How the ‘tyranny of distance’ affects the Australian economy

Technology may have reduced transport and communication costs, giving us instant communication around the world, and turning manufacturing into a network of global supply chains stretching across nations. But my recent research with Marie-Claire Robitaillefound that Australia’s distance from Europe and the United States still imposes enormous costs on our exports. We found the impact of … Read more

The Buy Queensland strategy breaks international trade deals

The Queensland government’s new controversial procurement strategy stacks the deck of public tenders against interstate and international suppliers, and is illegitimate under Australia’s free trade agreements. The strategy, Buy Queensland, is set to start next month. It will apply to all public agencies, statutory bodies and government-owned corporations that purchase goods and services, commission major projects and infrastructure, … Read more

How China could use trade to force North Korea to play nice with the West

North Korea got the world’s attention – and President Donald Trump’s – when it said on July 4 that it had successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time. The weapon, potentially equipped with a nuclear warhead, could reach Alaska. President Trump’s initial reaction included blaming China for letting things get this far. … Read more

The Australia-China Relations Institute doesn’t belong at UTS

Last month eight of Australia’s top journalists visited China for a week as guests of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). They were greeted by top Communist Party officials and toured some of China’s new infrastructure projects. Some (but not all) returned to Australia singing the praises of Chinese … Read more

Supply Management : Strategic Sourcing (ebook)

Author: Sathit Parniangtong This book takes a process approach of identifying, evaluating, selecting, managing and developing suppliers to create more value for customers. It begins by outlining the mental shift necessary to build robust relationships with suppliers. Next, the book details strategic sourcing methodology: a step-by-step approach for creating productive relationships with key suppliers, providing … Read more

New research resource available for entrepreneurs!

We currently have a short trial of the ProQuest Entrepreneurship Database. This database bridges theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly – including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings – to a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample … Read more

The sweet fruits of exporting

“Manbulloo Mangoes Managing Director Marie Piccone has spent the last decade building a mango empire. Thanks to her horticultural background, talented team, hard work and innovation, Manbulloo now has farms scattered across Northern Australia. With 800 hectares to play with, Manbulloo produces thousands of tonnes of premium mangoes each year. In 2015, supermarket giant Coles gave … Read more

Aussie company innovates with B2B matching

“Using modern technology, business matching company Matchboard is redefining the way companies, suppliers and clients find each other. Matchboard is a free online service using proprietary software to match buyers with suppliers in the niche area of customer acquisition, customer service and customer experience. Founder Sharon Melamed said that, after 20 years in senior sales roles for … Read more