UniSA’s Australian Centre for Asian Business researchers and members are drawn from across the University – our cross-disciplinary approach and diverse research expertise ensures our relevance and importance to regional academia and industry.

We have three core research strengths, each of which focuses on a central aspect of Asian business.

  • brain-thinking-mind Entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability minus-thin plus-thin

    Entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability

    Entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability is an important area of research worldwide, but these topics have become increasingly relevant in several emerging countries of Asia. Quite often there is a need to examine the validity of assumptions behind generic business theories and the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability. Developing a contextualised understanding of these topics in Asia comprises a significant component of our research agenda.

    We have also initiated research in some less explored topics such as migrant entrepreneurship, millennial (including Gen Z) entrepreneurship, arts and cultural entrepreneurship, senior entrepreneurship and born-digital start-ups in Asia.

    For more information contact the theme leader, Dr Deepak Sardana.

    Science Parks

    Serving as innovation hubs, a science park plays an important role in networking resources for technology-based firms in any given region. Science parks not only provide appropriate physical infrastructure but their economic and R&D policies stimulate technology output; creating a catalytic incubator environment for the transformation of innovation research into innovative products. Some researchers have questioned policies designed to cluster firms in locales and propose a number of approaches to improve the effectiveness of science parks. More recently, studies on ecosystems provide a novel approach to examining the role of science parks in enhancing regional innovation. In this study, we aim to investigate how firms may benefit from innovation policies and practices of science parks and create scalable values to contribute to regional innovation.

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    Industrial relations, human resources and the workforce in Asia

    Under this theme our researchers investigate human resources in Asian organisations including comparisons with Australia and the West.

    A number of ongoing research projects are funded by internal and external funding bodies, such as the project on labour segmentation and inequality in China (a project funded by ARC Discovery grant); psychosocial safety in frontline healthcare workplaces in Australia and China; international comparative studies of trade unions in Asia; business leader and leadership in Asia; women business leadership in Asia,  and human resource development and vocational education in Asia. Other major research topics also include labour law and regulations in Asia, labour market development in Asia, cultural diversity management in Asia, and middle career transformation.

    For more information contact the theme leader, Professor Ying Zhu.

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    International business and management

    International business and strategic decision making are multi-disciplinary in nature and include cross-cultural management and supply chain management. Pre-COVID-19, globalisation of markets was continuing at an unprecedented pace, facilitating the interdependency of national markets via cross-border trade and investment. In harmony with this megatrend, we have witnessed a proliferation of multinational business enterprise activity. The Australian economy’s growth prospects are now largely tied to the larger developments in the Asia-Pacific region. A key development in the region is the rise of a new middle-class which can now enjoy better lifestyles thanks to increased disposable income.

    We focus on both the macro developments in the region and the activities of business enterprises that are cultivating market opportunities. They represent a multi-disciplinary group, examining success and challenges of these enterprises - whether small start-ups, new ventures, born-globals, small older domestic firms or larger established organisations. These firms have all embarked on a strategy of internationalisation – both pre/initial market entry - and - post-entry/development/consolidation phases. This requires managers to develop the necessary flexibility to support the strategic agility of their firms by adapting to the challenges of cross-cultural management and supply chain disruptions, locally and globally.

    In addition to producing scholarly output, our scholars wish to inform government agencies as well as business and industry groups promoting international business activity.

    Our research includes issues for multinational enterprises (MNEs) such as international market orientation, entry mode and organisational type, marketing, financing, distribution channels, entrepreneurial learning orientation, market orientation, knowledge acquisition and technology transfer, expatriate management, internal capabilities and external development, performance of FDI operations, MNE headquarter and subsidiary management, and exploring corporate strategies for sustaining competitive advantage. In addition, examination of corporate and social responsibility for global business is a growing focus as societal and broader systems thinking is now recognised as an important competitive strategy for MNEs from and operating in Asian emerging markets.

    For more information contact the theme leader, Professor Susan Freeman.