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May 13 2011

Australian-Asian business boost

Professors Peter Hoj, Gerry Griffin, Ying Zhu and Mile Terziovski Valuable partnerships between Australian business’ and their Asian counterparts will be strengthened, ensuring their contribution to Australia’s future economic growth, thanks to UniSA’s new Centre for Asian Business, officially launched last night.
The Centre for Asian Business represents a community of leading Business, Commerce, Law, Management and Marketing experts, dedicated to producing high-quality research on Asian business and deepening the Australian understanding of the Asian business environment.
Centre Director Professor Ying Zhu said Australian business’ presence in Asia was becoming increasingly important for the economy.
“With the rapid growth of the Asian economies, the study of Asian business and management has become an issue of international importance, particularly in the case of Australia, given the significance of these economies to our international trading relations and economic prosperity,” Prof Zhu said.
“There is a need to expand Australia’s knowledge of the Asian region, to conduct quality research and ensure that research findings are accessible and applicable to Australian companies who aspire to engage in business and trade partnerships with their Asian counterparts.”
In 2011 and 2012 the Centre, housed within the International Graduate School of Business, will establish local and international advisory boards of highly regarded academics and business leaders in order to cement its regional presence and relevance.
Additionally, the Centre will continue to extend the impact of its research through local and regional academic and business collaboration, fostering strong relationships with Australian and international academic institutions, business councils, and industry and governmental bodies. 
Prof Zhu said the Centre would focus on Australia’s dominant trading partners and foster strong partnerships with local, international business and academic communities.
“The Centre strives to support the regional economy by assisting businesses, particularly Australian companies, in their Asian ventures. We will do so by providing high-quality, in-depth research and facilitating a range of networking and events designed to encourage greater business collaboration within the region.”
The Centre’s research concentrates on seven cross-disciplinary themes, ranging from international finance and investment to cross-cultural human resource management.
 To learn more about UniSA’s Centre for Asian Business visit www.unisa.edu.au/asianbusiness

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