Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Program for the 2nd Thai Australian Business Studies Conference

23-24 October 2014

Building 80, Level 9

School of Management 

RMIT University

Welcome to the 2nd Thai Australian business studies conference
On behalf of the conference committee of this conference, I would like to extend a warm welcome to researchers, academics in Thai and business studies, and ‘friends of Thailand’ joining us in Melbourne for what promises to be a refreshing, innovative and stimulating conference on contemporary Thai and Australian business and management.
This year we have been pleased to be able to work with the Graduate School of Commerce, Burapha University and RMIT’s Centre for Business Education (CBER). Their contributions to this conference are significant. It is my hope that papers and presentations from this conference will give us some interesting and profound ‘ideas’ on challenges of modern management in Thailand and South East Asian from both Australian and Thai perspectives.
Finally, I hope this event will promote dialogues among young researchers in our discipline and strengthen academic bonds among Australia, Thailand and other countries in South East Asia.
Welcome to the conference!

Associate Professor Nattavud Pimpa

Conference Convenor 2014
School of Management, RMIT University

About the Conference
The 2nd Thai Australian Business Studies conference (Thai Studies in Melbourne) will be the important academic forum for scholars and researchers who are interested in contemporary Thailand, and the relationship among Thailand, Australia and South East Asian nations. The theme for this conference is Regionalisation and Thailand. This theme will be reflected by research papers and presentations from scholars, academics and media from the region.
The conference also marks a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Australia's dialogues partnership with ASEAN and 62th anniversary with Thailand. From 1967, Australia and ASEAN have gone through various political, economic and social dialogues. Regionalism has been one of the key trade and political issues among ASEAN members and Australia. Today, Australia has profound relationship in education, culture, politics and economic with Thailand and other ASEAN countries. This can be witnessed in different collaborations in the form of Government-to-Government projects in trade, security and social/community development.
                                                           Photo from: Lantern Kitchen (www.penguin.com.au)
Thailand and Australia currently enjoy an unprecedented level of co-operation and commonality of thinking. Cooperation between Thailand and Australia extends well beyond trade. We are currently focusing on human-to-human relationship. There are, hence, several issues that Australia, Thailand and ASEAN can and should further discuss as potential regional development.With the forthcoming ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, Australia will need to engage and collaborate with South East Asian countries, including Thailand, at different levels and approaches.

With the current political and economic situations in Thailand, the key issuess on (1) roles of Thailand in the region, and (2) relationship and future of Thailand-ASEAN and Australia remain unclear.

At this important conference, we will discuss the future of our region from the Thai and Australian perspectives as well as the way in which Thailand, Australia and other South East Asian Nations can work together to promote regional stability and collaboration. 
          Conference Themes

- Regionalisation: South East Asia and Thailand - Regional Trade and Economy
- AEC Readiness: Skills Development  - Contemporary Thai and Regional Culture
          - Australia and Thailand  -Business and Management in the Region - Borderlands

              Online Registration at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/bus/tabs2014

  Full program is available here  

2nd Thai Australian Business Studies Conference:
Regionalisation, Skills Development and Thailand
Friday, 24 October 2014
RMIT University Building 80, Level 9, Room 12
445 Swanston Street Street, Melbourne
8.45 am – 9.00 am Registration / Coffee
Level 9 Room 12
9.00 am – 9.30 am Welcome / Opening Address
Level 9 Room 12
9.30 am – 10.30 am
Session 1: Skills and Organisation in the Thai context
Level 9 Room 12
10.30 am – 11 am Morning Tea / Break
11 am – 1pm
Work of Leadership Cluster ‘Explorespace' session
Level 8 Room 9
11 am – 12 noon
Session 2: Management in the Thai Context
Level 9 Room 12
12 noon – 1 pm
Session 3: Health and Borderlands Forum
Level 9 Room 12
1 pm – 1.45 pm Lunch
1.45 pm – 2.30 pm
Session 4: Markets and Behaviour
Level 9 Room 12
2.30 pm – 3 pm Afternoon Tea / Break
3 pm – 4 pm
Session 5: Thailand and the World
Level 9 Room 12
4 pm – 4.30 pm Closing Address

Sponsored By:
School of Management RMIT University, Australia
Centre for Business Education Research (CBER), RMIT University
Graduate School of Commerce, Burapha University, Thailand


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  2. My cousin is studying in RMIT and he told me about this conference. I was wondering if general public is allowed in meeting rooms or it’s a closed invite only conference. I would be there in October and was thinking to be part of it.