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ECU Business Flashlight Events

Tuesday, 27 December 2016


In 2016, the Research Office of the School of Business and Law launched the ECU Business Flashlight events, a forum for academic researchers to engage in a collaborative dialogue with industry and government on issues in business and management.

In September, over 60 HR professionals and academics attended the Flashlight event, Towards Dignity and Respect at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Opened by Vice Chancellor Professor Steven Chapman, the forum provided different perspectives and the implications of negative work place behaviours, specifically bullying and abuse.

Guest speakers included, Dean of the School of Business and Law, Associate Professor Maryam Omari, Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Tax Office, Tim Roach and President of the Australian Human Resource Management Institute WA, Helen Sitlington.

The guest speakers spoke of the impact that workplace harassment has on individuals and organisations, as well as the tools available to handle instances of harassment and ways to initiate prevention strategies. A Q&A panel followed the presentations with participation from speakers, HR professionals and academics.

In November, the second Flashlight event, Leadership and Innovation in the era of Disruption, was held in conjunction with KPMG. ECU’s Vice Chancellor, members of the university executive, industry management consultants and senior leaders made up the 80 people in attendance at KPMG on St George’s Terrace.

The event focussed on innovation and how managers can lead organisations with minimal instability. Guest speakers included Dr Charles Hampden-Turner, a Harvard graduate and management philosopher currently working as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at ECU, Pi-Shen Seet, and Professor of Employment and Industry at ECU, Kerry Brown.

Following presentations from the guest speakers, a forum was held along with a networking event for attendees. Special thanks to Denise McComish, Partner at KPMG.
ECU Business Flashlight will continue to grow with three more exciting events due to take place in 2017.

For more information about ECU Business Flashlight, please contact Associate Professor Hadrian Djajadikerta, Associate Dean Research, School of Business and Law, at


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