10 business podcasts you need to listen to

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Looking for inspirational and engaging business podcasts to keep you at the top of your game and help prepare you for future business success?

Don’t spend hours trying to find a great series that will get you hooked. We’ve taken the liberty of finding the best of the best (listed in no particular order) so you can dive straight in. Tried and tested by UQ Business School staff, you know these will be good!

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1. Exponent

This outstanding podcast explores the impact technology is having on tech companies and society. The hosts are no stranger to innovation. Ben Thompson is the author and founder of Stratechery, a website that provides analysis of the strategy and business side of technology and media, and James Allworth is the co-author of 'How will you measure your life', a note-worthy book about business endorsed by Steve Jobs.

Recommended by Associate Professor Tim Kastelle

2. Disruptors for GOOD

In this podcast, Grant Trahant, founder of Causeartist, interviews social entrepreneurs, startups and brands from around the world who have dedicated their lives to developing business that impact the world in a positive way.

Recommended by Associate Professor Sarah Jane Kelly

3. ABC Future Tense

ABC Future Tense analyses the social, cultural and economic fault lines that arise as a result of rapid transformation. The podcast explores new ideas, approaches and technologies that occur on the edge of change.

Recommended by Professor Mark Dodgson AO 

4. Business Insights from KPMG Enterprise

Whether you're a startup, a family business, a company looking to expand, or a not-for-profit trying to make the dollars stretch, this podcast discusses issues affecting businesses and potential solutions.

Recommended by Dr Nicole Hartley

5. Freakonomics

An oldie but a goodie, this series explores the hidden side of the world via weekly interviews with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs. Discover things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do), to become one of the most knowledgeable professionals in your circle.

Recommended by Associate Professor Sarah Jane Kelly

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6. Go Simone

Each episode in this series features thought-provoking conversations with women who contribute to building a more inclusive, fair and sustainable world by championing climate action and justice. Check out the episode where UQ Business School academic Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel talks about degrowth and wellbeing economics!

This podcast is the brainchild of Roxane Valier-Brasier, Planning & BI Analyst

7. DirectorCast

The aim of this new podcast by the Australian Institute of Company Directors is to listeners informed about contemporary governance issues via world-class thought leadership from business schools across the globe.

UQ Business School is a proud partner of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

8. Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series is a lively program of thought-provoking discussions with the best UQ speakers on matters that impact the community and shape our ideas of the world. Topics include the future of work, the global refugee crisis and how advancements in science and medicine can change the face of tourism, health and food.

9. ZigZag

The short stories on each episode of ZigZag take an honest look at the culture of business and work, and what needs to change. This series is part of a new movement to chart a kinder, more sustainable and collective path forward.

Recommended by Caron Crossan, Client Services Manager

10. a16z

Featuring interviews with industry experts, business leaders and other interesting thinkers from around the world, the a16z podcast discusses technology trends and news as ‘software eats the world’.

Recommended by Associate Professor Tim Kastelle

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There are so many informative and inspirational business podcasts out there with advice and tips to help you get started on your own business endeavours and learn more about business and emerging industries. Whenever you choose to listen to them, incorporating these series in your everyday life will help you stay in-the-know and ahead of the game.


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