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Research Projects
  Current research projects:

Advancing women in rural enterprises through entrepreneurship. Funded by the Department of Industry Innovation and Science. (Partners: QRRRWN, Firestation 101 and Toowoomba Startup.  $248,167 (2017 - 2018)  Project Leader: Retha Wiesner
 
Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship, Digital Innovation and Business Sustainability. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - Australian Awards Fellowships, 
Project leaders: Retha Wiesner, Aastha Malhotra, Shahbaz Mushtaq, Khorshed Allam.  $231,781 (2016 - 2017)
 
ecoBiz: Growing the business sustainability of Queensland SMEs. (Partners: CCIQ-lead and ABTS).  Funded by: Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. USQ Project Leaders: Retha Wiesner, John Cole and Julie Cotter, $3M (2013 - 2016)
 
Big Data for Small Business. Funded by Start-up Queensland Fund, Advance Queensland. Project Leaders: Retha Wiesner, Shelly Grist, Rachel King, Aastha Malhotra, Brad Carter. (2016)
 
Building Women's Start-up Resilience in Regional Queensland. 
Funded by Start-up Queensland Fund, Advance Queensland. Project Leaders: Aastha Malhotra, Retha Wiesner, Khorshed Allam, Peter Murray. (2016)
 
Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Sustainability. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - Australian Awards Fellowships, 
Project leaders: Retha Wiesner, Aastha Malhotra and Shahbaz Mushtaq.  $223,135 (2015)
 
Employee management and organisational change in Australian SMEs. Project Leader: Retha Wiesner. (2008 - current)
 Recent research project: 
Motor Vehicle Accident (MVI) - Reduction through Teams and Rewards: A Viability Analysis and pilot. 
Funded by Linfox Logistics). Project leader: Retha Wiesner.  $80,000 (2011 - 2013)
 
The Green Business Leaders Project (Partners: CitySmart (lead), Brisbane City Council, Rio Tinto, Energex, Low Carbon Australia and the Southbank Business Association.
Funded by: Australian Government’s (DCCEE) Energy Efficiency Information Grant program. 

USQ project leaders: Retha Wiesner and Julie Cotter. $658,896  (2012 - 2014)

 

Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Sustainability. AusAid - Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships. Project leaders: Retha Wiesner and Shahbaz Mushtaq.  $339,705 (2013)

 

 

Fostering Business Sustainability for competitiveness in SMEs. Funded by: AusAid - Australian Leadership awards Fellowships. Project leaders: Retha Wiesner and Shahbaz Mushtaq. $264,237 (2011)

 

Managing Environmental Sustainability for competitiveness in SMEs. Funded by Enterprise Connect. Project Team: Retha Wiesner, Doren Chadee, Peter Best, Margee Hume, Graham Young, Banjo Roxas. 50,000 (2010)

 
Developing a Best Practice Framework for Managing Sustainability in SMEs: Learning from the stars.  Funded by: CPA Australia. Project Leaders: Retha Wiesner, Doren Chadee, Peter Best. $15,000 (2009) 
 
Minimising the economic downturn on training. Funded by: Construction Skills Queensland. $55,000, (2008).


 
 

Publications
                            Most Popular Refereed Articles  

Wiesner, R. & Millett, B. Strategic Approaches in Australian SMEs. (2013).Journal of Management and Organisation18 (1), eContent Management Pty Ltd 

Innes, P & Wiesner, R.  (2012) Exploring Intra-function HRM Configurations in SMEs. Small Enterprise Research Journal19, (1), eContent Management Pty Ltd. 

BelbinC., Erwee, R. and Wiesner, R. (2012) Employee perceptions of workforce retention strategies in a health system. Employee perceptions of workforce retention strategies in a health system, Journal of Management and Organisation, pp 747 - 765. 

Chadee, D., Wiesner, R., & Roxas, B. (2011).  Environmental sustainability change management in SMEs: learning from sustainability champions.  International Journal of Learning and Change, 5 (3-Apr), Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., 194-207.     

Wiesner, R. & Innes, P. (2010).  Bleak house or bright prospect?: HRM in Australian SMEs over 1998-2008.  Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 48 (2), Sage Publications, 151-184.    

Wiesner, R., McDonald, J., & Banham, H. (2008).  Australian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs): a study of high performance management practices.  Journal of Management and Organization, 13 (3), eContent Management Pty Ltd, 227-248.    

Littler, C., Wiesner, R., & Dunford, R. (2003).  The dynamics of delayering: changing management structures in three countries.  Journal of Management Studies, 40 (2), Blackwell Publishing, 225-256.    

Wiesner, R. & McDonald, J. (2002), ‘Bleak house or bright prospect? Human resource management in Australian SMEs’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 39 (2), Sage Publications, 28-50.        


                     Most Popular Conference Papers

Wiesner, R. (2012) Insights into organisational change in Australian SMEs. 26th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. Managing for volatility and instability. Perth. 

Wiesner, R., Chadee, D., & Best, P. (2011). Insights into sustainability change management from an organisational learning perspective: learning from SME sustainability champions. 10th International Research Conference on Quality, Innovation and Knowledge Management, Monash University, 268-281. 

Wiesner, R. & Poole, N. (2011). Organisational change in SMEs: change innovators or laggards? QIK 2011: Aligning Innovation in Developed and Emerging Economies, Monash University, 368-379.

Innes, P. & Wiesner, R. (2011). The role of strategic planning and HR managerial involvement and types and sources of analytic information on SME performance. 10th International Research Conference on Quality, Innovation and Knowledge Management, Monash University, 546-556. [Discipline-Based Scholarship]

Raziq, A. & Wiesner, R. (2011). Exploring high performance management practices in Pakistani SMEs. 1stAnnual International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE 2011), Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF), 171-177. 

Wiesner, R., Chadee, D., & Best, P. (2010). Critical pre-implementation elements in engendering change for sustainability in SMEs: insights from SME sustainability leaders. Proceedings of the 10th Annual Pacific Employment Relations Association Conference, University of Ballarat, 204-223. 

6. Wiesner, R. and Millet, B. 2009. How do Australian SMEs plan? Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ 2009), Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand, 1 -40.        

7.Wiesner, R. & Poole, N. (2009). Managing change: mental models of SME managers. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ 2009), Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand, 1-40. 

Wiesner, R., Poole, N., & Banham, H. (2007). High performance management practices in owner- managed SM Es. ISBE 2007: International Entrepreneurship, Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Jan-17.            

Banham, H. & Wiesner, R. (2006). Is the current situation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) conducive to attaining their economic expectations? CCSBE 2006: Entrepreneurship, SMEs, and Local Economic Development, Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE), Jan-16.


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