Day 2 - The SME Ecosystem and the Australian SME Environment

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Thursday, 5 September 2019
9:00am - 9:30am

Recap – Key discussion points
Facilitators and speakers: Mr Eugene Cornelius Jnr and Dr Winslow Sargeant

  • Communique covering Day 1
  • Potential actionable recommendations
  • Open Forum
9:30am - 10:45am

Trade and internationalisation pillar
Facilitators: Mr Eugene Cornelius Jnr and Dr Winslow Sargeant

  • Australia as a trading nation
  • Overcoming current barriers to trade impacting SMEs
  • Government support/access to resources (funding/free trade agreements)
  • Open Forum


  • Ms Sophie Krantz, State Manager, Export Council of Australia
  • Ms Diah Yusuf, entrepreneur, business owner, adviser, Vice President ICSB Indonesia
10:45am - 11:00am Morning Tea Break
11:00am - 12:00pm

Human capital pillar
Facilitator: Mr Eugene Cornelius Jnr

  • The definition of work and the intangible nature of human capital
  • Changing business models and modes of work/human capital - the emergence and impact of AI, 4IR and the digital economy
  • Workplace upskilling, education and counselling
  • Open Forum
  • Prof Charles Matthews, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, University of Cincinnati
  • Ms Julie Abramson, Commissioner, Productivity Commission
12:00pm - 12:45pm

Facilitator: Dr Winslow Sargeant

Keynote speaker:

  • Prof Charles Matthews, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, University of Cincinnati
12:45pm - 1:30pm Lunch (Deakin Downtown)
  Academic Program – SME Research: Concurrent Sessions
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Session A: Mental health and wellbeing

Prof Andrew Noblet, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Deakin University

Examining the demands and resources experienced by SME owner-managers

Session B: cybersecurity & risk issues facing SMEs

Prof Matt Warren, Professor of Cyber Security, Deakin University

SMEs and cyber security

2:30pm - 3:30pm 

Session A: New business models impacting Australian SMEs

Associate Prof Brad Potter, Associate Professor of Accounting, University of Melbourne

Financial reporting practices of for-profit entities lodging SPFSs

Ms Rachel Burgess, Lawyer and Consultant & Dr Craig Latham, Deputy, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Access to justice: Australian SME experience

Session B: Private companies in Australia

Dr Tunyarputt Kiaterittinum, Research Fellow, Deakin University

Financial leverage & performance of pty ltd companies.

Dr Iliyas Yusoff, Research Fellow, Deakin University

Auditing & private companies

3:30pm - 3:45pm Afternoon Tea
3:45pm - 4:45pm

Prof Charles Matthews, University of Cincinnati; 2017-18 Fulbright US Scholar, USA

Does Curiosity matter? Uncovering Antecedents of Innovation

Prof Nick Mroczkowski, Professor of Practice, Deakin University

Job Creation and Innovation among SMEs in Australia

4:45pm - 5:00pm Wrap-up Day 2 and close by Mr Eugene Cornelius Jr
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