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Research and Teaching


UTS Business School is committed to the pursuit of excellence in research and to knowledge that has real-world impact.

The researchers within our discipline groups and internationally recognised research centres come from diverse backgrounds in accounting, finance, economics, management and marketing. They are involved in both theoretical and applied research, in national and international contexts, and across the private, public and community sectors.

The research evaluation body Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rates UTS Business School 'above' or 'well above' world standard across a range of research areas, positioning us as a national leader.

Our researchers are published in leading academic journals, invited to address prestigious conferences, called on by the media and others to provide expert opinion and have a strong record of attracting funding.

Our approach

The school’s integrative and collaborative approach to business education is reflected in its approach to research. Our researchers take a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach –bringing together skills and knowledge from diverse fields – to tackle the critical problems faced by businesses and other public and private organisations today.

The Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE), for instance, brings health specialists together with researchers who have finance and economics expertise. It is just one example of this sort of collaboration in research at UTS.

The high priority the Business School gives to engagement with industry and community is also reflected in its research work. Many of our researchers continue to practise in the professional world and share their research findings and expertise with industry, government and community via professional consultancy services. Some of our research is conducted on a contract basis for industry or in other forms of research partnership.

Our knowledge is also shared through our many short courses, seminars and public lectures.

Research in our discipline groups:

Teaching and learning

The connection between teaching, industry and research is a distinctive characteristic of UTS Business School courses, and is a product of our active engagement with business, the professions and community. This engagement is what differentiates UTS Business School from competitors.

We are also committed to internationalising the curriculum through our established global industry and academic partnerships. These partnerships provide many opportunities for research, UTS:International Exchange and work experience.

We also value diversity to enrich teaching and learning and, with the assistance of UTS:International, we welcome students from all over the world.

UTS Business School strives for excellence in teaching and learning across all our courses. Students at every level learn to apply core business skills to:

  • problem analysis and decision-making
  • develop strategic responses to current and future issues facing Australian and global business environments
  • communicate in a variety of forms across culturally diverse work environments
  • use information and business support systems
  • reflectively apply leading-edge theory to practical problem solving options and strategies
  • have an awareness of the principles of ethics and corporate governance in a variety of settings
  • develop the capacity to take a leadership role in work situations, and
  • access and critically interpret statistics and apply them in changing business environments.

Our Teaching and Learning focus is on the 'forward-thinking, work-ready' aspect of our programs, plus a commitment to effective learning strategies for the acquisition of essential business skills and attributes.

Graduate attributes

UTS Business School courses are taught in a way that means graduates will know concepts and theories, can put these to practice and can become a self-reflective practitioner. The Graduate Attributes (GAs) that we have developed for our courses reinforce this approach:

  • business knowledge and concepts
  • critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • attitudes and values
  • business practice oriented skills

Each Graduate Attribute has Program Learning Objectives (PLOs) that are aligned with a specific course.  These Program Learning Objectives assure that students have become proficient in the relevant Graduate Attribute.  The PLOs of a subject and the PLO assessment details are provided in subject outlines, that can be found within the handbook

The relationships between the GAs, PLOs and subjects in a course are regularly reviewed as part of the School’s established processes for assurance of learning (program assessment).  The objective of these processes is to improve student learning and drive curriculum change.

Graduate Attributes enablers and results

A video showcasing how graduate attributes are developed within the Business School's undergraduate programs is available online here (link to external site).


Honours student Sam Pinchen investigated the creative and strategic decision making processes within firms that had adopted a design thinking approach to strategic innovation. The study’s objective was to lay the grounds for the development of a management tool that would allow firms to assess the extent to which design thinking capabilities are present.