One of the Most Successful ANZIBA Conferences!

By invitation of the Australian and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) President, Professor Douglas Dow, the Curtin Business School was proud to sponsor the 2019 ANZIBA conference at our Bentley campus from 11-13 February 2019.

The Conference included more than 60 high quality papers, panel proposals, and doctoral student papers, which were presented by contributors mainly from Asia, Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.

Two world-leading professors, Professor Peter Buckley from the University of Leeds and Professor Liesch from the University of Queensland, mentored the doctoral students and the Doctoral Colloquium workshops were coordinated by Dr Forest Jizhong Li from the School of Management.

A number of conference disciplinary trackers were chaired by Curtin Business School’s senior academics, including Professor John Meyer, Associate Professors Htwe Htwe Thein and Subra Ananthram, and Drs Elizabeth Jackson and Forest Jizhong Li from the School of Management; and Professor Christof Pforr from the School of Marketing. The logistics for the Conference were effectively supported by the professional staff in the School of Management, most notably by Mrs Vanessa Wharton, Mrs Susan Willis and Mrs Jess Gibbs.

Conference delegates received a special Welcome to Country by Aboriginal Elder, Robyn Collard at the Welcome Reception on the 11th of February and the Conference was privileged to have Professor Jiatao Li, a world top scholar in global strategy, from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to provide the Keynote Address. His address marked the start of the conference paper sessions. At the Conference Gala Dinner at the glorious Crown Promenade Perth, Professor John Cordery, Curtin University Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, made his welcome remarks to delegates.

The Australia Journal of Management sponsored the best paper award.

School of Management Media Spotlight #1 2019

Business Information Systems Discipline

  • Radio interview discussing government surveillance in Australia: Dr Nik Thompson (with Dr Anna Bunn, Curtin Law School) – ABC Radio Brisbane

Future of Work Institute

Human Resources Discipline

  • Radio interview discussing the proposed break times or McDonald’s workers: Professor Julia Richardson – ABC Radio, Perth

John Curtin Institute of Public Policy

National Centre or Student Equity in Higher Education

  • NCSEHE will support Sally Kift in 2019 as visiting professorial fellow – Campus Morning Mail

School of Management’s strong contribution to ACIS 2018

ACIS is the premier conference in Australasia for Information Systems. In 2018, ACIS was hosted by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia during the first week of December. This year’s conference theme was Strategic Positioning.

Information systems have a critical role to facilitate decision making processes in a global context. Indeed, information system researchers have pioneered many of the conceptual tools that this vantage point of decision making demands. This thematic view of IS offered IS researchers a platform to focus on the impact of IS research to solve ongoing societal challenges. These include a focus on organisational resilience and risk assessment, cyber threats mitigation, the role of big data, disaster management, and environmental modelling.

The School of Management had a strong presence with four delegates presenting three papers. All delegates also contributed to the conference by taking on roles in chairing sessions and panels.

From Supply Chain Management, Torsten Reiners and Shastri Nimmagadda attended. Shastri, Torsten and Lincoln Wood chaired a discussion panel titled “On Big Data guided Logistics and Supply Chain Management Systems and Knowledge Management” and the paper titled “An Integrated Information Retrieval Framework for Managing the Digital Web Ecosystem” (Zhu Dengya, Shastri Nimmagadda and Torsten Reiners) was also presented.  Read the paper.

John Venable and Nik Thompson represented the Information Systems stream with John chairing two sessions – the first a discussion on “Controversial papers” and later leading a panel discussion on “The Future of ACIS.”

Nik chaired the session on “Digital Business Innovation” and later presented two papers. The first, “Privacy Concerns and Acceptance of Government Surveillance in Australia” (Joel Kininmonth, Nik Thompson, Tanya Mcgill and Anna Bunn). Read the paper. The second paper was titled “Gender Differences in Information Security Perceptions and Behaviour” (Tanya McGill and Nik Thompson). Read the paper.

The papers were all well received and sparked lively discussions, with some good suggestions for future work and how to develop the conference papers into journal articles. ACIS 2019 will be hosted here in Perth so this trip was also a valuable opportunity for meeting with the current organizing committee to discuss plans for next year.

Speaker’s Corner: Mr Graeme Meehan

The second Asia Business Centre ‘Speaker’s Corner’ event was held on Monday 25 May 2015. The visiting speaker, Mr Graeme Meehan, Australia’s Consul-General in China, consulted with Curtin University staff in order to gauge the opportunities and challenges that Australian businesses face when doing business in Shanghai and eastern China.

Shanghai is one of the largest commercial and financial centres in the Asia-Pacific region and is part of the region that accounts for about one third of Australia’s total trade with China. The Consulate-General in Shanghai covers five provinces, with a combined population of over 320 million, offering significant trade and investment opportunities for Australian business. The district is home to a large and growing Australian expatriate community.

The roundtable discussion highlighted a range of issues such as the impact of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the state of the Chinese and Australian economies, China’s influence in the area and the role of the Consul-General. Mr Meehan has been recently appointed to the position by the Honourable Julie Bishop and is expected to take up the appointment in June 2015.

Asia Insight – The effects of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Curtin Business School’s inaugural Asia Insight Event occurred on 18 March 2015 which discussed “The effects of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement on the State’s businesses, Opportunities for mining, agriculture, education and other sectors.”

Dr Huang Qinguo, Chinese Consul-General to Western Australia opened the proceedings and said ‘China’s economy is still one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with GDP ballooning at 7.4%, despite reports of China’s contracting economy.”

The key note speaker Dr Andrew Crane, Chief Executive Officer, CBH Group, provided his insight on the effects of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) highlighting that “the FTA may not expand our potential pool of consumers but will allow local farmers to tap into higher-margin markets.”

“Contrary to popular opinion Australia did not have unlimited capacity to feed Asia” Dr Crane said.

Following the speeches by Dr Qinguo and Dr Crane a discussion occurred which was led by a panel featuring Dr Andrew Crane, Chief Executive Officer, CBH Group, Dr David Sun, Managing Director, SinoSteel Australia, Professor Deborah Terry, Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University, Mr Ben Wyatt, Member for Victoria Park and Asia Business Centre Advisory Board member and Mr Gareth Parker, State Political Editor, The West Australian.

The event was well received and included 300 plus attendees ranging from the Industry, University and Government sectors. The second Asia Insight Event is scheduled for September/October 2015.

A/Prof Vanessa Quintal and Dr Isaac Cheah awarded Guild’s Excellence in Teaching Award 2014

The Curtin Guild every year recognises teachers who have displayed excellence in classroom communication, maximising student participation and showing passion and enthusiasm in their teaching area.

The judging panel is made up entirely of student representatives who determine the respective winners. This year, A/Prof Vanessa Quintal and Dr Isaac Cheah were awarded in the categories of Undergraduate Business teaching and Postgraduate teaching respectively. These awards are testimony to their outstanding teaching efforts and to the continual success of the Luxury Branding Research Cluster.

EPAS Reaccreditation

Date: Monday 23 February 2015

Curtin University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has, for the second consecutive time, been awarded EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS) accreditation.

EFMD approved accreditation following rigorous assessment of the MBA program by the EPAS audit team, which included in-depth review through international comparison and benchmarking.

Professor Mile Terziovski, Dean of the Curtin Graduate School of Business said as of February 2015, there were 89 programs from 65 institutions in 30 countries that have been awarded EPAS accreditation.

“Graduates who choose to study on an EPAS accredited program can be assured they are attending an institution with high international standards, with a balance between high academic quality and professional relevance. This ensures the needs of the corporate world are well integrated into the program,” Professor Terziovski said.

“Students will also receive international recognition for their qualification, which is extremely important in today’s global environment.

“We are proud of the EPAS accreditation as it reflects our dedication to creating a more culturally diverse learning environment for students in the Curtin Graduate School of Business classroom.”

The EPAS accreditation is for three-years.

The MBA is the CGSB’s flagship program which is aimed at middle and senior managers with an average of 10 years’ relevant work experience. The CGSB was established in 1993 and is the only business school located in the Perth Central Business District.

For further information visit the EFMD website.

CGSB Alumnus appointed as Director People and Culture

Date: Friday 13 March 2015

Congratulations to former CGSB Alumnus and Advisory Board member, Ian Jackson who has been appointed as Director People & Culture at Curtin University. Ian is an experienced senior executive who joins us from his current role as General Manager People, Change & Innovation at RAC.

Ian has enjoyed a strong connection with Curtin over the last decade having attained a Master’s in Business Leadership through CGSB and a Grad Cert in Sustainability Studies through CUSP. Since then he has also given back to Curtin through regularly guest lecturing on Organisational Change & Development in the MBA program and has spent the last few years on the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Business.

Ian has achieved significant success leading both change and high performance across a broad range of functions, industries and sectors. Ian’s diverse experience includes leading operations, corporate services and human resources within mining, infrastructure, utilities, transport, logistics, retail, insurance and federal and state government environments, as well as non-executive directorships in both the tertiary education and community sectors.

Women in MBA scholarships now available

Date: Friday 7 August 2015

Curtin Business School is actively encouraging more women to study an MBA with the launch of 30 new scholarships as part of the Women in MBA program (WiMBA).

These new scholarships aim to increase the proportion of female MBA students at Curtin Business School from 30 per cent to 40 per cent over the next two years.

About the WiMBA program
Based on the findings of research conducted by Macquarie Graduate School of Management which found that cost and time are the primary barriers to women completing MBA study, the Women in MBAs (WiMBA) program encourages diversity in leadership by partnering with business to identify top female employees and supporting them through an MBA. It is driven by an internal sponsor – a key employee of the corporate partner – who nominates company employees on the basis that they are potential future leaders of the company.

Support from the employer takes three forms:

Financial – Curtin Business School (CBS) is offering 30 scholarships to women to complete their MBA in a partnership with their employer. Each scholarship is worth $20,000. In order to qualify, the corporate partner must contribute a minimum of $10,000 per nominated recipient.

On-the-ground – the employer will provide logistical and practical support to enable the recipient to attend class, undertake additional study and group work and complete assignments.

Guidance and advice – the employer will pair recipients with in-house mentors/sponsors to provide them with guidance, support and advice throughout their MBA program and also in helping them to develop a post-MBA career pathway.

How to apply:
If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, your employer must first agree to support you by contributing $10,000 towards the cost of completing the MBA. Your employer must also outline your leadership potential within the organisation and make a case for supporting you through the WiMBA program. As a starting point, we recommend speaking with your line manager or HR team about the initiative and your own leadership goals.

View the full media release from Macquarie Graduate School of Management

More questions:
Interested candidates should contact the Curtin Graduate School of Business by phone: +61 8 9266 3460 or email:

Curtin welcomed to CFA Institute University Recognition Program

Curtin University’s School of Economics and Finance has joined the CFA Institute University Recognition Program following an initiative led by Dr Lee Smales and Dr Elaine Laing.

Curtin is the first university in WA to join the program, which allows CBS students taking the Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) and Master of Finance to largely prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) program, one of the most respected and recognised investment credentials in the world.

Head of University Relations at CFA Institute Charles Appeadu said the program gives students a strong foundation of investment knowledge that will help them achieve professional excellence in the future.

“Students in these programs study the Candidate Body of Knowledge, which includes the core knowledge, skills, and abilities identified by practitioners worldwide as essential for successful practice,” says Appeadu.

“By mastering the fundamentals of the CFA Program as well as the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, these future investment professionals gain a strong foundation that helps prepare them well to join the growing CFA Institute community, dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence.”

Curtin’s course curricula are closely tied to professional practice. In semester one 2015, the Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) and Master of Finance incorporated at least 70 per cent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and emphasised the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. In addition, Curtin offers a number of scholarships to allow high-achieving students to enrol in the full CFA Program.

Curtin University’s Master of Finance and Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) can be studied full-time or part-time. The courses offer a mix of theory and practice, incorporating work-integrated-learning and collaborative teaching techniques that provide students with the rigor and analysis required in financial management. Students also have access to the only dedicated Bloomberg trading room facility in Western Australia.