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Would I Win a Nobel Prize if I was Paid More? or Why Universities Need to Stop Complaining About Funding and Realize it is Their Strategy That is Wrong
by / on October 9, 2013 at 3:48 am / in Education, Innovation, Politics & Society, Uncategorized

Would I Win a Nobel Prize if I was Paid More? or Why Universities Need to Stop Complaining About Funding and Realize it is Their Strategy That is Wrong

The recent decline of the majority of Australian universities in the World University Rankings has university vice chancellors passing on the blame to the government and the system underlying the rankings. According to Prof Glyn Davis of The University of […]

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by / on June 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm / in Education, Management, Politics & Society, Uncategorized

Governance at Australian Universities: The Need for a New Model in a World of Capital Raising

In the last several weeks we have seen a number of universities beginning a significant push into the philanthropic space.  Some of this has been pre-planned as part of a longer term strategy.  For others it has been more of […]

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Design Thinking 101: How to Become a DT Guru in Six Easy Steps
by / on June 4, 2013 at 11:01 am / in Education, Innovation, Management, Uncategorized

Design Thinking 101: How to Become a DT Guru in Six Easy Steps

According to many of my colleagues design thinking is all the rage and set to revolutionize the way we think about innovation.  However, despite hearing about it a various forums, attending a design thinking in education workshop, and seeing the […]

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Are University Leaders Really Overpaid? 1
by / on May 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm / in Education, Management, Politics & Society, Uncategorized

Are University Leaders Really Overpaid?

Across three continents we have seen questions being raised about the compensation paid to the heads of academic institutions.  This has mostly played out in the USA and the UK where the impact of the financial crisis and the downturn […]

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A Modest Proposal for Revolutionizing Management Education: The Australian Management University
by / on April 27, 2013 at 7:40 am / in Education, Management, Politics & Society, Uncategorized

A Modest Proposal for Revolutionizing Management Education: The Australian Management University

Recent Federal Government decisions to reduce university funding while pushing greater numbers of students through the tertiary sector are the latest challenges to the business models of our universities.  In recent years they have been asked to grow in size, […]

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Marissa Mayer is Right.  Companies Need You in the Office.
by / on March 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm / in Innovation, Management, Uncategorized

Marissa Mayer is Right. Companies Need You in the Office.

Last week the business and society twitterverse, and its older equivalent – the press – went into overdrive when Marissa Mayer’s announcement that Yahoo! was doing away with telecommuting and insisting that employees come into the office and work cheek […]

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by / on October 2, 2012 at 12:28 am / in Innovation, Management, Uncategorized

Why MOOCs are Good for Australian Business Education and Scholarship

The rise of Massive Open On-line Courses (MOOCs) has been the subject of considerable media discussion of late.  The voices associated with this debate have generally be of two slightly conflicting types: (a) MOOCs are a threat to the current […]

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by / on September 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm / in CSR, Politics & Society, Protests, Uncategorized

The Lunatic Environmental Fringes: Who are They?

It is a commonly expressed belief that pro-environmentalists are different from the majority of the population.  The stereotype has them as more left wing politically, more activists and generally more involved with society.  But how does this stack up to […]

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Universities as Explorers, Corporations as Exploiters
by / on August 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm / in Innovation, Politics & Society, Uncategorized

Universities as Explorers, Corporations as Exploiters

Stephen Machett of the Australian made a fairly cogent commentary on the recent “Smart Manufacturing” report that was released in the last week by the Australian government.  The logic of this “independent” report was that Australia was losing the productivity […]

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by / on June 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm / in Politics & Society, Uncategorized

Why the Global Environmental Movement is Failing

The recent news out of the RIO+20 summit is dire.  No collective agreement, no institutional change, no investment.  The difference between RIO+20 versus Kyoto was that at least Kyoto created an agreement that no one really abided by (and probably […]

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