median and large NFPs have been obliged to have their financial reports reviewed or audited. Specific challenges exist in auditing NFPs …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Blockchain: Evolution or illusion?

Blockchain has received extensive attention as a revolutionary new technology that will foster business success and innovation, but is it all hype, an illusion put forward to exploit technically challenged or inexperienced businesses and investors? This research will explore the misconception that Blockchain is the solution to business digitisation and success and argue that it's popularity is driven by a tech savvy generation who are yet to fully operationalise the technology. Further, it will explore the current regulatory regime in …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Quantitative and Qualitative measurement of Airline performance

The research project is two-fold. First, it incorporates quantitative and qualitative data to measure the performance of airlines (mainstream and budget carriers) using a supply-chain performance evaluation model such as Network Data Envelopment Analysis. Second, the project aims to quantify sources of inefficiencies and provide recommendations to policy makers and operations in ways to raise their efficiency levels.

Centre/School
School of Economics and Finance

Uncertainty, Investor Sentiment and Financial Market Anomalies

The purpose of this research is to explore the roles played by uncertainty and investor sentiment in explaining financial market anomalies documented in the existing literature. The financial market anomalies of interest include, but are not limited to, the size effect, the value effect, the momentum effect, asset-related anomalies, investment-related anomalies, etc.

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

Blockchain's application to infrastructure funding

While Blockchain's application as a cryptocurrency is relatively well-known, its application to broader business applications is often misunderstood or underestimated. As an 'incorruptible digital ledger of ... transactions that can be programmed to record ... virtually anything of value' (Tapscott & Tapscott, 2016), this technology holds the potential to radically simplify how business opportunities are funded and controlled. This research seeks to understand how the block chain may be used to improve infrastructure funding and control by developing a model …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Pet Insurance and Value

Many people have insurance for their pets these days. Who the providers are, what the claim rates made have been and what percentage of claims end up being declined and/or head to formal dispute resolution channels is however, a lot less well known. This topic would enable students to explore in depth the value for money this type of insurance represents along with the typical experience of both customers and vets around product 'success'. Understanding the legal framework against which …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Private Health Insurance

Recent commentary from the ACCC, consumer groups, State Health Departments in the media report:very significant increases in private health insurance premiumsreductions in the scope of coversale of products unsuited to the insureds in question (for example, sale of maternity/pregnancy products to retirees while excluding medical conditions like to manifest in the particular age groups targeted).Given the importance of private health insurance in Australia there is considerable scope to:analyse the changes to the scope of health insurance coverprocure data relative to …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Incorporating recreational and indigenous considerations into commercial fisheries management

Recent changes to Commonwealth legislation require fisheries management decisions to explicitly take into consideration recreational and indigenous users of the resource. Similar requirements are also in place in most State fisheries. This is primarily a social and economic issue, and is primarily to involve allocation of the resource between the different sectors, either as a share of a total allowable catch or a spatial allocation of where different groups may operate (net free zones, customary fishing only areas for example.).Meeting …

Centre/School
School of Economics and Finance

The entrepreneurial process

There is growing consensus that new venture creation is a process rather than an event. Yet, most entrepreneurship research continues to apply theories that are essentially time-blind. This neglects important issues pertaining to duration, sequence, timing and other temporal aspects of entrepreneurship. A likely reason for this state of affairs is that studying processes is challenging because it requires theoretical and methodological knowledge beyond those that are most familiar to business scholars. ACE aims to develop ground-breaking process theory and …

Centre/School
Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy

Characteristics of new venture ideas and their influence on success

To a great extent, entrepreneurship research builds on the disciplines of psychology and sociology. These disciplines serve entrepreneurship research with a plethora of concepts and theories pertaining to characteristics of individuals and groups, and provide ideas about how these may affect entrepreneurial action and outcomes. By comparison, they are less helpful for building knowledge about the other part of the equation: the characteristics of the new venture ideas that over time become characteristics of realized new ventures. ACE aims to …

Centre/School
Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy

Perceptions of stopover travel destinations

Research into the phenomenon of stopovers during long haul air travel emerged only recently in the tourism literature. This topic offers the opportunity to join a project investigating the perceptions held by international travellers of stopover destinations.

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

Characteristics and consequences of tax aggressive corporations

Over the last five years Australia has adopted numerous measures, both in accordance with the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Program (BEPS) and unilaterally, to address aggressive corporate tax practices. What has yet to be established however is what characteristics tax aggressive corporations possess and whether the remedial measures adopted have been effective? This research project will address these questions by (1) identifying tax aggressive corporations and detecting common characteristics and (2) examining the impact of measures adopted from …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

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