Grants aid research into key business issues07 March 2012

Dr Tyler Okimoto, UQ Business School

Three UQ Business School academics have been awarded grants to pursue research into some of the key issues facing business today. Dr Nicole Gillespie and Dr Tyler Okimoto from the Management Cluster and Dr Mamiza Haq from the Finance Cluster have each been offered a UQ Early Career Researcher Grant for 2012 worth around $15,000.

Dr Gillespie’s project will focus on how organisations can build trust with their core stakeholders. Trust is the basis for a sustainable business yet trust in business in general has declined worldwide in response to the global financial crisis, with fewer than half of respondents in western developed nations saying they trust corporations.

Dr Okimoto’s research aims to identify under-recognised sources of disadvantage for women in organisations. It will test the conditions under which employees may be more likely to conform to gender stereotypes, confirming the gender expectations of others and potentially hindering a woman’s career progression.

Dr Haq’s project will assess banking crises over a 20-year period to 2010 and investigate whether deposit insurance and market discipline can be helpful in controlling risk and ensuring financial stability. The study will help regulators and policymakers to gain a better understanding of whether banks have the capabilities to reduce risk.

Professor Victor Callan, UQ Business School Research Director, said: “The banking crisis, maintaining trust in business and equal opportunities that promote more diverse workforces are key issues facing Australian business. Importantly, the findings from these research projects will contribute to the policy debate about how business and government can drive greater levels of positive change in these areas.”

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