The Ruthven Institute Hub

The RI Hub is an alliance between the University of Melbourne and the Ruthven Institute centred on research and curriculum development to improve the profitability and sustainable success of Australian businesses.

The Ruthven Institute (RI) has collected and analysed corporate data over the past five decade in Australia which shows profitability has not improved over that time, and that only 1 in 10 of Australia's 2,000 largest corporations achieve world best practice returns of 22% over any 3-5 year period. Businesses continue to make fundamental strategic errors that hurt the bottom line and Australia's productivity and economic well-being.

The Hub is developing new and exciting teaching materials to bolster Australian business students' capabilities in evidence-based decision making, with a strong focus on the relationship between strategic choices, management and leadership practices and business performance. Training and tools are also in development for corporate clients, with an aim to lift the strategic wisome of Australian C-suites.

Alongside this curriculum development, the Hub houses a program of research designed to interrogate and leverage the RI evidence base to deepen our understanding of the key drivers of sustained success.

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  • Teaching Cases

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  • Research Projects

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  • Hub Staff and Partners

    Professor André Sammartino leads the RI Hub. André is Deputy Head of the Department of Management & Marketing at the University of Melbourne, and has a PhD from Melbourne. He has extensive teaching experience in strategic management, business judgement, consulting and international business subjects. André has published in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies and California Management Review on a range of topics include top management team decision-making, assessment of country risk, and the geographic spread of multinationals. André has been a visitor at Copenhagen Business School, Temple University and Bocconi. He recently received ARC funding for a project on the history of inward foreign direct investment into Australia.

    Dr Rakesh Pati is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Management at the Deakin Business School, Deakin University. Dr Rakesh Pati was the RI Research Fellow for 2019. Prior to U. of Melbourne, Rakesh worked as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Strategy & Entrepreneurship for his predoctoral fellowship University of Minnesota. Rakesh holds a PhD in Strategy & Entrepreneurship, MBA in Marketing & Strategy and Bachelor of Engineering. Rakesh’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business, areas in which he holds extensive experience in research, teaching, industry collaborations, and consulting that spans across USA, Australia and India. He also has wide experience in research grants, industry partnerships, community engagement, coaching and executive teaching. Rakesh has taught courses in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Behavioral Strategy, and Business Judgement at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive levels.

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