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Below are listed current Higher Degree by Research candidates and their current projects.
Stakeholders involvement in IOEIMS design
Principal supervisor/s: Dr Craig Parker, Dr Rodney Carr
My study aims to explore what design approaches are effective for developing Inter-organisational Environmental Information Systems (IOEIMS). IOEIMS refer to computer-based IS which are used by two or more organisations to gather and share information about their environmental impact for decision-making, monitoring and/or regulatory compliance.
Sense-making in Business Intelligence Driven Organisations
Principal supervisor: A/P Jacob Cybulski
Co-supervisor: Dr. Yee Ling Boo
My research aims at exploring the use of business intelligence (BI) methods, tools and vast amounts of business data to make sense of an organisation and its operation (also called organisational sense-making). The research will reveal the strengths and weaknesses of BI technology and provide opportunities for its improvement to better support managers in their day-to-day sense-making tasks.
Teachers' perceptions of Information and Communication Technology education in Victoria
Principal supervisor/s: Assoc Prof Annemieke Craig
Associate supervisor/s: Dr Jo Coldwell
Educational policy changes allow schools to choose how the ICT curriculum is delivered to students. This learning area is now generally integrated into other study domains, although a few years ago it was taught as a specialist subject. This research will examine secondary school teachers' perceptions of ICT education, and subsequent impacts on teaching practices and student engagement.
Examining Innovation-translation of RFID technology in Australian hospitals through the ANT Lens
Principal supervisor/s: Dr Lemai Nguyen
Associate supervisor/s: Mr Bardo Fraunholz, Arthur Tatnall (Victoria University)
RFID technology has been proven to improve process efficiencies in large hospitals. However, changes that it introduces to the clinical practice may result in staff resistance and thus affect the quality of collaborative care rendered by the hospital, to patients. This research project seeks to identify and model the relationships and networks that may influence the innovation translation effectively in Australian hospitals.
Securing Organizational Knowledge in the era of Social Media
Principal supervisor/s: Professor Rens Scheepers
Associate supervisor/s: Professor Dineli Mather
Social media has made easier for corporate information leakage to happen. The general purpose of this research project is to identify the key mechanisms that are necessary to protect organizational knowledge assets and the measures on how to mitigate the leaking of sensitive knowledge in organizations through social media.
Business Process Affordances
Principal supervisor/s: Assoc. Prof Jacob Cybulski
Associate supervisor/s: Dr Susan Keller
Business process designers are increasingly being challenged to develop processes that are not only useful in achieving business objectives but also accepted by the process participants and followed in the work place. The research includes a pilot study of business process re engineering project and hermeneutic phenomenological investigation of business process participants and designers, aimed at creating a novel framework for the design of processes based on the application of the theory of affordances, representing action opportunities offered by the environment.
Impact of Information Technology on the Efficient Performance of Accounting Information Systems
Principal supervisor/s: Prof Matt Warren
Associate supervisor/s: Dr Muhammad Islam
Exploring ICT decision making in Australian secondary schools.
Principal supervisor: Dr. Darryl Coulthard
Associate supervisor: Dr. Annemieke Craig
Information and communications technology (ICT) in educational settings continues to be at the heart of debates about 21st century education. Political, economic and community pressure, perhaps unprecedented, place an expectation on schools to continue to incorporate ICT. More than ever, schools are faced with a bewildering array of technologies to merge into management, organisational and learning systems, which are cost-effective, sustainable, and functional. As such, ICT in schools involves many complex, diverse and uncertain decisions. While there is significant research focused on post-implementation ICT with success and failures of ICT roll out and classroom practice at their core, the pre-implementation pathways of ICT realisation in schools, remain largely unexplored.
My research investigates ICT through a non-technological lens. Instead, it aims to unearth and explore the experiences related to ICT decision making, across several organisational areas, situated within Australian secondary schools; in turn, bringing an unexplored, 'whole of school' perspective to educational ICT research. By borrowing and reflecting on the accounts of these experiences, this research unpacks and explores the uniqueness and complexity of educational ICT, and how it is embedded and interacts in the context rich school environment. As an aspect of the intricacies of ICT in secondary schools; this thesis presents a perspective which will prove important if schools are to use ICT with comfort and confidence towards seeing the benefits of ICT.
Cloud Computing Adoption in SMEs in Australia
Principal supervisor/s: Professor Matthew Warren
Associate supervisor/s: Dr William Yeoh
This study aims to develop a Cloud Computing adoption model for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Australia.
A Phenomenological Study of the Role of Trust in Technology-Mediated Inter-Organizational Relationships
Principal supervisor/s: Assoc Prof Jacob Cybulski
Associate supervisor/s: Dr Darryl Coulthard
The proposed study seeks to find out how trust of senior business executives and managers affects and is affected by technology-mediated inter-organizational relationships. The main motivation for this research is in the rapidly evolving nature of business interactions and relationships, which increasingly depend on technology and which alter perceptions of decision makers involved in and influencing these relationships.
The Adoption of Social Media by Australian Banks to communicate with the public
Principal supervisor/s: Prof Matt Warren
Associate supervisor/s: Dr Shona Leitch, Dr Graeme Pye
The project consists of two data collection stages with the outcome of a survey conducted with the Australian Public on the use and adoption of social media informing an in-depth interviewing of key staff involved in social media at selected Australian Banks. The final outcome is to analyze the broader adoption issues related to social media by the banks.
Understanding the Role of Social Media Monitoring in Generating External Intelligence
Principal supervisor/s: Prof. Rens Scheepers
Associate supervisor/s: Dr. Michael Valos (School of Management and Marketing )
Social media data are becoming increasingly critical for businesses to capture, analyze, and utilise in a timely manner. However, the unstructured and distributed nature and volume of this information makes the task of extracting useful and practical information challenging. Given the dynamic evolution of social media and social media monitoring, our current understanding of how social media monitoring can help organisations to create business value is inadequate. As a result, there is a need to study how organisations can (a) extract and analyze social media data related to their business (sensing), and (b) utilize external intelligence gained from social media monitoring for specific business initiatives (seizing). This study uses a qualitative approach with a multiple embedded case study design to understand the phenomenon of social media monitoring and its outcome for organisations. Anticipated contributions are presented.
Toward Sustainability for Small Arts Businesses: A strategic role for information systems and ICT
Principal supervisor/s: Assoc Prof Sharman Lichtenstein
Associate supervisor/s: Dr Darryl Coulthard
Investigating the role of social media in crisis communication
Principle supervisor: Prof. Matthew Warren
Associate supervisor: Dr. Rodney Carr
The advent of social media has changed the way companies communicate with their customers during a crisis situation that pose both a challenge and an opportunity to them. While social media assist companies to communicate better with their customers during a crisis, it is like a stream that can facilitate spreading the crisis. This study tries to understand the role of social media in a crisis life cycle.
Interactive and Evolutionary eBook
Supervisor: Kok-Leong Ong
Online learning is at a turning point, with new technologies to improve the learning experience and engagement. My research aims to develop an interactive and evolutionary eBook. The interactivity factor will be delivered through effective use of new mobile and touch technologies. The evolutionary factor will be provided through data analytics to evolve the eBook's content and to provide a more personalised learning experience. The outcomes of this research will present an alternative to the commonly used Learning Management Systems (LMS). Such an alternative may deliver a more efficient and productive learning environment for individuals against the backdrop of massification in higher learning.
Incrementally learning from text: A cognitive approach
Principal supervisor/s: Assoc Prof Damminda Alahakoon
Associate supervisor/s: Dr. Sumith Matharage
Currently massive amounts of text data have become available due to the introduction of the World Wide Web and increased electronic communication. Text mining has become emerging research area to find patterns in text data. Even though ongoing researches are carried out to model artificial incremental learning systems from text data, relevant models are still in very primitive level when compared with the human learning capabilities. My research aims at implementing a cognitive based incrementally learning text clustering model and further enhances the model by incorporating text semantics.