27 August 2013

The University of Queensland has launched a new business club to keep companies abreast of the latest developments in supply chain management and service operations.

Services and Supply Networks Research Club members will have the chance to shape UQ Business School’s research agenda to meet business needs and to participate in research projects.

UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths said the club had already attracted membership from large organisations such as Virgin Australia, MyCube, Foot Locker, and the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia.

“The club will help members identify ways to improve services and provide a forum to address the challenges faced by professionals in the logistics field,” Professor Griffiths said.

"By providing members with access to research findings, clubs also help them to put in place world-class systems and create a competitive advantage.”

Logistics research from UQ Business School has included an investigation into sustainable supply chain management and the factors influencing its successful adoption.

Services and Supply Networks is the first in a series of research clubs the School plans to establish with others to roll out later this year.

UQ Business School is renowned as one of the country's top institutions for business-related research.

In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings it was classed as ‘above world standard’ or ‘well above world standard’ for all of its research activities.

The School attracts almost $100 million a year in research funding from industry.

In the past six years it has won more than $5 million in competitive funding from the Australian Research Council and other sources, and published more than 1000 refereed journal articles, book chapters, books and conference papers.

More information about the UQ Business School Services and Supply Networks Research Club can be found here.

Media contact: UQ Business School, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Tanya Hagedorn, +61 (0) 7 3346 3052 or t.hagedorn@business.uq.edu.au

About UQ Business School
The University of Queensland Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide. Based in Brisbane, it brings together over 130 subject experts with over 7,500 students and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs and executive education across the range of business disciplines.

UQ Business School is renowned internationally for the quality of its research and also provides contract research and consultancy services to organisations throughout the world. The teaching – research – consultancy loop is central to its success, ensuring that the School maintains its position at the forefront of academic knowledge while staying closely attuned to modern business requirements. For more information visit www.business.uq.edu.au.

Fast facts
UQ Business School was the first in Australia to meet the standards of the world’s two most influential accrediting bodies - the US-based AACSB International and Europe’s EQUIS.

Its Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked number 1 in Australia and Asia Pacific by The Economist, identifying it as the leading MBA outside of Europe and North America.

Has been ranked in the world’s top 50 universities for executive education by the Financial Times.

The MBA course has been awarded the highest possible rating of five stars for eight years running by Australia’s most influential rating body, the Graduate Management Association of Australia.

The School was classed as above world standard in six major fields of business research in the Australian government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative.