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The antecedents to UQ Business School date back almost a century, with the first offerings of degree programs in the field of accounting commencing in 1926. These degrees were offered through a variety of organisational structures during the last century and became crystallised in the formation of a Department of Accountancy in 1961 (which subsequently evolved into the School of Commerce). Management education had a later beginning with the first students enrolling in an MBA in 1972.

The School of Commerce covered the academic areas of accounting and auditing, finance, information systems and electronic commerce. The School of Management covered the academic areas of organisational behaviour/human resource management/industrial relations, marketing, international business, general and strategic management, operations management, business research methods and communication management.

While the Department of Commerce did not exist as a separate entity until 1961, a commercial certificate was introduced in 1922, a diploma in 1923 and degree courses in 1926. In the 1940s the Department of Economics was established and the first academic appointment of an accountant made in 1959 when Reg Gynther was appointed as a senior lecturer within the Department of Economics. A further two lecturers were appointed prior to the Department of Accountancy being formed in August 1961 with Reg Gynther as head.

The School of Management first existed as the Department of Business Administration when in 1972 it became a separate organisational unit within the Faculty of Commerce and Economics. The newly established department comprised three staff, 47 students and one degree program – a 20-subject (including thesis) MBA. This was the first MBA in Queensland. The Department was renamed the Department of Management in 1974 and was also known as the Graduate School of Management from 1984. It became the School of Management from 1996.

UQ Business School was formed from the merger of the Schools of Commerce and Management, and their associated Centres, on 1 July 2002. A further expansion of the School occurred in 2004 when UQ Business School merged with the Technology and Innovation Management Centre (TIMC).

The establishment of UQ Business School created a focused and effectively branded comprehensive business school with a three-fold purpose:

  • to provide to its existing students one easily recognised source of business education with clearly defined programs;
  • to group together cognate disciplines to form a competitive, focused business school to better attract future students and business/industry liaison; and
  • to ensure wide-based research groups of sufficient mass to produce quality research.


Our mission is to achieve national and international recognition as one of the best research intensive business schools in the Asia Pacific region. Our goals are to:

  • Be recognised for using research strengths to lead and provide excellence in teaching and scholarship
  • Be the preferred business school for the majority of Queensland's most highly qualified students
  • Attract outstanding national and international students
  • Be the preferred Australian business school for internationally recognised scholars. 


  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Research-led scholarship
  • Industry-relevance
  • International focus
  • Collegiality
  • Ethical conduct.

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