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Engaging Indigenous people within Higher Ed

CQUniversity's Office of Indigenous Engagement recently hosted a visit from the Oodgeroo Unit of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), at Rockhampton Campus.

Professor Anita Lee Hong, Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, and Lone Pearce, Project Officer, met with Office of Indigenous Engagement staff to discuss employment issues and best practice models for engaging Indigenous people within the higher education sector, including governance matters.

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New arrival makes innovation his business 

Dr Paul Hyland has joined the Faculty of Business and Law at CQU as an Associate Professor in Management in the School of Management. He has an active interest in applied research that helps firms better understand their business environment and improve their management systems and processes.

Paul is an associate member of the Australian Expert Group in Industry Studies (AEGIS). AEGIS\' research seeks to develop an understanding of industrial development and innovation that is critical to Australia\'s future economic success and wellbeing. Dr Hyland and Prof Jane Marceau, Director of AEGIS, are working on a project that will seek to examine some of the impacts of the corporatisation of agribusiness research bodies such as the Wool Corporation, Meat and Livestock Australia, and Grains Research and Development Corporation . This research, if funded, will look at the level and types of innovation that are occurring since the change to a corporate structure and whether this is increasing innovation at the farm business level.

PhotoID:5 Dr Hyland was deputy Director of InCITe (Innovation and Continuous Improvement Technologies) Research Centre from 1996-2001. InCITe was established in 1995 and has expanded its applied research activities through support from the State and Federal Governments, the University of Western Sydney and from industry associations and individual companies. Paul has been a key researcher in several projects including: the CIMA (Continuous Improvement in Product Innovation Management) project, the Mapping CI maturity an AusIndustry funded project and the international continuous improvement survey. The CI survey was also an international project and resulted in a widely acclaimed book.

The CIMA project involved three Australian universities and six European universities or research institutes. The research project examined cross-project and cross-unit learning and continuous improvement within the product innovation process. The CI mapping research was funded by AusIndustry and examined process improvement in manufacturing firms using a CI maturity model developed by Bessant and Caffyn (1997).

Paul is active in CINet (the Continuous Innovation Network), which is a global network of researchers and industrialists. CINet disseminates a new way of thinking about management and the organisation of work. The underlying idea is that in the near future businesses will rely more and more on individuals and on their commitment to learning and diffusing innovation at all levels and in all parts of an organisation.

Paul is currently working on an ARC funded project with Prof Jane Marceau, Dr Mike Hales and Dr Terry Sloan, this project investigates the role of knowledge-generating institutions and knowledge-intensive business services in industrial clusters in Australia. He is also working on knowledge management and management models in Australian manufacturing. This work is linked to a European project called Co-Improve that seeks to understand how organisations function as extended manufacturing enterprises He has published articles on his research, which is mainly applied at the firm level, and in 2001 received (along with with Dr Ross Chapman) the Dr Theo Williamson award for the outstanding paper in Integrated Manufacturing Systems.

He has worked on consultancies for organisations including Sydney Water, Surf Life Saving Australia Hawker de Havilland, MM Cables, Macarthur Region of Councils, Western Suburbs\' Rugby League Club Alstom IT and Pilkingtons. Paul has been involved with several industry groups based in Sydney including the Innovative Technology Network, Western Sydney Quality Council, and the European Australian Cooperation Centre (EACC).

Until 2001 Paul was on the Board of the EACC, which was established with funding by the Dept of Industry Science and Resources in 1998 to facilitate industry links between European and Australian Firms.

Contact: tel: 07 4923 2203 mob: 041 872 2151 email: p.hyland@cqu.edu.au