Archive for August, 2009

CRC Spatial Information Re-Bid

August 15th, 2009

The CRC for Spatial Information extension will bring rapid and powerful collaboration on all critical research and education issues that involve a spatial aspect, and create a coordinated national network of satellite system reference stations to permit real‐time positioning to two centimetre accuracy; and establish the fully functioning Australian Spatial Marketplace. UNE will be involved in two major projects:
Biomass Business is a major demonstrator project within the CRC for Spatial information which aims to empower Australia’s response to climate change by transforming the way public and private land managers balance agricultural productivity and sustainability. UNE will host this major project, using its significant strength in precision agriculture research to bring together agronomists, soil scientists, sensor specialists, physicists, ecosystem scientists, plant biologists, statisticians and computer scientists. The project aims to develop spatial‐based tools to drive on‐farm improvements in water, fertiliser and pasture utilisation, and associated soil health necessary to maintain the profitability of agricultural businesses, while maximising the synergies between production and environmental accountability. The project involves 4 of Australia’s top ten corporate farmers, 8 small‐medium enterprises and three state land managers including NSW DECC, WA Land Information and Victoria DPI.
The successful rebid for the CRC Spatial Information opens up a further opportunity for cutting‐edge rural health research, based at UNE. A joint research programme with the University of Western Australia and various collaborators with UNE targets three fundamental health challenges associated with distance. These are the challenges of workforce, matching capabilities with needs, and the additional costs due to distance. The research is predicated on the expectation that linking spatial technology with other technology and management methods can assist to deliver tangible healthcare improvement in rural areas. Whilst the details of the research are yet to be developed in consultation with our partners in the CRC, it is expected to address the role of technology (with an emphasis on spatial data) integrated with management and clinical methods to improve the effectiveness of primary healthcare networks in rural areas; better enable service delivery models in remote areas, improve the utility of health technology and datasets, and improve spatial intelligence for health service design and delivery. Industry collaborators, BSR Solutions and 43pl, have signed on in support of UNE’s bid.

Theresa Smith-Ruig: Ongoing PhD outcomes

August 11th, 2009

normal_theresa-smith-ruig-0721Dr. Theresa Smith-Ruig B. Commerce Hons. (1st class) (UNE) PhD (UNE) is a lecturer in the School of Business, Economics & Public Policy.

Theresa completed her PhD through UNE and graduated in 2006.  Since then, she has published numerous book chapters, journal articles and conference papers on her research which explored the career development of men and women in the accounting profession in Australia.  Most recently, Theresa was invited to contribute a chapter in a seminal volume series on career development, published in the United States by eminent scholars in the field S. Gayle Baugh and Sherry Sullivan.  A blurb about this book follows:

The first volume of the series examines how individuals enact and keep their career vital over their work life. Awarding-winning, internationally renowned researchers examine the dynamic nature of contemporary careers and how careers change as individuals change in response to such factors as aging, learning, experience or contextual changes. Volume 1 includes theoretical perspectives on maintaining person-environment “fit” over the course of the career, the shifting constellation of developmental relationships over time and place, a new framework for examining midcareer renewal, a reconceptualization of the retirement transition, and potential gender differences in self-initiated international careers. Empirical studies in volume 1 examine provocative questions including: Is the traditional career really dead? Are there significant generational differences in learning and development? Can career plateauing be positive for the individual or the organization? The focus throughout this volume is on how careers unfold over time and how individuals remain productive and successful as they navigate career changes.

Theresa continues to conduct research in this field and is currently working with Dr. Amanda Kennedy from the Ag Law Centre here at UNE, exploring the types of E-technology used by professional associations in Australia to deliver professional education and development to members.  The latter project has a particular focus on rural/regional professionals.

Outside UNE, Theresa undertakes voluntary work in the disability sector, and is a current Director of Vision Australia.  This work links in with Theresa’s other passion for research –exploring the employment needs of people with a disability.  Theresa was also invited to contribute a book chapter on this topic in an upcoming Australian based text on Managing Diversity.  Her work in this area has been cited internationally, including by the Equal Opportunities Trust of new Zealand.

A list of Theresa’s publications follows:

Book Chapters

  • Smith-Ruig, T. (in press), “Emphasising Ability Not Disability: The Diversity and Complexity of Disability”, in Strachan, G., French, E. & Burgess, J. (eds), Managing Diversity.  McGraw-Hill: Australia.
  • Smith-Ruig, T. (2009), “Mapping the Career Journey of Male & Female Accountants in Australia”, in Baugh, S.G. & Sullivan, S. (eds), Research in Careers, Volume 1: Maintaining Focus, Energy, and Options Over the Life Span, Information Age Publishing: USA, pp. 163-196.
  • Smith-Ruig, T. and Sheridan, A. 2008, “Through My Eyes: Conducting Research As a Vision Impaired Researcher”, in Minichiello, V. and Kottler, J. (eds), Qualitative Journeys: Student and Mentor Experiences With Research, Sage Publications, pp. 115-127.

Journal Articles

  • Smith-Ruig, T. (in press), Exploring career as a multi-faceted phenomenon: Understanding the types of career plateaus experienced by accounting professionals, British Journal of Management.
  • Smith-Ruig, T. 2008, Making sense of careers through the lens of a path metaphor, Career Development International, 13 (1): pp. 20-32.
  • Smith, T. & Sheridan, A. 2006, Organisational careers versus boundaryless careers: Insights from the accounting profession.  Journal of Management & Organization, 12 (3): pp. 223-234.
  • Smith, T.  2002, Diversity and disability: Exploring the experiences of blind and vision impaired people in the workplace.  Equal Opportunities International, 21 (8): pp. 59-72.

Conference Papers

  • Smith, T. 2006, Climbing the corporate ladder: What happens after you reach the top? Australia New Zealand Academy of management Conference, Yeppoon QLD, December 6-9.
  • Smith, T. & Sheridan, A. 2005, More hands on please: Career development in the accounting profession, Australian New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Canberra Australia, December 7-10.
  • Smith, T. 2005, Using metaphors in career theory: A road map for career development.  Australian Centre for Research in Employment & Work Inaugural Conference, Melbourne, Australia, June 24-25.
  • Smith, T. 2004, Managing careers in a world of diversity and change – Understanding the work life balance issue.  SAM/IFSAM VII World Congress, Goteborg, Sweden, July 4-7.

‘Best Paper’ awarded to Dr Fredy Valenzuela

August 6th, 2009

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Dr Fredy Valenzuela received one of the Best Paper Awards at the International Conference on Business and Information held in South Malaysia in July. The paper was also published in the proceedings of the Conference. The title of the paper is: Valenzuela, F., ‘Using more rewarding switching barriers to build loyalty on dissatisfied customers’.

The paper focused on the influence of switching barriers on customer loyalty. It proposes that the direction and strength of the impact on loyalty depends on the type of switching barriers used by organizations (e.g. rewarding and punitive ones) and also on the dimension of loyalty consider in the study (e.g. attitudinal and behavioural). Using a sample of dissatisfied customer in an emerging economy, Chile, the study confirmed five dimensions to measure switching barriers and showed a very reliable construct to measure customer attitudinal and behavioral loyalty. The investigation also showed that the more rewarding switching barrier dimensions (e.g. organizational credibility, value congruency and relational values) are positively related to the loyalty of dissatisfied retail banking customers. The punitive switching barriers were shown to be negatively related to loyalty. When considering the dimension of loyalty, the results showed that the impact of switching barriers is greater on behavioral than on attitudinal loyalty, in particular when dealing with punitive switching barriers.