The Australian Centre for Asian Business has now merged with the membership of the new  Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE).

ACAB will continue to undertake world-class research and support Australian business communities for business engagement with our Asian partners.

Broadening the Australian understanding of Asian business

The Australian Centre for Asian Business (ACAB) at the University of South Australia is a community of leading academics across the fields of business, commerce, law, management and marketing dedicated to producing high-quality research on Asian business.

Our vision 

We serve industry and academic needs through high-quality research into Asian business practices, whilst supporting the development of collaborative partnerships between Australian and Asian scholars, businesses and institutions.

Our research

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    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.

Publications

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    Book and book chapters

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    Research awards

    • Best Paper Award: Khan, W., Freeman, S., Cavusgil, T.S. & Ghauri, P. (2019) "Sense-making perspectives in entrepreneurial opportunity recognition: Review and agenda for future research", Academy of International Business Southeast Chapter (AIB-SE) annual Conference 17-19 October 2019 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The William J. Ziegler Best Ph.D. Student Award Sponsored by Drake University, USA.

    Journal articles (refereed)

    • Tucker, B., Waye, V., & Freeman, S. “The use and usefulness of academic research: An EMBA perspective”, The International Journal of Management Education (In Press) *ERA C; ABDC C (Accepted August 12 2019).
    • Vissak, T., Francioni, B., & Freeman, S. “Foreign market entries, exits and re-entries: the role of knowledge, network relationships and decision-making logic”, International Business Review (In Press) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2019.101592 *ERA A; ABDC A .
    • Liu, M., Freeman, S., & Murad, W. “A model of corporate culture, strategic change and corporate performance: an empirical study of the Chinese construction industry”, J. Chinese Culture and Management, Vol. X, No. Y, xxxx (In Press). (Accepted: 21 April 2019).
    • Muhammad, A., Lei, S., Freeman, S., & Khan, M. M. (2019) “Implemented and perceived high-performance work system and its effect on branch performance: A 2-1-2 mediational multilevel approach", Employee Relations *ERA B; ABDC B (In Press) (Accepted: 5 November 2018). DOI (10.1108/ER-08-2017-0186)
    • Alamgir, F. & Banerjee, S.B. (2019).  Contested compliance regimes in global production networks: Insights from the Bangladesh garment industry. Human Relations, 72 (2): 272-297
    • Zhu, Y and Sardana, D. (2019) ‘Multinational enterprises’ risk mitigation strategies in emerging markets: A political coalition perspective’, Journal of    World   Business, 55: 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2019.101044
    • Zhu, Y and Hennings, M (2019) ‘Emerging mid-career transformation in Japan’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2019.1651375, 1-36.
    • Sardana, D, Bamiatzi, V and Zhu, Y (2019) ‘Decoding the process of social value creation by Chinese and Indian social entrepreneurs: Contributory factors and contextual embeddedness’, Management and Organization Review, 15(2): 269–306. 
    • Liu, J, Zhu, Y, Serapio, M and Cavusgil, S T (2019) 'The new generation of millennial entrepreneurs: A review and call for research', International Business Review, 28(5): 1-10, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2019.05.001.
    • Zhu, Y, Cavusgil, S T, Xu, Z X and Liu, J (2019) Entrepreneurial motivation, environmental influences and short-term orientation among Chinese digital start-ups, Rutgers Business Review, 4(2): 113-123.
    • Min, M, Zhu, Y and Bambacas, M (2019) ‘The mediating effect of trust on the relationship between high performance work systems and employee outcomes among Chinese indigenous firms’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12221.
    • Tucker, B., Waye, V., & Freeman, S. “The use and usefulness of academic research: An EMBA perspective”, The International Journal of Management Education (In Press) *ERA C; ABDC C (Accepted August 12 2019).
    • Vissak, T., Francioni, B., & Freeman, S. “Foreign market entries, exits and re-entries: the role of knowledge, network relationships and decision-making logic”, International Business Review (In Press) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2019.101592 *ERA A; ABDC A .
    • Liu, M., Freeman, S., & Murad, W. “A model of corporate culture, strategic change and corporate performance: an empirical study of the Chinese construction industry”, Int. J. Chinese Culture and Management, Vol. X, No. Y, xxxx (In Press). (Accepted: 21 April 2019).
    • Muhammad, A., Lei, S., Freeman, S., & Khan, M. M. (2019) “Implemented and perceived high-performance work system and its effect on branch performance: A 2-1-2 mediational multilevel approach", Employee Relations *ERA B; ABDC B (In Press) (Accepted: 5 November 2018). DOI (10.1108/ER-08-2017-0186)
    • Tang, R.W. 2019. FDI expansion speed of state-owned enterprises and the moderating role of market capitalism: Evidence from China. International Business Review, 28(6): 1-14.
    • Laosirihongthong, T; Samaranayake, P & Nagalingam, S 2019, A holistic approach to supplier evaluation and order allocation towards sustainable procurement, Benchmarking: an international journal. DOI: 10.1108/BIJ-11-2018-0360

    Refereed conference paper presentations

    • Freeman, S., Vissak, T., & Trudgen, R. (2019) “Maturing born globals and their performance measures”, the annual European International Business Academy (EIBA) 13-15 December. Leeds, UK
    • Taylor, M., Jack, R., & Freeman, S. (2019) “The entrepreneur as change agent: Undertaking cognitive redefinition, ensuring survival anxiety and creating physiological safety”, the annual European International Business Academy (EIBA) 13-15 December. Leeds, UK
    • Farman, N., Freeman, S., Cavusgil, S.T., & Ghauri, P., (2019) “Towards a model of managers’ ideology driven information interpretation systems for CSR enactment”, the annual European International Business Academy (EIBA) 13-15 December. Leeds, UK
    • Farman, N., Freeman, S., Cavusgil, S.T., & Ghauri, P., (2019) “Role of Managerial Ideologies in CSR Enactment”, Academy of International Business (AIB) South East annual conference, 17-19 October, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
    • Khan, A.W., Freeman, S., Cavusgil, S.T., & Ghauri, P., (2019) “Sense-making perspective in entrepreneurial opportunity recognition: A review and agenda for future research”, Academy of International Business (AIB) South East annual conference, 17-19 October, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Best Paper Award: The William J. Ziegler Best Ph.D. Student Award Sponsored by Drake University, USA.
    • Cavanagh, A., Freeman, S.; & Kalfadellis, P. (2019) “From non-disclosure to initiative selling: Managing headquarters attention in translating assumed autonomy into subsidiary evolution”, the annual European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference, in Lisbon, Portugal, 26-28 June 2019.
    • Goxe, F. & Freeman, S. (2019) “Pearl or lemon? New entrant entrepreneurial perceptions and interactions pre-and-post internationalization in China”, at the 9th ATLAS-AFMI Conference - Association Francophone de Management International, hosted Université de de Fribourg, Switzerland, June 17-19.
    • Pless, N.M & Sengupta, A. 2019. Responsible leadership in emerging markets. ICBM conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Dec 13.

    Book and book chapters

    • Maak, T. & Pless, N. M. 2019. Leading for Sustainable Futures. In Kempster, T. Maak & K. Parry (Eds.) Leading with Purpose. London, New York: Routledge.
    • Maak, T. & Pless, N. M. 2019. One planet dividend. In Kempster, T. Maak & K. Parry (Eds.) Leading with Purpose. London, New York: Routledge.
    • Min, M and Zhu, Y (2019) Improving Competitiveness through Human Resource Development in China: The Role of Vocational Education, London and New York: Routledge.
    • Shen, J., Dumont, J. and Deng, X. (2019) Green Human Resource Management in Chinese Enterprises, London: Routledge.
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    Journal articles (refereed)

    • Hoang, H.T, Rao Hill, S., Lu, V. & Freeman, S. (2018) “Drivers of Service Climate: An Emerging-Market Perspective”, Journal of Services Marketing, 32(4), pp. 476-492. *ERA A; ABDC A.
    • Zhu, Y, Freeman, S and Cavusgil, ST (2018) 'Service quality delivery in a cross-national context', International Business Review, 27(5): 1022-1032.
    • Guo Y, Rammalb H G, Benson J, Zhu Y, and Dowling P J (2018) Interpersonal Relations in China: Expatriates’ Perspective on the Development and Use of Guanxi, International Business Review, 27(2): 455-464. 
    • Min, M, Zhu, Y and Bambacas, M (2018) 'Implementing HPWS among the indigenous companies in China: analysis from both managers' and employees' perspectives', Journal of General Management, 43(4): 175-187.
    • Ren, S, Xie, Y, Zhu, Y. and Warner, W. (2018) 'New generation employees' preferences towards leadership style in China', Asia Pacific Business Review, 24(4): 437-458.
    • Warner, M and Zhu, Y (2018) 'The challenges of managing 'new generation' employees in contemporary China: setting the scene', Asia Pacific Business Review, 24(4): 429-436.
    • Zhu, Y and Warner, M (2018) 'Managing 'new generation' employees in China and beyond: summing-up', Asia Pacific Business Review, 24(4): 578-584.
    • Hoang, H.T, Rao Hill, S., Lu, V. & Freeman, S. (2018) “Drivers of Service Climate: An Emerging-Market Perspective”, Journal of Services Marketing, 32(4), pp. 476-492. *ERA A; ABDC A.

    Book and book chapters

    • Lee, CJ, Lee, Y-I, Benson, J, Zhu, Y & Jang, Y-J (2018) The political economy of new regionalism in Northeast Asia: dynamics and contradictions, London: Routledge.

Engage with us

Contract Research

The Australian Centre for Asian Business undertakes consultancy and contract research on a variety of business-related issues on behalf of both Australian and Asian companies and corporations.

We focus on industry-relevant research that is both useful and practical in guiding potential regional investment or corporate partnerships, and advising long-term strategies for regional engagement across a range of industries and countries.

If you commission contract research with us, you will benefit from access to a diverse and high-quality pool of research undertaken by leading Australia-based academics, as well as regional research connections.

You will be able to:

  • Tailor high-level academic research to fit your specific corporate goals
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest developments and opportunities in Asia
  • Access industry-relevant seminars covering Asian business environments, management strategies, and opportunities
  • Access a diverse knowledge base and advice from a team of over 40 academic specialists in Asian business, commerce, finance, trade, investment, marketing and management.

Please take time to view the Centre's specialised research strengths, which can be drawn upon and expanded to cater for your company's specific needs.

Please contact the Director, or any one of our Associate Directors, to discuss your business' specific requirements.

Contact us

Australian Centre for Asian Business

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