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The Faculty of Business at the University of Tasmania enjoys an excellent and growing research reputation, both nationally and internationally. The Faculty is made up of the School of Accounting and Corporate Governance, the School of Economics and Finance, the School of Management, and the Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC) – all of which conduct diverse research.
The AIRC is a world-renowned research centre on innovation studies, particularly in relation to public policy development and impact assessment. The AIRC recently completed the first and second phases of an innovation census on all small-to-medium businesses in Tasmania funded by the Tasmanian State Government, and this census is the most comprehensive and complete of its type conducted anywhere in the world. The AIRC continues to provide groundbreaking research and is currently working on a federal government-funded project in relation to impact assessment in the forestry industry in Tasmania.
The arrival over the past two years of five leading research professors to the Faculty - in the areas of finance and the economics of financial crises, natural resource economics, marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship and accounting - clearly demonstrates the Faculty's vision and commitment to be at the cutting-edge of contemporary business research. The Faculty has a vibrant and growing program for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)1 degree candidates, and welcomes quality students from all over the world wishing to pursue their research training in a distinctive and supportive environment.
The Building Economics Capability in Fisheries project is supported by the Fisheries Research Development Corporation and led by a project team with representation from the University of Tasmania, the University of Adelaide, the Queensland University of Technology and CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Division. Its Fisheries Economics Graduate Research Training Program provides graduate training opportunities in the area of fisheries economics. Students accepted into this program will undertake research in one of four theme areas: Resource Allocation in Fisheries; Fisheries Management and Governance Systems; Integrated Assessment and Decision-support Tools; Productivity and Market Analysis. Opportunities exist within this project to undertake interdisciplinary research. Further details can be found at www.fishecon.org
Potential students interested in working in this area should email: Sarah.Jennings@utas.edu.au
The Household Mortgage Choice project aims to understand how individual households decide on particular mortgage products. It combines theoretically derived hypotheses with a unique database on mortgages forAustralian households, and provides excellent opportunities to develop skills in both theoretical model and applied econometrics. The project is led by Professor Mardi Dungey and Associate Professor Graeme Wells.
The social and psychological aspects of work and organisations such as employee wellbeing, social networking, organisational climate, culture, change management, communication and cooperation, and general human resource management issues are the focus of a large number of staff in the School of Management. A major area of research is mental health and the workplace, and the concept of ‘psychological capital’. A leading researcher in this area is Dr Angela Martin, who is currently working on the ARC Linkage Partnership project, Promoting employee mental health through the development of managers’ psychological capital: A controlled field experiment. Partners in this project include Beyond Blue, Workcover Tasmania and the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Staff in the School of Economics and Finance are involved in ongoing experimental economics research projects exploring: (a) how to improve water quality discharge from the Lockyer Creek; (b) issues of enforcement and regulation in the application of market-based instruments; (c) evaluation and management of ecosystem services; (d) climate change, and; (e) various aspects of microeconomic theory. Further information can be found on the experimental economics website:
Potential students interested in working in this area should email: John.Tisdell@utas.edu.au
Corporate Social Responsibility, Age and Identity in Consumer Behaviour is an area of research among a number of marketing researchers in the School of Management. This area seeks to move beyond value chain analyses, to engage with the argument that consumers are increasingly interested in making purchase decisions based not only on corporate ethics and a company’s role in society, but also on other non-utilitarian factors such as attachment, meaning, and personal and social identity. Two current projects seek to explore the extent to which consumers have adopted a positive attitude towards environmental issues and incorporate environmental information into their consumption decisions, and the growing impact of age as a factor in consumer decision-making as a result of changing demographics. In this respect, a further area of study for a number of researchers is the marketing and consumption of Arts, Recreation and Tourism.
Potential students interested in working in this area should email: Martin.Grimmer@utas.edu.au
Analysis and Modelling of Economic Systems Using Accounting Data at micro and macro levels is being undertaken by multi-disciplinary teams of researchers in the School of Accounting and Corporate Governance. Examples of projects are the development of decision-support financial risk management systems for Australian Defence organisations supported through ARC and CRC grants; improving the validity and reliability of statistical modelling of financial asset valuation in capital markets; applying commercial principles to national income data to better integrate theories and models of micro and macro economics; and constructing measures of corporate governance to link hard-to-measure social context variables to accounting return and risk data.
Potential students interested in working in this area should email: Roger.Willett@utas.edu.au
A number of staff in the School of Management work on studies related to social ventures and entrepreneurship. One study uses resource-advantage theory to frame processes in social enterprises using findings from a field study of entrepreneurial social enterprises in New Zealand and Australia. A second explores the inter-relationships between entrepreneurial experience, explanatory style, and effectuation logic in an attempt to better understand the antecedents of entrepreneurial self-efficacy for policy and practice. Other staff members are working on a project to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of entrepreneurship education in Australasia. In addition, others are developing a framework of how corporate entrepreneurship might be harnessed to create more efficient and effective agribusiness value chains in desperately poor nations that generate value for the consumer, the organisations and society.
Potential students interested in working in this area should email: Morgan.Miles@utas.edu.au
The central contact points for PhD and DBA queries are the four Graduate Research Coordinators, as listed below. Please do not hesitate to contact our staff if you need any further information.
Postal Address: School of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Locked Bag 1317, Launceston Tasmania 7250
Phone: +61 3 6324 3570
Fax: +61 3 6324 3711
Postal Address: School of Economics and Finance, Private Bag 85, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia.
Phone: +61 3 6226 1783
Fax: +61 3 6226 7587
Postal Address: School of Management, Private Bag 16, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia.
Email: Martin.Grimmer @utas.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 6226 2824
Fax: +61 3 6226 2170
Postal Address: Australian Innovation Research Centre, Private Bag 108, Hobart, Tasmania, 7001, Australia.
Phone:+61 3 6226 7384
Fax:+61 3 6226 7390
Authorised by the Dean, Faculty of Business
30 July, 2012