Our research at the Adelaide Business School isn’t just world-standard. In many cases, it’s rated above it*.
*Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018
Our major research strengths are in the following five fields:
Our accounting research focuses on collecting and analysing information to drive business performance, and scrutinising governance mechanisms and accountability structures within and outside organisations.
Research here investigates the characteristics and behaviour of successful entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams, new-venture creation and performance, firm innovation and growth, and entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems.
We analyse mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing and investment policies, payout policies, banking, funds management and risk management.
Topics explored include the socioeconomic impact of various project management methods, systems, and the human aspects of cyber security.
Our marketing research includes work in the fields of engagement, value co-creation, business networks and wine business.
Developing an impact measurement system to better serve the community
Adelaide Business School researcher, Dr Tracey Dodd, was engaged by Junction Australia to develop an impact measurement system and help improve service provision to the community.
Junction Australia is a not-for-profit organization that helps vulnerable Australians with housing and other community services. Junction provides support to people experiencing homelessness and those finding it difficult to enter affordable housing, as well as supporting children who are under the care of the State Government.
One of the challenges that Junction faced was understanding and demonstrating the various positive impacts they have on their clients and the broader community. This included a limited capacity to measure and monitor service impact, with few organizational processes aimed at tracking service indicators and reporting requirements.
To address these challenges, Dr Dodd worked alongside the organisation to better understand its services. The work involved mapping the information flow among employees and key stakeholders, assessing the services and support programs provided, and assisting in the development and measurement of key indicators for client and community impact.
“We worked alongside the organisation to implement a range of tools to help them collect data about the important work that they were doing.”Dr Tracey Dodd
Junction was transformed into an organization where all employees are actively involved in assessing the outcomes and impact of its services. The research was able to improve management’s understanding of their service impact, including the identification of weak spots, leading to a more holistic approach in how they deliver services to the community.
Not only has the implementation of an impact measurement system helped the organisation to improve its services, but it has also positively influenced its employees to have a better sense of belonging and achievement in the workplace.
Finally, implementing an impact measurement system helps demonstrate the positive returns on government funding and justifies future investment so that the organisation can continue helping those who are in need or at risk.
Our research centre and initiatives
- Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC)
- Family Business Education And Research Group (FBERG)
- Human Aspects of Cyber Security (HACS)
- International Centre for Financial Services (ICFS)
- South-East Asia Pacific chapter, American Society for Engineering Management (SEAP chapter, ASEM)
- Yunus Centre for Social Enterprise
Interested in postgraduate research with us?
We offer research opportunities at the master’s and PhD levels. Our higher-degree-by-research (HDR) programs are benchmarked with other Go8 universities, and all HDR students are supervised by experts in the field to ensure high-quality, internationally competitive research outcomes. If you’re interested in accounting, finance and banking, management, marketing and/or entrepreneurship, then consider furthering your research career with us.