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La Trobe Business School presents: The 7th Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets Conference

The Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets Conference’s objective is to facilitate the dissemination and generation of research on topical problems in Finance that are addressed from various perspectives.

The La Trobe Business School is pleased to present the 7th Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets conference.   Bringing together finance scholars and practitioners and research students to participate in and partake in the presentation of state-of-the-art research in the fields of Behavioural Finance, Experimental Finance and Capital Markets/Market Microstructure.  The event will be held on the City Campus of La Trobe University in 360 Collins Street, Melbourne on Monday and Tuesday 25-26 of September 2017. A tour of selected boutique Yarra Valley wineries after the Conference on Wednesday 27 September will offer an opportunity for informal networking.

The keynote speakers are two of the best scholars in Financial Economics and Market Design, distinguished internationally, and both with plenty of experience and interactions with the industry. They are Prof. Jacob Goeree (Scientia Professor, Director AGORA Centre for Market Design UNSW,  previously from Caltech and the University of Zurich) and Prof. Peter Bossaerts (The University of Melbourne, Professor of Experimental Finance and Decision Neuroscience Honorary Fellow, Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, previously from California Institute of Technology). This year, the conference will also feature a unique Finance Industry Forum on the role of digital technology in financial markets. The panel is titled ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Innovations, Disruptive Technologies and the Impact of the Digital Revolution on the Finance Industry’.

Date: Monday 25 September 2017 09:00 am until Wednesday 27 September 2017 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)

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Call for Papers

Potential conference presenters are required to submit two electronic copies of their paper with the file name labelled as the full title of the manuscript (no author details are to be included within file name).

Submission details are as follows:

  1. Abstract: Presentation title, authors’ names, short abstract of about 100 words, primary or presenting author’s name, title, affiliation, email and address must appear on the first page with all additional authors and their affiliations. The file format is to be Microsoft Word only (.doc).
  2. Paper: In the full version of the paper all identifiable information of any author(s) must be excluded from the text and properties of the file saved as a pdf (.pdf) format.

Best Paper Awards

  • AU$1,500 for best paper sponsored by Capital Markets CRC
  • AU$1,500 for the best paper using SIRCA data sponsored by SIRCA
  • AU$1,500 for the best practical Behavioural Finance research paper sponsored by the CFA Institute Asia Pacific
  • US$1,000 for the best paper on Asia Pacific Capital Markets sponsored by Elsevier
  • AU$1,500 for best paper presented by a PhD student sponsored by Amery Partners Investment Management

Submission Guidelines

Papers must be submitted by email before 9 July 2017.

Key Dates

Closing date for paper submissions – 16 July 2017

Notification of acceptance – 19 July 2017

Registration deadline for accepted authors – 16 August 2017

Registration Fees

Faculty/Practitioner full conference registration (incl. of dinner and wine tour – AU$400)

Faculty/Practitioner single day registration (Day 1 or Day 2) conference registration – AU$150

Faculty/Practitioner (Partner) Gala Dinner or Yarra Valley wine tour registration – AU$120

PhD student full conference registration (incl. of dinner and wine tour – AU$200)

PhD student single day (Day 1 or Day 2: 9am-8pm) academic ticket – AU$75

PhD student Dinner (Day 1) or Yarra Valley wine tour registration (Day 3) – AU$100

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Organisations must innovate to take advantage of digital disruption, says Adjunct Professor Ahmed Fahour

La Trobe Business School Ahmed Fahour
On 29 October 2015, La Trobe Business School Adjunct Professor Ahmed Fahour spoke about contemporary leadership challenges at an extremely well-attended Alumni event at La Trobe’s City Campus. Drawing on examples from his professional experiences as a leader at major organisations including Australia Post, as well as NAB and Citigroup, Ahmed argued that companies need to be able to innovate and adapt rapidly in a context of significant digital disruption if they are to be successful in the current technological era. He also reflected that, while the pace of change is intense, companies and leaders need to be ready to engage proactively and strategically with the opportunities afforded by disruption. Under his leadership, for example, Australia Post has been implementing a more customer-focused business model designed to capture the corporation’s major growth opportunities in ecommerce, logistics and as a provider of trusted digital services. Ahmed also noted the importance of new ideas in engaging with these challenges. In the question and answer session, Ahmed discussed the opportunities available for people entering the workforce now, arguing that graduates must be prepared to be innovative and entrepreneurial if they are to be successful. He also commented on the need for organisations to promote the importance of soft skills, as well as technical skills, so that they can adapt to the challenges ahead.

Companies and leaders need to be ready to engage proactively and strategically with the opportunities afforded by disruption.

  • Ahmed Fahour, CEO Australia Post

One of Australia’s most influential and dynamic business leaders, Mr Fahour has a wealth of experience in diverse industries. In his current role as Managing Director & Group CEO of Australia Post, he is responsible for the business’s transformational change as Australians shift towards using digital forms of communication and transactions. He was appointed Adjunct Professor in La Trobe Business School in 2014, and is a La Trobe alumnus, having graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours).

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