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Interview with Bernard Salt
Interview with economist Saul Eslake
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· Tips that Russia could slide into recession in the second quarter of 2014 after the economy contracted by around 0.5 per cent in the first three months of the year. At the same time, Japan's trade deficit quadrupled on-year in March to $US14 billion as a weak yen pushed up post-Fukushima energy bills and other import costs.

Interview with Stephen Langsford, CEO and founder of Quickflix
Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· The International Monetary Fund issuing a warning about China's private debt. It released a report citing "rising vulnerabilities" in China's financial system, including lending outside traditional banks. At the same time, German economic growth is heading for a significant slowdown in the second quarter of 2014 and businesses across the 18 countries that share the euro have lost some of their recently recovered optimism during April

Interview with James Wakefield, founder of InStitchu
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· Activity in China's manufacturing sector improving slightly in April, but remains in contraction while the European Commission flags a gradual recovery in the Eurozone

· In Australia, consumer confidence is falling in the lead-up to the Budget as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has warns the Abbott government against large confidence sapping spending cuts or tax hikes

Interview with Adam Theobald, founder of Beat the Q

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· China’s economy slowing in April as sales and investment in the country’s crucial real estate sector plunge and China's president telling the country to get used to slower growth, damping expectations of a new stimulus.

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

· OECD data showing that leading output in advanced countries has slowed down overall

· China’s state-owned companies rediscovering their appetite for Australian miners, with the latest multi-billion-dollar wave of acquisitions reflecting the expensive lessons of past deal failures.

- Interview with Hakon Wium Lie, chief technology officer of Opera Software

- Interview with economist Saul Eslake

- Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

· Good signs of recovery in the US with consumer confidence increasing slightly in May, with hopes for better job opportunities and higher wages rising. Also, the IMF declares that Spain's economic recovery is here to stay, hailing a return to growth and job-creation despite the nation's 26 per cent unemployment rate

In this presentation, Professor Erica McWilliam makes a case for examining the thinking that is used to design postgraduate research. She argues that this century is demanding more of knowledge creators than routine research questions and standard methodologies.

Erica elaborates on what this means as an opportunity for developing fresh perspectives on long-term problems and being sceptical of simple solutions.

Theos – Australian Country Manager - talks about why oDesk is setting up in Australia

Interview with PwC economist Jeremy Thorpe on the pension age issue

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China manufacturing strengthening but home prices declining. In the meantime, good signs for US manufacturing and there is a slight drop in Eurozone unemployment

· New data showing Australian banks are extending credit to housing but not plant and equipment, indicating the lop-sided nature of the post-mining boom economic transition.

Presented by Dr Marcus Powe.

Marcus is RMIT’s Entrepreneur in Residence, and teaches Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Marketing and Business Planning.
He has a long career in the industry specialising in the growth of industry, community and service organisations.
He has worked with over 400 organisations in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore assisting them to create new strategic choices.

Presented by Dr Marcus Powe.

Marcus is RMIT’s Entrepreneur in Residence, and teaches Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Marketing and Business Planning.
He has a long career in the industry specialising in the growth of industry, community and service organisations.
He has worked with over 400 organisations in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore assisting them to create new strategic choices.

Presented by Mr John Evers.

John has detailed experience in the preparation, presentation and selling of financial projections.
His career has included 15 years at major accounting and consulting firms, including 10 years at Ernst & Young, where he has prepared many sets of financial projections for start-up and high growth clients.

Presented by Mr John Evers.

John has detailed experience in the preparation, presentation and selling of financial projections.
His career has included 15 years at major accounting and consulting firms, including 10 years at Ernst & Young, where he has prepared many sets of financial projections for start-up and high growth clients.

Interview with Pete Sanders, MD of the Reckon Business Group

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

The World Bank saying a harsh winter in the US along with the Ukraine conflict have chilled the outlook for global economic growth this year, but highly developed economies will lead a rebound later in the year. The OECD says emerging economies China, Russia and Brazil are showing signs of slowing down but China’s trade surplus surges and Japan’s economy posts the strongest expansion in more than two years.

Speaking from Florida, Frank McKinney talks about his Caring House Project and how he built a multimillion-dollar real estate empire (starting out with $50 in his pocket) and now creates self-sufficient villages for the poorest in Haiti.

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· China’s factory activity showing fresh signs of strength while Eurozone business activity slumping to a six month low and US gross domestic product falling at a 2.9 per cent. OPEC says there is no oil crisis.

Nigel Lester from Pitney Bowes talks about data and privacy.

Interview with economist Francis Grey

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· The Bank for International Settlements warning that financial markets are out of kilter with the shaky global economic and geopolitical outlook. Meanwhile, US pending home sale have surged higher, pointing to a recovery in that market while China’s manufacturing activity is expanding.

· New data showing that Australia’s big four banks are leading the developed world on profitability

Gary Kier from Carbon X-Print Bonds talks about how financial instruments will tackle climate change and economist Francis Grey says that the high dollar is here to stay.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· Signs that the US housing recovery remains choppy despite a retreat in interest rates with an index of pending home sales retreating. However, US consumer confidence is up and GDP has risen to 4 per cent

Lysandra Stevens from Alcollections and Naomi Ingelton from the Myrtleford Butter Factory talk about how their built their businesses using social media

Interview with economist Steven Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China’s official inflation rate rising, more jobs growth in the US but falling investor confidence in Germany

· Treasurer Joe Hockey coming under pressure from Peter Costello and Clive Palmer

· A complete summary of all the profits coming in

http://www.alcollections.com.au/

Professor Calum Drummond talks about 'The CAP-XX Story - Building a High Tech Australian Business'. In this talk, he provides a fascinating first-hand account of developing business opportunities from scientific innovation.

Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, Associate Professor Marta Poblet, talks about how crowdsourcing can be used as a sustainable model for assisting in disaster management. (You can read more about her innovative work on The Conversation: http://theconversation.com/profiles/marta-poblet-9332/profile_bio.)

Adjunct Professor Rob Hulls, Director of the Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ), deliveres the closing address at the Inaugural HDR Conference. Rob Hulls speaks passionately about how the CIJ is committed to finding long-term realistic and structural solutions to a range of major issues experienced across the justice system.

Longer description of podcast: John Winning, founder and CEO of Appliances Online talks about how he set up his business built up from his family business and how it operates

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

China’s property market going through its worst slump on record with the average price of new homes in 70 Chinese cities falling for the third straight month in July, the Eurozone trade surplus lifting and US home construction surging

In his keynote address, Cutler provides insight into the importance of communicating research.

He shares his thoughts on how research and learning are not worth anything if the knowledge is kept to oneself. Cutler believes that value is created through sharing. 'Research begins with the way we formulate and understand the research question, and it is shaped by the skills we acquire for research collaborations for what is, increasingly, the transdisciplinary challenge at the heart of contemporary research practice’, says Cutler.

The academics in the College of Business once again stood up to the challenge of presenting their research in three minutes and did a spectacular job. The Three Minute Competition for academics provided great insights into the research projects underway in the College.

Ten HDR candidates from the College of Business presented their posters at the HDR Poster Presentation Competition, 8 October, during the Business Research Showcase.

The posters presented revealed the breadth and diversity of research undertaken in the College.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Activity in China’s manufacturing sector beating expectations in September to hit a two-month high but activity in the eurozone's private sector slowed again in September, indicating that it is unlikely to emerge soon from economic stagnation while Britain's budget deficit widened in August compared with a year earlier, a sign the nation's economic recovery has yet to be felt in its public finances.

Simon Hackett, co-founder of Internode who now has a company, Base 64, talks about innovation.

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China’s industrial profits falling, businesses and consumers across the 18 countries that share the euro now more downbeat about their prospects but US consumer outlays rising in August, a sign that stronger household spending could support US economic growth in the third quarter.

OneShift founder and CEO Gen George talks about matching young people up to employers

Interview with economist Saul Eslake

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
• The International Monetary Fund lowering its outlook for global economic growth for this year and next while US employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years and German industrial production collapses
• Global economic woes forces the Abbott government to cut its budget outlook
• BHP Billiton plans to overtake rival Rio Tinto to become Australia's lowest cost iron ore producer

Open Agent founder Zoe Pointon talks about the service that uses official sales data and reviews to rank Australian real estate agents, and then helps connect potential vendors with the best agents for any given home sale scenario.

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Chinese exports growing at their fastest pace in 19 months but Germany slashes its growth forecasts while European production drops and the oil price sinks

Eddie Machaalani, Big Commerce, talks about how the company operates and the opportunities it offers business

Interview with economist Francis Grey

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Warnings that China will slip to 4 per cent growth from 2020, affecting the global economy.

· New South Wales knocking off Western Australia as the country's strongest economy, as the glow of the mining investment boom continues to fade.

· The federal government set to reap over $5 billion from the privatisation of Medibank Private, according to its prospectus

Luke Jecks from Naked Wines talks about his company’s crowd-funding model

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

• One in five European banks have failed crucial tests of their financial strength at a time when European businesses aren’t borrowing money and the price of oil is falling, reflecting weak economic growth
• Prime Minister Tony Abbott opening the door to a radical tax mix shift and putting an increased GST on the table

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Chinese manufacturing growth slows, European businesses have to cut prices and the US trade deficit widens
· The Commonwealth Bank has enlisted three high-profile law firms to provide free advice to the thousands of customers seeking compensation for dodgy advice doled out by its financial planning arm.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· Chinese President Xi Jinping assuring global business leaders about the state of the world’s second largest economy, saying the country is facing risks but they are "not that scary".
· Australia just a few days away from securing a free trade agreement with China that has been almost a decade in the making
· Independent analysis showing the Senate and the deteriorating iron ore price have knocked a $51 billion hole in Treasurer Joe Hockey's first budget,

Relevant links: http://www.jcsqualityfoods.com.au/

Alex Malley, chief executive of CPA Australia, talks about CPA Australia’s strategy going forward and the changing role of accountants.

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

· Japan's economy falling into recession and prices of homes in 70 Chinese cities continuing to decline

· Analysis of Australia’s free trade agreement with China

· The price of key Australian export iron ore plunging below $US75 a tonne for the first time since 2009

https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/

Scott Schober, CEO and president of Berkeley Varitronics Systems talks about cyber security.

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· German business sentiment unexpectedly increased in November, a closely watched survey showed, suggesting Europe's largest economy is slowly finding its footing after struggling to expand in recent months and the US growing at its strongest rate in a decade but Europe continues to drag the global economy

Greg Taylor talks about his mobile payments company Clipp

Plus an interview with economist Saul Eslake

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China’s imports and exports falling and Germany's industrial output expanding by less than expected

· A complete analysis of David Murray's Financial System Inquiry (FSI)

· Qantas and Virgin returning to profitability

http://clipp.co/

Ten HDR candidates from the College of Business presented their posters at the HDR Poster Presentation Competition, 8 October, during the Business Research Showcase.

The posters presented revealed the breadth and diversity of research undertaken in the College.

This study investigates whether a good mix of personalities of team members can improve performance in group assignment. Students taking the same courses of a program delivered in Melbourne, Singapore, and Shanghai will be invited to participate in the research. Statistical analysis will be conducted to determine if there is difference in group performance resulting from different combinations of personalities.

This research identifies nine components of relationship building that are affected by cultural factors and interpretations. Understanding these components and why they differ can assist business in crossing the cultural divide that can impede multi-national relationships.

This project presents case-study findings on the process of implementation of the Bologna process at a turning point for the Italian university trying to uncover responses and approaches to standardisation. The results emphasise the significant role of organisational actors; perceptions around the interplay between efficiency and legitimacy issues of universities to deliver a program of change.

There are 38 million vehicles on Vietnamese roads at present and 38 000 victims (approx) of road accidents every year. Only 5% of road victims attain ambulance transport to hospitals. Mobile Internet has a strong presence in Vietnam. The aim of our project is to implement a patented data analytical technology for a mobile healthcare monitoring service in Vietnam.

This presentation reflects on both the potential and the challenges of political crowdsourcing to enable new political practices and ultimately new dimensions of citizenship.

Extended research (including Paul Merceica) has addressed the potential usefulness of the new international methods and procedures for assessing the impact of libraries; and similar frameworks.

The UK National Year of Reading (NYR) was held in 2009 and the Australian NYR was scheduled for 2012.

Gravity models of international tourism flows are receiving renewed attention after decades of general neglect. This analysis considers the distinguishing features of gravity models and their consequences.

This research examines the content of 79 PRSPs (Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers) from 58 countries to analyse whether having a PRSP influences changes in poverty and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

Nicholas Smedley, managing director of Steller Properties, talks about the property market.

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· The prospect of China’s economy slipping to 7.1 per cent and the oil price falling to $40

· A complete analysis of Joe Hockey’s MYEFO statement

· Supermarket giant Coles facing a financial penalty of up to $10 million after it was accused of using its enormous market power to bully its suppliers.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· Activity in Chinese manufacturing lifts slightly as Greece negotiates its debt with Europe and the pace of growth in US manufacturing slows down
· The economic reasons behind the RBA’s decision to cut interest rates
· Prime Minister Tony Abbott dumping his signature paid parental leave scheme in favour of a "better" childcare and families’ package.

Plus interview with economist Saul Eslake.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China's manufacturing activity contracting for the second straight month in February, good signs out of the US with US consumer spending and incomes rising in January as a decline in consumer prices picked up speed and Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the country won't seek a third bailout deal.

· Australia has finished another profit season and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, profits fell almost six per cent in 2014.

Lee Parker, a professor in Accounting in the School of Accounting at RMIT University, talks about economic history, corporate social and environmental responsibility and its implications today.

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China saying it will be tough to meet the 7 per cent growth target and falling housing figures in the US indicating a patchy recovery but Greece pays its debt on time.

Xero managing director Chris Ridd talks about the opportunities ahead for Xero

Interview with economist Saul Eslake

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Greek public opinion wanting a deal with creditors as the Greek government sidelines finance minister Yanis Varoufakis

· A radical overhaul of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will expose pharmacists to competition

· M2 Group has made a competing takeover proposal for iiNet, sending shares in the target company soaring and putting pressure on rival TPG Telecom to raise its offer.

Hugh Davies from Macfarlan Lane talks about trends in the outplacement industry

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· The state of negotiations with Greece, bad figures coming out of China but an uptick in Japan

· The push to scrap negative gearing

· Joe Hockey’s foot in mouth condition over the housing bubble

Relevant links: http://www.macfarlanlane.com.au/

Samuel Johns, an RMIT alumnus, talks about his work for TripAdvisor in Boston.

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· The state of negotiations with Greece and the Eurozone market hitting a four year high

· Radical reforms of Australia’s federation might see Australians paying different levels of income tax depending on where they live.

· The patchy and uneven recovery has left more than one third of Australia in recession, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ben Allen & Clara Chong talk about making movies with technology.

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Greece defaulting on its IMF loan and China cutting interest rates to boost its economy

· BIS Shrapnel saying the booming housing market is set to slow down in 2017

Interview with RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

Greece now officially free from insolvency following an EU loan and the impact of the Iran nuclear deal on oil prices
Discussions with premiers about increasing the GST
Deloitte Access Economics warning that Australia might be in for a recession as growth in China continues to weaken

Phillip Weinman and Ross Fastuca talk about their business Locomote simplifies booking and approval processes for travellers and saves money for companies.

http://www.locomote.com/

Chris Noone talks about his company Collaborate

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

- Greece’s share market woes, China’s under-performing manufacturing and Barack Obama taking on the US coal industry

- The failure of trade ministers to get the TPP up.

- The total value of Australian dwellings reaching the $6 trillion mark

Relevant links: http://collaboratecorp.com/

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Greece finally reaches a bailout deal but exports from China collapse

· BHP Billiton is planning to slash 380 jobs at its Olympic Dam copper-uranium-gold mine in South Australia.

· A rundown of company profits

Relevant links: https://www.expensify.com/

Seattle based coach Lisa Quast talks about how to bring out the best in people and women in business

Interview with economist Saul Eslake

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Japan’s economy contracts, the IMF warns that China could be heading for a “disorderly correction” and the says Greece needs some debt relief.

· The Grollo empire moving from construction to investment and development

· A look at all the company profits.

Relevant links: http://www.careerwomaninc.com/about-us/

Interview with economist BT economist Chris Caton

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China’s attempts to prop up its share market and the response of share markets around the world

· Treasurer Joe Hockey has foreshadowed tax relief funded by billions of dollars in spending cuts to fight bracket creep and the response to that

· A complete summary of all the profits.

Relevant links: http://www.apple.com/au/education/real-stories/essa/

Analyst Chris Martenson talks about oil and gas prices

Interview with economist Saul Eslake

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· How the change of leadership will change the Australian economy
· China's faltering economy not responding to a rash of stimulatory policies
· A look at the corporate activity surrounding Woodside and Foxtel

Relevant links: http://www.peakprosperity.com/blog

Business coach Maxine Attong talks about her work

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· The IMF warning about a slowdown in global growth

· The sealing of the 12 country TPP deal

· The Turnbull government considering abolishing capital gains tax on start-ups

Scott Middleton from Terem Technologies talks about research into female tech entrepreneurs.

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China’s bad export figures

· ANZ’s plans under its new chief executive Shayne Elliott

· The Turnbull government reviewing superannuation tax concessions

www.terem.com.au/blog/new-study-finds-australian-female-tech-entrepreneu...

Vicki Malmberg talks about her role as the small business queen and mentoring small businesses

Interview with Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China’s 13th five year plan

· The options being canvassed for GST reform

· REA group taking over iProperty and Optus snatching English Premier League from Fox Sports

Relevant links: http://vikkimalmberg.com/

Bruce Tulgan from Rainmaker Thinking talks about the second wave of millennials transforming the workforce

Plus, Garry and Leon chat with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· China’s manufacturing crashing
· The government’s challenges raising the GST
· Standard and Poor’s cutting BHP Billiton’s credit rating

Relevant links: http://rainmakerthinking.com/

Daniel Isaac, general manager of the Coffee Emporium, talks about the changes he introduced to the business, its strengths and the franchise model

Interview with economist RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Oil prices hitting their highest level in a year after Russia said it would support a proposal from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to freeze oil production in order the reverse the two year slump in oil prices

· Samsung stopping production of its problematic Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· President elect Donald Trump declaring that the Trade Pacific Partnership is toast after APEC summit commits to free trade
· Warnings of a budget blowout in next month’s MYEFO
· International technology giant Fujitsu becoming the anchor tenant of a 17 million dollar high tech precinct that could potentially create hundreds of jobs in the LaTrobe Valley

Relevant links

http://www.thinkmarkets.com/au/market-news/

Economics

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
European Union leaders emerging after 10 hours of summit talks wielding an agreement on a eurozone banking supervisor - but are still left facing a minefield on the way to solving their debt crisis. Meanwhile, Greece's national statistics agency has revised upwards the country's 2011 deficit and public debt figures to 9.4 per cent of GDP

Interview with Paul Solomon, co-CEO of Moose Toys
Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

Interview with economist Steven Koukoulas
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
More pressure on Greece with a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition saying that Germany's parliament is unlikely to approve a third financial rescue package for Greece. At the same time, Athens is close to sealing a deal with its international lenders on fresh austerity measures in exchange for billions of euros in aid funds

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, delivered the 2012 Annual APEC Lecture hosted by the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University.

In her address, Ms Bishop noted the key role APEC plays in promoting free trade and investment, and economic integration amongst regional economies, stressing that APEC “is as important today as it was in 1989 when member economies first met in Canberra for an informal dialogue.’

Interview with Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson from schoolofthinking.org
Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· Protests from thousands of Spanish medical workers and residents angered by budget cuts and plans to partly privatise the national health service while Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti announces his plans to step down, leaving the way open for Silvio Berlusconi to make a return

· The US economy adding 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 per cent, the lowest since December 2008

Interview with David Owen from BAE Detica - Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
• German MPs overwhelmingly backing a deal aimed at trimming Greece's debt load and keeping the country financially afloat but the country's finance minister insisted it’s irresponsible to raise hopes of more radical debt forgiveness soon.
• Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy saying it will be difficult to meet the goal of cutting Spain's public deficit to 6.3 per cent of gross domestic product this year in line with European Union demands

Interview with James Cattermole from JadeLynx, founder of the Hexigo management decision making system
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson:

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

Interview with Tim Kentley, Nick Bland and Danielle Conroy at Wheelbarrow

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke warning that the looming 'fiscal cliff' tax hikes and spending cuts "pose a substantial threat" to the country's economic recovery.
Moody’s cutting France’s credit rating while the EU and IMF can’t yet agree on releasing the latest instalment of rescue funding needed to save Greece from bankruptcy.

Interview with GJ Gardner CEO Darren Wallis - Interview with RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
Obama planning his second term agenda as US employers add 171,000 jobs in October and hiring is stronger over the previous two months than first thought, pointing to a slowly improving jobs picture. The unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 per cent from 7.8 per cent in September as more workers resumed job hunts.

Interview with Ron Clarkson, Vice President, Mobility Products at Trend Micro
Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
The OECD predicting that China will overtake the US as the world’s largest economy as early as 2016 in terms of purchasing power. China's export growth meanwhile accelerating in October, adding to evidence the world's second-largest economy is bouncing back as the ruling Communist Party chooses new leaders

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi expecting the Eurozone to pick up next year while the International Monetary Fund is set to lower its growth estimates for the global economy while economists warn that Germany is headed for a recession. The World Trade Organisation has also slashed its 2012 global trade outlook, citing the eurozone debt crisis and weak growth in the US and China as key factors behind the downgrade.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Klaus R. Kunzmann discusses the European economic and financial crisis and what it means for the cities and regions in the European Union. He asks ‘Which future has “old” Europe in the Asian Century? The Transforming the Future public lecture will present alternative scenarios of territorial development in Europe in times of growing global integration.

Paul Barclay from ABC’s Radio National leads the discussion between Dr Bruno Mascitelli, President of the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA); H.E. Mr Sven-Olof Petersson, Ambassador of Sweden to Australia and H.E. Mr Patrick Renault, Ambassador of Belgium to Australia.

"Australia and Europe in Conversation" took place at the EU Centre at RMIT in Melbourne.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

Interview with Deloitte Digital leader Frank Farrall
Interview with economist Ian Harper
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· European Union leaders agreeing to a drastically reduced seven-year budget worth €959 billion ($A1.26 trillion) - the first cut in spending in the 27-country group's history.

· The Australian stock market pushing through the key psychological 5000-point threshold, its highest point since April 15, 2010.

· National Australia Bank's (NAB) monthly business survey showing business confidence lifting slightly in January mostly, helped by a rally in the local sharemarket.

Interview with Andrew Gorecki, managing director of Retail Directions
Interview with economist Saul Eslake
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· The OECD finding that Eurozone economic growth is beginning to emerge but Portugal is in its worst recession in 37 years and Fitch has downgraded Italy's sovereign debt rating

· The US announcing better-than-expected jobs data, with the unemployment rate falling and solid jobs growth in February. The jobless rate fell to 7.7 per cent, from 7.9 per cent in January, and a net 236,000 jobs were gained

High quality business research has had tremendous impact on industry best practices for the better part of a century. Whether grounded in economics, organisational behaviour, applied psychology or law, academics have often brilliantly distilled the obvious stupidities of the business world into manageable bite-sized chunks. But times are changing.

In this presentation, Associate Professor Jason Potts presents research on the new approach to the study of innovation that emphasises the often significant extent to which shared contributions and voluntary cooperation occurs in the development of new technologies.

This presentation discusses how Australian LIS (Library and Information Science) educators using a passion-based learning approach develop learning environments that aim to connect students more deeply with the rich and diverse culture of their new profession and enable them to become part of the wider LIS community.

In-depth phenomenological and life story interviews were conducted on a theoretical sample of 11 consumers to explore the dark side of their intense relationships with their favourite product/brand.

Our analysis revealed that the presence of a void in an informant’s life led to a need to fill it through the consumption of a specifically chosen product/brand.

There is a groundswell of belief that humanity faces multiple crises over the coming decades. These include: climate change, peak oil, pandemic, terrorism, etc. For many, the seriousness of these issues and their potential consequences is lost in the current short-termist and polarised political debate. I argue that through the development of 'extreme scenarios' for possible futures and the 'backward logic' of their causality, we can start to address their roots in the present to seek to move towards more reasonable futures.

The global market for non-deceptive counterfeit goods, in which consumers know that they are buying the fakes, has grown rapidly over the past two decades. Estimated to be worth $585 billion in financial value, counterfeiting is considered a major threat to the wellbeing of consumers, the brand owners, governments and society at large. We examine why one group of wealthy Asian women (self identified as “Tai Tai’s”) consume counterfeit luxury brands.

The role of multinational corporations (MNCs) in fostering or undermining development within local communities in developing countries has been a subject of intensive debate within academic and practitioner circles. This project explores the contribution in poverty alleviation from MNCs in two South East Asian countries Lao PDR and Thailand in the form of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

This paper presents a comparative analysis of stock market integration between emerging stock markets within Asia as well as those between Asian markets and two developed markets, the US and Australia.

Almost 30 per cent of the increase in the Australian population in 2010 was brought about by migration. Thus, immigrants’ financial behaviour can potentially have a huge impact on the Australian financial system.

By using Australian longitudinal data this thesis investigates if and how this behaviour differs from the native-born Australians, and how it is affected by the immigrants’ home country characteristics as well as by Australian immigration policies.

This research explores how Indigenous people understand money, and how they want to use and manage it. This will help in improving their financial inclusion and also in better socio-economic and health outcomes by building social capital, personal self-esteem and confidence amongst Indigenous people. The flow-on impact of improving Indigenous disadvantage has been proven to be up to 1% of our GDP or AUD 10bn per annum.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· EU foreign ministers agreeing to speed up wider sanctions against Russia and to examine tougher measures, including in the defence sector after Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was allegedly downed by pro-Moscow rebels. Meanwhile, there’s bad news coming out of America with a report finding that US home values won't match their pre-recession peak of 2007 until 2017 and IMF lowers its growth forecast for the US

Alec Gardner, General Manager Advanced Analytics, Teradata Australia and New Zealand talks about big data

Interview with economist Saul Eslake

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China's official non-manufacturing purchasing managers' index and HSBC China Services Business Activity Index falling, Moodys upgrading its rating for Greece, Portugal looking to rescue its banking system and US services firms growing at the fastest rate in more than eight years. And more bade news out of Europe.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· German business confidence sliding but US consumer confidence rising

· BIS Shrapnel warning that the high Australian dollar will weigh on the economy, leading to slow jobs growth in the next four years

· A complete summary of all the profits

Relevant links: http://www.kpmg.com/au/en/issuesandinsights/articlespublications/china-i...

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China’s crucial manufacturing sector falling significantly, US manufacturing expanding and signs that Greece is emerging from recession

· The Abbott government crunching a deal with the Palmer United Party to repeal the mining tax, delaying the increase to superannuation.

· The RBA keeping interest rates on hold while the economy grows at 2.1 per cent

Relevant links: https://www.surveymonkey.com/

Separating work and personal life is becoming increasingly difficult in the mobile age. Dror Nadler, SVP, Sales & Strategic Alliances of multi-persona platform Cellrox explains multi-persona platforms, where users are able to divide their mobile device down professional and personal lines. Nadler explains the concern around BYOD and security at work as well as organisations protecting their assets. Also on the show, economic Saul Eslake talks about the impact the decline of the mining industry is having on the Australian economy.

Also, Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

Drawing from extensive ethnographic fieldwork, this research develops a rich description of what it means to be a globally mobile consumer. This research provides theoretical insights into the behaviour of globally mobile consumers and discusses the managerial implications of better understanding the globalisation of markets and culture.