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Since our last BSI newsletter, things have changed significantly as COVID-19 has increasingly impacted on our world. As with everyone, the university has shifted to accommodate the strict lockdown laws and the consequences of social isolation. In the first quarter of Trimester 1, Griffith shifted to an online-only teaching mode and by late March we were all working from home. Staff have been adjusting and working to ensure all our students were able to continue their studies without interruption. It has been a steep learning curve for many, but the strong commitment to our students is evident.

Despite working remotely, BSI staff are still actively engaged in research as you will see from this newsletter. In terms of engagement, our Industry Advisory Board continues to meet regularly, and we have been happy to welcome our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence who are working with our Entrepreneurship team. We also welcome Linda O’Brien as BSI’s first Expert in Residence and we look forward to working with Linda over the coming months. You can read about them all in this edition of our newsletter.

Overall, despite the challenges of the current pandemic, there is plenty to read about in this Winter edition of BSI connections. I hope you enjoy reading it and, as always, you are welcome to contact us with questions or comments.

Rosemary Stockdale
Head of Department
Linda O’Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Logan Campus
Welcome to our new Expert in Residence

The Department of Business Strategy and Innovation is delighted to welcome Linda O’Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Logan Campus, as their first Expert in Residence. Linda has been appointed a Griffith Business School Expert in Resident and will be working with BSI over the next few months to share her expertise in strategy, leadership, and information and digital technologies.
As an experienced senior executive and Board director, Linda has lead divisions with more than 500 staff, with budgets in excess of $100 million. In her current role Linda has strengthened the Logan campus’s deep, mutually beneficial connections with the broader community to advance the development of work-ready graduates, deliver impactful research and foster opportunities for local innovation. Linda has been a director on a number of Boards, each seeking to leverage information and digital technologies to advance research and create public value. Currently Linda chairs ORCID, a global organisation which uniquely connects researchers to their research outputs, and is a director of Infoxchange, a national “tech-for-good” organisation seeking to reduce social disadvantage through the use of information technology. She has an education degree and post graduate qualifications in information science and management.

Welcome to our Entrepreneurs in Residence

Entrepreneur-in-residence (EiR) programs are growing in popularity in the Australian economy, including the higher education system. The Department of Business Strategy and Innovation is pleased to announce the commencement of three entrepreneurs-in-residence to share their hands-on knowledge with our students—Alanna Bastin-Byrne, Jock Fairweather and Scott Miller.
Grant success

Congratulations to Rob Hales and Ki-Hoon Lee from the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation along with Mathew Burke from the Cities Research Institute for their winning bid to conduct a network analysis project with the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate to provide insights about key groups in the ACT community that have the largest contributions to greenhouse gas emissions in the transport and natural gas categories. These insights will help to identify priority groups, and inform the approach for new or revised programs, policies and communication to effectively engage the community and influence their behaviours to address climate change priorities over the next five-years. Led by Dr Rob Hales and managed by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, the total funding for the project is $90,000.
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Ecopreneurs for a sustainable society

Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters are constantly challenging our status quo. Some attribute these increasing threats to our consumption habits (e.g. fast fashion, over consumption) and suggest responsible consumption to respond to climate change. Arising from this has been the emergence of a new form of entrepreneur and that is the ‘ecopreneur’.

Sustainable business after the lockdown—business as unusual

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having unprecedented impacts on businesses and communities across the world. Although the long-term implications of the crisis are uncertain, one thing is clear: disruption within our tightly connected global economy has dramatic real, local and personal impacts on business and community. How sustainability is imagined and practiced is being heavily influenced by this disruption.

Academic self-leadership for thriving in a virtual workplace

When the COVID-19 evolved into a pandemic, forcing many countries around the world to move towards working from home, technology suddenly became fundamental to the functioning of day-to-day living and working. 

Assessing and predicting the duration of COVID-19 and its impact on China’s economy

With the increase in human activity, our natural environment has changed significantly. China’s epidemics stemming from wildlife will continue to rise in 2020.


Impact of COVID-19 on remittance—urgent response needed

Remittances have important implications on economic growth in many Asian economies including in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh ranks eighth globally in terms of receiving remittance income, it plays an important role to safeguard the country’s foreign exchange and balance of payments, thereby contributing to the development budget.

Revisiting development of the green bond market in Vietnam

Green bonds (GBs) are a fresh and applicable financial instrument introduced with the purpose of funding projects that have positive environmental or climate outcomes such as renewable energy or clean transport, waste management, building construction, water and land use. 

Quarantining ideology

One of the first casualties of COVID-19 has been largely ignored in the current crisis. Ideology has ruled the world since the end of WWII and has been almost untouchable in the last 75 years. It has played diverse roles in world events—the fundamental touchstone of the Cold war; the reason for globalisation and even for a changing climate. 

The US-China trade war: Implications of the Phase One deal

The trade ‘war’ between the US and China has been continuing since July 2018. Trade tensions between the two super-economies has had a substantial impact on global trade and growth. The negative impact on trade extends beyond the shrinkage of bilateral trade because globally China is the hub of the manufacturing supply chain network. The reduction in its domestic production for export, for example, would decrease its imports from input suppliers from the East Asian economies and the rest of the world.

Corporate payout policy: Does product market competition matter?

It goes without saying that investors want to see a return on their investment and have confidence the organisation they are investing in as the capacity to grow. A dividend payout ratio is the ratio of the total amount of dividends paid out to shareholders relative to the net income of the company. It gives investors an indication of how much return they will receive compared to how much the company keeps to invest in growth.

Griffith researchers find sustainability a key to improving finance culture

Sustainability, as one of six (economic, ethical, social, stakeholder, sustainability, and discretionary) dimensions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is frequently espoused in large finance organisations’ corporate reports. Clare Burns, Dr Luke Houghton, and Dr Heather Stewart investigated finance board directors in the lead-up to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation, and Financial Services Industry (Commission).

Learning team leadership skills through simulations

Simulation is a form of experiential learning which promotes the use of critical thinking, engaging interaction and self-reflection. Dr Lili Mi used the Leadership and Team Simulation in her Leading Teams course, one of four courses in the Graduate Certificate of Leadership and Management program. 

We are all in this together: How do students cope and adapt to online studies?

In a 2019 research project investigating the study choices of management students, Dr Katrina Radford, Dr Harsha Sarvaiya, Dr CJ Wang and Dr Heather Stewart interviewed management students to understand study mode choices. 

Less anxiety and cheating with 'authentic' exam model

Griffith  researchers, Popi Sotiriadou, Amanda Daly, Ross Guest and Danielle Logan have created an authentic oral assessment design. There are a number of interactive oral exams being considered, the first of which was trialed in Amanda's 2005IBA course back in 2016 and is now attracting international interest in the light of COVID-19.
Dr Johanna Nalau, Rebecca McNaught and other HDR candidates talk about their experiences with climate adaptation at Griffith University.

Alumnus appointed first resident Australian Ambassador to Palau

Griffith Bachelor of International Business graduate Richelle Turner looks forward to broadening and deepening government, community, business and people-to-people links as the first resident Australian Ambassador to Palau.

Is there an art to multi-stakeholder collaboration for resilient development in the Pacific region?

Looking back at her professional career as a climate change and disaster advisor to date, PhD candidate, Rebecca McNaught observed that one of the common denominators across success stories was multi-stakeholder collaborations. 

Griffith program helping women over 50 develop successful businesses

A Griffith University project is empowering women over 50 with the confidence to start their own businesses, in the face of sometimes extraordinary challenges. The Sisters Support Business Together program, created and led by Dr Dhara Shah, has helped women realise their business dreams, while also preventing homelessness and social isolation. Hear more about the program on Griffith University's Remarkable Tales podcast.

Griffith alumnus maintains intergenerational connections during lockdown

Following the Federal Government announcement, encouraging aged care providers to limit the number of visits to their facility under the national guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19, many facilities have reduced visits by children and school groups, and some volunteer groups have also been stopped.

Entrepreneurship penetrates the dietetics discipline

Dietitians determine how nutrition and good eating affect our overall health, but how does their personal branding set them apart? Associate Professor Naomi Birdthistle recently participated in an online Entrepreneurship Dietetics Mentoring Circle, where recent Dietetics graduates discussed being an entrepreneur and their future ambitions.

Jobseekers earn and learn to build capacity for sustainable social enterprise

As we navigate through COVID-19, unemployment is expected to double to over 10 per cent by the end of 2020. Youth (15-24 years) in Moreton Bay North experience a lack of work opportunities and already account for 17.7 per cent of unemployment which is well above Queensland average of 14.6 per cent.

Griffith Indian Innovators program participant recognised by Forbes for creating a journey of hope

Alina Alam, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mitti Cafe and participant of Griffith University’s Indian Women Innovators program led by Dr Dhara Shah and Professor Michelle Barker, has been recognised in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs list for her work in providing people with disabilities a space to showcase their potential. 

How to foster innovation and grow an intrapreneurial mindset

What is intrapreneurship? Why is it important? Does Australia have intrapreneurs? These were many of the questions that were presented at the recent Griffith Alumni professional development webinar – Harnessing the power of Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship – delivered by Associate Professor Naomi Birdthistle.

Going global: Enhancing the intercultural business capabilities of Queensland and Indian women entrepreneurs

Hear Dr Dhara Shah and participants of the Indian Women Innovators project speak about their experiences in this International Business Development Unit video.

Role of regional cooperation and integration in improving energy insecurity in South Asia

ADBI Working Paper by Associate Professor Tapan Sarker, Shanawez Hossain, and KM Nazmul Islam

Supporting small business during COVID-19: Navigating uncertainty

Dr Rob Hales and his team scanned the assistance for business impacted by coronavirus and compiled the links that businesses might find useful for financial and other assistance.
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