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Thursday February 09, 2012

PhD work applauded at international conference

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Sydney Business School (SBS) PhD research student Amie Kusumawardhani's work was recognised under the international spotlight recently when she received a coveted award for Outstanding Contribution by an Early Career Academic.

The award, presented at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) DIANA International Entrepreneurship Conference held in Western Australia, came as a pleasant surprise for Amie, who said she was delighted that her work had been acknowledged at such an important event.

"The conference is one of the most prestigious international entrepreneurship events. Delegates came not only from Australia, but also New Zealand, Europe, the US, Canada, Asia and South Africa," she explained.

Amie's research topic investigates the role of entrepreneurial orientation in firm performance with particular focus on Indonesian small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

"I'm investigating Indonesian SMEs that, despite their important role in the Indonesian economy, have to face an increasingly competitive world with their limited resources," she said.

Amie said she had received great support from SBS which has provided her with quality research facilities and a great dynamic environment.

"The relationships I have built with other students and staff, particularly with my supervisors have allowed me to achieve my goals," she said.

The SBS was recently ranked 13th in the QS top 200 business school global rankings. It ranked third on the list of the 11 Australian institutions featured.

By: Jenna Bradwell

Source: University Of Wollongong

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