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Meet our new Professor of Practice Stuart Black

LBS has appointed a new Professor of Practice, Stuart Black. Business Newsroom sat down with Stuart and asked him what brought him to LBS and how he’ll be approaching his new role.

Stuart Black PoP LBS

Professors of Practice

LBS has been appointing Professors of Practice since 2015. Professors of Practice have significant experience in business, public or the not-for-profit sectors, and play a key role in facilitating links between the La Trobe Business School and industry. They contribute to the design of industry relevant curriculum, they reflect best practice nationally and internationally, and they conduct lectures, workshops and executive programs. Because of their extensive industry experience, they can provide students with unique professional and practical insights into the business world.

About Stuart

Stuart recently retired from Deloitte after driving the “analytics inside” agenda as a senior partner. Some of his key responsibilities at Deloitte involved the Data Asset Agenda, analytics-enabled innovation, the development of decoupled platforms & products, analytics-enabled transformation of audit, tax and financial advisory services as well as cultural transformation of professional staff around innovation & analytics. Prior to Deloitte, Stuart worked as a Strategy Principal at National Australia Bank, as a Principal for A.T. Kearney (Sydney, Melbourne, Asia) and as Senior Consultant for Andersen Consulting in the US, UK and Malaysia. Stuart is also on the La Trobe Business School Master of Business Analytics Advisory Board.

Welcome to the La Trobe Business School Stuart. How did you get involved with LBS?

A few years ago, I was approached by LBS to join the Master of Business Analytics Advisory Board. As a board member from industry, I provided insight on what the industry is looking for in graduates, particularly the skills and experiences graduates need to have when they finish their degree. Then, in 2018, around the same time that I retired as a partner from Deloitte, LBS was introducing the School of Disruption concept, something I found very interesting, and they were in the midst of developing the Bachelor of Digital Business. The Data Analytics team then approached me and asked me to be involved with developing course material, particularly the cornerstone and the capstone course for this new degree. This eventually led to becoming a Professor of Practice. 

How are you approaching your role as Professor of Practice?

To me, my role has three elements. Firstly, there is the teaching element, delivering subjects from a practice-driven perspective. Secondly, I am working with a group of like-minded academics from across LBS to bring the concept of disruption into LBS’ courses and materials across the board. Lastly, using my industry connections. How do we connect the university with the outside world and bring the outside world into the university environment? For the subjects I developed, I contacted people in my network and got them involved as well. It creates unique learning opportunities for students, having industry people discussing disruption in the real world through guest lectures, short videos, etcetera.

LBS welcomes Stuart on board!

Teaching excellence recognised with LTSU Teaching Award

Eshan Arya has been awarded the LTSU Teaching Award 2018. Eshan came to Australia from India and started at La Trobe College  (previously La Trobe Melbourne). He continued studying at La Trobe University and completed a Bachelor in Economics and a Master in International Relations with Honours. He currently is close to completing his PhD at LTU. Business Newsroom sat down with Eshan to ask him about his LTU journey, his teaching career at LBS, and of course the LTSU Teaching Award.


Eshan receiving the LTSU Teaching Award 2018


Congratulations with the LTSU Teaching Award 2018! Can you tell us a little bit more about the award?

The LTSU (La Trobe University Student Union) Teaching Award aims to recognise an academic who has shown exceptional dedication to the student learning experience. Nominations are judged by a selection panel and then, if enough nominations are received, the top five nominees put to an online poll for students to vote. The nominee with the most votes is assessed as the winner.

What is it about your teaching that students love?

I think my students nominated me because I always strive to understand their perspective and do not generalise the overall student community. While I adhere to the rules and regulations, I truly try to understand what each individual is going through in their lives and why their actions are focussed in certain directions.

I am known as a tough marker and have never shown any favouritism and yet my students have been nominating me for three years in a row – this could be for a variety of reasons. I believe apart from innovative teaching, bringing in industry examples, simplifying concepts, getting perks to the classroom and having deep knowledge in the subject, there are other traits that students’ value more which I strive to develop in myself. These traits refer to maintaining a bias free environment in the classroom which is non-judgemental and respectful towards differing opinions. Maintaining a bully free classroom, encouraging students to embrace multiculturalism and to learn from diversity around them.

Apart from business studies and concepts I groom my students to think outside of the box, to respect diverse lifestyle choices of their peers and not to engage in any form of sexism or discriminatory ideas or behaviour. I also challenge my students to push their own boundaries rather than comparing them with their peers. I also go out of the way to answer their doubts and provide them a constructive feedback. I believe the key in my teaching is having a genuine respect for all individuals and their lives and not treating them as a commodity.

Tell us a bit about your longstanding LTU journey

I started my journey in Australia as a student with La Trobe College (LTC). I did a pathway diploma program as my previous degrees were in Physics/Science from India, and I was shifting to business studies. At LTC I met very skilled and student centric teachers. Their approachable nature, knowledge in the subject area along with an engaging teaching style not only harboured my keenness in business studies, but also laid the foundations of my own teaching style later.

Upon finishing the program, I completed my Bachelor in Economics and Master in International Relations with Honours at LTU.  As a student at LTU, I was particularly impressed with the teaching style of Dr. Jan Libich, Dr. David Walker, Dr. Daniel Bray, Dr. Rosemarie Edillon and Dr. Tim Thornton who showed exceptional innovative teaching styles that inspired me. I find the teaching style of my colleague Pablo Ahumada very inspirational too.

I started teaching economics in 2011/12. My lecturers remembered me as a star student: I was best in class, won three Dean’s commendation awards and three La Trobe Gold awards. This definitely worked in my favour when I was looking for teaching opportunities.

Dr. David Walker, Dr. Bret Slade and Dr. Rosemarie Edillon were my first employers. I’m very grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to teach. They believed in me, even though I had no prior teaching experience. I have taught various subjects: States Security & International Relations, Modern World Economy, Business in a Globalised World, Interpersonal skills & conflict management, Foundations of Management, Business Foundations, Big Ideas in Business and Organisational Change & Development. Currently I am teaching various bachelor and master subjects.

You have definitely built a great teaching portfolio at LBS. Besides your PhD and teaching, do you have time for other things?

Besides teaching at LTU, I teach Maths and English to High school students of refugee backgrounds for multiple city councils as a volunteer. I also teach Karate. As a 6th Dan Black Belt I teach Karate and Kickboxing to youth at risk under a special youth engagement program of my local city council.

Innovative Teaching is Rewarded

At La Trobe Business School, Teaching Awards and Teaching Support Staff Awards in our College reflect the extent to which our academics are able to make a real difference to student satisfaction and experience.  This year, there were five College Teaching Awards: LBS staff picked up three of the five awards in total.  In addition to the College Academic Staff Teaching Awards, the College also recognises the important role tutors and casual teaching support staff play in supporting academics to deliver a quality student experience. This year LBS staff picked up two of the four awards made.

Winners of the teaching awards were:

Peter Matheis (Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Marketing) for developing effective, engaging and innovative approaches to student learning and collaborative teaching initiatives in Marketing through blended flip-class room designs and resource curricula development

Esin Ozdil (Accounting and Data Analytics) for implementing diverse and timely formal and informal evaluation techniques that improve teaching and enhance students learning experience and engagement in different subject delivery modes

Seema Miglani and Biserka Siladi (Accounting and Data Analytics) for the development and delivery of a multi-campus, third year core subject using blended-learning technologies and resulting in improved levels of students’ satisfaction and understanding of real-word issues of auditing and assurance.

Winners for the Teacher Support Staff  category were:

Muhammad Saqib Manzoor (Economics & Finance) for the effective development of learning materials and co-developing assignments that engage and stimulate students as reflected by the high students satisfaction scores

Saedi Khosroshahi (Economics & Finance) for stimulating the students’ curiosity, encouraging critical thinking and promoting effective communication.


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.

Meet your Teachers – Daniel Nguyen

Daniel is a PhD candidate at La Trobe, and also lectures in finance and economics and has taught at La Trobe since 2012. Originally from Vietnam, Daniel graduated from Foreign Trade University  in Ho Chi Minh City, studying a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours. In the final six months of his degree, Daniel got a job with HSBC in Vietnam. Daniel then moved over to work at HSBC in Hong Kong before getting a scholarship to study his Masters in Financial Analysis at La Trobe. After finishing his Masters, Daniel was afforded the opportunity to be a research assistant at La Trobe. He would then receive a scholarship to complete a PhD at La Trobe, which he will complete in 2017.

During his teaching time at La Trobe, Daniel has lectured and tutored in multiple subjects in the finance and economics disciplines. As of late, Daniel has been a lecturer in the subjects ‘Modelling Econometrics’ and ‘Computational Finance’. As a teacher, Daniel believes that blending of practical examples and theory are the best way of teaching students.

“I just want to make it practical and interesting to my students. (Looking at) what will happen in their life and how we can apply the theory and the knowledge that you have learnt in university to measure something in the real world,” Daniel says.

Daniel has recently been recognised for his outstanding teaching. In July, Daniel won an award from the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the College of ASSC, for “embracing the lecturing role with great enthusiasm, effort and providing a great learning experience”. More precious to Daniel, however, was a teaching award given to him by the La Trobe Student Union.

Daniel at the La Trobe Student Union Awards

“To me the La Trobe Student Union teaching award is the most precious one because it’s voted by my students. This means they realise and appreciate my assistance and my teaching is good to them,” Daniel says.

Exam Advice

Daniel’s advice for students during exams is to stay focused throughout the whole semester. This, he believes, will help students when we come to final exams.

“Education is a lifelong process. (That) means do not wait until the last minute to ask questions because in the last minute, you will be very confused and you will get lost,” Daniel explains.

Daniel says that we should try to go over the final few lectures to prepare for exams.

“Go to the last recorded lecture. I think most lecturers will give you some hints and some guidance for subject revision and especially for the final exam,” Daniel says.

“Usually the final exam just replicates what you’ve learnt during the semester in tutorial exercises and lecture examples so go back over those,” Daniel continues.

This post was originally published on the ‘Wise ASSC’ student blog.

Dr Jasvir Nachatar Singh receives SOTL grant

Recently, LBS lecturer Dr Jasvir Nachatar Singh was awarded a grant from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) fund.

La Trobe University is committed to ensuring high quality learning experiences for students and a culture that recognises and rewards great teaching. Pedagogical practices that enhance the student learning experience are strongly valued. La Trobe Learning and Teaching (LTLT) the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Fund scholarships were created to support these evidence-based practices.

The SOTL Fund consists of a pool of funds supporting:

  • Category A: grants up to $100,000: Projects that will result in significant change across La Trobe and address one of more of the University’s strategic targets in student retention, success, satisfaction and graduate outcomes.
  • Category B: grants of up to $20,000: Proof of concept that could lead to a larger, more significant project; or a small project that will address one or more of the University’s strategic targets in students retention, success, satisfaction and graduate outcomes, within a School or College.
  • Professional development grants: Funding will only be allocated to teaching focussed staff for professional development opportunities. Applicants can apply for up to $3,000.

Dr Jasvir Nachatar Singh’s project is titled ‘Undergraduate International Students Engagement Experiences in a Blended Learning Environment: An Exploratory Study at La Trobe University’. It was selected among large number of applications and is awarded the Category B grant for $20,000.

La Trobe Business School Enrichment and Advancement workshop

By Suzanne O’Keefe

What does the ideal lecturer look like? What important attributes and skills does she possess? How does he motivate and engage students?   Around 60 LBS teaching staff- continuing and sessional, engaged with these questions at a workshop run by Dr Phil Kim from Babson College, Boston on 5th and 6th December.

Babson College is a global authority in entrepreneurship education and aspires to increase an institution’s capacity and capability to deliver high-quality, action-based learning. Their Professional Development is anchored by Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought & Action framework, which seeks to empower staff to embrace a mindset for experimentation and constant pedagogical innovation in their own professional development.

In the LEAP workshop, participants built a prototype of the ideal lecturer and spent two days examining various ways to improve student engagement in our classrooms.  This involved understanding the challenges we face in our classes, and then working on techniques to improve the learning outcomes for our students.  The workshop was very fast paced and hands on, with participants working in small groups on various challenges.  Dr Kim was a very skilled facilitator who kept us all engaged.  It was particularly refreshing for continuing to work with our sessional and teaching team colleagues to be able to work together in this learning environment.  As a result, many participants are now working to include some of the innovations into their teaching in 2017.

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