Future Enterprise Unit | BSB 105

This introductory business core unit provides insights on how to predict emerging futures in the contemporary workplace and how to tailor individual response strategies to future business scenarios. Grounded in an integrated mix of real-world case studies from corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors, this unit will help you to develop the mindset and skill set required to approach the future world of work equipped to succeed. You will practise environmental sensing, scenario planning and managing strategic alternatives, and will be introduced to megatrends defining the contemporary work landscape, along with opportunities, threats and “black swan” events disrupting it. You will build your capability to be resilient and agile in the workplace. This unit is relevant to students of all business disciplines, preparing you for the future of work and introducing you to business capabilities to ignite your career.

Classroom to Boardroom Strategy

A/Prof Paula Dootson and ICB Director Gemma Alker built an industry engagement strategy to leverage BSB105 Future Enterprise, the signature first-year unit of the Business degree and CFE’s flagship teaching program. Offering QUT undergraduate, postgraduate, and customised-course students contemporary access to work integrated learning experiences, the ‘classroom to boardroom’ strategy embeds the teaching-research nexus, optimises economics of scale for industry engagement, and is student-centric.

This is a complex, multi-stakeholder partnership model in the classroom that enables students to immerse themselves in the client organisation to rapidly apply theory, culminating in viable digital transformation recommendations. Students design innovation solutions for digital transformation problems with real-world, well-known brand partners (including Opera Queensland, Southbank Corporation, Children’s Hospital Queensland, Tennis Queensland and RACQ) and engage with experts from Cisco, Deloitte and other QUT research centres to access real-time, global trends and data enriching the real-world learning experience.

Industry presents in the classroom from students’ first hour in week one and multiple times across semester, and industry partners progress as the case study from UG to PG over two semesters. Students gain competitive work experience, connections to global experts with timely industry insights, and additions to their professional networks. Industry partners gain exposure to talent and researchers, and crowd-sourced innovation.

To date this CFE model has been experienced by five industry partners, two global organisations, 3,500 UG, 100 PG, 36 international masters students from eight Triple-A accredited international business schools from eight countries (participating in the Global Innovation Challenge). 82% of students report they are learning career relevant skills and six industry partners have invested in further engagement including: work placement $50,000 commercial research, ARC Linkage proposal intent, prototype projects in ICB, and incorporating content into internal training.


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