HDR Poster Competition
College of Business staff and HDR candidates are encouraged to attend this exciting event, where you can hear from candidates presenting their research posters.
Vote for your favourite
Make sure you check out the posters in Building 80, level 11 (portal) on Tuesday 10 until Wednesday 11 February, or click on the links below to see the posters in the running for the popular vote. Make sure you vote for your favourite by 5 pm, Wednesday 11 February.
Only one vote is permitted per person, and the winner of the popular vote and the best presentation (Judge's Vote) will be announced at the College of Business HDR Summer Conference Lunch on Thursday 12 February.
A Role for IT in Mental Health: an Investigation of the Benefit of Using IT in the Context of University Students with ADHD
Bader Suliman A Binhadyan
Mental health services and delivery can be significantly improved by sensible technologies. This study will explore how technology can be specifically applied to the treatment of University students with ADHD. This condition affects the education outcomes and life of 11% of University students globally. The research aims to develop framework for aligning technology with ADHD treatment options and to allow mental health providers to understand the best way to adapt technology in their treatment methods. This research will contribute to e-mental health practice in Australia as well as theory regarding e-health and e-mental health too.
Determinants of Mental Health: An Evolutionary Psychology Perspective
There is a plethora of health economics literature focusing on the relationship of mental health with demographic and socioeconomic factors. However, little explanation has been given as to why these relationships exist.
This research will utilise a longitudinal dataset and advanced econometric techniques, with an objective to explain the findings through the prism of evolutionary psychology. The thesis will consider the labour leisure trade-off and how spending time on different activities impacts on mental health. Next, research will focus on social exclusion/inclusion and proximity to one’s own community. Lastly, this study will look at the key evolutionary process, which is family formation/dissolution. All three topics will use the concept of natural environments from evolutionary psychology to explain mental health outcomes.
Word of mouth referrals in higher education marketing
The aim of this research is to investigate word-of-mouth referrals in higher education. The main focus is to examine the influence of different word-of-mouth sources and contents to students’ university selection. Moreover, the research will also explore the nature and effect of word-of-mouth referrals via communication channels. First, the review of literature will develop the mix consisting of word-of-mouth sources, message contents and possible channels. Then, the quantitative analysis will conclude the importance and relationship of sources, contents and channels which students use to make decision. The findings fill the gap in literature between word-of-mouth research and higher education marketing. The implications will be helpful for university managers to develop strategies to attract prospective students in the more competitive and globalised industry.
How do business networks influence the commercialisation of highly innovative new technologies: A study of the Biotechnology sector of Australia
This research investigates the influence of business networks on the commercialisation of highly innovative new technologies of the Biotechnology sector in Australia. To innovate the new technologically advanced products these firms undergo a series of steps, often with support from network partners, which then gradually leads to commercialisation. Some research has been conducted to explain the contribution of network members and their activities to the process of innovation, diffusion of the innovation and its market launch. However there is limited information about the influences of these surrounding business networks on the commercialisation stage. An explanatory case study approach offers in‐depth exploration of the networks, network members and interactions involved during the commercialization of innovative new technologies. It is expected that the findings will lead to the development of a model that guides the future commercialization activities.
The job seeking experience of skilled migrants in Australia: Quality and Accessibility to career opportunities
Don Asanka Sanjeewa Livera Tennakoon
The current Australian migration programme is highly tilted towards skills, and merits in its selection process. According to the government, the outcomes of such meritocratic processes are positive in fulfilling skill gaps that exist in Australian labour market. However, the past research have provided a mixed picture on the outcomes of the skilled migration programme while evidencing that skilled migrants from ‘Non English Speaking Background’ (NESB) are facing mobility barriers. There is inadequate information about this phenomenon given its context specific and politicized nature. Drawing on ‘Dual/ Segmented Labour Market Theory’ and ‘Human Capital Theory’ this research will attempt to address this inadequacy by investigating the experiences of NESB skilled migrants living in Victoria, through a qualitative inquiry approach.
Vote for your favourite poster
Only one vote is permitted per person, and the winner of the popular vote will be announced at the at the College of Business HDR Summer Conference Lunch on Thursday 12 February.