The University of Newcastle’s Newcastle Business School (Central Coast) has been engaged by NSW Trade & Investment to provide research and evaluation services to support the NSW Government’s $1.5 million Smart Work Hub Pilot Program.
The NSW Smart Work Hub Pilot Program is providing funding support for the establishment and operation of five Smart Work Hubs to be located at Rouse Hill, Oran Park Town, Penrith, Gosford and Wyong.
A ‘Smart Work Hub’ is a facility or space that offers workers an alternative to working in their normal place of work or working from home – teleworking from a ‘third space’, which is usually focused around a large commuter population.
The Newcastle Business School research team, led by UON Associate Professor Martin Fitzgerald, will collect data and evaluate the outcomes of the Smart Work Hubs funded under the Pilot Program to better understand user demand and the benefits for business and the NSW economy.
Professor Fitzgerald said the team’s research would be used to determine whether successful operating models and market demand could be established to attract further private sector investment.
“Our team has extensive experience in the telework research space, and this latest work forms part of our broader agenda focusing on innovation management and the 21st century workforce,” Professor Fitzgerald said.
“The Newcastle Business School is excited to have been granted the opportunity for involvement with this innovative NSW Government program.”
The interdisciplinary UON research team is comprised of Associate Professor Fitzgerald, Dr Ashish Malik, Dr Philip Rosenberger III and Dr Anton Kriz.