QUT PhD alumnus Dr Kirstin Ferguson nominated as ABC’s acting chairperson

Dr Kirstin Ferguson, PhD alumnus from QUT’s Business School, has stepped into the role of ABC chairperson after a tumultuous week at the national broadcaster.

As described by ABC news,

“Dr Ferguson has sat on the ABC board since 2015, and is an experienced director with 10 years’ experience on the ASX100 and ASX200 boards as well as private company and government boards. She was the creator of the social media campaign #CelebratingWomen, which saw her nominated for the Walkley Foundation’s Our Watch Award for best use of social media.”

Read the full ABC article.

Dr Ferguson was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her thesis ‘A study of safety leadership and safety governance for board members and senior executives‘ was an investigation of the fields of leadership and corporate governance in the context of workplace safety.

Winning the brand relevance battle in a modern world

In the age of information overload, consumers have become experts at ignoring the tens of thousands of brands that don’t interest them. Despite this challenging reality, some brands seem to continuously earn and re-earn consumers’ loyalty with new ways to connect, engage and inspire their customers. These brands are able to stand out from their competition because they are simply relentlessly relevant.

At this Business Breakfast, Dr Nicolas Pontes and Luke Wheatley will provide insights on creating brand relevance and long-term success.

Event details:
Friday 3 August, 7:30-9am
Level 10, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus.
Free, but registration is essential.

“A cross-disciplinary tool box” – the value of a PhD in industry

“The real value of a PhD is the methodological tools. I grew in my ability to manage and manipulate ideas, frameworks and data from various disciplines. My problem solving skills are much, much more refined now.

For me the greatest value of the PhD has been to draw upon diverse problem solving methodologies from different disciplines to address the very challenging problems that sometimes arise”.

Dr Matthew Turnour embarked upon a PhD in the QUT Business School after 15 years working in industry. Read our Q&A with Dr Turnour for his thoughts on the value of a PhD outside of academia, plus advice for doctoral graduates interested in pursuing careers in industry.

Win a place at Virgin StartUp StepUp in London

Are you a QUT Business School alumnus? Do you want to work with the Virgin empire?

QUT Business School has proudly partnered with QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) and Virgin StartUp to offer one talented QUT Business School alumnus a place in Virgin Startup’s ‘StepUp’ mini accelerator in London.

Don’t miss your chance to learn all the ins and outs of sales, how to scale up your market value, meet prospective mentors and potential investors and discover insights from the best on generating a heavyweight business case.

We have one sponsored place available to attend Virgin StartUp StepUp from 26 – 28 August 2018 in London.

Apply by June 8 2018.

This opportunity is exclusive to QUT Business School students and alumni.

Proactive, Focused, Brave: the key to a successful academic career

In 2011, Dr Kim Johnston received an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her PhD Thesis. After graduating she focused on publishing, networking, and using the skills and knowledge she’d developed through her PhD to benefit real-world organisations.

Seven years post graduation, Dr Johnston is a senior lecturer and researcher in QUT’s Business School, and a contributing author and editor of numerous prestigious journals and books. She says being proactive, focused, and brave are key to developing a successful career in academia.

Read more about Dr Johnston’s professional journey and her advice to early career researchers.

Emerging Technologies for the Future of Business and Finance

Join a panel of industry experts for an informative and stimulating discussion on emerging technologies and trends shaping the business and finance sectors.

You can gain insights on the future of work driven by automation and robotics, real-world uses of blockchain, and new ways to approach critical challenges and disruptions. You will also meet like-minded professionals, mentors and network.

The panel discussion will feature four engaging industry speakers including Anthony Kuhlmann, Mentor at Little Tokyo Two; Louise Mercer, Everledger; Thomas Carlsen, McKinsey & Company; and Danielle Duell, Founder and CEO of People with Purpose.

Event details:
Thursday 24 May, 5:30pm for a 6pm start to 7:30pm
followed by networking and refreshments. $39

OJ Wordsworth Room, QUT Gardens Point Campus.

Please RSVP by 21 May. Booking is essential, as places are limited. QUT alumni and friends are welcomed.