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New head nurtures
future leaders

by Kelly Stone

Prof Milé Terziovski Producing the nation’s future business leaders is a key goal for new International Graduate School of Business (IGSB) head Professor Milé Terziovski.

“I’m very impressed with the IGSB’s five-star rating by the Graduate Management Association of Australia, EQUIS accreditation and the MBA program being ranked number six in Australia,” he says.

“My aim is to increase rigour and relevance, so that the IGSB is producing not only quality postgraduate programs, but also our future business leaders.”

Prof Terziovski, who will commence his new role as Head of School with IGSB on July 5, says he wants the school to be continually responding to and meeting employer and employee needs.

“We need to continually revise and develop effective and efficient programs that will develop capable leaders for an ever changing global environment,” he says.

“Research in the field of management needs to be rigorous and relevant to corporate needs and reflected in the learning environment that we create for our students.”

Prof Terziovski joins UniSA from the University of Melbourne where he has been Associate Professor in Management in the Department of Marketing and Management and Director of the Centre for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the past 10 years. His previous academic positions were at Monash University. Prior to his academic career, he worked for Rio Tinto for 17 years.

Prof Terziovski says he is looking forward to joining UniSA which he believes is a highly regarded and reputable university with huge opportunities for growth.

“UniSA has very strong links with industry, which is very important, and I’m looking forward to being able to make a difference given my experience as a leader in the corporate sector and more recently in an academic environment,” he says.

“Overall my aim is to increase the growth, profitability and reputation of the IGSB.”

Prof Terziovski is very strong on research, having been published in international top-tier journals and being prolific in securing research funding from the Australian Research Council.

“I’m looking to promote a strong research culture within the school and to increase the quality generally,” he says.

“The IGSB is a very reputable school but there are opportunities to reach even higher and further increase the rankings. My goal would be to get into the top five graduate schools in Australia.”

Prof Terziovski spoke positively about the establishment of a new research centre in the IGSB in 2010, the Centre for Asian Business.

“The Centre will be a focus for research collaboration in the University on business and management in Asia,” he says.

“Over time, the research projects undertaken by committed research leaders sourced from within the IGSB and other Schools in the Division of Business, will help the Centre to achieve its goal to be internationally acknowledged for the creation of high quality research and dissemination of knowledge in Asian business and management”.

Division of Business Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Gerry Griffin says UniSA is pleased to have secured Prof Terziovski’s appointment to UniSA.

“Milé is a prolific researcher and his areas of expertise are in strategy and innovation”, Prof Griffin says. He has published four books, 20 book chapters, and many articles in top-tier and leading international journals. He’s been recognised by the Academy of Management with two best-paper awards, and several Dean’s awards for research and teaching excellence.

“The IGSB’s reputation for quality and excellence, particularly in the delivery of our flagship program, the Master of Business Administration, will be further enhanced under the leadership of Prof Terziovski.”