Think: Business Futures

Think: Business Futures is about so much more than money.

Hosts David Brown and Nicole Sutton go beyond the buzzwords, and takes cutting-edge research and real world examples, to explore the complexities of a current business story.

On this episode, we dive further into our collaboration with History Lab on the first deposit into Australia’s oldest bank by asking- Why do we trust banks?


We speak with Harry Scheule, Professor of finance, about how and why banks operate on trust and how that has changed since the Royal Commission into banking.


Harry is a member of the Retail Banking Council of FINSIA and occasional advisor to the financial service industry including banks, banking regulators and government.


Further Reading:

  1. More information on Harry’s research can be found on the UTS website
  2. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) enforce and regulate company and financial services laws to protect Australian consumers, investors and creditors
  3. Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) promotes prudent behaviour with the key aim of protecting the interests of depositors, policyholders and superannuation fund members.
  4. The Reserve Bank of Australia seeks to foster financial system stability and promotes the safety and efficiency of the payments system.
  5. The Murray Inquiry Report



Music: Teddy Bergström, Henrik Neesgaard, Gunnar Johnsén and Anders Ekengren



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Money has been described as one of the most important systems of trust that humans have created to date. Whether you pay in cold, hard cash or with the tap of a credit card, you use it every day. But have you ever wondered, what is money?


This episode of largely based on an investigation for another podcast called History Lab. If you haven’t listened to the episode yet, we highly recommend you go listen to that first. The Bank, the Sergeant and his Bonus should be listed as the previous episode in your feed.


Peter Docherty is an Associate professor of Economics at the University of Technology Business School.



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In 1817, the Bank of New South Wales opened as the first financial institution in the Australian colonies. But when the first customers arrived for the grand opening, they found someone had already made a deposit. Where did the money come from? Our producers, Jason and Nicole, follow the record trail and discover the uncertain foundations of Australia’s first bank.


This episode is a collaboration between the UTS Business School, The Australian Centre for Public History and 2ser Radio in Sydney. We'll have two bonus episodes on banks, trust and money in the coming weeks.


Further Reading:



Executive Producer: Tom Allinson

Producer: Jason L'Ecuyer

Collaborating researcher: Nicole Sutton

Sound Design: Joe Koning

Host: Tamson Pietsch

Script Advisors: Lauren Carroll Harris and Ellen Leabeater


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What is it like inside the mind of a designer? How can they see what makes a good design? Is it a particular shape, a feeling, an experience or process?


On this episode of Think: Business Futures, we speak with Casey Hyun about how to think like a designer. Casey is responsible for the iconic Hyundai Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy.


Plus, David and Nicole were also joined by Jochen Schweitzer, Associate Professor and Director Entrepreneurship at the UTS Business School, to tell us about what the business world can learn from design thinking.


Further Reading:

  • More information on Jochen Schweitzer’s Design Thinking course can be found here
  • More information on the design led innovation at U.Lab can be found here.
  • Casey is the founder and director of Global Design Index.

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As part of Indigenous Business Month in October, the UTS Business School and Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, hosted a panel event called UTS Women Mean Business. The panel featured three Indigenous business women who discussed and reflected on their experiences working in and founding their own commercial organisations.


On this episode, we drop in on the panel discussion to hear about Indigenous women’s experiences in the business world. Plus, David and Nicole are joined in the studio by Robynne Quiggin, a Professor of Practice in Indigenous Business and Director of Indigenous Strategy at UTS Business School


Further Reading:

  • You can find more information on Robynne’s work at the UTS Business School here.
  • Dean Jarrett is a proud Gumbaynggirr man and Lecturer in the Management Discipline at the UTS Business school. You can find more information on Dean here.


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