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.