USQ Professor Peter Murray.
USQ Professor Peter Murray.

Webinar series provides key executive insights

EMPLOYEE engagement was on the agenda when the latest edition of the University of Southern Queensland's (USQ) Executive Insights series was held yesterday.

The half-hour lunchtime series has research leaders from USQ's School of Management and Enterprise take part in question and answer webinars that explore real solutions and offer new thinking around specific challenges facing industry, business and government.

The webinars have a problem-solution format with the industry partner discussing their specific challenge and the researchers sharing how their work can be applied to solve it.

Yesterday's webinar began with an introductory video featuring Ipswich City Council CEO Jim Lindsay discussing employee engagement challenges of the Ipswich City Council.

USQ Professor Peter Murray, who is a Head of the School of Management and Enterprise and a member of USQ's Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development (ACSBD), discussed his research in staff engagement and how it can be applied to the Ipswich City Council scenario and to other organisations to build high performing individuals and teams.

He suggested that trust in leadership, greater role clarity, communication and increases in respect would lead to a set of workplace routines based on increasing morale and job satisfaction.

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Prof Jan Thomas said the series was designed to profile the great research being done by USQ business researchers and how it could benefit industry.

"We are providers of world-class research and this is an example of how our findings and designs can be implemented to make advancements in industry," Prof Thomas said.

"Industry professionals are encouraged to participate and experience how these initiatives can deliver greater value to their organisations."

The next webinar will be Thursday (November 12) and feature Julie Cotter, director of the Centre of Sustainable Business, and her research into the opportunities and challenges of establishing a fresh food transport route to Asia.

For further information on the Executive Insights series and view the four videos, visit



Executive Insights

Q&A webinar series from 12.30m-1pm every Thursday until November 19.

  • November 12: Export value chain with Prof Julie Cotter
  • November 19: Big Data and visualisation with Prof Raj Gururajan

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