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Dr Jane Menzies

PhD(Mgt) Monash, BBus(Hons) Monash, BCom Deakin, GCHE Deakin

  • Senior Lecturer in International Business
  • Business Postgraduate Coordinator
  • School of Business and Creative Industries
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Sunshine Coast
Jane Menzies

Dr Jane Menzies completed her PhD at Monash University in 2005, on women’s participation in international assignments in Multinational Enterprises. Jane is now a Senior Lecturer in International Business at the University of Sunshine Coast. At her previous institution, Deakin University she held roles including the Director for the Master of Commerce, Director for the Master of Business Administration (International), and more recently the Deputy Director for the Higher Degrees by Research. Jane is an excellent teacher, often scoring 100% that students are satisfied with her teaching. Jane has led study tours to India, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, the US and coordinated in an inbound program of MBA students from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Jane has held visiting scholar positions at Aarhus University, Denmark, Rollins College, US, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China and the University of Melbourne. Jane has taught at Monash and Victoria University.

Her research interests are in internationalisation of firms, transitional issues of international students, including into and out of University, women’s entrepreneurship, and gender issues in organisations. Jane has published in Thunderbird International Business Review, AIB Insights, International Journal of Consumer Studies, International Journal of Conflict Management, Management International Review, Human Resource Management Review, International Trade Journal, Australian Journal of Career Development, and a range of education journals. Jane published a book with Routledge in 2018 on ‘Innovation and Internationalisation: Australian SMEs in China. ’ Jane has over the years been awarded grants at the Australia China Council (2013) and more recently at the Council for Australia Latin America Relations (2022) both at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Jane has been a successful Higher Degrees by Research supervisor, bringing 5 PhD students and 2 DBA students to completion, 2 Masters of Leadership research students, and 2 Honours students. Jane’s work over the years has also gained media attention in national outlets, on women’s participation in international assignments, Australian business internationalisation to China, and more recently the Four Day Working Week. Jane has been the secretary for the Australian and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) since 2017, and the conference Co-Chair for the ANZIBA 2023 conference held at Deakin University, Melbourne. Jane is also a member of the Academy of International Business (AIB), where she regularly presents her work.


She has been quoted in the following media articles:

  1. Bucklow, A (2022) podcast on news.com Should Australia adopt a four-day working week.com, 16th February 2022.
  2. Rivett, J. (2022) Is unpaid overtime fair? The Age, 4th February 2022.
  3. MBA News (2021) Is The Four-Day Working Week The Future Of Work?, 7th October, 2021.
  4. Shying, O (2021) Empty CBD office fears after lockdowns, Geelong Advertiser, 2nd July 2021, pg 4.
  5. Shying, O. (2021) No appeal to office return, Geelong Advertiser, 21st May 2021, pg 23.
  6. Orr, S, Menzies, J.L, Donnelly, (2017) Born in China a new type of business, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/born-in-china-a-new-type-of-australian-business-79037
  7. Food Navigator Asia, Businesses don’t know how to market to the Chinese in the Asian century, August 12, 2014.
  8. Business News, Is the timing right for Avalon? May 8, 2014.
  9. Smart Company, Australian SMEs set to ride the Chinese economic dragon, Mar 24, 2014
  10. Australia China Trade and Investment, Ways not too lose money in China, 2014
  11. In the Black, Doing business in China, 12 May 2013.
  12. The Australian Financial Review, Success in China takes time and perseverance, 20 March 2013.
  13. The Morning Whistle, The internationalization of Chinese enterprises: Summit, 23 August 2012.
  14. Human Capital, Aussie multinationals feel China's talent shortage pinch, October 14, 2010
  15. Campus Daily, Shortage of talented workers in China concern for Australian multinationals, October 13, 2010.
  16. The Australian, Start with a plan and the right partner, September 24 2009
  17. Gold Coast Business News, Indy has got the bucks - but can it go the distance? September 2008
  18. Australian R&D Review, Sino (Ad)ventures, September 2008
  19. Australia-China Connections, Big Decisions, August/September 2008
  20. The Australian, Women miss out on foreign postings, August 15, 2007
  21. HR Monthly, Rance, C - Global workforce planning, August 14, 2007
  22. Geelong Advertiser, Women miss out on overseas posts, April 7, 2007
  23. Courier Mail Not the 'best man for the job'?, March 12, 2007
  24. Courier Mail, Women still seen as not 'best man for the job', The Courier-Mail, March 10, 2007
  25. Business Review Weekly, Women left at home, March 11, 2007
  26. Australian Financial Review, Women miss out, February 12, 2007
  27. MX (Melbourne), Few women get a ticket to ride, February 06, 2007
  28. HR Monthly, Menzies, J.L. & Shen, CJS (2006) Fit to travel, October
  29. The Age, Higher Expectations, The Age, July 17, 2006

Professional Memberships

  • Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA)
  • Academy of International Business -Oceania
  • Academy of International Business

Professional Social Media


Potential Research Projects for HDR & Honours students

  • Women entrepreneurs
  • International businesses of Australian First Nations People
  • Internationalisation of firms

Research Grants

Grant/Project name


Funding body & A$ value


Focus (of research grant)

Women entrepreneurs leading sustainable development across Australia and Latin America


Dr Andrea North-Samardzic, Dr Jane Menzies, A/Prof Ambika Zutshi, Dr Rakesh Pati, Dr Arpit Raswant


Council for Australian Latin American Relations  – DFAT, $48026


Women entrepreneurs addressing sustainability

Australian small to medium enterprises in China: Innovation and engagement in the Asian Century


Dr Jane Menzies, Prof Stuart Orr

Australia China Council – DFAT, $28,000


The internationalisation of SMEs to China using innovation

Internationalisation Success Factors Investigation for City of Melbourne, International Group

Dr Jane Menzies, Prof Stuart Orr

City of Melbourne, International Group, $5000


Examined the success factors of firms internationalizing from Melbourne, Australia.

An examination of the university to work transition of international students in Australia

Dr Jane Menzies, Assoc Prof Ambika Zutshi, Prof Alex Newman & Prof Andrew Noblet

Deakin University - Career Continuity for Researchers who are Primary Carers, $21,543


Examined the transitional issues of international students

Roles and relationships between Mentees and Mentors

Dr Jane Menzies & Ms Rachael Baron

Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University, $5310


Examined the influence of a peer mentoring program

The influence of the Deakin Business School Society (DBSS) on the transition of international students into Deakin University

Dr Jane Menzies & Ms Rachael Baron

Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University, $8,185.90


Examined the transitional issues of international students and the role of friends and student societies in influencing that transition

A multi-dimensional international strategic management approach to single market entry

Dr Jane Menzies, Prof Stuart Orr, Dr Mona Chung

Faculty of Business and Law, Mentored Research Grant, $12063.40


Examined the internationalisation of Australian firms to China

Research areas

  • Internationalisation of firms
  • Transitional issues of international students in and out of University
  • Gender issues in international business, organisations and entrepreneurship
  • International human resource management/expatriation

Dr Jane Menzies' specialist areas of knowledge include International business/exporting/trade, Australia China business relations, Gender issues in international business or organisations, Women entrepreneurs, The four-day working week

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