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The Tasmanian School of Business and Economics is pursuing its vision and mission through an overarching theme of Resilience, Adaptation and Sustainable Growth. This theme is reflected in our evolving strengths in three areas: Person in Context; Collaborative Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Sustainability in Business and Community. We use a variety of research approaches as we pursue these goals including large-scale data analysis and integration ("big data") to support better decision-making by business, government and community organisations, work-integrated learning and experiential learning methods, and an emphasis on inter-disciplinary collaborations. TSBE with its close ties to research agencies, government, business and community is in a strong position to play a leading role, in understanding and using knowledge for local national and global benefit.

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Current projects

  • Development and evaluation of an aptitude for clinical coders

Clinical coding is a role that requires a high level of accuracy, attention to detail and an understanding of medical science. Employment of the right person for a clinical coding role can result in greater productivity, achievement of realistic key performance indicators, and happy, long term employees. The Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA), as the peak body for health information management and clinical coding, and leading provider in clinical coding education in Australia, wished to develop an aptitude test that identified the level of propensity to clinical coding, for potential students of their introductory clinical coding course to undertake, and potentially to be commercialised for employers in the future. HIMAA worked in collaboration with the University of Tasmania to ensure a scientifically sound approach was used to develop and evaluate an aptitude test for clinical coding.

Researchers: Kerryn Butler-Henderson; Richard Lawrance; Lyn Williams; Travis Ingram


Projects in 2016

  • An investigation of the join acute and aged care accreditation trial in two health services

A pilot study to investigate staff, audit/survey teams and acrediting organisation's experiences of the combined Australian Aged Care Agency (AACQHC) and Australian Council for Healthcare Standards (ACHS) accreditation trial.

Researchers: David Greenfield; Kathy Eljiz; Kerryn Butler-Henderson; Nazlee Siddiqui

  • Research and report on the implementation of the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care requires a written research report on proposed reform of the AHSSQA Scheme. The purpose of the document is to: research and describe a package of strategies for the reform of the AHSSQA Scheme to achieve the twin objectives of improving the effectiveness of the assessment processes and reducing reliance on accreditation for verifying Standards compliance; provide detail on the level of research and other evidence to support these recommendations; outline the limitations and opportunities of these elements of the proposed reform; and, present the reform package in an inforgraphic, if appropriate.

Researchers: David Greenfield; Nazlee Siddiqui; Kerryn Butler-Henderson; Kathy Eljiz

Current projects

  • 'Too much medicine': Insights and explanations from economic theory and research

This study considers “too much medicine” as a form of overconsumption, drawing on research from health economics, behavioural economics and ecological economics to identify possible explanations for and drivers of overconsumption.

Researchers: Martin Hensher; John Tisdell; Craig Zimitat

  • How do people design a mechanism? Experimental evidence

We are using economic experiments to identify how people design a mechanism. Our experimental framework is adapted from the market framework utilised by Maskin and Riley, who considered a monopolist seller of a homogeneous good that uses non-linear pricing under incomplete information.

Researchers: Hugh Sibly; John Tisdell; Shane Evans

  • The behaviour of diffusion and jump risks in conflict and post-conflict markets (Evidence from Sri Lanka) (2016 - 2017)

The contribution of the is to narrow the existing information gap for academics and practitioners by using high-frequency financial data and associated risk decomposition and quantile regression techniques to measure and describe the stylised facts and relationships between standard betas, diffusion betas and jump betas of individual stocks and portfolios under conflict and post-conflict conditions (in Sri Lanka).

Researcher: Nagaratnam Jeyasreedharan (Sree)

  • Pathways to State housing and land tax reform (2016 - 2017)

This EPJ develops, models and integrates innovative policy pathways for housing tax reform. Reform proposals are mindful of the prevailing barriers to reform as well as the need to develop implementation and transition strategies which are fiscallysustainable and politically viable while reducing distortions in national housing markets.

Researchers: Richard Eccleston; N Warren; Maria Yanotti


Projects in 2016

  • Inter-Generational Transfer Tax

Estimate the annual revenue raised from an inter-generational transfer tax in Australia.

Researcher: Paul Blacklow


Projects in 2015

  • The Economic Impact of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Sector on the Tasmanian Economy

The project is a scoping study with the aim of establishing a justifiable methodology to properly evaluate the contribution of this sector to the economy of Tasmania.

Researchers: Dugald Tinch; Mardi Dungey; Marcus Haward; Tony Press

  • International capital flows, macroeconomic effects and financial volatilities in small open economies

This project aims to empirically model and assess the effects of international capital flows on macroeconomic and financial volatilities in small open economies with particular focus on the ASEAN-5 countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Researcher: Mala Raghavan

  • NILS Defaults

This project will estimate an equation that no Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) Network of Tasmania can use to predict the probability that one of it micro-credit clients will default.

Researcher: Paul Blacklow

  • Identifying Contagion

A modelling framework and empirical examples of the transmission of financial shocks accounting for conditional heteroskedasticity.

Researcher: Mardi Dungey

  • Large scale robust portfolio optimisation with high-frequency data

This project aims to understand whether the improved efficiency of risk estimators estimated using high frequency data demonstrated in the existing literature translates into improved portfolio outcomes for longer horizon investors.

Researcher: Vitali Alexeev

  • Financial, legal and corruption obstacles and SME performance in the Global Financial Crisis: Evidence from low and middle-income Asian countries

Researcher: Thu Phuong Pham

Current projects

  • Tourism Skåne Project, Sweden

This ground breaking research project will assess the travel behaviors of cyclcists using the 274 km long Sydostleden (Southeastern) Trail in Southern Sweden over the summer of 2017. A closed source library containing the Tourism Tracer© app technology has been synced to the back end of an existing Sydostleden Trail app. This will allow tourists’ location and survey data -designed by the Tourism Tracer team- to be sent through to the Tourism Tracer© database and visualizations to be made via the Tourism Tracer dashboard. Funding for this project has been provided by Tourism Skåne and Tillväxtverket, the Swedish Agency for Economical and Regional Growth.

Researchers: Anne Hardy; Richard Eccleston; Jagannath Aryal; Can Seng Ooi; Sarah Hyslop; Oskaras Vorobjovas-Pinta

  • The Tourist Tracking Project, 2017 - Tasmania, Australia

During 2017, the Tourism Tracer team will track a randomized, representative sample of approximately 1000 tourist groups in Tasmania, in order to decipher the travel behavior of tourists over the course of an entire year. Following on from the highly successful 2016 Tasmanian research, the team will provide tourists with a mobile phone that is loaded with the Tourism Tracer survey and tracking technology.  In return, tourists will be provided with 3G of data and a map of their travels upon completion of their holiday.  The results of this research, which has been designed to sync with the Tasmanian Tourism Survey, have also been synced with the Australia Tourism Data Warehouse location coordinates. This will allow registered businesses to understand the characteristics and travel patterns of their clients. The research will also provide the Tasmania government and tourism industry with unique insights into infrastructure use, such as roads, visitor centres, lookouts and public amenities. The results of this research will be visualized via the Tourism Tracer dashboard. Funding and support has been provided by the University of Tasmania, the Tasmanian government (Department of State Growth), the Federal Group, the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania and its four regional tourism authorities, plus the Spirit of Tasmania, the Launceston Airport and the Hobart Airport.’

Researchers: Anne Hardy; Richard Eccleston; Tommy Wong; Jagannath Aryal; Dugald Tinch; Kate Booth; Sarah Hyslop

  • Efficacy and acceptability of a supervisory development program (2017)

This project draws on our expertise in organisational behaviour and intervention evaluation to pilot an evaluation methodology in three sites where a supervisor development program will be delivered over a period of 12 months. Specifically, the study will investigate the acceptability and efficacy of the program to guide future research and further enhancements to the program as well as provide an initial evidence base for Newport & Wildman to draw upon in promoting the program to other potential clients.

Researcher: Sarah Dawkins

  • Managing workplace mental health: Translating research into practice through capability and policy development (2016-2017)

This project takes our research on mental health in the workplace and explores its translation into practice by developing a case study with an organisation seeking to improve its mental health management capability. Specifically, this study will evaluate the learning outcomes achieved by a training program designed to develop the capabilities of front-line supervisors in managing employees with mental health conditions in the workplace.

Researchers: Sarah Dawkins; Megan Woods; Rob Macklin


Projects in 2016

  • Sense-T Stage 2: Sensing Tourist Travel ('Tourist tracking project') (2015 - 2016)

This project will use real-time sensor-generated data to address two significant industry-driven research questions, which are designed to provide unprecedented insights into tourists travel behaviour and decision making. Understanding where different cohorts of tourists travel and how they make spontaneous travel decisions will create value for the industry and the Tasmanian community by:Informing more nuanced and effective marketing strategies;Informing tourism related infrastructure and investment decisions, facilitating industry and employment growth;Informing strategies designed to increase the duration of (and spending during) visits; and Enhancing the tourist experience by providing more timely and relevant travel information.

Researchers: Anne Hardy; Richard Eccleston; Brady Robards; Tommy Wong; Jagannath Aryal; Dugald Tinch; Kate Booth; Sarah Hyslop

  • Enhancing Employee Wellbeing and Work-Family Outcomes by Understanding Optimal Levels of Psychological Ownership of Jobs and Organisations: The Interactive Effects of Employee Personal Characteristics

Psychological ownership (PO), reflects feelings of possessiveness and attachment to work-related objects (Pierce, Kostova, & Dirks, 2001). Employees with a sense of PO over their job or organisation experience more positive work-related attitudes, such as job satisfaction, engagement and commitment, and report lower levels of job burnout (Dawkins, Tian, Newman, & Martin, 2015). However, to date research has almost exclusively examined the positive aspects of PO (Brown, Crossley & Robinson, 2014), despite seminal work highlighting the potential for both positive and negative implications. As one study has identified a relationship with burnout (Kaur, Sambasivan & Kumar, 2013), there is a need to determine optimal ranges of PO thatare psychologically healthy and engaging (Dawkins et al., 2015) In addition, there has been no investigation of the influence of POon other indicators of wellbeing, including work-family (WF) outcomes. The proposed study will extend PO research by exploringthe relationships between PO, wellbeing and WF outcomes. Additionally, it will examine the influence of two personalcharacteristics (workaholism and psychological capital) on these relationships.

Researcher: Sarah Dawkins

  • Regional Research Network

Regional development is a cross-disiciplinary field that analyses socio-economic change in particular social and spatialcontextes, most particularly in non-metropolitan regions.The objective for this initiative is to enhance cross-disciplinary research collaboration to foster and improve the impact, policy and practice relevance of regional development reaserch in Tasmania and Australia.

Researchers: Megan Woods; Robyn Eversole; Rajendra Adhikari

  • Industry Emergence in Real Time: The Role of Entrepreneurs in Knowledge Creation, Exploitation, and Spillover

This project is a study of an industry in its nascent stages, with the expectation that capturing an industrys formative years will provide unique, real-time data on the early efforts of entrepreneurs to create firms, create knowledge, and create an industry. The proposed study will examine entrepreneurship and knowledge creation, exploitation, and spillovers in the context of a newly emerging industry: the Tasmanian whisky industry. This newly emerging industry offers a dynamic and vibrant context for studying industry emergence and we are fortunate enough to be able to capture these early years of the industry and the associated intense entrepreneurial activity.

Researchers: Hormoz Ahmadi; Elaine Mosakowski; Gemma Lewis

  • Pinot Noir provenance: Australian benchmarking to support growing, making, perception of quality, and marketing to add value to the Pinot Noir supply chain

The aim of this research project is: 1) To establish an evidence base to support claims of Australian Pinot Noirs as distinctive, unique and of high quality. Evidence will be a mix of data on unique terroir (site, climate, soil), viticultural practices, winemaking practices, impact compounds and commentary from Pinot Noir specialists. 2) To clearly establish fine Australian Pinot Noir as distinctive in the minds of international Pinot Noir commentators/MWs, and generate clear descriptors of Australian Pinot Noir styles and rationality compared with international exemplars. 3) To progress identification of impact compounds for Pinot Noir, and develop rapid, practicable analytical methods for those compounds with potential for industry uptake. 4) To identify and articulate the key supply chain points where the quality, unique character and sustainability of Australian Pinot Noir can be documented and optimised, and evidence to explain provenance can be gathered.

Researchers: Fiona Kerslake; Gemma Lewis; Dugald Close; Bob Dambergs; Richard Doyle; Luke Mirowski; Paul Turner

  • Identifying financial market contagion in real-time

Researcher: Wenying Yao


Projects in 2015

  • Huon Trail marketing and brand awareness review project

The purpose of this research project is to provide desktop research and reporting expertise to assist the Huon Valley Council (HVC) with their Huon Trail marketing and brand awareness review program.

Researcher: Tommy Wong

  • Understanding the travel behaviour of Chinese international students families - An exploratory study

The purpose of this research project is to conduct research that will reveal the motivations, behaviour, group size and travel behaviour of the families of the Chinese international students who visit their relatives studying at the University of Tasmania; Assist with the Federal Group with their new product development and marketing campaigns; and Produce an ABDC ranked peer reviewed journal article in 2016.

Researchers: Anne Hardy; Tommy Wong

  • Rapid assessments of regional primary industry competitiveness

To further apply the Value Assessment and Development Framework to identify how it can be used to identify national issues or opportunities that could enhance primary industry competitiveness.

Researchers: Laurie Bonney; Robyn Eversole; Megan Woods; M Miles; Lea Coates; Sophie Clark; Rajendra Adhikari; Andrew Harwood

  • Enabling a Greater Role for Social Enterprise in Emergency Food Relief

Food banks, which collect and distribute donated food for free to those in need, are now an important means of acquiring food for between 5-8% of the Australian population. While social enterprise has emerged as an important means of addressing the long term financial viability of many not-for-profit organisations in Australia and abroad, the ability of food relief agencies to adopt such a response is limited in many Australian states due to legislative impediments. This research project will conduct a review of the Australian food bank sector, an international overview of social enterprise responses to domestic food insecurity and undertake a detailed case study of the Quest Food Exchange model to ascertain whether this innovative business model may have relevance in the Australian context.

Researcher: Ben Wills

  • Making sense of biology data through artistic interactions

This project draws on latest research results from the fields of visual arts, visualisation, health and education and aims to design and evaluate artistic interaction methods. It is hypothesised that by introducing artistic interactions, users will be more engaged with the sense-making process, thus making the visualisation more effective in conveying the embedded information to the end users, in comparison with traditional reality based interactions.

Researchers: Malcom Bywaters; Tony Huang; Frances Fan; Kim Lehman; Raj Eri

  • Tertiary Education Sector Innovation Survey

The aim of the project is to undertake a survey within the tertiary education sector looking at innovation of university administrative processes.

Researchers: Anthony Arundel; Dominique Bowen Butchart; Sarah Gatenby-Clark

  • Baseline Innovation Survey of DHCS staff

The project is a survey conducted with DHCS staff to measure the current innovative capabilities within the division.

Researchers: Anthony Arundel; Sarah Gatenby-Clark

Current projects

  • ‘Just like the locals’: The impact of Airbnb host recommendations on tourist visitation to local shops and restaurants

Echoing the global trend, Airbnb visitors in Tasmania are increasingly seeking recommendations from their hosts about the best local places to eat, drink and shop. As a result, more and more local small businesses are being ‘discovered’ by Airbnb travellers through word of mouth (and e-word of mouth) recommendations from Airbnb hosts. There is no research currently being conducted that examines how Airbnb guests utilise host recommendations to make decisions about which shops and eateries to visit during their stay. Given that word of mouth is both a powerful form of information provision for travellers and a potent marketing tool for small businesses, this project brings together three important stakeholders in the Airbnb space – hosts, guests and local small businesses – to examine how the WOM communication process operates in driving visitation to shops and eateries.

Researcher: Louise Grimmer


Projects in 2015

  • Consuming Politics: How Voters Respond to Political Brands

This project will draw on cross-disciplinary perspectives from politics and marketing to analyse how voters make decisions about individual candidates and their parties. The objectives of the project are focussed on identifying variables that Impact on voter choice, and secondly on investigating the extent to which political marketing and branding may affect the saliency of those variables in voters' minds.

Researchers: Dennis Grube; Martin Grimmer

Contact

Postal Address: University of Tasmania,
Private Bag 84, Hobart, TAS, 7001, Australia
Phone: +61 3 6226 2790
Email: Research.ABL@utas.edu.au