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HR and Robotics

The 2018 Robotics Roadmap for Australia suggests a range of ways that robotics may affect the business world.  In particular, humans may need to work alongside robots or their efforts may be augmented by robots.  For this project the focus is on the HR implications of the various ways humans and robots may interact in the workplace.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Management

Biological engineering of waste into functional fungal mycelial composites

This project aims to take a waste material and repurpose it using fungal mycelial mats to penetrate and bind the organic compounds.Numerous residues from agriculture and the urban lifestyle comprise of carbon polymeric chains that are accessible to fungi. Fungi grow on and within these structures and can generate a bound matrix that has notably different properties. Various fungal strains will be assessed fro growth and colonization of various agricultural residues (e.g. sugarcane trash, bagasse, paunch) and urban waste (cardboard, …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

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 …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Discovering organisational knowledge from process event logs

Process mining enables data-driven process analysis using the massive amount of event log data captured by information systems in today's organisations. Various techniques have been developed to help extract insights about the actual business processes with the ultimate goal to improve process performance as well as the organisations' business performance.As an important sub-field of process mining, organisational mining focuses on discovering organisational knowledge, including e.g. organisational structures and human resources relevant to the performance of a business process, from event …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

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 …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Management

Biocatalysis of methane into high value products

There are numerous instances where methane is released into the atmosphere, or wasted as flare gas. Methane mitigation is of global concern, as it is at least 20 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.Methanotrophs are a unique set of bacteria capable of oxidising methane. Environmentally, they are responsible for sequestering an enormous volume of methane released from biological processes such as anaerobic digestion.From a Biotechnology perspective, they have great potential for generating products such as and represent …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

The perverse risks of strong enforcement

Environmental groups often argue that governments should have strong regulatory powers. That is, they should be allowed to:close down fisheries (e.g., the international whale fishery)ban the export of exploited organisms (e.g., the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES)make environmentally destructive actions illegal (e.g., land clearing). However, if the economic actors who are exposed to these changes – the fishers, hunters, farmers – are aware that changes are imminent, they might take strategic, preventative steps to avoid the associated …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Well-being, stress, and entrepreneurship

Stress processes and psychological well-being are key factors in the entrepreneurial process that relies on the agency and motivation of the individual entrepreneurs. Why many entrepreneurs are more satisfied with their job than employed individuals are? How do entrepreneurs cope with the various stressors during the founding phase and how could one help them to build relevant psychosocial resources?

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

Value-added building materials using Queensland’s natural mineral resources

This project aims to develop new and improved bricks for the household consumer and building construction markets. The project will use pilot trials to demonstrate that current production methods can be modified to generate improved brick qualities by including suitable amounts of locally-sourced industrial minerals as surface finishes or bulk additives.Existing and undeveloped sources of industrial minerals – clays and oxides – such as kaolinite, hematite, magnetite, pyrolusite, diatomite and pyrophyllite will be evaluated to impart new properties for specialised …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Improving the workplace through self-service technology

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 would be to investigate whether self-service technology (where the employee uses technology to facilitate their job) can actually improve the work environment through increased perceptions of empowerment and by creating more engaged environments. How can this affect the service climate from the employees’ perspectives and also from …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

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? …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

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