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Research Themes

The Australian National University (ANU) has a distinctive mission to address the major challenges of our age. For the ANU College of Business and Economics, this mission means that our research agenda is focused on issues that are highly significant for organisations, the Australian economy, and society at large, as well as on the ongoing pursuit of excellence in foundation research.

Our College is actively engaged in partnering with industry for the co-creation of value in areas congruent with our research agenda. Further support for our research agenda is offered by our community of alumni. Our foundation research demonstrates the high international standing of our academic staff. Our impact cases show how we produce research that is both academically excellent and significant for industry partners. If you are interested in exploring how researchers in the ANU College of Business and Economics may partner with your organisation, please make contact with our Research Services Office to begin the conversation.

Foundations

Foundations are defined as the basis upon which everything else sits—the building blocks of further growth and development.

At the College of Business and Economics, we recognise the importance of having an environment in which foundation research, including research that may lead to future unanticipated advances, is undertaken. This environment is like the ‘air that we breathe’ and emphasises a true appreciation of scholarly values and scientific discovery that provides both the context for other work and its conceptualisation.

The challenges in foundation research are likely to be intellectual. A famous example is the work done by the mathematician Alan Turing to answer problems in mathematical logic that informed subsequent developments in computing. The College is engaged in a large range of important foundation work.

Strong Organisations

Strong organisations lift Australia’s productivity and economic growth— both priority research goals for Australia.

Enhanced management capabilities can boost productivity and create value at both the enterprise and macroeconomic levels. Improvements in workplace organisation, governance, strategy formation, communication, culture, technology management, external relationships, and leadership can all affect productivity at the organisational level.

Research in the ANU College of Business and Economics contributes to this important theme in a number of ways. Strong organisations are at the cutting edge of Leadership and leadership development, and our research shows that strong organisations need ethically sound, informed and effective leadership to create and sustain high performance. Good leadership plays a key role in engaging employees and providing the energy and impetus to encourage good performance and foster creativity. Our expertise includes building outstanding leadership that engages groups of leaders to build a stronger, more positive culture and in turn enhance the bottom-line. 

Transformative Innovation

Research in the College contributes to transformative innovation through system-level innovation—based on a combination of radical and incremental innovations—together with organisational and managerial innovation.

Australia has transitioned from producing and manufacturing its own goods to importing them. With a decline in local production and shrinkage in the resources sector, the Australian economy is now at a critical crossroads for its long-term growth and prosperity for many decades to come. The Australian economy needs to build new foundations of competitive advantage to maintain the well-being and standard of living of Australians. The development and implementation of new processes, products and technologies is the key to building such foundations.

Wealth and Well-being

The research theme of wealth and wellbeing encompasses issues that influence communities, societies and economies and the maintenance of a high quality of life in the face of economic, demographic, and environmental change.

Significant research undertaken in the College looks at productivity, economic growth and well-being, and policy issues including demographic change, climate change and sustainability, globalisation and regional engagement, and financial market policy. 

Societal well-being is central to this research theme, and it reaches across, and is influenced by, the other three themes through the development of strong organisations, and the advancement of knowledge through foundation research and transformative and technical innovation.

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