PhD Proposal Presentations in February
Thursday, 10 February 2011
PhD proposal presentations will be held on Wednesday 16 February, in Building 2 on the Joondalup campus.
Faculty of Business and Law staff and students are invited to attend two PhD proposal presentations on Wednesday 16 February.
Two students, Maria Agustini and Raju Dhakal, will be presenting their proposals on ‘Internationalisation decision making process in manufacturing small firms: the case in Indonesia’ and ‘Evaluating residential satisfaction of an innovative dual water supply system and water sensitive urban design’, respectively.
Maria Agustini – ‘Internationalisation decision making process in manufacturing small firms: the case in Indonesia’
Date: Wednesday 16 February
Time: 2.00 pm
Venue: JO 2.380
Small firms are becoming increasingly international in their orientation, and extensive research in this area has been conducted over the last few decades. However, it has been focused on factors affecting the internationalisation and the stage of internationalisation. Very little research addresses how internationalisation decisions in small firms are made. This research explores the process of making an internationalisation decision in small firms and also examines the influence of the managerial decision-making style.
A qualitative study will be carried out to generate a model of theory building from actual phenomena of managers’ experiences and perceptions underlying their ways of making a decision. The research will be conducted in Indonesia and is aimed at managers of small manufacturing firms. Questionnaires and in-depth interviews will be the data collection instruments. Preliminary data collection will be undertaken and thematic analysis applied to interpret the behavioural phenomena of managers. The result will provide practical and scholarly contributions as well as insights into small firm internationalisation decision making processes and managerial decision-making styles.
Raju Dhakal - ‘Evaluating residential satisfaction of an innovative dual water supply system and water sensitive urban design’
Date: Wednesday 16 February
Time: 3.00 pm
Venue: JO 2.443 (Val Pervan boardroom)
Over a period of 30 years, pressures on water resources have increased due to population growth and climate change that widen the gap between water demand and supply. Traditional water supply systems are deemed to be insufficient to meet the gap. Therefore, alternative systems are being considered in utility planning for sustainable water resource management at each scale of planning.
For the first time in WA, the authorities and a willing developer have developed a community level dual water supply system using local groundwater in the water-sensitive subdivisional development of Brighton. Community perceptions in relation to alternative water systems seem to be important for their long term development but they are not yet well understood.
This research will investigate the determinants of residential satisfaction with a new water supply; behavioural changes for water conservation and the impact of these two on overall urban design in new water-sensitive urban developments. Research findings can provide guidelines to urban planners and developers as well as water utilities. This research will use a control suburb with similar characteristics to Brighton but without a community based groundwater supply. The study will use a mixed methodology with focus group discussions; household surveys and secondary data analysis. To explore urban planning and design issues interviews will be conducted with key representatives of the development industry, state and local governments and the Water Corporation. Participants in the community survey will be selected using stratified random design on the basis of the lot size and proximity to public parks. Questionnaires will be administered using a drop-and-pick-up method.
Along with descriptive statistics, correlation analysis and fit tests, multiple regression modelling and MANOVAwill be applied for developing a model of residential satisfaction with an innovative water management scheme in water sensitive urban design.