Momentum

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  • Employment in bars, restaurants and hotels could help young people with multiple challenges to break the cycle of despair. We just need to find the right recipe, says Dr Richard Robinson.
  • An expat assignment can have a damaging effect on the ‘trailing spouse’ – but why do some partners thrive when others sink into despair?
  • Innovation is the key to a better future for Australians – but we need to take pride in our past achievements to convince people of the benefits, says Professor Mark Dodgson.
  • Today's focus on image, brands and buzzwords may divert attention from the nuts and bolts of business. Is it time for us all to drop the hype and face reality?
  • Research has revealed the different approaches that managers use to deal with diversity in real life work situations – but which is the most effective?
  • Aristotle's writings still have relevance for business today, says Professor Bernard McKenna. Perhaps the CEOs of the big banks ought to read them.
  • As finance departments face ever greater reporting demands, it is time to rethink the whole finance function and find ways to cut costs and improve the quality of management information.
  • The Islamic finance sector has seen rapid growth since the financial crisis. But is it really less risky than conventional banking – and how will new regulations affect the industry?
  • Businesses and professionals beware - the forces of disruption are heading this way. Here are the some of the key changes that you need to be aware of to safeguard your company and your career.

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  • In sport, as well as business, improving performance is about creating an environment that enables people to grow and develop. A former Olympic coach explains how it’s done.
  • Forget PowerPoint presentations - leaders need to be able to tell a good story if they are to make their ideas stick. Storytelling can help businesses to motivate staff and inspire brand loyalty. Now developments in the digital world are making this ancient art more relevant than ever.
  • Two heads are better than one, as the saying goes. But what if you could tap into the combined expertise of hundreds or thousands of people? Crowdsourcing allows companies to do just that – whether you are looking to solve a problem, find fresh ideas and inspiration or a new source of labour.
  • Now there’s a new place to hang out at work. Enterprise social networks provide an online environment where employees can get to know their colleagues, work together and exchange ideas.
  • We have heard a lot about it but is it just a buzzword? Here are six ways in which big data is being used in business and society at large.
  • Smartphones will become the new wallets as digital money grows in popularity - but this new and disruptive technology could also have a profound impact on business and the world economy.
  • Innovation isn’t just about technology - enterprising HR professionals are enhancing their firm’s performance by finding new ways to manage and motivate staff. Here are 7 ways to follow their example and be a HR innovator.

  • Innovation has long been viewed as a way to achieve competitive advantage but new research suggests it may be an asset for brand building too.
  • As a series of major transport schemes gets underway, could a new and more radical approach to project management help keep them on track?

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  • Stress in the workplace costs businesses millions of dollars each year. Now research is casting light on why some people are better at dealing with it, and how we can train others to become more resilient.
  • A new report which reveals the reasons for the fall in mining productivity holds some valuable insights for other sectors.

  • In our third issue of Momentum, we challenge business to consider: ‘What’s next?’
    At UQ Business School, it’s not merely a question, it‘s our strategic position.
  • Competition among not-for-profits is tough. Success can depend on a strong brand, smart marketing and transparent corporate governance, as much as it does in any commercial business. But it's not enough to earn a great name. You have to keep it. Surf Life Saving Australia is learning tough lessons, the hard way.
  • How can general practice be managed to deliver bang-for-health-dollar-buck to the government, healthcare outcomes for patients and a respectable ROI for the business?
    UQ Business School's Dr Robyn King considers which management systems bring efficient business practice to general practice.

  • Your cultural background may determine how you react to bad customer service, suggests a study led by UQ Business School and conducted across the US, Australia, Thailand and China. Companies seeking to expand internationally, beware, one culture's polite complaint can be another culture's outraged outburst.
  • It's time for leaders to step up. The world faces a range of complex, global challenges: resource depletion, food security, global financial instability, demographic imbalance and climate change. Business can be part of the solution, but are our business leaders up to the job? Associate Professors Bernard McKenna, David Rooney and Dr Hannes Zacher consider wisdom as a prerequisite for leadership.
  • Low pay is no longer just a problem for the poor – it can have a damaging effect on business and the economy too, according to a leading economist.
  • By Associate Professor Sunil Venaik and Dr Paul Brewer for The Conversation (January 2015)

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