We need to stop pretending the gig economy is good for working mothers
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine discusses the impacts of the gig economy on working mothers and notes that the "malevolent aspect of the gig world is that you can put flexibility up front and centre but you have to put a slash and put uncertainty next to it because they come hand-in-hand". Read the full article in the Sydney Morning Herald here.
Circular Sydney Podcast
A project team funded by the CBSI Sustainable Enterprise in a New Economy Network produced and released a podcast featuring academics and practitioners discussing the relevance of the Circular Economy in relation to their practice in Sydney. The first three episodes were released as part of the Ellen McArthur Foundation Disruptive Innovation Festival (DiF) and are available here alongside hundreds of insightful contributions from around the world. UTS was a founding network partner university of the Ellen McArthur Foundation and the first Australian University to contribute to the DiF. The full series of five podcasts is freely available along with details of the contributors via the UTS hosted sustainability higher education sharing platform.
Congratulations to three of our members on making it onto a list of most influential academic thinkers on issues of responsible business in social media. Associate Professor Danielle Logue , Professor Carl Rhodes and Martijn Boersma have all been listed in the top 100 by the Centre for Business, Organisations & Society. See the full list here.
Remote Work and 'The New Frontier'
Why Canada’s immigration system has been a success, and what Australia can learn from it
Professor Jock Collins discusses the success of Canada's immigration system and says Australia can learn from how giving states and territories a greater role in immigration target setting and selection can help take the pressure off major cities without drastically reducing immigration rates. Read his full article in The Conversation here.
The Cafe Bringing a New Heart To Bondi
"We’re seeing more and more consumers that want to know that they are spending with a particular purpose in mind," Associate Professor Danielle Logue said on 10 daily. Danielle joined Wayside Project in the article to discuss newly-opened Heart Cafe, the social enterprise bringing food with a difference to Bondi. Read the full article here.
'One Belt, One Road' Plan
Associate Professor Hussain Rammal featured in SBS saying that the controversial agreement between the Victorian State government and China is a "unique situation" and "the first of its kind as far as this one belt - one road initiative is concerned." Read the full article here.
The Fantasy of the CEO
Westpac's New Leave Policy
Westpac's new transgender leave policy is a sign considerations of diversity are becoming more mainstream and broadening 'beyond parents', according to Associate Professor Sarah Kaine . Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article featuring Sarah here.
Effective Strategy, Innovation and Leadership
"To foster innovation, you do need some direction from leadership," Dr Natalia Nikolova tells Inside HR. You can read the full article on what drives real innovation and intrapreneurship featuring Natalia here.
New article in Sport Management Review
Associate Professor Nico Schulenkorf and co-author Katja Siefken critically reflect on a health-focused sport for development initiative in Vanuatu, and consider the value of applying health-focused sport for development initiatives in the Pacific region and beyond. Read the full article here.
Employment Concerns Under Government's New Migrant Relocation Plan
Professor Jock Collins featured in the BBC says there needs to be sufficient employment opportunities available if new migrants are moved away from cities and into rural areas under a recent proposal from the federal government. Read the full article here.
The Importance of Trust in the Wake of Banking Royal Commission
Trust has to be just as important as profit if banks and the financial sector are to regain their corporate legitimacy, argues Rosemary Sainty. You can read her full article in The Conversation here.
Potential Conflict of Interest in Reef Funding
Uber Drivers Strike Again
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine on Radio National Breakfast commenting on Australian Uber drivers' staging another strike in their fight for better working conditions. Catch the full segment with Sarah here.
As tax and wage investigations into Foodora continue, CBSI Director Professor Emmanuel Josserand discusses new protests from the company's delivery riders while its creditors meet with the ATO. Catch the full segment on Triple J's The Hack program here. (Emmanuel's commentary can be found 11 minutes into the segment)
Ruff Sleepers on Sunrise
Associate Professor Bronwen Dalton and the Ruff Sleepers team discuss their upcoming outdoor film fundraiser at Greenwich baths, with some very special guests. Catch the full segment with the Ruff Sleepers team here.
Study says refugees are settling well into regional Australia
Despite Australia taking double the number of refugees in 2017 than it had any time previously, things have gone ‘terrifically well’. Listen to CBSI’s Prof Jock Collins discuss the settlement of refugees in regional Australia on ABC's RN Breakfast here.
Future of ridesharing in Australia
The share bike model gets the wobbles
Increased competition for Uber
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine noted, "The trend all around the world in a variety of jurisdictions is opting for some way to assist better conditions for drivers," when she spoke with the Australian Financial Review about what increased competition for Uber in the gig economy means for workers. Read the full article here.
A test of the legality surrounding the gig economy
CBSI Director, Professor Emmanuel Josserand, spoke with SBS News about the importance of regulating the gig economy for workers saying, "If they put workers at risk, if they don’t pay them a fair wage, at some stage as a society we need to decide whether we accept that or not". See the full story at SBS News.
'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.
(Feature Image: Channel 7)
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.