From our Deans

Welcome to the first edition of the new magazine from the Faculty of Business and Economics – EXCHANGE. We are moving into an exciting phase of growth and development focused on enhancing our applied research outcomes, expanding our curriculum, and bolstering our connections with industry.

EXCHANGE presents important advances in research, teaching and practice at the Faculty, as well as expert commentary on pressing societal and economic issues, and profiles the alumni that are shaping the world of business and economics.

In this first issue we investigate corporate social responsibility in practice and our experts analyse the government's tax concession scheme for small business and the impact of Indonesia's resources boom. David Byrne and Leslie Martin explore how customers are saving money and the environment using smart meter data, and we investigate advances in teaching to improve financial literacy. Our cover story profiles ground-breaking research at the forefront of decision neuroscience; crossing disciplinary boundaries to shed new light of how we make financial decisions.

The Melbourne Institute has been powering economic and social insight for Australia for over fifty years. Here we profile new findings from the Institute on income, wellbeing and happiness in Australia, and explore how research can help end the cycle of homelessness.

The Centre of Workplace Leadership was established to advance management practices and workplaces. Peter Gahan explores what it will take to lead the future of work, and we consider the role of leadership and diversity management in creating positive workplaces.

Howard Dick analyses the tradition of Asian Family Business and we speak to Wendy Yap about her experience at the helm of Sari Roti, which she has grown to capture 90% of the bread market in Asia, excluding Japan.

As we prepare to launch our new Master of Entrepreneurship, we ask some successful alumni entrepreneurs for their top tips to make it in the world of start-up business.