Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand calls for stronger collaboration between businesses and universities to ensure the research is relevant to the challenges which face industry and the public sector on the back of their Thought Leadership Forum ‘Improving collaboration and innovation between commerce and business researchers’.
A recent Parliamentary enquiry into Australia’s future in research and innovation found that Australia’s level of research collaboration between universities and business is amongst the lowest in the OECD.
The Forum held in Melbourne promoted partnership between universities, business faculties and the world of business and government.
Head of Academic Relations, Dr James Guthrie said the promotion of partnerships and deeper collaboration between researchers and business need to be focused on innovation in relations to management, finance and accounting, technology and other business disciplines.
“We need to start developing better relationships between industry and academia – there is so much potential that is not being realised and we need to foster collaboration,
“Education institutions also need to look at their structure and the impact of the disciplines and current ways of teaching,
“Business faculties have only just started to tap into entrepreneurship and innovation – and finding ways to implement into programs of studies,
“We know the potential of these partnerships and will work with universities, business faculties and the business sector to ensure collaboration, but to also ensure that universities start to rethink disciplines,” Dr Guthrie said.
Key academics from around the world, including: Distinguished Professor James Guthrie, Head of Academic Relations at Chartered Accountants ANZ, Professor Garry Carnegie from RMIT University, Professor Christian Nielson from Aalborg University Denmark, Tim Fawcett, Chairman of Cisco’s ANZ Social Innovative Committee, Professor Ann Brewer from of University of Newcastle, Professor Philomena Leung from Macquarie University, Dr Roger Burritt from Australian National University and Professor Barry Cooper from Deakin University discussed various approaches to assist with industry engagement and the way forward for commerce and business researchers.