News story 10th Jun 2015

Leadership program a resounding success

A new leadership program developed by Monash Business School has been received positively following its first workshop in Indonesia.

Victoria-Indonesia Leadership Program

The Victoria-Indonesia Leadership Program is a unique opportunity for Australian businesses to better understand the competitive landscape in Indonesia, develop strong relationships with Indonesian partners and witness first-hand emerging commercial opportunities while connecting with key decision makers.

Program builds valuable business relationships

Deputy Dean, Leadership and Executive Education Professor Richard Hall said the feedback from the first program, which focused on infrastructure, had been very positive.

"The program, a unique partnership between Monash Business School, the Victorian Government and ANZ, offers a practical way for Australian businesses to accelerate their growth in this incredibly important market," Professor Hall said.

"The sessions gave the participants a better understanding of the Indonesian business landscape and the many business opportunities available.

"Several participants have already started working with the connections they met through the networking opportunities the program allowed."

In the first of three programs, participants included business leaders from government, banking and accountancy, and the transport industry.

The program covered the important areas of:

  • Indonesian economy, regulations and governance
  • Establishing a business: regulatory and compliance issues
  • Taxation requirements and repatriating capital
  • Emerging infrastructure developments
  • Managing relationships
  • Managing governance structures within relationships
  • Effective HRM in Indonesia
  • Safeguarding transactions (the legal perspective)
The program, a unique partnership between Monash Business School, the Victorian Government and ANZ, offers a practical way for Australian businesses to accelerate their growth in this incredibly important market.

Professor Richard Hall

Deputy Dean, Leadership and Executive Education

A strategic and focused approach to international engagement

The tailored approach of the program was paramount to its success according to Professor Hall.

"By combining the participants' business development interests and the expertise of its academics, Monash Business School is able to offer these small, sector-based programs," he said.

"The carefully curated program, which combines practical insights, actual case studies and premium networking opportunities, is a perfect opportunity to connect Victorian businesses with Indonesian leaders and opportunities."

Professor Hall said an important part of the program was to connect participants with Indonesian business leaders who could test participants' ideas and sharpen their next steps.

"With our extensive alumni and contacts in senior positions in government and business in Indonesia, the School is uniquely positioned to share its relationships through the program," he said.

"The program further enhances Monash Business School's reputation for providing innovative world-class leadership development."

Future programs

The two remaining programs are scheduled for October (food and agribusiness) and February 2016 (resources).

More information on the Victoria-Indonesia Leadership Program can be found on the Business School website business.monash.edu/indonesia