Making sense and managing institutional complexity

Investigators: Dr Ilkka Ojansivu; Dr Erik Mooi

Partner/Sponsor: Australian & New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC)

Year: 2018

Government-to-government exchange is an important phenomenon involving historically contingent disciplinary boundaries, with norms and codes of conduct residing beneath conscious awareness, but which shape the exchanges with other disciplines, firms, and funding bodies.  For example, the networks between grant providers and universities are institutionally complex, yet serve as an interesting type of B2B marketing exchange. This research will study the networks between grant providers and universities to make sense of the institutional complexity within university–government exchange; provide recommendations for universities to manage this complexity; and advance the cultural-cognitive theory of business networks.

The impact of workplace environment on food consumption decisions

Investigators: Assoc. Professor Jill Lei; Assoc. Professor Anish Nagpal

Year: 2017 - 2018

Most initiatives aimed at reducing over-consumption (and obesity) have focused on consumption scenarios outside the workplace. Yet Australian consumers who experience the fastest rate of increase in obesity typically spend a majority of their daytime in the workplace where multiple food decisions are made. Therefore, the key objective of this project is to investigate what factors influence employees’ food decisions in the workplace and how these decisions affect their personal well-being and work performance.  This project will investigate whether the environmental and social factors in a workplace can affect employees’ food choices and consumption volume; and whether these food decisions have downstream effects on employees’ personal well-being, performance on work-related tasks, and employee group dynamics.