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A New Beginning for Women in Sport?

By Merryn Sherwood

2015 was declared a watershed year for women in sport. The Matildas barnstorming run at the 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup. The Australian Diamonds triumphant win in the Netball World Cup in front of a world-record crowd. The Southern Stars held the No.1 ranking for all three forms of the game. Michelle Payne won the Melbourne Cup. However, the doubters questioned whether it would stick.

But in 2016 the momentum continued. The highest-rating Saturday night AFL game in Melbourne was the women’s exhibition match at Whitten Oval. Cricket NSW announced that the Breakers would be the first domestic Australian women’s team to be fully professional. In 2017, Australia will welcome a new Australian netball league with a salary cap of $675,000 for 10 players, and a brand new AFL league for women.

But is the rise of women’s sport opportunity, or opportunism? Are sports organisations coming around to the idea that they should provide equal opportunities for female athletes, or is it simply good business sense to do so? This was the topic of a panel at this year’s Sports Writers Festival. The consensus was it’s probably a bit of both.

A panel that included broadcaster and documentary maker Angela Pippos, former SBS Zela editor Danielle Warby, Age sports editor Chloe Saltau and freelance journalist Karen Lyon – hosted by Lynn Haultain – discussed several reasons why women’s sport was booming.

These included that more women are playing more sport than ever before, and within that contact has been normalised and even admired. Alongside this, there the suggestion that sports organisations have realised that there is an audience for women’s sport.

Put simply the key triggers appear to be that more women are playing sport, many of them in traditionally male dominated fields, and more sports fans are enjoying watching them. Saltau noted that this led to a situation where there is an “arms race” for female athletes. Major sporting codes suddenly aren’t just providing opportunities for women to play, they have been trying to outbid each other to become the sport of choice for women at the elite level. Suddenly, there has never been more value in women’s sport.

But as a sports journalism lecturer and sports media researcher, one of the most interesting points in the panel for me was the recognition that the sports media narrative around women’s sport is changing. Historically sports media has trivialised women and coverage was often sexualised.

Some of my previous research in this area found though that Australian journalists and editors had started to question these news values. For example, a journalist said this about stories on women’s sport:

“You know, a lot of the editorial decisions you see here are made on instinct, thinking we want to see Sharapova in a pretty dress, we want to see those sorts of images and those sorts of stories in the paper but, is that what people are genuinely interested in?”

The consensus in the room at the Sports Writers Festival would suggest the landscape has moved forward again. In fact, the panel noted that “that Sam Newman way” of seeing the world is shrinking. Instead, we are seeing thoughtful stories about players with thoroughly interesting backgrounds, such as Moana Hope and Susan Alberti.

There is still be work to done. The panel noted an important step in adding legitimacy to coverage of women’s sport is to include female commentators and experts in it. But generally, there was a feeling that the ongoing professionalism of women’s sport is starting to be reflected in its coverage.

As Angela Pippos aptly noted on the panel, “I’ve spent a few months thinking wow, I’m going to see change in my lifetime.” While Pippos was at the time talking about the chance for women to earn living wages playing sport, it’s also applicable to the representation of female athletes in the media.

You can listen to the entire panel, here.


Merryn Sherwood is a member of the Centre for Sport and Social Impact, and coordinates the Sports Journalism major in the Bachelor of Media and Communication. La Trobe University is a partner of the Sports Writers Festival.


2016 CPSGAP Public Sector Forum


La Trobe University’s Centre for Public Sector Governance, Accountability and Performance (CPSGAP) invites you to attend its 2016 Public Sector Forum.


Professor Andrew Podger (Australian National University)

Professor Andrew Podger will speak about Retirement incomes policy in the context of budget repair.

Professor John Wanna (Australian National University)

Professor John Wanna will speak about Budget repair: the elusive surplus.

Professor Christine Wong (University of Melbourne)

Professor Christine Wong will speak about China’s efforts to install risk management.

Event Details

Date: 1 December 2016

Time: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm (a light lunch will be served)

Location: La Trobe University City Campus, Level 20, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne

Register: Please RSVP by Thursday 24 November. Contact CPSGAP Executive Director Professor Zahirul Hoque via email, and register via the corresponding La Trobe University event page.


Health and Aged Care Industries in China: Change and Opportunities


The China Studies Research Centre, the Building Healthy Communities RFA’s Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG) and La Trobe Business School jointly invite you to attend this seminar.

Dr Chuyang Liu will share her reflections and provide insights into the changing landscape of the Chinese health and aged care industry which has created significant opportunities for Australian companies.

China’s demand for health and aged care services is expected to grow significantly over the next decade, driven by the needs of a rapidly growing population, an ageing demographic, new health challenges and government policy reforms.

In 2020, China’s population is expected to reach 1.4 billion, of which 248 million will be aged 60 years and above. These elderly citizens will require accommodation in facilities that support their medical needs and lifestyle, and a qualified workforce to care for them – both of which are in short supply.

The Chinese Government has embarked on an ambitious program to transform the country’s health and aged care industry. It is accelerating reform across the industry, including integrating healthcare and aged care services; introducing policies to attract private capital from domestic and overseas investors; and encouraging the adoption of smart healthcare. The changing landscape of the Chinese health and aged care industry has created significant opportunities for Australian companies.

About the Speaker

Dr Chuyang LIU, China Adviser, International Operations, Austrade. Dr Chuyang Liu has recently returned to Australia from her previous role as Trade Commissioner/Counsellor Commercial in the Australian Embassy in Beijing, China. Chuyang is now China Adviser based in Austrade’s Melbourne office. Prior to joining Austrade in July 2012, Chuyang worked at the Department of Business and Innovation in the Victorian State Government of Australia.

Chuyang is a specialist in international law and WTO law, with extensive experiences in Australia, Europe (mainly Switzerland and the UK), and Asian countries (China, Malaysia, Japan and Korea) during her 24 years’ career.

Chuyang has a PhD of International Economic Law from University of Bern (Switzerland), Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Victoria University (Australia), Master of Maritime Law from Dalian Maritime University, Bachelor of British & American Literature from Dalian Foreign Language University, China.

Event Details

Date:    Monday 21 November 2016

Time:   2:00-3:30pm

Venue: Room 203, Health Sciences 1, La Trobe University

Register: To register, please visit the corresponding La Trobe University event page.



Big Data and Cybersecurity: Are We Ready?


La Trobe Business School would like to invite you to La Trobe University’s panel event: “Big Data and Cybersecurity: Are We Ready?”

The Australian Crime Commission estimates the annual cost of cybercrime in Australia to be more than $1 billion. At the same time there’s a severe global skills shortage in cybersecurity workers, with 1 million job vacancies expected to be advertised this year.

The exponential growth in cybercrime, and the number of jobs available in this area, has seen cybersecurity emerge as a key field requiring skilled specialists. Companies are now recognising the importance of cybersecurity and protecting their data. This panel event will explore the complex nature of data-rich industries and discuss the importance of data-driven decisions in the new age of cybersecurity.

Our panel consists of leading industry experts, La Trobe academics and representatives from our industry partners. The event will conclude with an audience question and answer session followed by drinks, canapés and the opportunity to network.


  • Master of Ceremonies: Stilgherrian – freelance journalist, commentator and broadcaster
  • Sandie Bradley – Executive Director Cyber Security, Australian Signals Directorate, Australian Government’s intelligence agency within the Department of Defence
  • Brian Williams – Technical Product Manager of Security, Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, Optus
  • Kristin Lyons – Chief Information Security Officer, Australia Post
  • Professor Wenny Rahayu – Head of the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, La Trobe University

Panel Event

Date:  26 October 2016

Time:  6pm  – 8.30pm

Venue: RACV City Club, 501 Bourke St, Melbourne

Register: Please register via the La Trobe University web page, here.

Were directors asleep at the wheel? And are they awake now?

Paul Mather La Trobe Business School

LBS Head of School Professor Paul Mather was an invited speaker and panellist at a symposium on Corporate Governance organised by the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and the University of Otago in Dunedin.

Were the directors asleep at the wheel? – This was the main question asked in the wake of corporate collapses such as Enron. Regulatory reforms emerged emphasising board structure such as independence, expertise and formation of committees. It has been more than a decade, so did reforms turn out to be yet another round of governance box checking which overlooked what directors are expected to do: apply independent thinking and knowledge in the best interests of the organisation? This symposium examined the importance of board culture and processes and what directors should do to meet shareholders’ interests.  Paul provided a high level overview of the academic research to date and highlighted some of the key regulatory implications flowing from the research.  In particular, he emphasised the need for regulations to also pay attention to processes rather than largely focus on structure.  A robust panel discussion followed.

The other panellists were:

Michael Stiassny – President of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Jan Dawson – Chair of Westpac New Zealand, deputy chair of Air New Zealand and an independent director of BECA, AIG New Zealand and Meridian Energy.

Colin Magee – Head of Conduct for the Financial Markets Authority in New Zealand.

La Trobe Business School hosted successful start-up My Big Idea Bootcamp!


On 8 October 2016, La Trobe Business School hosted a successful start-up bootcamp delivering on its My Big Idea promise to train 500 Australians to be positive change makers.

The day was coordinated by La Trobe Business School’s Professor of Entrepreneurship, Dr Alex Maritz, who gave the welcoming presentation to participants in the morning. He spoke about ways for participants to refine, pitch and build on their idea and encouraged participants to share their idea with others in the room, using Pollenizer techniques such as ideation, proof of problem discovery and pitching for influence.

Several La Trobe Business School staff members, including academics and PhD students, acted as mentors for participants throughout the day, offering their feedback and advice on several ideas. LBS Staff included academics Associate Professor Vanessa Ratten, Dr Quan Nguyen, and Professor of Practice Antony Jacobson, and PhD students Anne Brouwer, Claudia Shwetzer and Anna Amirsardari. “Giving the participants the chance to interact about their idea with our experienced staff one-on-one is a very valuable opportunity,” Professor Alex Maritz said. “We put quality over quantity, in the favour of our aspiring Big Idea participants.”

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Participants enjoyed the day and hoped to use the tools to take their idea to the next level: “I personally was very pleased to get tools to test my idea and see if it is logical and all in all achievable as a concept.” Bootcamper Hanna said. “I feel like I now have more knowledge to critically evaluate my idea and determine which direction I want to go in. Big thank you for la Trobe, all the mentors, My Big Idea Australia and fellow bootcampers!”

La Trobe Business School is looking forward to see participants unpack their ideas in the future!

Women’s Leadership in Business Schools Event: Opportunities and Challenges


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Ever wondered why there are so few women as Head of Business Schools or Vice Chancellors?

Ever asked yourself if women face extra challenges on their way to leadership roles?

Join our workshop and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues with our successful academics and highly regarded panel members including Head of La Trobe Business School Paul Mather, Professor of Accounting and Associate Head of La Trobe Business School Jane HamiltonLBS’s Professor of Practice Susan Inglis, LBS’s Associate Professor Suzanne O’Keefe, Dr Jeanette Fyffe, and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Amalia Di Iorio (panel chair). This workshop focuses on PhD students, early career researchers and staff of the La Trobe Business School, but we welcome anyone who is interested.

Afternoon Tea is included.

Preliminary Programme

Time Sessions
2:30 pm – 2:40 pm Welcome note: Introduction of panel members
2:40 pm – 3:30 pm  A short speech by panel members (10 minutes each)
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Question and Answer Session
4:00 pm – 4:05 pm Concluding Speech by the project members
4:05 pm – 4:30 pm Networking with afternoon tea

Time and Date

Date: 20 October 2016

Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: John Scott Meeting House Chamber, La Trobe University, Plenty Road & Kingsbury Drive, Melbourne, Victoria 3086

Cost: Free

Register: Please register via Eventbrite.

LBS academics showcase their research at the Academy of Management conference in California


By Dr Sajad Fajezi

The Conference

The 76th Annual meeting of the Academy of Management was held in Anaheim, California from 5-8 August this year. The world’s premier conference for the management discipline attracted over 10,000 scholars from all over the world, with over 2,500 sessions and activities to choose from.

This year, four LBS management academics attended the conference and their participation ranged from chairing symposia, and attending professional development workshops, through to presenting their research at paper sessions.

The Participants

In line with this year’s theme, ‘making organisations meaningful’, Associate Professor Suzanne Young presented her research on corporate governance, health governance and corporate reputation and legitimacy management. Dr Jennifer Spoor and Dr Jillian Cavanagh chaired a symposium entitled ‘Supporting Employment Outcomes for Individuals with a Disability’. Dr Sajad Fayezi presented a paper on flexible and sustainable procurement, and Dr Swati Nagpal presented her research undertaken with three other LBS academics into corporate reputation and legitimacy management.

The Hallmarks

As one of the largest gatherings of management scholars, Academy of Management is comprised of 25 management disciplines represented by Divisions and Interest Groups. LBS staff have showcased their work across such divisions as Social Issues in Management (SIM), Health Care Management (HCM), Operations Management (OM) and Human Resources (HR). Through active engagement, LBS management academics have been able to discuss a number collaborative projects with some of the pioneering researchers in their respective areas of interest. Participating in various events associated with meeting editors of the leading management journals was another hallmark of this truly international forum. By way of example, the Operations Management Division had organised various sessions to meet editors and associate editors of Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.

The Benefits

All in all, the conference has significantly contributed to further development and dissemination of the research undertaken by LBS academics with the ultimate goal that it will be published in some of the most prestigious journals of their respective management discipline. This will contribute to the international reputation of LBS, its research quality as well as visibility and can create new opportunities for international and multidisciplinary collaboration to address some of the pressing business and management issues of our time.

The Papers

Paper Session: Corporate Governance perspectives and CSR: Issues for Stakeholder Management

Author: Magalie Marais, Montpellier Business School
Author: Suzanne Young, La Trobe Business School

Paper Session: Backsourcing in Public Health: Towards a Model of Analysis

Author: Suzanne Young, La Trobe Business School
Author: Manuela M Macinati, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart 

Paper Session: Flexibility and Sustainability Priorities in Procurement: Practices, Relationships and Trade-Offs

Author:  Sajad Fayezi, La Trobe Business School 

Paper Session: CSR and social risk: from risk minimization to risk sharing

 Author: Swati Nagpal, La Trobe Business School
 Author: Suzanne Young, La Trobe Business School
 Author: Geoffrey Durden, La Trobe Business School
 Author: Timothy Marjoribanks, La Trobe Business School 

Symposium: Supporting Employment Outcomes for Individuals with a Disability

Chair: Jennifer R. Spoor, La Trobe Business School

Contact Chair: Jillian Cavanagh, La Trobe Business School

For further information, please contact the relevant LBS academic directly.




Does Business have a role in Human Rights? LBS Alumni engage in a challenging conversation about Business’s responsibility in society.

Business and Society Cafe

‘Does Business have a role in Human Rights’ was the philosophical question discussed at the inaugural La Trobe Business School-CPA Australia Business and Society Café on 12 July at Secret Society Café.

Kenneth J. McPhail, Professor of Accounting and Associate Dean, Social Responsibility at Manchester Business School and Dr Eva Tsahuridu, Professional Standards and Governance Policy Adviser, CPA Australia steered 25 LBS Alumni and academics through a thought-provoking conversation that began by presenting the idea that while historically business has often played a role in violating rights, the multinational corporation is perhaps seen as a vehicle for realising rights in countries with weak governance regimes. Does this mean that companies should regulate nation states?

The diverse views meandered from business simply operating within the bounds of the law, looking after its own interests, to the prerequisite for incentives and the challenge of objectively measuring value other than profits. It was also raised that corporations are a reflection of the values of the people within it and there is a growing trend for employees and consumers to preference their engagement with businesses that demonstrate sound social value.

Professor McPhail finished by stating that he believed in the power of education and that this means there is a fundamental role for universities and professional bodies, as educators, to raise awareness of the issues and be a part of the cultural shift.

The Business and Society Cafés are a program developed for graduates of La Trobe Business School who aspire to leadership in a context where business opportunities and addressing big global issues will be increasing intertwined. We are most grateful to CPA Australia sponsoring the cafes.

If you are interested in attending future Business and Society Cafes please contact Dr Geraldine Kennett, Professor of Practice in Management and Director of Industry Engagement via email.


Executive Education event: Navigating Boardroom Unpredictability

In partnership with the La Trobe Business School, Governance Institute of Australia are holding a hypothetical board meeting, providing strategies to manage difficult situations that commonly arise in boards.

Whilst we know that good governance extends beyond the Boardroom, the Board ensures that the organisation is on purpose, staff are accountable and there is a culture of transparency, stewardship and integrity. This simulation will explore how to effectively guide the Board to ensure good governance, and is useful for those with limited exposure to Boards.

An experienced panel will simulate a boardroom discussion and help you learn how to:

  • facilitate and manage a functional board
  • ensure legal compliance
  • create a productive environment
  • manage time
  • manage conflict of interest
  • distribute information
  • understand the agenda


Debra Connor, Company Secretary, NBN Co Limited

Douglas Gration, Barrister, Castan Chambers

Brooke Haigh, Senior Governance Manager – Head Office Advisory, Bupa Australia Holdings Pty Limited

Fotini Kypraios, Senior Associate, Meerkin & Apel Lawyers

Jeffrey Luckins, Director, William Buck Audit (Vic) Pty Ltd

Melissa Nolan, Compliance Manager, Ballieu Holst Ltd

Matthew Rowe, Corporate Governance Advisor, Mertons Corporate Services Pty Ltd

Event Details:

 Date: Wednesday 13th July 2016

Time: 12pm  to 2pm (lunch will be provided)

 Venue: La Trobe University City Campus, Level 20, 360 Collins St, Melbourne

Register: Register online

Cost: $55 for La Trobe Alumni, Staff and Students and/or Governance Institute Members, $65 for Governance Institute Subscribers, $85 for non-members.

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