WRITER: Marie Wilson
PHOTOGRAPHER: Tom Roschi
"Now the sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see, are moving at a million miles a day, in the outer spiral arm, at 40,000 miles an hour, of a galaxy we call the Milky Way." Galaxy Song, Monty Python, 1983
As the late great Stephen Hawking reminded us in Monty Python's Galaxy Song, we are never still we are on: “a planet that's evolving and revolving at 900 miles an hour." While the songwriters have used some artistic license, there's no doubt we're all operating at 'light speed' these days.
For the month of October, I've felt this intensely, visiting three continents and seven countries to engage with our industry and university partners, connect with future students, congratulate new graduates in Hong Kong, and re-connect with some of our 200,000 plus global alumni. And, I can assure you that the UniSA Business School is not just evolving and revolving, we're in a virtuous spiral of new connections, new opportunities and the development of new partnerships around the globe.
While digital communication may overcome many of the barriers to expanding both employment and business across borders, the development of partnerships and relationships, as well as understanding the requirements of business, still require travel and immersion in the professional and business contexts of other countries. That is both the glamour and the challenge of internationalising business and maintaining relationships across cultural, political and regulatory differences.
While the world may be shrinking from the perspective of faster and more accessible travel options, and exponentially increasing digital speed, and capacity, distance is not yet dead.
This edition of unisabusiness highlights a range of emerging global issues about trade and export, the branding pitfalls to avoid in an international market, and new innovations that are delivering access to world.
In Going Global, you'll find six key steps that will put you on the right path for overseas expansion. Follow this advice and you'll position yourself well.
Our article, Modern Slavery, examines the importance of understanding an organisation’s global supply chain, and the inherent challenges that it presents. With pending legislation, find out what you need to prepare.
In Rethinking Perceptions for Refugees, we ask you to consider the growing tide of displaced persons who represent challenges that can only be resolved through new collaborations and new ways of engaging with migration.
Finally, while we may think of arts and cultural tourism as requiring global travel, new innovations are allowing digital discovery of remote peoples and their stories and art. In Future of the Past, find out about the digital challenge that's bringing South Australia’s outstanding Aboriginal collection to the world.
As a Business School, we focus on developing our students for global professional careers while supporting growing businesses which are international in their operations and aspirations. We see these as complementary ambitions – to develop professional leaders who can grow and expand in a vibrant and sustainable business environment. We welcome you to join us in this international conversation.
Professor Marie Wilson is the Pro Vice Chancellor: Business and Law at the University of South Australia Business School.