Department of Management and Marketing partnerships

The Department of Management and Marketing partners with a range of Australian and international organisations, governments and higher education providers on teaching and research. 

Together, we are creating education programs that meet the needs of business and government.

And, we are working on collaborative research projects to transform business, with a focus on responsible and sustainable business practices.

Education partnerships

Our education partnerships support a range of academic, student mobility and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) programs.

Our international partnerships support the global mobility of our students, via student exchange or short-term education programs. They offer pathways for international students to study at La Trobe, either in Australia or through our transnational education (third party teaching) programs.

We also partner with industry on professional learning experiences – including internships, study tours and work-based projects – to ensure our graduates are work ready and meet the needs of employers.

We work with the following accrediting bodies to ensure our education programs meet or exceed minimum standards developed by experts in the field:

  • Australian Human Resource Institute
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • European Foundation for Management Development.

A sample of our education partnerships include:

We partner with Mercer, a global superannuation and workforce advisory firm that works with organisations on people strategy, analytics and organisational design. Working with Mercer’s Organisation and Workforce Transformation team, we co-design and co-deliver subjects to equip our MBA students with the skills they need to succeed in a dynamic business environment.

As part of a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) program, our Management students work with design students from Sheffield Hallam. Using a design thinking framework, they help businesses to identify problems and ideate solutions. Students have worked on contemporary packaging design updates, website and social media analysis, crowd funding campaigns and re-engineering systems and processes.

We collaborate with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission on a subject that gives students the opportunity to critically assess sustainability challenges and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals targets in organisations in Australia and abroad. The partnership draws on the organisation’s expertise in workplace inclusion, human rights, respect and equality.

Research partnerships

A sample of our research partnerships include:

Our researchers collaborate with La Trobe University’s Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre to examine the long-term employment outcomes for autistic adults. Industry partners include DXC Technology (developers of the award-winning Dandelion Program); Autism Spectrum Australia, Australia’s largest service provider for autistic adults; and the Untapped Group, connecting organisations passionate about neurodiversity at work.

Staff in our Department are also members of La Trobe University’s Centre for Sport and Social Impact which, since 2015, has been the sport evaluation partner of VicHealth. Consistent methods of evaluation have been applied to multi-year large-scale complex project evaluations, involving over 50 funded sport organisations.

These evaluations include:

  • Growing Participation in Sport Program, working with 18 state and regional sport organisations, across a range of delivery settings, to evaluate social sport programs targeting young people (aged 12-17 years).
  • Regional Sport Program, partnering with the nine Regional Sport Assemblies to evaluate over 600 physical activity programs, healthy eating initiatives and gender equality projects.
  • Active Women and Girls Program investments, work with 5 sport and recreation organisations since 2017 to evaluate program investments targeting women and girls.
  • The This Girl Can - Victoria social marketing campaign, evaluating a campaign designed to empower Victorian women to enjoy being active without fear of judgement, gender stereotypes or skill level.

La Trobe is leading a major research initiative with the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Palani), to address the growing challenges of urbanisation. This interdisciplinary collaborative network connects researchers and public sector and business professionals with expertise to work together to improve economic, social and health outcomes for cities across Asia. Find out more about the Network.