Shouting from the Ivory Tower

Professor Per Davidsson, Director of ACE

One of the missions of the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) is to make research-based knowledge on entrepreneurship accessible and useful to practitioners. The question is how to best do that? One way we have tried is to write up short summaries of findings from academic research in newsletter stories and “research vignettes”. Not knowing quite how well that works, and being researchers, we actually did some research on how to communicate research. The result is an article by the title “Shouting from the Ivory tower: a marketing approach to improve communication of academic research to entrepreneurs” by Paul Steffens, Clinton Weeks, Lauren Isaak and myself which has now been accepted for publication in one of the leading academic journals, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Ironically, this is of course the type of article and journal that practitioners don’t read, so hopefully the following little summary can reach more people. So, here it goes: Read more

ACE Bootcamp – Call for Expressions of Interest


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As a means of establishing and sustaining an international top position in entrepreneurship research, the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE)  hosts the “ACE Paper Development Bootcamp” in December of each year.

The Bootcamp is aimed at providing an opportunity for researchers to focus on the crafting and development of existing paper drafts, conference papers, previously rejected manuscripts and other file drawer ‘orphans’. Bootcamp participants include staff on all levels, from PhD students and early career researchers to full professors. With a number of leading conferences having paper deadlines in early in the year, including Academy of Management, this is an ideal time to focus on the development of your papers.

This year so far we can confirm that Frederic Delmar will join our group of ‘celebrity visitors’ and as in past years Dean Shepherd, Per Davidsson and Paul Steffens will chair sessions and offer mentoring Read more

Home-grown ideas driving METS success

New research has revealed that Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Service (METS) providers might be smaller in scale than their international rivals, but they make more money from new, cutting-edge products.

QUT researchers from the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research conducted a large survey of Australian METS to build a more accurate profile of the innovation and internationalisation in the sector.

Lead researcher Dr Henri Burgers said the study revealed Aussie METS are active innovators.

“The METS sector is dominated by small and medium-sized enterprises – 88 per cent of the firms, which are predominantly Australian-owned – 79 per cent of the firms,” Dr Burgers said.

“METS firms are active in innovation, with 90 per cent of the firms investing in R&D. This leads Read more

Shouting from the Ivory Tower

Paul Steffens, Clinton Weeks, Lauren Isaac and Per Davidsson have had the manuscript “Shouting from the Ivory tower: a marketing approach to improve communication of academic research to entrepreneurs‘ accepted for publication in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. 

Evidence-based practice in entrepreneurship requires effective communication of research findings. We focus on how research synopses can “promote” research to entrepreneurs. Drawing on marketing communications literature, we examine how message characteristics of research synopses affect their appeal. We demonstrate the utility of conjoint analysis in this context and find message length, media richness and source credibility to have positive influences. We find mixed support for a hypothesized negative influence of jargon, and for our predictions that participants’ involvement with academic research moderates these effects. Exploratory analyses reveal latent classes of entrepreneurs with differing preferences, particularly for message length and jargon.

Read the full article now avaialbe on QUT e-prints

Quick reads – research findings from our team

The ACE research vignette series is aimed at sharing current and interesting research findings from our team of international Entrepreneurship researchers.

recent titles you may be interested in:

  • New firm formation and job creation.
  • Is business planning important for entrepreneurial success?
  • Do Entrepreneurs’ Personal Networks influence Small Firm Performance?
  • Is entrepreneurship a matter of personality?
  • Does it pay for established firms to be entrepreneurial? Can entrepreneurship be taught?
  • Is venture capital investment the key to success?

Click here to view the complete title list: ACE research vignette series

Outstanding Contribution to Entrepreneurship Research

Congratulations to Professor Per Davidsson, Director – Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, School of Management, QUT who has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Faculty of Business and Economics, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany July 2013. This award recognizes Per for his ‘outstanding scholarly contributions in the field of entrepreneurship.  His widely recognized methodological contributions, his studies on the transition to entrepreneurship and his international research work has become benchmarks for entrepreneurship studies.  Moreover, he has mentored the most influential young  entrepreneurship researchers in the field of entrepreneurship.’

Per Honorary Doctorate Leuphana U, Luneburg Germany July 2013



An Ecological Approach to Firm Survival

Earlier this year Colin Jones from the University of Tasmania presented this interactive research seminar at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship in Brisbane.

Follow this link to view this ACE Research Seminar

Is it possible that a plausible explanation of firm survival could emerge seemingly independent of all the actors involved in the related events? Perhaps it should not be surprising that it could when one considers the absence of any current unifying and/or coherent explanation of firm survival (Yang and Aldrich, 2012). Indeed, it would seem that the complexity of firm formats, ever-present environmental heterogeneity, diverse research methods, competing theoretical frameworks and inconsistent definitions for variables and measures (Lewin and Volberda, 1999) conspire to restrict our agreed knowledge of firm survival.  This research does not seek to resolve this problem, rather, it seeks to Read more

QUT Business School Success in CRC Collaboration

Professor Lionel Page and Associate Professor Rob Perrons are among a team of academics from QUT that were successful in their submission to AutoCRC for a project entitled EEV Future Regional Market and Technology Uptake Study. The total funding awarded to the QUT Business School team is $238,000 over the three-year project plus funding for 2 PhD students. Malaysia Automotive Institute is a partner on the project. The project will analyze barriers to the uptake of energy-efficient vehicles, including market forces and infrastructure, in four Asian countries—specifically, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Rob Perrons is an active member of ACE and we congratulate him, Lionel Page and the QUT team for this great achievement !

Per Davidsson Grows Entrepreneurship Scholars

The Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division’s slogan is ‘we grow entrepreneurship scholars’.  Each year the division honours a senior scholar for their efforts in doing just that.  This mentor award recognises excellence in the field of entrepreneurship by way of mentoring junior colleagues and doctoral students. The winner of this year’s mentor award is the ACE’s [Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research] own Prof Per Davidsson. The nomination made the case as follows:

“Per Davidsson is a natural scholar; he is curious and aims to make a lasting contribution to our knowledge of the entrepreneurship phenomenon. The field needs people like Per. However, more importantly to his students, collaborators, and the field more generally, he is generous by nature. So while his academic contributions may be many, we all get the sense that Per understands that encouraging new scholars and even quite senior colleagues to share his authentic desire to understand the field will undoubtedly be his most significant legacy. We think this is something that should be commended, and acknowledged through an award fitting the sprit Per Davidsson brings to entrepreneurship scholarship.”

The selection process, as well as reviewing the nominees record of mentoring, included letters of support from Per’s mentees and those who’ve worked closely with him over the years.   The letters share each writer’s personal experience of Per, the influence he had, and include among their number them a note from a prior a winner of this very same award. Almost 50 such letters of support were received from mentees and colleagues around the world. A clear measure of the esteem by which Per’s is held in our community.  We here at ACE know only too well the amount of work Per has put in to developing the centre to be a vibrant community of entrepreneurship scholars. We also know this award means a lot to Per – so please share in congratulating him.

Mike Wright, Per Davidsson and David Audretsch

Mike Wright, Per Davidsson and David Audretsch


Many thanks to Dr Scott Gordon for contributing this story.

Meet the 2014 ACERE Panellists

ACERE Sydney Harbour

We are proud to confirm Saras Sarasvathy, Dean Shepherd, Per Davidsson, and Frederic Delmar will serve as reviewers (in writing) and face-to-face discussants/chairs of the papers selected for ACERE “Paper Development Sessions”.   They all have extensive publishing, reviewing, editorship and mentoring experience at the highest level.   Moreover, you can expect at least another four international experts of the same calibre to be added at a later stage.   Several of these eight scholars will also appear in keynote and/or panelist roles during the conference.  Read more about our panellists here

The 2014 ACERE Conference is to be held in Sydney, Australia – 4 to 7 February.