Led by Professor John Hicks
The information on these pages is accurate to the end of 2016 when reporting for SRA was completed for the 2015-16 Biennial Report. All reporting for our projects is now found in relevant areas under the four research themes.
The Institute's Sustainable Business Development in Regional Australia Strategic Research Area expanded and evolved to become a new SRA in 2015.
The new SRA, named "Regional Entrepreneurship and Development", sought to encourage research to benefit the communities in our region, as well as the communities we serve nationally and internationally. It focused on research related to improving business management and regional development more generally.
The SRA had four sub-groups. They were:
Research in this area focused on identifying the factors that lead to business success in a regional context. It investigated a range of factors that may influence success including business skills and practices such as financial management, marketing, human resource management and ITC skills and practices. It included research into the objectives and purposes of regional businesses and how these strategic decisions determine success factors like profitability, achieving work-life balance, contributions to community, and environmental sustainability. Its primary focus was on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), both for-profit firms and not-for-profit businesses.
Research in this area focused on the key marketing areas of customer behaviour and marketing practice. Researchers investigated problems relating to social (including health) and environmental marketing, the nature and function of branding, consumer responses to brand extensions, understanding the motivations behind purchase decisions, and consumer responses to marketing communications (eg celebrity endorsements). Within the area of marketing practice, research was conducted on value creation, innovation, entrepreneurship and how practitioners are currently applying marketing techniques and processes.
Human resources management & organisational behaviour
Research in this area focused on four areas. They were:
Research in this area focused on economic issues and government policy related to agricultural, trade and development and environmental economics. The aim of this sub-group was to be a world leader in the analysis of agricultural, trade and development and environmental economics issues, and to contribute significantly to Australian and international debates on public policy. Its three main areas of research were:
|Prof John Hicks||Regional labour market; regional ageing problems; economic impacts of climate change|
| VALE |
A/ Prof Parikshit K Basu
|Regional labour market; regional ageing problems; economic impacts of climate change; ethnic and Indigenous business issues.|
|A/Prof Branka Krivokapic-Skoko||Ethnic business communities; new forms of agricultural co-operation; ethnic diversity in rural and regional Australia, Indigenous business issues.|
|Prof Mark Morrison||Environmental economics; environment management economics; technology adoption; ethnic and Indigenous business issues.|
|Dr Roderick Duncan||Environmental economics|
|Prof Jock Collins (Adjunct)||Australian immigration and the labour market; ethnic business and comparative immigration studies.|
|Dr Yapa Bandara||Economic growth, productivity and efficiency analysis|
|A/Prof Tom Murphy (adjunct)||Regional business, economic growth|
|Dr Girijasankar Malik (adjunct).||Regional labour markets|
These outcomes relate to the work undertaken by the Sustainable Business Development in Regional Australia SRA 2015 and earlier.
Some key outcomes and impacts from research done by this SRA include:
Humanitarian immigrant entrepreneurs in private and social enterprises. Collins, J. (UTS) Krivokapic-Skoko,B. (2015-2017), ARC Discovery grant, $200,124 Project details
Earnings outcomes in metropolitan and regional labour markets: A gender-based analysis for New South Wales and Victoria - 2006 Census year. Basu, P.K. & Hicks, J. (2014 - ongoing) CSU & ILWS Project details
Regional Labour Market Analysis. Hicks, J., Basu, P.K., & Sherley, C. (2010-ongoing) CSU & ILWS Project details
Succession and estate planning in Australia, (2016-2017) Steen, A. & D'Alessandro, S. Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, $25,700
Strategies to promote community resilience in disaster management: The case of flooding in selected communities in Bangladesh and Australia. Hicks, J., Ingham , V., & Islam, R., Sappey, R., Mannock, I., CSU (2010 - on-going) Project details
Projects completed between 2015 -2011
New immigrants improving productivity in Australian Agriculture. Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Collins. J. (2012-2015) Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Total value $436,932. Led by UTS, ILWS subcontract $61,634 Project details
Achieving Balanced Growth in Domestic and External Markets in China., Hicks, J., Sharma, K., Basu, P.K. & Bandara, Y. (2012-2014) Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship grant from AusAID, $136,606 & CSU $26,930 Project details
Attraction and Retention of New Immigrants in Regional and Rural Australia. Collins, J. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B., RIRDC, (2008-2011), $224,000 Project details
Determining the factors influencing the success of private and community-owned Indigenous businesses across remote, regional and urban Australia. Morrison, M., Foley, D.L., Collins, J.H., B. Krivokapic- Skoko, B., Basu P.K., Brudenall, D.K., A.M. Redman A.M. (2011-2013) ARC Linkage grant with partners Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia, Indigenous Business Australia. $258,642 Project details
Evaluating Major Events in the Region, Hicks,J., Murphy, T., Basu, P.K., Arthur, L., Keigh, D., & West, G. ILWS (2011-2014) Project details
Mining and corporate citizenship:Newcrest and the communities in the Central West (NSW) Hicks, J., Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Basu, P.K., & Sherley, C. CSU & ILWS, (2011-2014) Project details
Sustaining Economic Growth in China. Sharma, K. Hicks, J & Bandara, Y. Funded by AusAid's Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships Program. (2010-13) $158,000 Project details
The Impact of Education in China, Hicks, J., Basu, P.K. & Sherley, C. CSU. (2011-2014) Project details
Projects completed between 2010 -2006
Developing Business Networks in a Regional Context, CSU, G. Duncan & D. Jarratt. (2006 -2007)
Economic and Social Implications of Ageing in Central West NSW. J. Sappey, Z. Bone & R. Duncan (2008) ILWS, Bathurst Regional Council, Blayney Council & DADHC
Labour Market Dimensions of the Central West Region in NSW, CSU, J. Hicks. P.K. Basu and R. Sappey. (2005-6)
New Immigrants in the Regional and Rural Australia: Attraction and Retention Rural Industry & Rural Development Corporation. B. Krivokapic-Skoko and J. Collins (UTS). (2007)
The Role of Work Organisation in a Regional Labour Market for Nursing. Basu, P.K., and Sappey, R., Hicks, J., Latham-Sappey, H., (2007-2009)
Ingham, V., Hicks, J., Islam, R., and Manock, I. (2015) Evidence of Adaption to Flooding from three Regions in Bangladesh: A Multidisciplinary Study', International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 9 (3-4), (Formerly International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Science)
Davaakhuu, O., Sharma, K. & Bandara, Y (2014), Export performance during economic transition in Mongolia, Economic Analysis and Policy. 44 (3), pp 442-450.
Hicks, J., Basu, P. K. and Sherley, C. (2014), The Impact of Employment Specialisation on Regional Labour Market Outcomes in Australia, Australian Bulletin of Labour, 40(1), pp.68-90
Hicks, J., Murphy, T., Basu, P.K., Arthur, L., Keogh, D., & West, G. (2014) Evaluating sporting events: economic impact versus cost-benefit – the case of the Bathurst 1000, International Journal of Sport and Society, 3, pp. 209-218
Islam, R., Ingham, V., Hicks, J., & Manock, I. (2014) The Changing Role of Women in Resilience, Recovery and Economic Development at the Intersection of Recurrent Disaster: A Case Study from Sirajgang, Bangladesh. Journal of Asian and African Studies pp. 1-18, DOI: 10.177/0021909614560244
Manock, I ., Islam, R., Hicks, J., Sappey, R & Ingham, V., & (2013) Perceptions of institutional and social response to frequent flooding in an Australian Rural Town, Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 28(1), pp.42-48.
Shi, Y., Sharma, K, Murphy, T., Hicks, J., Arthur, L. (2013) Trade and Environment in China: An Input-Output Perspective on the Pollution-haven Hypothesis, International Journal of Economics and Business Research, 5(4), pp.420-432.
Mallik, G., Basu, P.K, Hicks, J., & Sappey, R. (2013) Do the determinants of employability and earnings returns produce similar outcomes in metropolitan and regional labour markets?: The case of NSW in Australia, Regional Studies. DOI:10.1080/00343404.2013.812780
Morrison, M., Kleinschafer, J. & Hicks, J. (2013) Improving Consumers' Responsiveness To Electricity Demand Management Initiatives In Regional New South Wales: The Potential Use Of Behavioural-based Constructs For Identifying Market Segments. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies 19(2)
Morrison, M. & Dowell, D.J. (2013) Sense of Place and Willingness to Pay: Complementary Concepts When Evaluating Contributions of Cultural Resources to Regional Communities, Regional Studies, DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2013.827335
Bandara, Y.M., Karunaratne, N.D. (2013) Globalization, Policy Reforms and Productivity Growth in Developing Countries: Evidence from Sri Lanka. Global Business Review September 2013 vol. 14 (3) 429-451 doi: 10.1177/0972150913496810
Oczkowski, E., Bandara, Y.M. (2013) Modelling agricultural land use allocation in regional Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 57 (3) 422-440
Basu, P.K., Hicks, J., Conroy D., and Sappey, R.B. (2012) Implementing policy for place: Delegating labour market policy decisions to the local level, in Kuvvet Lordoglu, Derya Keskin Demirer and Ismail Siriner (eds) Labour Markets and Employment, IJOPEC Publication London and Istanbul, pp.95-111
Hicks, J. Basu, P. K. Sappey, R. (2012) Regional diversity in growth performance in China, International Journal of Value Chain Management. 6(1), pp.35-46
Sappey, R., Hicks, J., Basu, P., Keogh, D., Gupta, R. (2012) Succession planning in Australian farming, The Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal,6(4), pp. 94-110
Shi, Y., Sharma, K., Murphy, T., Hicks, J., Arthur, L. (2012) Exports, energy and the environment in China: an input-output perspective Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 13(4) pp. 279-293
Islam, R., Manock, I. Sappey, R. Hicks, J. & Ingham, V. (2012) Flooding in Bangladesh and Australia: Applying an Interdisciplinary Model. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 6(8 )81-92. Paper available at http://iji.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.88/prod.1515/m.2
Ingham, V., Hicks, J., Islam, R., Manock, I., & Sappey, R. (2012). An interdisciplinary approach to disaster management, incorporating economics and social psychology. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 6(5)93-106. Paper available athttp://iji.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.88/prod.1460
Yutian,S., Sharma, K., Murphy, T., Hicks, J. & Arthur, L. (2012) Exports and energy consumption in China: an input –output perspective, Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 13(4) pp. 279-293.
Hicks, J, Basu, P.K. and Sappey, R. (2010) Ageing, Labour Force Participation and Education: Comparing the Implications for Economic Growth in China and India, Economic Papers, 29(3).
Hicks, J; Basu, P K; Latham, H; Tyson, G; Daniel, M and Sappey, R (2010) Crossing the Great Divide: A case study of a regional nursing labour market in the Central West of New South Wales, Australian Bulletin of Labour, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 62-80.
Jordan, K; Krivokapic-Skoko, B and Collins, J (2009) The Ethnic Landscapes of Rural Australia: Non-Anglo - Celtic Migrant Communities and the Built Environment, Journal of Rural Studies, Vol. 25, pp. 376-385.
Hicks, J; Basu, P K; Conroy, D and Sappey, R B (2009) Getting On': Diversity Management and the Ageing Workforce in Australia, in Strachan, G, French, E and Burgess J. (eds.) Diversity Management in Australia, McGraw Hill, Sydney, pp. 259-72.
Bamberry, G and Dale, P (2009) Telecommunications and Regional Development, Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 135-152.
Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Reid, C. Collins, J. (2015) International migration flows to Australia and rural cosmopolitism. Presented at the XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, Aberdeen, Scotland, August 18-21
Collins, J. Krivokapic-Skoko, B.(2015) Permanent and Temporary Immigrants and Rural Development in Australia, presented at SEGRA conference , Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct
Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Collins, J. & Monani, D.(2015) Pacific Seasonal Workers in the Australian Horticultural Sector, presented at SEGRA conference , Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct
Murphy, T., Morrison, M., & Ranshaw, D. (2015) The Roles and Linkages in Employment Growth Across Australia's Regions, presented at SEGRA conference , Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct
Morison, M., Collins, J. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2015) Determining the Factors Influencing the Success of Private and Community-Owned Indigenous Business Across Remote, Regional and Urban Australia, presented at SEGRA conference , Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct
Oczkowski, E., Houston, L.,& Sharma, K. (2015)Emerging Trends in Skills Shortages in Regional New South Wales: the case of the Riverina region, presented at SEGRA conference, Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct
Sharma, K (2015)Internal Migration across Regional Australia: the impact of industrial change, presented at SEGRA conference, Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct
|Paul Newman (DBA)||Revaluing Indigenous Australian Economics: Towards an Indigenous Sovereign Economics Model|
|PhD and Masters student completions|
|Dr Kristiana Tri Wahyudiyati||Forest community development: Enhancing corporate social responsibility in Indonesia's forestry sector (graduated in 2014).|
Associate Professor Dr Branka Krivokapic-Skoko gave a public lecture on "Regional Australia: a place
to call home for immigrants" in Port Macquarie on Monday, Nov 21, 2016.