ACAB awarded $250,000 for Korean Studies in Australia

Associate Professor You-il Lee and Professor Ying Zhu have been awarded a $250,000 international research grant in the 2020-23 Academy of Korean Studies Grants Program (AKS - Korean Ministry of Education). The grant will support a new project entitled ‘Advancement of Korean Studies in Australia’.

ACAB Director Professor Ying Zhu appointed UniSA Business Professorial Lead

Professor Ying Zhu has been appointed as Professorial Lead at UniSA Business.

Associate Professor Bruce Gurd visits Beijing Normal Business School

Associate Professor Bruce Gurd was the inaugural UniSA professor at Beijing Normal Business School March-April 2019. During his visit, he spoke to MBA and undergraduate students and worked on research projects in innovation and health, which included visits to Tsinghua and Shandong Universities.

Associate Professor Bruce Gurd visits Shandong University

Associate Professor Bruce Gurd was a Visiting Professor at Shandong University in August 2019. Attending an intensive week of research at Taizhou Hospital with other academics and master’s students.


Joint Project with UNSW and Waseda University Tokyo on managing science parks

A new project funded by the Mawson Lake Fund Project on 'Best practices in managing science parks in Australia and Japan' has been carried out by a joint team, including Professor Ying Zhu and Dr. Ryan Tang from ACAB, Dr. Ke Xing from UniSA and Professor Venni Krishna from UNSW. The team made a visit to Japan to meet with the project partner, Professor. Kanetaka Maki at Waseda University in Tokyo as well as the Tokyo-based KSP Science Park in September 2019.

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Understanding Chinese female entrepreneurs

Margaret Patrickson and Leonie Hallo presented a joint paper at the Chinese Trade Association Conference in Adelaide earlier this year reporting on the experiences of a small number of female Chinese immigrants who had either purchased, or themselves started up, an entrepreneurial business since their arrival in Australia. Their results indicated key findings with respect to their motivations and valued outcomes that illustrate their desire for independence and to take control of their lives, as well as their need to expand their social network and achieve a level of financial comfort. The team are now seeking to expand their original sample and add greater depth to their earlier exploratory findings.

Joint project with Thammasat University Bangkok and Western Sydney University on sustainable procurement

Dr Nagalingam has co-authored a journal article with Professor Tritos Laosirihongthong from Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand and Dr Premaratne Samaranayake from Western Sydney University. The article entitled ’A holistic approach to supplier evaluation and order allocation towards sustainable procurement’ proposes a holistic approach for supplier evaluation and purchasing order allocation among the ranked suppliers who meet acceptable levels of economic, environmental and social measures. The proposed approach is illustrated by a cement manufacturing case study from an emerging economy in South-East Asia.

Building connection in our region

Dr Sev Nagalingam, the president of the Ceylon Tamil Association, met with Premier Steven Marshall and MLC Jing Lee in November 2019. ACAB aims to build relationships across communities and establish connections to understand the key issues in our region.


Associate Professor Bruce Gurd and Dr. Richard Lee present at the Ageing Well Forum

Associate Professor Bruce Gurd and affiliate member Dr. Richard Lee recently spoke at an Ageing Well forum sponsored by Minter Ellison and the Australia China Business Council. Dr. Lee has been looking to replicate his Australian research into nutrition in South Australia in Shandong. He presented his research to the School of Healthcare Management at Shandong University in August 2019.


Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) 4th Australian Trade Report

Professor Susan Freeman presented at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) 4th Australian Trade Report Launch & Lunch with the Hon Jason Clare MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, media and industry. Susan presented the key points from the survey and main implications over a luncheon meeting and then joined a panel of experts to elaborate on the points in her presentation at the Sydney Business Chamber Boardroom in Sydney Central. The ACCI is the largest peak body in Australia, representing all Australian exporters, with representative chambers across every state in Australia. All chambers of commerce in Australia participated in the survey and follow up interviews through their members with all states represented in the comprehensive report available through the following link:

Industry Report: Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce ACCI 2018 Fourth Trade Report – Full and Summary reports available

Susan and her team of collaborators completed the third and fourth Trade Reports for ACCI, and are currently working on a further analysis of the data that is a comparative analysis of other national trade reports completed across Australia, including one completed annually by DFAT. It found support for all of ACCI’s 2018 Trade Report Recommendations, confirming that it is one of the most comprehensive trade reports available.

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Professor Susan Freeman appointed Honorary Professor at Macquarie University in International Business

8.jpgProfessor Susan Freeman is appointed Honorary Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney in International Business with a three-year appointment. Susan worked with colleagues and research degree students in the School of Management in Sydney, participating in workshops as well as the annual research degree presentations where she joined a panel of academics providing feedback to students at various stages in the PhD and Masters by Research.



Supporting and Connecting Female Chinese Entrepreneurs in South Australia

A multi-disciplinary team led by Dr. Xin Deng recently lodged an application for the Fostering Integration Grant by Department of Home Affairs. This project will trial a program to support female Chinese entrepreneurs in South Australia.

Through the project, we plan to launch the Female Chinese Entrepreneur Association and a designated website, and organise a series of social events and professional development workshops, with the main goal of connecting recently started female entrepreneurs with established Chinese business women and the wider business community in South Australia.

We also plan to develop short online videos covering essential issues on running businesses in Australia and highlighting the key differences in running businesses in China and Australia.

Through this project, we will investigate how social integration influences female entrepreneurs’ willingness to continue their business operation, and to address the issue of high exit rates among business migrants in Australia.
This project is a partnership between UniSA and two not-for-profit organisations representing Chinese entrepreneurs in South Australia: Australian Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (AACCI), and Magic Garden – Australia China Entrepreneurs Association (ACEA).