ACAB News and Events

Year of the Water Dragon

The Australian Centre for Asian Business is dedicated to expanding the knowledge and research capacity of its academic community through a wide range of means, particularly exposure to high-quality diverse schools of thought.

If there are any specific events and/or collaborations you would like to see ACAB involved in, please contact Professor Ying Zhu


27 - 28 March 2017

Australia-Korea Special Workshop

ACAB supported the special workshop to enhance Australia-Korea relationship and promote Korean studies in Australia at Bradley Forum. The participants and invitees were high profile members from Australia-Korea Business Council, Korean Studies Association of Australasia, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and leading scholars from Korean and Australian universities and government think-tanks.

31 January & 3 February 2017

Assessing Vietnam Attractiveness for FDI, an Industry Perspective

Professor Jean-Paul Lemaire of ESCP-EAP Paris campus presented a workshop titled “Assessing Vietnam Attractiveness for FDI, an industry perspective”. View Professor Jean-Paul's bio here.

December 2016

Chinese Language Teachers' Conference

Professor Ying Zhu presented a key note speech at Victoria Chinese Language Teachers’ conference organised by Melbourne University Confucius Institute and the Chinese Language Teacher’ Association.


November 2016

The Emerging 'Middle Class' in China: Compared with the West



In conjunction with the School of Commerce and the Australian Centre for Asian Business, Professor Malcolm Warner gave a public seminar on 10 November at UniSA. Professor Malcolm Warner is currently Professor and Fellow Emeritus, Wolfson College, Cambridge and Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK. He has taught and researched at a number of US and UK universities, including Stanford and Columbia, as well as the LBS and Henley. He is also Co-Editor of the 'Asia Pacific Business Review'. His main interests are in Asian management, with a particular emphasis on HRM, IR and OB.

 His most recent publications include: Warner, M. and Goodall, K. (eds.) (2009) Management training and development in China: educating managers in a globalized economy. Abingdon, Oxon and New York, NY: Routledge. Warner, M. (ed.) (2011) Confucian HRM in Greater China: theory and practice. London: Routledge.Nankervis, A., Cooke, F.L., Chatterjee, S. and Warner, M. (2012) New models of human resource management in China and India. London: Routledge.Warner, M. (ed.) (2012) Managing across diverse cultures in East Asia: issues and challenges in a changing globalized world. London: Routledge. Witzel, M. and Warner, M. (eds.) (2013) The Oxford handbook of management theorists. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Warner, M. (2014) Understanding management in China: past, present and future. London: Routledge.

View the presentation here

July 2016

Webinar: How to benefit from the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

The Australian Centre for Asian Business at the University of South Australia received funding from the Australian Government as part of the Free Trade Agreement Training Provider Grant to conduct a range of information and training workshops to assist small business to understand and explore business opportunities with China as a result of the recently signed Free Trade Agreement between China and Australia (ChAFTA).

Attend a free webinar - more information

June 2016

Understanding of FTAs, finance and red tape top Australian traders’ concerns

National Trade Survey 2016

Lack of understanding of free trade agreements, shortages of finance and excessive red tape are the three leading concerns identified by Australian international trade businesses, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s National Trade Survey 2016 has revealed.

The latest edition of the annual National Trade Survey gauged the attitudes of 202 international trade businesses via a questionnaire. Further insights were gleaned from 27 in-depth interviews with individual case studies.

Key findings from the National Trade Survey 2016 include:

  • understanding of the rules and regulations of Australia’s free trade agreements is low;
  • small and medium enterprises are troubled by limited access to funding; and
  • businesses of all sizes have high concerns over excessive red tape in doing business in both established and emerging markets.

The survey also found that a majority of respondents consider potential free trade agreements with India and Indonesia to be key government priorities.

James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “The National Trade Survey 2016 demonstrates that the business community remains committed to free trade and the removal of trade barriers.

“This is why I am troubled by the growing protectionism rhetoric in the election campaign.

The Productivity Commission has found that trade barriers and subsidies cost Australian businesses and households billions of dollars a year. This is because trade barriers increase costs and subsidies divert taxpayer funds, unfairly favouring some industries at the expense of others.

“Both the Government and the Opposition would be wise to embrace free trade. To succeed in a global economy Australia must embrace trade and engage economically with the rest of the world.

"With the economies of Asia growing rapidly, Australia is at the geographic centre of global growth and we cannot be an economic island if we are to survive and, indeed, thrive.  

“The Australian Chamber’s Top 10 in 10 outlines policies that will return Australia to the top 10 of global competitiveness within 10 years. Improving our international competitiveness involves ensuring that businesses have access to trade markets and have the tools and support to maximise opportunities.

“Australia’s traders are tenacious, innovative and resilient. Proper support from government is needed to ensure they are not shut out of key markets or repelled by global headwinds.”

The National Trade Survey 2016 was produced in partnership between the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the University of South Australia’s Australian Centre for Asian Business.

Professor Susan Freeman, Dean of Postgraduate and Executive Programs at the University of South Australia, said international traders needed support to develop trade opportunities in emerging Asian markets.

“As advanced markets are more competitive and now have less growth potential, we need to support more Australian SMEs to trade with Asian emerging markets where the real growth potential is more apparent”. 


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