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Choosing your Research Topic

Students undertaking the Industry Research Project (IRP) may have completed a specialisation in a specific area such as accounting, engineering, HR, tourism to name a few. Below is a table listing the specialisation, potential research foci, and a key journal (article) that might be a starting place for you to choose a topic


Potential Topic areas

Relevant Journals

Project Management


  • Project identification, prioritisation, and selection processes.
  • Project Management Office role in project initiation and planning.
  • Strategic v tactical PMO.
  • Project Management leadership and/or team leadership
  • Program management and its role in project initiation and planning phases.
  • Project integration processes during project initiation and planning.
  • Cultural diversity in project teams and its impact
  • Individual and group decision making biases that impact project selection.
  • Project team capability requirements & leadership.
  • Project time, resource, and cost estimation, and estimation quality standards
  • Leadership style, corporate culture and project success
  • Value improving processes (VIP) associated with the planning phase.
  • Reducing the risk of cost under-estimation during the planning phase.
  • Front-End Engineering & Design (FEED) practices in construction projects.
  • Impacts of contract type on project planning in construction projects.
  • Document management planning.
  • Needs and requirements analysis and traceability.
  • Cost engineering practices during the planning phase.
  • Project manager capability requirements in IT transformation projects.
  • Accounting and financial structures to support project initiation and planning.
  • Project management information systems.
  • Use of social media in project initiation and planning phases.
  • Stakeholder management requirements during initiation and planning phases.
  • Business case development to justify project investment.
  • Operational readiness planning.
  • “Front-end loading” (FEL) methods used in megaprojects (capital cost >$500M).


Kwak, Y &Anbari, F (2009) Analyzing project management research: Perspectives from

top management journals

International Project Management Journal 27 435–446

Human Resource Management

  • Hard HRM topics such as recruitment, selection, training and development, performance management, supervision, H & S, affirmative action, diversity management
  • Soft HRM topics tend to focus on strategic outcomes and relate to the link between HRM and organisational effectiveness, motivation, retention, employee commitment and engagement, work harassment/bully

HRMJ, IHHRM, Personal Review,


  • Strategic focusing on the sustainability governance/importance of the Board/senior mgt
  • Public sector performance
  • NFPs





The overarching purpose of this project is to give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have gained from this course through a deeper application to a specific project that has a real world context. In particular, the aim is to focus on applying your learnings from all three core Part A units, supplemented by learnings from your elective Part B units. For the case study selected the research question should be framed around:


  • What are the issues or benefits that infrastructure systems have generated, 
  • How has strategic asset management, engineering for sustainability and stakeholder engagement been applied.
  • What initiatives in these three areas have been successful and which have fallen short.
  • Also investigate the interfaces between these three areas and whether they reinforced each other or pulled against each other.

The case study you are asked to investigate is to be an area bound by the water catchment perimeter for a location of your choice. It should be large enough to contain a range of infrastructure or engineering systems, a range of communities and industries (The water catchment boundary is just to define a geographical or ecological area, not intended to restrict the case study to water infrastructure).


If you are especially passionate about a different case study or would like to apply your research effort to a case study involving some new innovation approaches in infrastructure and energy that  SCU engineering is exploring (such as repurposing old rail corridors or energy farming), please contact your Course Coordinator Dr Ken Doust to discuss (ken.doust@scu.edu.au).


(see MEM Industry Research Project rev1 for more details)




The Asset Journal(ISSN: 1834-3864)



Reliability Engineering & System Safety

Journal of Management Engineering


International Journal of Strategic Engineering Asset Management(ISSN online: 1759-9741)


Global Sustainability,



Journal of Sustainable Development



International Journal of Sustainable Development



International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning



International Journal of Sustainable Transportation


Tourism and Hotels Mgt

Disability in the workplace: a hotel case study

Hospitality leadership using the Competing Value Framework model

Empowerment: its significance in Tourism / Hospitality / Event industry

Publicity strategies in small hotels

Yield Management:  Do Staff Really Understand this Concept

Customer Evaluation Surveys…Their Usefulness

Technology in food services organisations and its impact on service

Environmental Management in small food outlets

Language of Guest Service in Hotels

Women Managers in hotels

Casino Management

The Emotional Effects of Abusive Guests On Front Line Staff on hotels / food services / events

Healthy food menu choices in small restaurants

"Glass Ceiling": fact or myth in hotel / food service / event companies

Emotional intelligence: how does impact front line staff in hotels / food services / events




Annals of Tourism Research

Annals of Leisure Research

Tourism Management

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

Cornell Hospitality Quarterly

Information Technology & Tourism

International Journal of Event and Festival Management


Gastronomic Tourism

  1. Identify the current trends in gastronomic tourism operations (consider demand drivers and other factors)?
  2. To what degree do businesses involved directly, or indirectly, in GT realise the opportunities to grow clientele and connect with customers in a way that will bring them back in the future? (supply chain aspects; producers not-thinking-like-consumers…)
  3. What are the emotional, material or social aspects that contribute to the particular success of a GT business?
  4. How does cultural specificity of country, region or locale contribute to the competitive edge to t e GT business?
  5. What has been the impact on GT of the recent rise in use of social media? (choose a destination or provide a comparative example). How has SM changed the commercial environment in this regard?
  6. How are some of the unique (social) features of GT (see Greg Richards on ‘cocreation,’ ‘coproduction’ and ‘prosumption,’ for example), providing new ways to understand human community and the values that it represents?
  7. What developments in food and service management of GT are reducing carbon food-print or addressing other environmental issues through greater awareness and clever design?
  8. Gastronomy and education: how does gastronomic tourism and business-related activities add to educational outcomes for travellers and local communities? (impacts, opportunities, longer term goals).
  9. Identify the relative competitiveness of a range of regional gastronomic tourism destinations (comparative examples).
  10. What political agendas (tourism policies, for example) and legislation are impacting on the promotion, operations and performance of GT associated businesses? How do they enhance or hinder the further development of GT?
  11. Using several examples for comparison, what specifically has hospitality and the values it espouses, contributed to tourism business success? See Danny Meyer’s book, Setting the Table.
  12. How is food and wine (or gastronomic) tourism being defined (adversely or otherwise) in the media and to what extent does this representation contribute to public perceptions about ‘the typical gastronomic tourist’?
  13. How have global events like the GFC impacted on GT? (e.g., has the economic downturn actually motivated businesses to diversify their product/service/experience?
  14. How are demands for authenticity, unique experiences and sustainability being met in GT businesses?
  15. What makes Australian (or other country’s) GT businesses unique or different? What can GT providers learn most from each other?
  16. How does the current tourism industry reflect the democratization of gastronomic tourism, whereby quality eating experiences can now be had in ‘cheap and cheerful’ eateries and not only in ‘high end’ establishments? (follow on: how has GT led to a re-evaluation of ‘gastronomy’ so that the latter becomes a term designating quality more than exclusivity?).
  17. To what extent are industry players (or individual supply chain providers) aware of the full, or holistic, impact of GT on business, community well-being and future sustainability?
  18. What does the state of global research into GT look like from a qualitative perspective? Are the right questions being asked? How might the range be extended to achieve meaningful and useful results?


British Food Journal

Food and Foodways

Food, Culture and Society


International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research

Journal of Consumer Behaviour

Journal of Gastronomy and Tourism

 Journal of Service Management

Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing

Quality and Preference


Richard Wilk (2012) ‘The limits of discipline: towards interdisciplinary food studies.’ Physiology &Behavior107, 471–475




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