Congratulations to our Higher Degree Research students who had their thesis published in NOVA during July. All of these theses are available as full text and cover a variety of topics, from the representation of Islam in Australian newspapers, to customer satisfaction with sommelier services. Congratulations to all on the completion of their thesis!

Masters of Clinical Psychology (MClinPsych)

The role of dispositional mindfulness and self-compassion as buffers in the relationship between negative life events and symptoms of depression
Alexandra
Arentz, Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Education

“‘The results of this study suggest that individuals with higher levels of either mindfulness or self-compassion are less likely to report depressive symptoms in general, and that both groups are less likely report such symptoms as a result of negative life events. However, the current findings also suggest that the moderating effects of mindfulness occur via self-compassion. It appears that having high levels of both self-compassion and mindfulness is no more effective as a buffer against negative life events than being high in self-compassion alone. These findings suggest that self-compassion may be particularly useful as a resilience-building strategy because it creates a buffer against negative life events”.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Representations of Islam: a comparative critical discourse analysis of Australian newspapers
Caitlin Parr
, Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Creative Industries

“This original research contributes valuable insights and new knowledge about how representations of Islam and Muslims in news media discourses may influence community perceptions of Islam and Muslims, and subsequently have real world effects in respect of proposed Islamic property developments in specific locations.”

Judas Iscariot, betrayal and idolatry
Richard Harvey, Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science

“This thesis will assess the evidence for Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. It has three main original contributions to knowledge and presents sufficient evidence to show that Judas is a traitor and a blasphemer who has all the essential literary features of an idol.”

Developing a post-apostolic identity: examining the influence of education within the Ancient Church and its role in the development of a Ductu in Primitiva Ecclesia
 Ross Tucker, Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Education

“The aim of this thesis is to provide a deeper perception and understanding of the place of education and teaching that was at work in the early church and its role in the development of the leadership in the early church.”

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Customer satisfaction with sommelier services in Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong
Wing Tong Lau, Faculty of Business & Law, Newcastle Business School

“Wine consumption in Hong Kong largely increased after the abolishment of the wine tax in 2008. This scenario resulted in a high demand for wine professions and sommeliers. Studies on the role and responsibility of sommeliers are mostly focused on Western restaurants. The service quality of sommeliers in Chinese restaurants should be explored because Chinese food is a major part of the diet in Hong Kong. This research investigates the relationship between the service quality of sommeliers and customer satisfaction, and loyalty in Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong.”

The relationship between transformational leadership and organizational learning in a Japan based electronics firm in Hong Kong
Ka Man Chan, Faculty of Business & Law, Newcastle Business School

“This paper examines how the transformational leadership style influences the occurrence of organizational learning in a Japan based electronics firm in Hong Kong. The main focus of this study is to investigate the relationship between transformational leadership of middle managers and their influence on the employees in terms of knowledge sharing.”

To investigate the use of influence strategies in Hong Kong electronics industry
Chun Cheung Lo, Faculty of Business & Law, Newcastle Business School

“This research is dedicated to examine that the use of influence strategies would be affected by interdependence and moderated by environmental uncertainty in the supplier-buyer relationship in Hong Kong electronics industry. This research provides both theoretical and managerial insights into the applicability of influence strategies and managers need to understand the effective use of influence strategies under different interdependent relationships and uncertain environment to make appropriate decisions.”

The link between the profiles of Independent Non-Executive Directors (INEDs) and adoption of best corporate governance practices in Hong Kong listed companies
Piu Keung Cheng, Faculty of Business & Law, Newcastle Business School

“Hong Kong regulatory authority has put in considerable effort to increase directors’ accountability due to recent scandals in Asia. As a result, Hong Kong regulatory authority revised the Listing Rule to enhance corporate governance by increasing the number of Independent Non-Executive Directors (INEDs) on the board of directors and also revised the code of conduct and accountability of INEDs.”

Examining the effect of cost orientation on RMO adoption in the hospitality industry
Howard Lee, Faculty of Business & Law, Newcastle Business School

“From a managerial perspective, the research highlights the importance of understanding the possible tradeoff between relational and transactional strategies, assisting managers in making more informed decisions regarding the development of more consistent and effective RMO strategies, less vulnerable to the influence by competitive pressure on price/cost.”

Calling all Alumni

If you’re interested in publishing your UON theses in NOVA please contact our repository team. We’d love to tell you more about open access and help you get your thesis online.

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