'Sham contracting' and the case against Foodora
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine featured in Crikey News commenting on the Fair Work Ombudsman's decision to launch action against the delivery service Foodora. Commenting on the accusations of sham contracting against the company, Sarah said the the case was a "game changer for food delivery services," You can read the full article here.
Ruff Sleepers on Sunrise
Associate Professor Bronwen Dalton and the Ruff Sleepers team were up bright and early to chat with Sunrise on Channel 7 about their new pet-washing service for homeless people. Catch the full segment with the Ruff Sleepers team here.
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Exercise apps tracking more than just your fitness
Associate Professor Valerie Gay chats to Radio National's Life Matters program about the benefits and risks involved in using fitness apps to track our exercise. Listen to Valerie's full interview here.
Ruff Sleepers on 2ser
Associate Professor Bronwen Dalton chats with 2ser about Ruff Sleepers, a service run by students and volunteers that provides access to free vet checkups and dog washing to the disadvantage and homeless. Listen to Bronwen's full interview here.
The Growth Project
Associate Professor Danielle Logue and Professor Charlene Zietsma reveal the 8 keys to successfully scaling startups and share their preliminary research findings from international collaboration on The Growth Project. Read their full article or watch the entire video.
Save Women's Stories
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine featured on the ABC discussing her crowd-funded oral history project to preserve the stories of women in the last 50 years of the worker's movement. Dr Kaine says the stories retold so far have focused on the male protagonist. Read Sarah's full article here or find out more about the project here.
Gig economy and capitalist exploitation
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine featured in Radio National's "The Minefield" program discussing the gig economy and whether consumers are prepared to choose low prices and convenience over humane working condition and fair wages. Listen to the full podcast with Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens here.
Corporate Social Responsibility is a Band-Aid for a broken system. Martijn Boersma says relying on the market to fix social and environmental issues will only maintain the status quo in favour of companies. Read his full opinion piece in SBS' The Feed here.
Professor Carl Rhodes has released his new book on the rise of the CEO society and the troubling implications it holds for the future of democracy. Purchase the full book "CEO Society: The Corporate Takeover Of Everyday Life" by Professor Rhodes and Peter Bloom here.
You can also hear more on the book in an interview with BBC Radio here.
"We risk creating an underclass of workers who live below the poverty line and have no rights and no future," Professor Emmanuel Josserand and Associate Professor Sarah Kaine write in the Sydney Morning Herald on the gig economy. Read their thoughts on whether the "big player" businesses of the gig economy are doing enough to address issues in their employment model.
From Trash to Cash
Dr Melissa Edwards featured in Sydney Morning Herald says businesses with a sustainability focus are growing, and SMEs are driving the transition to a thriving circular economy. Read Melissa's full article here.
Ethically-minded consumers and their effect on business
"Business is experiencing increased numbers of popular protests, consumer boycotts, legal suits, various public shaming campaign": Associate Professor Bronwen Dalton featured in ABC discussing consumer demand for responsible business. Read Bronwen's full article here.
Special program podcast
Associate Professor Bronwen Dalton has featured on a a two part special for Radio National's Best Practice program examining innovative business moves to address their social impact. Listen to Bronwen's full podcast here.
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine featured on ABC's current affairs program Four Corners, sharing her expertise on the gig economy, millenials in the workforce, and how millions of Australians are missing out on superannuation. To watch the full episode featuring Sarah click here.
Professor Jock Collins featured in The Guardian on his work on refugee resettlement and the catch-22 facing Syrians and Iraqis settled in Australia as they struggle to find work. To read the full article click here.
"The future of work might well be one where political and economic freedom is massively eroded for all but the vast majority": Professor Carl Rhodes shares his thoughts on robots, inequality and the gig economy in an opinion piece for ABC News. Read Carl's full article here.
Lifting standards in the cleaning industry
Dr Michael Rawling and Associate Professor Sarah Kaine feature in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald discussing labour law and the Cleaning Accountability Framework: Cleaners sacked without redundancy shown jobs on offer in New Zealand.
Cleaning up the cleaning industry
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine featured in Radio National's Saturday Extra program, discussing the Cleaning Accountability Framework, a new scheme aiming to use market forces to reward companies who pay cleaners fairly. Stream or download Sarah's full segment here.
At work with digital media
In the race to take advantage of new technological possibilities in the workplace, is a focus on rights and responsibilities being neglected? Associate Professor Sarah Kaine featured in a panel discussion recorded live at the Brisbane Powerhouse in collaboration with the QUT Digital Media Research Centre and broadcast on ABC Radio National's Future Tense program. Stream or download Sarah's full podcast here.
The value of conferences
Associate Professor Deborah Edwards featured in ABC Radio National's Best Practice program with Associate Professor Carmel Foley, discussing the importance of attending conferences to build on networking opportunities and knowledge sharing. Listen to their full podcast here.
Workers rights in gig economy
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine has featured in an article in business magazine "In the Black", discussing whether gig economy businesses are eroding workers' rights. Associate Professor Kaine says classifying workers in the gig economy as "dependent contractors" would be a step in the right direction to solving issues of low wages in digital businesses. "The problem is that we tend to get caught in the newness of the app, rather than looking at the underlying principles," she says. Read the full article here.
Ruff Sleepers launched
A new pet washing service for homeless people has been launched by UTS Business School staff and students in Darlinghurst. Ruff Sleepers was co-founded by Associate Professor Bronwen Dalton, who says research into the relationship between homeless people and their pets has found that their attachment to their animals is stronger than in the general public. You can read the complete article about the launch of the new service here.
WATCH: Associate Professor Sarah Kaine featured on a live video panel discussion on how the future of work is transforming with the ever-increasing integration of machines. Dr Kaine joined a panel of other thought leaders as part of Adobe’s Asia-Pacific Think Tank. You can watch the full discussion featuring Sarah here. You can also read a follow up article from CMO here.
A new paper co-authored by CBSI’s Dr Michael Rawlings, Senior Lecturer at the UTS faculty of Law, has been published in the Sydney Law Review. His research focuses on supply chain regulation in the road transport industry. Read Dr Rawling’s full paper – “Compromising Road Transport Supply Chain Regulation: The Abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal”.
Asia-Pacific REMIX summit
CBSI’s Dr Natalia Nikolova has been invited to chair a panel at this year’s Asia-Pacific Remix Summit. The annual event, held at UTS this year, hosts thousands of global leaders as they partake in panels, masterclasses, debates and keynotes in addressing some of the world's biggest ideas surrounding culture, technology and entrepreneurship. The theme of Dr Nikolova’s panel is “Intrepreneurship” – Innovation led organisations and the future of work. The event will take place on December 8 at the Great Hall. More details on the summit can be found here.
Bike courier 'sham contracting' fines
CBSI's Associate Professor Sarah Kaine spoke with ABC Radio's Tuesday PM on the recent decision by the Federal Circuit Court to fine bike courier companies for 'sham contracting,' and why the case has put digital businesses with similar arrangements with their workers on notice to comply with current industrial laws. Listen to the full segment with Sarah here.
Managing Strategic Value
The Centre for Business and Social Innovation (CBSI), the Built Environment Informatics and Innovation (BEII) research centre and the Project Portfolio Management Special Interest Group hosted a seminar on managing strategic value at the Business School on the 31st October. The seminar titled "Beyond Financial Value" was led by Finland Visiting Professor Miia Martinsuo who summarised research insights and provided guidance for project portfolio management by drawing upon recent studies on the delivery of strategic value through projects. Doctoral Candidate Lauri Vuorinen also gave an overview of findings on multi-project and program integration practices in organizational change programs.
View the slides from the seminar below:
Refugee entrepreneurship in Australia
Prof Jock Collins of CBSI released his latest report as part of his larger study of refugee entrepreneurship in Australia. Here's the UTS Business School story and a piece written for The Conversation: How refugees overcome the odds to become entrepreneurs
Also featured in:
- smartcompany: Hazara refugees turn to entrepreneurship in Adelaide to combat unemployment and support their community
- Pro Bono: From Boats to Businesses: Hazara Refugees in Adelaide Embrace Entrepreneurship
Regional High Performance Networks Report
The Regional High Performance Network (RHPN) program, piloted by a team of CBSI researchers led by Associate Professor Renu Agarwal, found that peer learning could play a key role in accessing harder-to-reach, regional small businesses where managers tend to have little or no formal training.
Labour standards accreditation
CBSI's Associate Professor Sarah Kaine, Prof Emmanuel Josserand and Martijn Boersma write in The Conversation: How to stop businesses stealing from their employees
Crowd sourcing platforms for international development
Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing
CBSI's Asssociate Professor Danielle Logue, Dr Gillian McAllister and Dr Jochen Schweitzer write in The Conversation: How to borrow tools from the startup world for aid and development
The 'gig economy'
CBSI's Associate Professor Sarah Kaine and Professor Emmanuel Josserand write in The Conversation: ‘The way they manipulate people is really saddening’: study shows the trade-offs in gig work
Sarah Kaine was invited to further discuss her research and the 'gig economy':
- Breakfast on Radio Adelaide with Jennie Lenmnen
- Perth Live with Oliver Peterson on 6PR
- RN Breakfast
and quoted in New York Times: Who Pays for Pell’s Day in Court? Also: Cracks Form in the Gig Economy and The Guardian: It's a tough gig: Uber drivers and Deliveroo riders fight for employees' rights
New article in Human Relations
An article by Professor Emmanuel Josserand and Associate Professor Sarah Kaine has been accepted for publication in Human Relations, which is on the FT50 journal list. The article is titled, 'Mind the Gap: Grass roots 'brokering' to improve labour standards in global supply chains'.
New Article in The Journal of Strategic Information Systems
The paper's findings focus on providing testable propositions on the role of legal intervention and how it adapts to different users and processes.
Read Professor Josserand’s full paper here: The paradoxical effects of legal intervention over unethical information technology use: A rational choice theory perspective.