La Trobe Business School

Month: September 2015

‘A Leg up to Well-Being’: Hannah MacDougall runner up in La Trobe’s 3MT competition!

In the 2015 finals of La Trobe’s 3MT competition, Hannah MacDougall presented her PhD research as one of the finalists, and did exceptionally well in finishing as runner up. Hannah is undertaking her PhD in Sport Management in the Department of Management and Marketing in LBS, and is supervised by Dr Emma Sherry, Professor Nora Shields and Dr Paul O’Halloran.

Hannah’s PhD, which she is currently completing by publication, focuses on the topic of Athlete Well-Being. The first stage of her PhD was a systematic review that compared the well-being of Australian Para and Olympic Sport athletes. Meta-analyses revealed that Para athletes, compared with Olympic sport athletes, had lower levels of self-acceptance, indicated by athletic identity, and body-image perceptions, and differed from Olympic sport athletes in terms of their motivation, indicated by a greater mastery-oriented climate. The review also indicated a need to establish the well-being of Para and Olympic sport athletes using valid and reliable measures of well-being, as well as determine what well-being means in the Para sport context.

The second stage of Hannah‘s PhD investigated the well-being needs and strengths of Para athletes in a global and sport-specific context.  The qualitative study found that the well-being needs and strengths of Para athletes differed across gender, sport, level of competition, and nature of impairment. Well-being needs were an interaction between physical pain, emotional regulation, lacking purpose outside of sport, and a lack of self-acceptance, especially for athletes with acquired impairments. Well-being strengths were perceived to increase as athletes increased their level of competition, and included personal growth, optimism, strong social support networks, and contributing to multiple communities.

The third stage will establish the well-being levels of Para and Olympic Sport athletes, and determine if there are any significant differences between these two groups as well as significant differences between congenital and acquired Para athletes. The quantitative study was conducted through an online survey and had 309 participants. Hannah is currently in the process of analysing her data.

The fourth and final stage of her PhD will be a targeted well-being RCT for Para athletes. The RCT will be 8 x 1hr individual face-to-face sessions and focus on training attentional focus and strengthening the brain muscle of athletes. The RCT will be conducted from November 2015 – February 2016. Watch her three-minute pitch of this thesis above.

The La Trobe 3MT final was held on the 2nd of September in the John Scott Meeting House and saw 8 finalists battle it out for the right to represent La Trobe at the 3MT Tran-Tasman final held in October in Queensland. The level of competition between candidates saw extremely high quality presentations and topics range from vocal health for Aussie Basketball coaches to ‘Avoiding Robots’. With great prizes up for grabs, the people’s choice and overall winner of the La Trobe 3MT thesis went to Jen Wiltshire with her presentation on ‘Why I love dirt’.

3MT® is a research-communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). The exercise challenges PhD candidates to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research-communication skills and supports the development of research students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

La Trobe Business School would like to congratulate Hannah for her great presentation in the 3MT finals!

Emma Sherry Hannah MacDougall 3MT Finalist from La Trobe Business School a leg up to well-being

Hannah MacDougall 3MT Finalist from La Trobe Business School a leg up to well-being


AHRI Accreditation for the Bachelor of Business (HRM) degree!

La Trobe Business School AHRI accreditation

La Trobe Business School was recently granted accreditation of its Bachelor of Business (HRM) degree from the Australian Human Resources Institute. AHRI accreditation is granted to eligible tertiary institutions by the organisation’s National Accreditation Committee (NAC), after an intensive reviewing process. Through these application procedures, the AHRI and the NAC strive to maintain a high standard for HR courses nationally and internationally.

What does it mean to be a good HR manager?

Working in HR requires more than just good people skills. When evaluating an applicant’s course, the NAC focusses on seven key AHRI competencies for tertiary HR management courses, set out in their ‘HR Model of Excellence’. The competencies are based on current trends in the industry and university landscape and summarize the key aspects that drive a good HR manager. In their eyes, being a good HR manager means having the following capabilities:

  1. Being business driven and having the ability to align people management with business objectives and the external environment,
  2. Setting the HR vision for the organisation and driving to success,
  3. Identifying and responding to stakeholder demands, as well as managing relationships,
  4. Building organisational capability through high performing people,
  5. Exercising influence and providing HR advice to achieve objectives,
  6. Applying expert HR knowledge to deliver value to the business,
  7. Facilitating change in response to internal and external operating environments.

Process of Renewal for LBS

The Bachelor of Business (HRM) first received AHRI accreditation in 2012. In the case of an accreditation renewal, the NAC re-evaluates the institution’s offerings every three years, ensuring the degree equips students with the seven key AHRI competencies listed above.

The La Trobe Business School HR Discipline Group has implemented several initiatives to ensure LBS is on the forefront of HR education. Several new HR specific subjects have been added to the curriculum, including:

  • Employment Relations, which examines the evolution of the institutional frameworks which govern the relationship between various actors in the labour market, including employers, employees, unions and Government.
  • Remuneration and Performance Management, which explores contemporary remuneration and performance management practices in organisations, and why these practices result in better outcomes for organisations.
  • Our new capstone subject, Strategic Human Resource Management, focuses on the development of high performance work systems in organisations and how employee effort can be harnessed to achieve organisational goals and objectives.

These new additions to our curriculum complement our existing HR subjects including Foundations of Management, HRM, Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Development, Human Resource Information Systems, Business Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.

For further information about our HRM degree, please contact Dr Nicola McNeil, HRM Program Director (94791471,

Revising the IAP2 Spectrum – Why is ‘Inform’ on the spectrum at all?

On 8 September 2015, La Trobe University’s William Bill Keeton and Margaret Harvie will be hosting a talk about what constitutes true and meaningful community engagement in today’s leadership, on the La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus.


Are we really engaging when presenting public policies or projects where the community has had no initial input?
Margaret Harvie, accredited IAP2 trainer from Sydney and Bill Keeton of LaTrobe University met through a LinkedIn discussion around this topic. Margaret is coming to Albury to conduct Community Engagement training for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and both Margaret Harvie and William Keeton saw this as the perfect opportunity to bring this discussion out of cyberspace and into real life.


La Trobe Community Engagement IAP2 Albury-Wodonga  Margaret Harvie who has been a trainer for the IAP2 International training program for eight years.  She is a Director for PlanCom Consulting Pty Ltd.  Her clients include numerous local governments, Sydney Water and Transport for NSW.  She recently assisted the Singapore Government develop a community engagement framework that is used to guide all Singapore Civil Servants. Margaret is an Associate of the Singapore Civil Service College and the University of Technology Sydney.

La Trobe Community Engagement IAP2 Albury-WodongaWilliam (Bill) Keeton is currently conducting research for a PhD in the area of community engagement through La Trobe University at the Albury-Wodonga campus. The focus and title of his thesis is: Managing Community Engagement: A Cross-Case Analysis of Water Management Organisations in Victoria, Australia. In his earlier career, Bill retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel specialising in military logistics and community engagement liaison missions. He did extensive community engagement work in his last military assignment in Iraq in 2005.

This is an informal gathering of engagement practitioners (not formally part of the regular series of events for the NE Border Community Local Network for Engagement Practitioners).

Date: 9 September 2015

Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

Venue: Room 4211, Second Floor Building 4, LaTrobe University, Albury-Wodonga Campus, 133 McKoy St, West Wondonga.

RSVP: Please respond by 8 September to

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