The Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) has appointed Professor Stephen Taylor from the University of Technology Sydney as its inaugural Research Scholar – a new role that has the goal of expanding collaboration between universities and industry.
The ABDC Research Scholar will support the development and implementation of an ABDC research engagement strategy that highlights the role business schools can play in supporting Australia's long-term competitiveness and productivity through their research and education.
Professor Taylor will take a leadership role in expanding collaboration across business schools and with key stakeholders, and in improving the connection between the needs of business and government and business school research.
Until recently Associate Dean Research at UTS Business School, and a former Chair of ABDC's Business Academic Research Directors' Network (BARDsNet), Professor Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position of ABDC Research Scholar. He plays an active role in the business school community and is heavily involved in providing input into research policy and strategy issues.
"ABDC is focused on facilitating information sharing about mechanisms for funding world-class research in Australian business schools," ABDC President Professor Ian Palmer said. "Australian business schools rank among the world's best. We want to remain among the world's best by continuing to provide world-class researcher education and training in all of the major business disciplines."
Professor Taylor will also assist in a review of how current Australian research practices compare to the world's best, with a view to recommending ways to improve industry linkages so business schools produce globally competitive researchers with industry-relevant skills.
"We want to ensure the strong engagement between the needs of business and government and the business school research community continues and grows," Professor Taylor said. "A continued and strengthened collaboration between universities, professional bodies, stakeholders, industry and government will ensure business education and research in Australia supports national agendas and focus."
Professor Taylor's own research focuses on the intersection of financial economics and accounting. He is Deputy Chair of SIRCA Ltd, which supports member universities with global data and advanced tools for research, as well as a Director of the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC).
He was one of the key researchers in the development of the Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR), launched in 2011 with $18 million in funding from the federal and NSW governments, and is a founding member of the Financial Integrity Research Network (FIRN). He coordinated the research program established by Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to undertake a statutory review of the Enhanced (Continuous) Disclosure Regime. Professor Taylor is a Chartered Accountant and CPA Fellow, a member of several journal editorial boards and most recently served as Associate Editor of Accounting Horizons.
ABDC comprises of 40 member institutions across Australia, aiming to promote excellence in business education and research, and recognition of their value and contribution to the Australian economy and community in general.