Details for University of South Australia Business School

Participant Status


Type of Organization


Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral


Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Sign Up Date to PRME

26 Jul 2011

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

16 Mar 2016

Sharing Information on Progress (2016)

UniSA Business School 2016 - View Report

Period Covered: Jan 2012 to Jan 2012

UniSA Business School 2016 UN PRME report

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The development of individual courses such as Business and Society (a core compulsory course at the undergraduate level), Managing Business Ethics (at the postgraduate level), and Ethics, Governance and Sustainability (a core compulsory course for MBA students), and degree options such as the Bachelor of Laws, and the MBA (Sustainable Business), allow for extensive discussion, debate, and reflection on the responsibilities of professionals as managers, practitioners, employees and customers, and the professional capabilities necessary for participation in a sustainable society.

In support of the University’s commitment to the achievement of national reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, enshrined in its founding Act, the UniSA Business School has incorporated content related to developing an understanding of Indigenous Australian culture, history and contemporary experience, in two of its eight undergraduate core courses, Business and Society, and Management Principles. Other courses, such as Property Law and Constitutional Law, also develop knowledge and awareness of Indigenous issues, as they relate to business, management, and law.

The UniSA Legal Advice Clinic was launched in February 2011, and in October 2011,
assisted by funds from the Law Foundation of South Australia, opened an outreach
service to provide free advice and assistance to users of the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court. Consistent with the UniSA Business School’s values of social justice and equity, its students aim to assist unrepresented litigants where there is a power imbalance.

The Global Experience program, an exciting intercultural initiative, designed to help students manage in an international context. was awarded the State Governor's Multicultural Award for 2011 under the Youth Organisation category for its encouragement of youth engagement in community organisations and its leadership in the promotion of the positive influence of cultural diversity within the UniSA community.

Over the coming three years, key areas of focus will include:
* The expansion of the Legal Advice Clinic with an outreach service to support the communities located in Adelaide’s Northern suburbs.
* Increased availability of opportunities for student volunteering in not-for-profit organisations.
* Increased availability of industry placement and other work-integrated-learning opportunities with sustainable businesses for students.
* Additional support for extracurricular activities that increase students’ awareness of their role as global citizens, and which make a positive contribution to local and international communities.
* The development of a student collaborative network to provide MBA students with an ongoing forum to further the application of sustainable business principles in their workplace.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Through their applied research, the UniSA Business School’s faculty is making a
significant contribution to the field of business ethics research.

More than 25% of total UniSA Business School research outputs, and a third of books, produced between 2008–2012, reflect a deep personal commitment and scholarly engagement with the issues of ethics, responsibility and sustainability.
Topics include: environmental sustainability; biodiversity, conservation and law;
environmental management accounting; Islamic perspectives on governance; economic reform in China; regulatory failure and the Global Financial Crisis; sustainability accounting; and the protection of human rights.

A 2010 study into the contribution of academic institutions to the field of business ethics research ranked UniSA as number 48 in the top 100 institutions worldwide. Only six Australian universities attained a ranking, with UniSA placed third among this group. The University of Pennsylvania, US, attained the number one ranking. The metric for ranking the institutions was the weighted number of research articles over 10 years (1999-2008). The study was published in the Journal of Business Ethics, an international refereed top tier journal: Chan, K. C, Fung, H-G & Yau, J 2010, ‘Business Ethics Research: A Global Perspective’, Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 95, pp. 39-53.

Over the coming three years, key areas of focus will include:
*The establishment of formal and enhanced links with international business schools with a business ethics and sustainability focus for collaborative activity including joint research projects and staff exchange. These relationships will provide the basis for exploring options to co-host and sponsor academic conferences that showcase thought leaders in corporate social responsibility. In addition, an industry-based symposia on ethics and sustainability will be hosted by the UniSA Business School.

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