It can’t happen here: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census debacle

Arnela Ceric, Peter Holland

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The paper reports on evolving research that is examining a major government project failure – the 2016 Australian census and a cyberattack which stopped it. This failure is linked to a lack of understanding of the external environment. Distributed Denial-of-Service or DDoS is increasingly becoming a threat to organisations, governments as well as individuals (Caldwell, 2015), as it disrupts their normal functioning. There is a growing need for understanding how to recognise, avoid and/or defend against threats from DDoS. This is an increasingly researched area in the IT literature (e.g., Tan et al., 2014). However, what has not been considered is the role of organisational leaders and their capacity to understand DDoS attacks. Using the theory of bounded rationality we explore these issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 British Academy of Management Conference (BAM 2017)
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 05 Sept 2017
Event31st Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management - BAM 2017 - Warwick Business School, Warwick, United Kingdom
Duration: 05 Sept 201707 Sept 2017 (Conference website)


Conference31st Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management - BAM 2017
Abbreviated titleRe-connecting Management Research with the Disciplines: Shaping the Research with the Social Sciences
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherThe British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious international events for business and management scholars. Attracting world class researchers from over 50 countries worldwide, the conference provides a friendly, supportive environment to receive feedback, share ideas and find inspiration. Following the success of the BAM2016 Conference hosted by Newcastle University which saw over 900 international delegates participating in three days of stimulating and thoughtful discussion, debate and reflection in the City of Newcastle! We welcome the Management Community to join us at in Coventry in September 2017 to discuss your research in a friendly, vibrant & supportive environment.
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