Learn cutting-edge business ideas and gain industry insights, normally reserved for students studying Curtin’s Master of Business Administration.
You’ll attend 10, one-hour sessions, over two days, on a variety of evidence-based topics, presented by expert researchers and industry professionals.
The topics include talent management in the modern workplace, the state of innovation in Australia, and how to lead high-performing teams.
These sessions will be fast-paced and interactive. They are ideal for professionals seeking to progress into general management or those who are seeking to upskill in an ever changing business environment. You’ll benefit from up-to-date knowledge across a range of areas including finance, management, marketing and human resources.
Revised dates for this program will be confirmed in the near future.
|9 – 9.15am||Welcome|
|9.15 – 10.15am||The talent ecosystem – While talent management has been a strategic focus for businesses over the past 25 years, the thinking around talent management needs updating. In this session, Associate Professor Steve McKenna outlines the talent ecosystem and share practical ideas about how organisations can build a talent system that sees talent as a collective enterprise where ‘talent is everywhere’.|
|10.15 – 11.15am||Innovation in Australia: forging ahead or falling behind? – Australia has ambitions to become a top-tier innovation country. However, according to the 2019 Global Innovation Index, Australia ranks outside the world’s 20 most innovative countries. In this session, Associate Professor Jeremy Galbreath explores innovation in its many facets and maps out ways in which firms in Australia can lift their innovation capacity.|
|11.15am – 12.15pm||Applying economics tools to the property market – Economics provides an important framework for understanding the ‘ups and downs’ of the business cycle, evaluating government policies and developing solutions to economic and social issues. In this workshop, Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ shares insights into how economists think. Using the property market as a case study, she demonstrates how key economic tools can be used to explain the links between business cycles and property market cycles, and unpacks the causes of housing affordability problems in Australia.|
|12.15 – 1pm||Lunch|
|1 – 2pm||Decision-making in today’s world – Today’s leaders are dealing with complexity in many forms, making it difficult to pursue sustainable solutions to business problems. In this session, Professor Fran Ackermann outlines how VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) is affecting business decisions and shares methods for managing complexity.|
|2 – 3pm||Law for executives – Position yourself in the diverse world of contract law, workplace safety law, negligence and other business laws. Dr Garry Claxton guides you through different case studies that provide theoretical and practical knowledge to help you interpret relevant laws correctly.|
|3 – 4pm||Negotiations in the ever-changing workplace – Rapidly advancing technology, globalisation, and a changing work demographic means employers must become more agile and proactive.|
In this session, Dr Eileen Aitken-Fox explores new approaches to negotiation and how to have ‘difficult’ conversations in the workplace. She touches on workplace consultation obligations, and how these can be both timely and effective.
You will have an opportunity to demonstrate your own negotiation expertise.
|9 – 10am||Leading high-performing teams – Teamwork is present in much of work we do yet many dislike it, avoid it or fail to embrace the benefits of teams. In this workshop, Dr Dorothy Wardale explores the characteristics of highly effective teams, how to maximise performance and overcome dysfunctions, giving you new insights into successfully leading a high-performing team.|
|10 – 11am||Digital marketing and social media analytics – In the era of digital innovation, the knowledge and skills of digital marketing and big data analytics are critical to the success of a business. In this session, Dr Mingming Cheng gives an overview of social media analytics and demonstrates how they drive insights into consumer behaviour and inform digital marketing strategies.|
|11 – 11.30am||Morning tea|
|11.30am – 12.30pm||How sustainability impacts financial accountability – In today’s world, organisations have had to become more accountable for their sustainability practices and how they impact communities. In this session, Associate Professor Anna Lee Rowe highlights how sustainability and environmental, social and governance factors contribute to long-term financial performance.|
|12.30 – 1.30pm||Recruiting the best staff for today’s organisations – Choosing who to invite to join your organisation can be problematic, with poor choices having negative consequences for your business. Now, big data and machine learning can make the recruitment and selection process easier. In this session, Associate Professor Patrick Dunlop provides an overview of personnel selection and using new technology to assist in making assessments.|
|1.30 – 3pm||Close: networking and refreshments|
Associate Professor Steve McKenna
Associate Professor Steve McKenna is Director, MBA Programs at Curtin Business School. He has extensive global experience in commerce and academia, including management positions in global corporations and senior positions in start-ups in Europe, North America and Asia.
His research interests include global talent management, global leadership, career mobility, program design and delivery, and systems leadership.
Associate Professor Jeremy Galbreath
Associate Professor Jeremy Galbreath has a career spanning nearly 25 years in business and academia. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups in the US, engaging in business development and corporate and business unit strategic planning. He currently advises Australian-based start-ups, lectures on Curtin’s MBA program and leads Curtin’s Executive Education programs.
His research interests include corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, strategy and sustainability.
He has nearly 3,500 Google Scholar citations and an extensive international network spanning seven countries.
Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ
Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ is a Professor of Economics at Curtin University. She received The Economic Society of Australia’s Young Economist Award in 2018, the first female economist to be honoured with this award.
She has published widely on using economic approaches to solve housing issues. Her work is often cited in parliamentary debates and government reports. She is a regular media commentator on national and WA housing and policy issues. In 2017, she was a member of the National Economic Panel.
Professor Fran Ackermann
Professor Fran Ackermann is a Professor at Curtin University. She has a distinguished academic history, having previously worked at the Universities of Bath (UK), Georgia (US), Grenoble (France), Strathclyde (UK) and Western Australia. She has published five books, 29 book chapters and more than 70 journal articles.
Her research focuses on complex project management, strategic management, and multi-organisational negotiation and collaboration.
Professor Ackermann has worked extensively with industry and government across the globe in both a consulting and applied research capacity. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an elected Fellow of the British Academy of Management.
Dr Garry Claxton
Dr Garry Claxton a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, special counsel to Allion Partners and a senior lecturer at Curtin Law School. He holds a law degree from Murdoch University and an MBA and PhD from Curtin University.
He has written a mock coroner’s court scenario, and training courses on occupational health and safety, workers compensation and injury management for a variety of organisations.
Dr Eileen Aitken-Fox
Dr Eileen Aitken-Fox is a qualitative researcher and a consultant in industrial relations, people and culture, and organisational development. She now teaches in the Curtin School of Management, including MBA course units in human resource strategies, leading and facilitating teams, and legal issues in human resources.
As a business professional, she has extensive experience leading diverse and virtual teams and fulfilled leadership roles in listed companies and the non-profit sector, and worked extensively in the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr Dorothy Wardale
Dr Dorothy Wardale is Deputy Director, MBA Programs at Curtin Business School. She has worked as an academic, business consultant and as chair and member to various human resources and people management boards.
She has extensive experience designing, delivering and evaluating training programs with universities, government, the mining and resources sector, healthcare, and the construction industry. She has also worked on organisational change projects involving people performance, workforce and leadership development, and innovation. Dr Wardale is a member of The Library Board of Western Australia.
Dr Mingming Cheng
Dr Mingming Cheng is a senior lecturer in digital marketing. His research deals with Chinese young generations, data science, big data, the digital economy and sharing economy platforms such as Airbnb.
He has been a consultant for a number of organisations, including Space Furniture and Westfield, providing industry training and advice on Chinese consumers.
Associate Professor Anna Lee Rowe
Associate Professor Anna Lee Rowe is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant. She earned her doctorate at Macquarie University in Sydney. Her PhD thesis was in Corporate Environmental Management and Reporting in China.
Her research interests include environmental, social and governance, sustainability reporting and action research in education for sustainability.
Prior to joining Curtin, she consulted extensively for clients from not-for-profit, government and private sectors, including Water Corporation WA and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.
Associate Professor Patrick Dunlop
Associate Professor Patrick Dunlop works at Curtin University’s Future of Work Institute. He is researching psychometric assessment in organisations, impression management and faking behaviour in self-report personality assessments, and volunteer recruitment and retention.
His research informs practices to improve recruitment and selection outcomes.