School of Business Brisbane

Professor Susan Dann

School of Business Brisbane

by Professor Susan Dann


Australian Business Week Competition

Each year ACU plays host to the regional finals of the Australian Business Week competition for high school students. On Saturday 8 September 16 teams competed across the Junior and Senior sections. The competition requires students to develop a new product concept and compete against each other across five categories: written report, simulation, website, shareholder presentation and trade display. The program is co-ordinated by Jenny Grant but all staff in the Brisbane business school get involved with mentoring students and judging the competition. This year Deanne O’Shea acted as a special guest judge in the trade display category. The winners were presented with their medals and awards in a special ceremony hosted by the AVC Professor Jim Nyland and attended by around 150 supporters. For more information contact Jenny (

Taiwan Young Ambassadors Program

In Semester 1 this year Dr Andrew Papadimos was a visiting scholar at Taiwan’s National Cheng-Kung University where he was asked by the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry to assist in arranging the visit to Australia by the Taiwan “Young Ambassadors”.  The Taiwan “Young Ambassador” Program consists of teams of Taiwanese university students who present performances and lectures to university and high-school students in other countries. Entrants in the “Young Ambassador” competition must first form a team, and then present a plan to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about how they will best portray Taiwan to people in other countries. The competition is held annually and is sponsored by the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reporting directly to the President of Taiwan. On Monday August 20 the "Young Ambassadors" visited the Brisbane Campus and Earnshaw College, one of our partner schools. On their return to Taiwan, the “Young Ambassadors” were featured on Taiwanese news (giving ACU an honorable mention) and also dined with the President of Taiwan. For more information contact Dr Andrew Papadimos (

Traditional (Indigenous) Games

On Friday 7 September the Brisbane campus hosted around 100 indigenous school children from the local area to participate in the first Traditional Games. Students were divided into teams and took turns at playing three traditional games as well as visiting the various school and faculty stands for information about our courses. Business engaged the students with a blind taste test of different colas as a live demonstration of market research in practice. The day was co-ordinated by Weemala with whom the School has a strong ongoing relationship.

Moreton Bay Food and Beverage Supply Chain Report

Over the past six months Associate Professor Nasir Butrous has been working collaboratively with the Moreton Bay Regional Development Authority and Moreton Bay Regional Council to study the implications of the Queensland Government’s draft 'Food for a Growing Economy' policy on the local region.

The Food and Beverage Supply Chain Moreton Bay project aimed to enhance the Region’s economic capabilities through:
• Better support for the Food and Beverage industry in the Region,
• Improve the promotion of the Region as a location for food and beverage manufacturing and related industries,
• Identify opportunities to attract food and beverage businesses to invest in the region, and,
• Build Regional supply chains and improve local purchasing.

To achieve the above objectives, Associate Professor Butrous, working with a team of third year business students, conducted a survey with local food and beverage businesses. The report was formally launched at a special event on 22 November at Caboolture. For more information or a copy of the report contact Associate Professor Butrous (

Team Building at the Strategy Advance

Brisbane staff took time out before the 2012 Strategy Advance for a team building dinner at Marigold Restaurant.

Team Building at the Strategy Advance


Deputy Head of School Activities


6 Meeting with Ken Deans, President of ANZMAC regarding proposed marketing course
Traditional Games Event
13 Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Lunch
     MBA Fair
18 Meeting with Andrew Stewart, Chairman Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia
24 St Vincent’s Health and Aged Care, Community Advisory Council
25-26 Strategy Advance


3 Guest lecture on social marketing at University of Queensland
ACU Research and Social Justice Advocacy Consultation meeting
St Vincent’s Health Australia dinner with Archbishop Coleridge
10 AVC Seminar Living the University’s Mission
12 Health Leaders Forum and General Practice Queensland Board Meeting
16 Tour new Supreme Court and morning tea Hon Paul de Jersey, Chief Justice of Queensland
19-21 ACU Corporate Education, Not for Profit Marketing
23 Student Life Committee
     Quality Improvement Council Board and Special General Meeting
25 Assembly of Catholic Professionals Lunch


2 Mary Mackillop Foundation Dinner
Faculty Health Sciences Community Engagement Workshop
7 Brisbane North Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with Premier Campbell Newman
16 St Vincent’s Health Australia National Steering Committee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
     MBA Executive (Brisbane) End of Year Function
19 Blessing of new ACU.SVHA facility at St Vincent’s Toowoomba
20 Blessing and Official Opening of ACU Health Clinic
24 General Practice Queensland Board Meeting

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