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August 2008 Issue
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New school gets down to business


The University of Adelaide has launched its new Business School with a celebration at the National Wine Centre including the announcement of two new Professors.

The University of Adelaide Business School has been formed from the merger of the School of Commerce and the Adelaide Graduate School of Business, with staff and students now located in the newly refurbished 10 Pulteney Street Tower.

Head of School Associate Professor Barry Burgan said the new School structure would benefit students, enable expanded research, and help the School to interact more effectively with the business community.

"With the combination of different business disciplines into the one School, students will benefit from increased flexibility in course choice and being able to study different areas of business within the one program, giving them a great start in their careers," Associate Professor Burgan said.

"The new Business School will enable us to build on our existing reputation in business education and research, with our multidisciplinary approach to business benefiting both research outcomes and teaching."

Two new Professors have been appointed to the Business School: Professor Dogan Tirtiroglu, from Concordia University in Canada, has taken up the new position of Professor of Banking; and Professor Allan Hodgson, from the University of Amsterdam, will become Chair of Financial Accounting in July 2009.

Professor Tirtiroglu has a rich research background in banking, property and corporate finance research and was recently appointed as a fellow of the prestigious Homer Hoyt Advanced Studies Institute in Florida.

Professor Hodgson is Professor of Financial Accounting with the Amsterdam Business School. He has research interests in the areas of international accounting standards, insider trading, corporate governance and the valuation of intangibles.

The launch of the Business School also included a forum debate: "What makes a good Chief Executive Officer?"

Three CEOs - University of Adelaide MBA graduate and Executive Director of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Jamie McPhee, Playford Capital Chief Executive Officer Amanda Heyworth and SolveIT Software Chief Executive Officer Matthew Michalewicz - told an audience of business people, professional organisations and government representatives what helped them gain the top job.

The University of Adelaide Business School offers a complete range of programs from undergraduate business degrees, postgraduate specialist degrees and a highly regarded MBA (given a five-star ranking by the Good Universities Guide) through to research degrees.

Story by Robyn Mills

For more information about studies in Business visit Open Day (Sunday 17 August).

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