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Great PhD success in the La Trobe Business School

Congratulations to Shalinka Jayatilleke, Nick Dejkovski, Tariq Halimi, Teddy Kwakye, Stephen Sim, Joni Vendi, Minh Phong Nguyen and Thi Hoa Nhai Pham on passing their PhD thesis examination and being awarded their PhD’s. Read about their PhD topics below, and check out some of the great graduation pictures.

Dr Shalinka Jayatilleke

Dr Jayatilleke investigated the issue of managing software requirements changes in the Information Technology industry which often result in problems like cost overruns and project delays.  She has developed a method each for; (i) change specification and classification; (ii) change analysis; and (iii) rework assessment, in order to help alleviate the problems.

 

Dr Teddy Ossei Kwakye

Dr Kwakye examined the effect of business strategy on the cost of external financing. The findings show that innovative-oriented firms have higher cost of equity than their efficiency-oriented counterparts due to their greater non-diversifiable business risk and lower quality of financial reports. The research advances business strategy as a direct antecedent of firms cost of equity capital.

 

Dr Tariq Halimi

Dr Halimi examined the influence of political relations between countries on the consumer purchase decision. It was found that positive relations between countries can provide a competitive advantage for their international companies when marketing their products. This thesis contributes to theory development in consumer purchase decision-making and develops a conceptual model that has implications for marketers.

 

Dr Stephen Sim

Dr Sim explored the ethical HRM of workers with a range of mental and intellectual disabilities at two Australian social enterprises. To better support workers with disabilities with inclusive practises, organisational management should not only focus on policies and practises, but also provide innovative and positive workplace experiences.

 

LBS alumni Kate Davenport at La Trobe University: “No working day is the same.”

LBS alumna Kate Davenport

La Trobe Business School alumni Kate Davenport recently started working as a Consultant in Leadership and Capability (Organisational Development) at La Trobe University’s Human Resources department in Bundoora.

After having graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor in Accounting for La Trobe Business School at La Trobe University’s Albury Wodonga campus, Kate went on to take part in La Trobe University’s Graduate Development Program. Through the program, graduates have the opportunity to work in three different departments of the university over twelve months, allowing them to develop a deep understanding of the operations of several teams and how these teams intersect working on different projects as well as developing transferable skills they can use throughout their careers.

Kate completed three rotations of four months, each time working in a different department of the university: one the marketing department, one in the College of Science, Health and Engineering, as well as one in the Tertiary Enabling Program, all based in Albury-Wodonga.

“Out of all rotations, I think I enjoyed the one in the Tertiary Enabling Program the most,” she says. “Through this program, I assisted students with their studies and the transition to University– either via email or face-to-face, assisted lecturers with their classes and provided input into the curriculum. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been able to watch the students grow and develop while participating in the program. I also learnt to communicate better, and understand the different kinds of communication that stakeholders require.”

Kate also mentions how she refined a lot of transferable skills throughout the graduation program: “During the program, I really developed a strong knowledge of the different areas and departments within the university. I also worked on a regional campus before coming to Bundoora. I believe that this was a big advantage, since it allows me to really bring a regional perspective to the table, and make sure the needs of staff in regional areas are taken into account. The program also gave me the opportunity to participate in development sessions and paired me with a mentor to further enable my professional development.”

Throughout her degree, Kate worked at an accounting firm at Albury-Wodonga, working in self-managed superannuation funds: “I really enjoyed the work, but it would sometimes start to feel monotonous,” she comments. “At La Trobe, I enjoy the variety of my current position. I work on a range of different projects and not a single day is the same, which is something I thoroughly enjoy.”

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