Momentum

The Business School Magazine

Keeping you up-to-date on the latest business thinking, research insights and expert opinion. Subscribe to get Momentum updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe

  • It’s viewed as a step on the road to success – however a business failure can take a major toll on entrepreneurs. So how can they best learn from it and move on?
  • Healthcare IT projects have a poor track record – so why did the digital transformation of Princess Alexandra Hospital succeed when so many others have gone disastrously wrong?
  • It’s no joke - US companies are adopting humour as a tool to improve performance. Could the same approach work in Australia?

  • Globalisation has lifted millions out of poverty but many people feel ignored by the system, says Paul Brewer. In the wake of Trump and Brexit, governments must beware of complacency.
  • In business and in war, prolonged stress can be a killer. New research amongst Special Forces troops shows how emotional intelligence training can build resilience.
  • Australia’s financial regulator has clashed with the big four banks over their refusal to offer tracker mortgages. However, Associate Professor David Tripe and Dr Mamiza Haq argue that trackers could lead to trouble ahead for both banks and customers alike.
  • 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.

Pages

  • 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?

  • Research has provided new insights into the way consumers view innovations – and how to command their love and respect.

  • Written by Professor Mark Dodgson for The Conversation (December 2015).
  • Social media is transforming business. It is building new kinds of communities and shaping key conversations. What are the trends? Who’s doing it well? And how can you build your own online profile?
  • The reality of tougher trading conditions and the high Australian dollar means that SMEs will need smart and well-targeted strategies to make a dent in overseas markets. How can a small business determine a successful export strategy?
  • ‘Two-speed economy’ has become a bit of a business catch phrase, some might say cliché. We talk to 20 leaders about what it means to their businesses.
  • Cash flow and customers – your business needs both. But in times of rapid change, just about everything else is up for grabs. What business skills will keep your company relevant? What are the capabilities of Business 3.0?
    Five UQ Business School thought leaders give their take on core capabilities for competitive corporations.

Pages

  • 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)
  • Many of those facing redundancy in the current round of industry restructurings are the over-45s, who find it more difficult to find new jobs. How can we help them get back to work?
  • 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.
  • Do X-Politicians come back as company directors?

    There is life after politics, but is it in business? When politicians join company boards in Australia, the share price is more likely to drop than when a non-politician is appointed, says UQ Business School research. Don’t shareholders value the expertise that our former leaders bring to the boardroom? Or perhaps it’s a vote of confidence in our democracy?
  • Everyone knows the first thing you should do when starting a business is to write a business plan. Or is it? According to one school of thought, business plans are a waste of time because they are based on untested hypotheses. The lean startup movement has turned conventional business thinking on its head in an attempt to make the whole process of starting a company less risky.

  • ‘Greed is good' was the theme of business in the 80s, but more recently the GFC has led to calls for business to rediscover its moral purpose. Now a group of worldwide leaders including Sir Richard Branson have come together to launch the B Team, which aims to 'put people and planet alongside profit'. Can business save the world? And should we all be working towards more altruistic goals?

Pages