In order to build concentrations of expertise, the Centre is structured around a series of Research clusters. These Clusters enable the Centre to produce high-quality research outputs as well as to develop strong collaborative links with other research bodies in the College of Business, and with other RMIT University bodies, in particular the Global Cities Research Institute.
The Centre comprises the following research clusters:
Clusters provide the organisational and administrative structure of the Centre, with cluster coordinators sitting on the Centre Executive, along with the College Deputy Heads for Research from each participating School and other experts, as appropriate.
Professor Martin Wood
Art and Design of Management Research Cluster aims to explore and develop new methodologies and combinations of methods drawn from the processes and practices of creative arts enquiry. This is so that the processes and practices of ‘performative’ research methods might not only constitute research rigour but also, by taking ‘the affective turn’, help us to see and hear the social world and to act politically within it.
For further information see the Art and Design of Management Research Cluster website.
Dr Richard Phillips
The Emergency and Disasters Research Cluster brings together researchers around the mechanisms of social organisation in the context of emergencies and disasters in Australia. The Cluster’s research themes are framed around the ideas of social mobilisation, networks and gender, and how they impact upon individual and household preparation.
For further information see the Emergency and Disasters Research Cluster website.
Dr Caroline (Carol) Swee Lin Tan
The Entrepreneurship and Business Futures Research Cluster provides for dialogue between industry, researchers, and research teams. Researchers investigate the broad topic areas of: creativity, innovation and design; family business; small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs); social entrepreneurship; fast growth firms; marketing in entrepreneurship; business incubation; regulatory and tax compliance in SMEs and gender in business.
For further information see the Entrepreneurship and Business Futures Research Cluster website.
Associate Professor Sharif As-Saber
The geopolitical relationships involving business and government are becoming an increasingly important area of study. Drawing on multidisciplinary expertise, the work of this Cluster examines the increasingly intricate relationship patterns that can found between business, community and governments, then opens up important questions and debates around political mobilisation and action.
For further information see the Geopolitics, Business and Government Research Cluster website.
Associate Professor Alem Molla
Organisations are under increasing pressure to engage in ecologically sustainable practices. In this context, the impact of information technology (IT) on, and its role in, ecological sustainability has emerged as one of the key IT management issues. The work of the Green IT Research Cluster therefore, investigates the long term effects of human and business activities on the natural environment.
For further information see the Green IT Research Cluster website.
Professor Mohini Singh
The work of the Organisational Value and Social Media Research Cluster seeks to explore and understand how organisations can capitalise on Web 2.0 technologies (Social Media) in order to add value to their business functions, employees, customers and performance.
For further information see the Organisational Value of Social Media Research Cluster website.
Dr Victor Gekara
The Ports and Maritime Logistics Research Cluster delivers high impact research that addresses key issues and trends in port development, maritime logistics and international supply chains in the context of globalisation.
For further information see the Ports and Maritime Logistics Research Cluster website.
Dr Charlie Huang
The Sustainable Management and Innovation Research Cluster provides a forum for discussion and debate on research issues linking management, innovation and culture in the Asia Pacific Region.
For further information see the Sustainable Management and Innovation Research Cluster website.
Dr Darryn Snell
The Sustainable Regions, Labour and Industry Research Cluster examines the impact of dramatic social, economic and industrial change and how regions, industries, governments, labour and community organisations can best manage these changes while also improving the social, economic and environmental health of regions.
For further information see the Sustainable Regions, Labour and Industry website.
Associate Professor Cathy Brigden
The Women and Work Research Cluster promotes, produces and disseminates research examining the historical and contemporary dimensions, dynamics and experiences of women and work. The work of the Cluster focusses on Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
For further information see the Women and Work website.
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