Study level

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/School

Faculty of Science

School of Information Systems

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Dr Wasana Bandara
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science
Associate Professor Artemis Chang
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law
Professor Kevin Desouza
Position
Professor of Business, Technology and Strategy
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law
Dr Alexandra Williamson
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law

Overview

Organizations engage in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to ensure that a company is socially involved and accountable—to itself, its stakeholders, and the public. The aim of CSR (also referred to as corporate citizenship is to make companies conscious of the impact they are having on multiple dimensions of society (i.e., economic, social, and environmental). Modern technology advancements have clearly proven to enhance information access, efficiency in service provisioning and a multitude of innovations. This project aims to analyze the current CSR practices of Australian enterprises and critically identify the degree of effective technology use in the deployment of CSR practices. Existing CSR practices as publicly reported will be analyzed to identify current IT enabled business models that support CSR and also the potential to enhance these practices.

This projects sits within QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise ‘Enfranchising Enterprises’ Program, where you will be embedded in a team of world-class multi-disciplinary researchers dedicated to ‘making a difference’ in modern society via the practices of enterprises. Students will be warmly welcomed to a well established research team, and will be highly supported and closely mentored. Upon completion, students who perform well in their VRES projects will be able to apply for PhD and Masters scholarship opportunities, as appropriate to each individual student’s circumstances.

Research activities

Guided by the methodological and domain expertise of your supervisory team, you will first conduct a systematic extraction of CSR efforts reported by the top 100 ASX listed companies in the last 5 years. This information will then be analyzed using tool-supported content analysis techniques, which you will be trained to conduct. Study findings will be written up first as a report to be shared with CFE audience.  If the quality of the work is of high standard, there is an option to  co-author and publish a paper that can be presented to a global audience through conference presentations, webinars and other media.

Outcomes

The aim of this project is to analyze the current uptake of technology enablement observed within Australian enterprise’s CSR efforts. The study will result in a descriptive overview of current practices and will also form an empirically supported typology (depicting different ways and types) of how technology can enable (or impede CSR efforts by large for-profit enterprises in an Australian context).

Skills and experience

We are looking for students who have the following attributes:

  • Excellent written communication skills
  • sound information retrieval skills
  • a good team player who enjoys collaborating and being part of a wider group
  • able to work independently and complete tasks that produce high quality outcomes
  • interested in experiencing research and developing research skills
  • a strong sense of curiosity about and a passion for exploring and understanding the role of IT for social good and public benefit.

Scholarships

You may be eligible to apply for a research scholarship.

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Contact

Contact supervisors for further details.

If interested to apply, please email Dr. Wasana Bandara (co-leader of the Enfranchising Enterprise program at CFE) with you’re short (2-page) CV and a brief (~250 word) summary of why you are interested in this project.