12 of our biggest business stories from this year

21 December 2020
From research on COVID-19 risk on transport to grads launching face mask company

2020 has been a big year. We take a look back at the twelve most read stories from the University of Sydney Business School.

1. Study on compulsive internet use by teens

Internet addiction in teenagers leads to difficulty regulating emotions. Authored by Dr James Donald from the Discipline of Work & Organisational Studies, the peer-reviewed study was published in July this year. 

2. Dual impact of technology on worker's mental health

Managers have a critical role to play in modelling health behaviour for employees.

With millions of people working from home throughout the coronavirus outbreak, research identified key strategies to safeguard mental health including following a regular routine and turning off unnecessary notifications on devices. 

Associate Professors Helena Nguyen and Anya Johnson, and Dr Shanta Dey from the Discipline of Work & Organisational Studies authored the paper, published in the Australian Journal of Management. 

3. Australians want to work from home more post-COVID

More Australians want to work from home an average of two days per week after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The data monitoring project was a first-of-its-kind, led by Professor David Hensher and Associate Professor Matthew Beck from the Institute of Transport & Logistics Studies. 

4. Chinese investment in Australia falls by over 50 percent

Chinese investment in Australia fell 58 percent from A$8.2 billion in 2018 to A$3.5 billion in 2019. 

The report was co-authored by KPMG Australia and Business School researchers, Professor Hans Hendrischke and Dr Wei Li.

5. Capped Uber and taxi fares to boost public transport

On a scale from one to five, 36 percent of Australians deemed reliability the top priority for improvement.

Around half of all people living in major Australian cities would abandon their private cars if they could travel up to five kilometres to a public transport hub by Uber and taxi for a capped fare of $5.

Led by Professor David Hensher, the Transport Opinion Survey is the only regular national survey to measure public opinion on transport-related issues. 

6. Meet the new Australian-Chinese entrepreneurs

Chinese-Australian entrepreneurs start companies at a young age, are highly likely to be Australian university graduates and act as a bridge between the two countries' economies.

A joint report by the University of Sydney Business School and KPMG Australia, The New Chinese Australian Entrepreneurs was published in September. 

7. Australians concerned about hygiene on public transport

Preliminary findings on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Australians' travel activities suggest over 80 percent of respondents are concerned about hygiene on public transport.

The survey was conducted by Professor David Hensher and Associate Professor Matthew Beck from the Institute of Transport & Logistics Studies

8. Why single, older women without children face economic insecurity

"I feel as I don’t have family responsibilities, more is expected of me": participant.

A first-of-its-kind study examining the economic security of single, older women without children has busted the myth that people without children have uninterrupted careers and healthy retirement savings.

The collaborative research project was led by Associate Professor Myra Hamilton from the Discipline of Work & Organisational Studies and involved the University of NSW and Curtin University, funded by CPA Australia. 

9. Why Australia shouldn't abandon international education

The proposition that Australia's public universities should retreat from the international education market, including China, and focus largely or even solely on domestic students is based on a "false binary".

In a comprehensive discussion paper prepared at the request of the Asia Taskforce, Professor John Shields (Academic Director – International), outlines ten key actions universities and government can take to achieve diversity and sustainability for the sector. 

10. Sydney graduates launch face mask to protect against air pollution

With the help of the Sydney Genesis startup program, graduates Elias and Isaac Honor launched an innovative new face mask to protect against air pollution.

The idea behind AusAir came when the brothers and friend Jack Graham travelled to Shenzhen in China (pre-COVID). 

11. Business School achieves 'triple crown' accreditation

Abercrombie Building at the University of Sydney Darlington campus.

The University of Sydney Business School cemented its place among the world's leading providers of business education with accreditation from AMBA, a leading authority on postgraduate management studies. 

12. Double win for employability program for international students

Our employability program, Job Smart, was recognised by The Educator in their inaugural Higher Education Innovative Universities 2020 list in June.

After reimagining the employability program for international students, Job Smart Edge won a prestigious global education award in December, winning the overall Global Education Award in this year’s QS Reimagine Education awards.  

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