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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)

Contact:
Conference team (BFCM@latrobe.edu.au)

Cost:
See below for more information

Register:
Please book via this link

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

Register: Please book via this link

LBS Researchers attend the International Conference on Responsible Marketing at XLRI

1st row L –R: Marthin Nanere, Tata L. Raghuram, P. Venugopal, Timothy Marjoribanks, Clare D’ Souza, (Ms), Sanjeev Varshney, Supriti Mishra, Vinay Kanetkar
2nd row L – R: Shubhangi Salokhe, Suchita Jha, Sasmita Dash, Ms. Anne Renee Brouwer, Mr Anabel Benjamin Bara, ShabbirHusain R.V., Bharti Varshney,
3rd row L – R: Aniruddha Chatterjee, Shaunak Roy, Peter Mathies, Ashok Prasad, Jubin Jacob John, Pranay Kumar Singh, Arvind Selvaraj, Pratyush Ranjan

XLRI- Xavier School of Management (Jamshedpur – India) in collaboration with La Trobe Business School, organised the International Conference on Responsible Marketing’ on January 23-24, 2017. XLRI is also a PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) signatory and in 2015-16 was ranked 4th among the prestigious 91 business schools in India. The Chairs of this conference were Prof. Pingali Venugopal, and Prof. Sanjeev Varshney from XLRI. It was co-chaired by staff from the La Trobe Business School, Associate  Professor Clare D’Souza, Professor Timothy Marjoribanks and Associate Professor Suzanne Young.

The conference invited researchers and practitioners to share their understanding on Responsible Marketing and provided a forum to engage in ideas, new directions and create innovative practices that impact responsible marketing. Discussions evolved around the theoretical underpinnings of the multi-dimensional nature of sustainability, responsible marketing, ethical issues, knowledge and behaviour towards sustainable consumption.

The 56 papers presented at the conference came from different business schools in India, Australia, USA, Canada and Pakistan.  It brought together a strong network of connections and provided a platform for researchers and practitioners to explore future strategies in the area. Indeed! it stirred up the ‘responsibility revolution’ for local businesses.

Fr. Abraham (SJ) gave the welcome address (centre). Mr. Anand Sen (second left) inaugurated the conference. There was some discussion around XLRI activities which was given by Prof. P Venugopal (second right).

Fr. Abraham (SJ) gave the welcome address. Mr. Anand Sen (President, TQM and Steel Business, Tata Steel) inaugurated the conference. In his address, Mr. Anand Sen highlighted the need to advocate responsible consumption and decrease wastage. There was some discussion around XLRI activities which was given by Prof. P Venugopal.

The key note addresses were given by Fr. Oswald Mascarenhas, S.J. (JRD Tata Chair Professor of Business Ethics at XLRI), who addressed the topic of “Responsible Marketing in a Turbulent market” and Mr. B. Hariharan (Vice President, ITC Hotels) who described how ITC is “Designing & Marketing Responsible Luxury”.

Professor Timothy Marjoribanks giving the keynote address.

Professor Timothy Marjoribanks (Associate Head of La Trobe Business School) keynote speech addressed the conference theme, as well as the profound role and reflection of LTU’s business school activities.  He captured the essence of PRME, a core tenet of sustainability and highlighted LTU’s position of strength by being the first PRME signatory in Australia.  His address was infused with a sense of optimism for responsible marketing. He emphasized that such opportunities for dialogue, research and collaboration with XLRI make important contributions to our common endeavor of fostering partnerships and attaining goodwill. Furthermore, cross country collaboration results in a vortex of ideas and outcomes that is highly significant.

LBS PhD students, Mr. Peter Matheis (left), Ms. Anne Brouwer (center) and Mr. Jubin Jacob John (right)

LBS PhD students, Mr. Peter Matheis (left), Ms. Anne Brouwer (center) and Mr. Jubin Jacob John (right)

Three of our enterprising PhD students, Mr. Peter Matheis, Ms. Anne Brouwer and Mr. Jubin Jacob John presented their work at this conference. Peter’s work hinges around ethical consumption and sustainability, where he explores the mechanics of ethical behaviour of consumers and examines the complexities of the intention-behaviour gap. Anne’s paper on greenwashing and its influences on consumer decision making offered great practical insights on how to effectively identify greenwashing.  Jubin’s work resonates on institutional pressures for responsible supply chain procurement. The scientific efforts in the supply chain procurement identifies ISO 14000 standards to induce greater systemic efficacy. They were interesting papers, addressing emerging new knowledge that pioneers in scholastic and research fields within this area can use some of these theoretical underpinnings to expand their work.

Dr Marthin Nanere

Is Green Marketing – a Myth, a Fallacy or Prophecy? Several authors have provided a critique of both theory and practice on green marketing. Dr Marthin Nanere from the Business School presented his discussion around green marketing and showed how eco-labels, can contribute to progress towards greater sustainability. Taking eco labels into account and integrating it with the principles of green marketing provide opportunities for gaining competitive advantage. His paper makes a meaningful contribution to the field of responsible marketing.

In addition to the conference, there was a two-day Faculty Development Program on Responsible Marketing to help faculty and doctoral students develop curriculum and cases for teaching Responsible Marketing. In the photograph below are the participants and members of the Faculty Development Program.  The Faculty Development Program was conducted by faculty from XLRI and La Trobe University. Both days had highly stimulating sessions that concluded in awarding the best team a prize for their outlined curriculum.

The buzz surrounding the conference, the sessions featuring practitioners and how they approach responsible marketing, the academic debates on responsibility and ethics whetted the audience’s appetite. La Trobe staff and students were proud to be part of this amazing conference as engaged and valued members.

Epping Secondary College VCE Business Forum at La Trobe Business School

By Erin Basinski

On Friday 17th February the Year 10 VCE and Year 11 Business Management Students from Epping Secondary College were invited to La Trobe University to take part in the 2017 VCE Business Forum.

The day began in the Szental Lecture Theatre where our students joined other VCE students from Lalor Secondary College, Macleod College and St Helena Secondary College. We were introduced to our first keynote speaker, Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship Mr Antony Jacobson, who teaches at La Trobe Business School. The main focus of Mr Jacobson’s talk centered on the theme: “Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do!” It was inspiring to hear his personal success stories. We were in awe when we discovered that Antony set up his first national franchise when he was only 17 years of age and still a student in Year 11. He spoke about the importance of a positive mindset particularly if we want to be successful in the future. “Be passionate, excite, and use passion in all that you do. Set the bar high. Never low, never in the middle, but high.” Professor of Practice Antony Jacobson said.

The rest of the day was then broken into three sessions. Our first session was with Roman Peretiako who is an associate Lecturer of Marketing at La Trobe Business School. We had the opportunity to discuss topics such as; what is Marketing, Market Segmentation and Target Markets. We were given the opportunity to come up with our own business concept and we were asked to consider the Marketing Mix:

  • PRODUCT – style, features, quality, brand
  • PRICE – How much should a business charge to recover the costs of marketing
  •  PLACE – How does a consumer obtain the product, physical retailer, online, factory outlet?
  • PROMOTION – What methods can be used to get a consumer’s attention, interest and desire?

Our second session was with Simon Crone who is the Manager of Content Development Programs at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Mr Crone presented an interesting look at accounting and spoke about the importance of budgeting in the world of business. He too shared personal stories from his own career which demonstrated a strong personal commitment to the local community.

Our final session for the day was with Professor of Practice in Management Janet Rusell, at La Trobe Business School. In this workshop we had an opportunity to take a closer look at the iconic Australian juice brand, “Boost”. The main focus of this workshop was to think about a business concept, its development and its structure. We spoke about the sources of finance to help establish a start-up business, business locations and external factors that businesses need to consider when writing up a business plan.

Overall it was an enjoyable day which allowed us to see the bigger picture as to what our subject Business Management will cover this year. It was exciting to think that this year we will be given the opportunity to formulate our own business ideas and create a business plan with the hope to run our own business later on in the year.

Thank you to Ms Kanisiadis, Ms Hooper and Mrs Clark for organising and attending on the day.

Emerging Scholar of Distinction – LBS Associate Professor Jennifer Laing

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Associate Professor Jennifer Laing of the Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe Business School, has been recognised as an Emerging Scholar of Distinction for 2017 by the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. The Academy was created to further the scholarly research and professional investigation of tourism and its membership of Fellows is comprised of highly accomplished tourism researchers from around the world. Up to three scholars receive this award every two years and applicants must be within 10 years of completing their PhD. It acknowledges Jennifer’s contribution to tourism research and her substantial publication track record of innovative, ground breaking research in top tier journals. This body of work includes 14 A* and 14 A ranked journal articles and theoretical contributions to knowledge in four main research areas – travel narratives, the social dimension of events, the role of tourism in rural and regional development and health and wellness tourism. As part of this award, Jennifer will attend the Academy Conference in Guangzhou, China in May 2017 and present on her work to the Fellows.

 

Presitigious international award for edited book on the wine industry, including chapter by LBS researchers

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By Paul Strickland

Earlier this year, an edited book was published titled Successful Social Media & Ecommerce Strategies in the Wine Industry, edited by Gergely Szolnoki (Geisenheim University) , Liz Thach (Sonoma State University Wine Business Institute) and Dani Kolb (Manager, Kellen Europe).

Chapter 5 in the nine chapter book is The use of Social Media in the Wine Event Industry: A case study of the High Country Harvest in Australia authored by Paul Strickland (LBS), Kim M. Williams (William Angliss Institute), Jennifer Laing (LBS) and Warwick Frost (LBS) from La Trobe Business School and William Angliss Institute. The book was written to focus on social media and ecommerce strategies currently being used in the wine industry and provides case studies of successful strategies that others may implement.

The editors submitted the book to the esteemed International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), and on the evening of 17 October 2016 in Paris, the book won in the category ‘wine economy’.

Le Jury des Prix

De l’Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin décerne á

Gergely Szolnoki, Liz Thach et Dani Kolb

La Mention spéciale 2016 en Economie Vitivinicole

Pour le livre

Successful Social Media & Ecommerce Strategies in the Wine Industry

Editions Palgrave Macmillan

The awards presented every year by the OIV Award Jury are an international reference and recognized in the wine world. See the OIV website.

More information on the book can be found, here.

Full reference of the book chapter that La Trobe Business School contributed to:

Strickland, P., Williams, K.M., Laing, J. and Frost, W. (2016). ‘The use of Social Media in the Wine Event Industry: A case study of the High Country Harvest in Australia’ In G. Szolnoki, L. Thach and D. Kolb (eds), Successful Social Media & Ecommerce Strategies in the Wine Industry, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp: 74-92.

The photos supplied by Gergely, Liz, and Dani show the enthusiam of the evening along with a BIG thank you to all the authors of the book chapters.

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Department of Economics and Finance, LBS, Choice Modelling Workshop a major success

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La Trobe Business School’s Department of Economics and Finance hosted a well-attended and highly successful Choice Modelling Workshop on 15 July 2016, at La Trobe’s City Campus. The workshop brought together international and Australian researchers on choice modelling and was organised by LBS academics A/Professor Buly Cardak and Dr Peter Sivey (RMIT). Presenters came from Monash University, University of Melbourne, UniSA, La Trobe University and the University of Kent, with most Melbourne and some interstate universities represented by academic staff and PhD candidates. It was pleasing and exciting to see both Marketing and Economics researchers presenting in and attending the same forum.

Choice modelling is a specialisation in empirical or applied research that sits between the use of survey data and the use of experiments. It involves researchers providing variation in hypothetical survey questions in order to elicit the preferences of survey respondents. There are many researchers in Australia using these methods in environmental, health and transport economics and in marketing.

Presenters and guests were welcomed by Head of La Trobe’s ASSC College, Professor Tony McGrew. The day involved a diverse range of research presentations, including a paper by Professor Tony Scott (University of Melbourne) that investigated how much time doctors and specialists want to spend working in public hospitals; a paper by Professor Harmen Oppewal (Monash University) that studied how the marketing of tourist destinations to time constrained tourists; a paper by Professor Iain Fraser (University of Kent at Canterbury and LBS) that used eye tracking to test what parts of packaging respondents were looking at when making food choices; and a paper by Professor John Rose (University of South Australia) that investigated people’s car purchasing choices under budget constraints, with interesting findings about choices after people are forced to make budgeting allowances when planning a car purchase.

These are details of only some of the presentations, information about all seven presentations and in some cases, slides and papers are available, here.

Guests and presenters left the workshop excited and inspired about the research presented and were hopeful that the Choice Modelling Workshop might become an annual event.

LBS Tourism and Hospitality International Study Program (THS3ISP) to Vietnam.

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On 27th June 2016, LBS’s Paul Strickland and Tanya Thornton accompanied twenty one students studying either a Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality), Bachelor of Business (Event Management) or Bachelor of Business (Event Management/Marketing) from Bundoora and Bendigo campuses for a 14 days study program in Vietnam.

The Tourism and Hospitality International Study Program subject was designed to highlight tourism, hospitality and event related activities, including a range of different dining and gastronomic experiences, various levels of accommodation standards, tourism activities for westerners and the legacy of war. The entire program included breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in a variety of dining environments including set menu, buffet and cooking classes. Sampling all the delicious local cuisine was one of the highlights of the tour.

Commencing our program in Hanoi, lectures took place at Hanoi (Hanu) University where local students studying LTU programs joined in one-on-one discussions. After city tours, rickshaw rides and a water puppet show, we travelled by bus to the World Heritage listed Ha Long Bay for an unforgettable two day stay on a large 28 cabin boat which we had all to ourselves. Students were able to swim, play volleyball, explore limestone caves and kayak in amazing scenery. The itinerary took us to three other cities including Hue, Hoi-An and Hoi Chi Minh City where we soaked up the sunshine with glorious tours of temples, beautiful heritage architecture, solemn war museums and Australian battlefields.

There are simply too many student activities to list, but the program also encompassed many charity restaurants which aim to help street kids train in hospitality and better their lives. We celebrated two birthdays while we were away, singing Karaoke and dancing at a Sky bar, and we relaxed in a resort pool, but to know the rest you’d have to come along and experience it for yourself. Student feedback after the trip; ‘10/10’, ‘wouldn’t change a thing’ and ‘a much better way to learn’…. however, these comments were made before three more assessment tasks were due!

LBS researchers aim to understand different perspectives on disability in the workplace

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It is estimated that there are more than 2.2 million Australians with disabilities, but fewer than half are employed. Rates of unemployment are especially high among individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Some organisations are developing proactive and innovative steps to support employees with autism. One example is the Dandelion Program, a unique partnership among Government (Australian Department of Human Services), corporation (HPE) and social enterprise (Specialisterne).

Dr Jennifer Spoor and Professor Timothy Bartram from the LBS Department of Management and Marketing have been working with the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) to research the impact of the Dandelion Program for the employees with autism and the organisation itself. It is hoped that this research can be used to support development of similar programs in the future.

From 5th to 9th August 2016, Dr Jennifer Spoor and Dr Jillian Cavanagh will also be chairing a symposium that will be featured in the All-Academy Theme, 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, in Anaheim, California. The symposium title is ‘Factors Contributing to Meaningful Employment for Individuals with a Disability’.

The symposium brings together diverse research perspectives on disability in the workplace, within Australia and North America.

The symposium includes two papers by La Trobe Business School academics:

‘An Exploratory Study of the Retention of Workers with an Intellectual Disability in the Australian Hotel Sector’ Authors – Hannah Meacham, Amie Southcombe, Jillian Cavanagh and Timothy Bartram. Hannah Meacham is a current La Trobe Business School PhD student and will present her first conference paper at the Academy.

‘The Dandelion Program: Supporting Meaningful Work for Individuals with Autism’ Authors – Jennifer R. Spoor, Darren Hedley, Cheryl Dissanayake, Amanda C. Richdale, Mirko Uljarevic.

You can read more about the Dandelion Program here.

Associate Professor Suzanne Young on fossil fuel divestment.

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Recently, LBS’s Associate Professor Suzanne Young, Head of Department of Management and Marketing, published an article on The Conversation, titled “La Trobe University’s fossil fuel divestment: a small, but significant step”.

In the article, Suzanne Young comments on how La Trobe University becoming the first Australian university to commit to full fossil fuel divestment affects the university as an organisation, and what other Australian universities can do and have done for the environment in the past.

To read the full article, please visit The Conversation website.

The La Trobe Commerce Students Association: An organisation for all LBS students

Commerce Student Association La Trobe University

By Evelyn Palmese

Hi fellow La Trobe Business School Students,

My name is Evelyn Palmese and I am the President of the La Trobe Commerce Students’ Association (CSA) for 2016. This year I will be entering my fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Accounting/ Bachelor of Finance double degree. As a student of La Trobe I understand that students are constantly striving and struggling to maintain a well-balanced university life. I am also highly aware of the stresses and difficulties that students often face when searching for employment for after they have completed their University degree.

Since our inception the CSA has strived to help students have a balanced university experience, by exposing them to professional industry and by providing them with the opportunities and tools that will place them in good stead when seeking employment. We also seek to organize networking opportunities with potential employers and fellow students through various enjoyable and informative events.

The CSA is the official student association on campus, which aims to further the interests of all students who are part of the La Trobe Business School. We are here to help students from all disciplines that fall within the School, including Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing, and Management, just to name a few.

Over the course of the year we will be running a multitude of different events starting with our Career Development Month which will be happening over March and April. During this time students will be able to attend workshops run by leading industries such as EY, CPA, CA and FPA, as well as a large careers expo that will bring together the entire month. There will also be the CSA Ball, and a Q&A panel and networking event, which will give students the opportunity to meet more of their peers and chat with individuals from across the industry. Also, don’t forget to look out for the two careers guides that we will be releasing and our stalls that will be popping up across the Uni during the year.

Being a part of a student society, especially a School based one, is a great way to meet people. It is also a great way to show potential employers that you have a real interest and passion for what you are studying, giving you that extra competitive advantage when applying for jobs.

Therefore I encourage all students from the La Trobe Business School to keep a look out for the CSA around campus, like us on Facebook and really get involved in the events that we have going through the year.

Wishing you all a fun and successful 2016!

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