Serving the Resources Industry Beyond the Boom

I was invited recently attend the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce’s panel discussion on ACE’s behalf. The title of the discussion was “Serving the Resources Industry Beyond the Boom,” and a few important issues arose that might be of interest to the ACE community:

1) In spite of the mining sector’s recent softness, the long-term future still looks relatively bright for Australia’s resource sector. The recent decline in the market—and the several thousand job cuts that have come with this—are a supply-side pause in a growth trajectory that was as frenetic as it was unsustainable. In spite of this short-term pain, however, there’s no scenario in which the resource sector fails to be a vital part of Queensland’s economy in the future.

So here’s the part that’s most relevant to an entrepreneurship-focused audience. Read more

ACE highlights from the Director, Per Davidsson

ACE has had a busy and productive summer, hosting the annual “Paper Development Bootcamp” on 17 to 19 December 2013 and the ACERE conference on 4 to 7 February 2014. The latter event was held in Sydney for the first time this year, co-hosted by the University of New South Wales. We have also had a string of well attended research seminars. Increasingly, we see colleagues from other universities coming to our seminars, which we much appreciate. Read more

GEM – Call for Nominations of Experts

ACE is soon conducting the Australian leg of the GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) study. As part of this project, we conduct a National Expert Survey (through April and May). This survey reports on the national framework conditions for entrepreneurship in Australia.

We are conducting a short (5 minute) survey of several expert respondent in each category below. Each expert is required to have a sound knowledge of the Australian conditions (or at least one State or Territory) in at least one of the following areas:

  • Entrepreneurial financing,
  • governmental policies,
  • governmental programs,
  • entrepreneurial education and training,
  • R&D transfer,
  • commercial and professional infrastructure,
  • internal market openness,
  • physical and services infrastructure,
  • social and cultural norms.

If you would like to nominate (or self-nominate) an Australian expert in any of the areas, please complete the online form.

Thanks, Paul

Associate Professor Paul Steffens
Deputy Director, ACE

CARMA Research Methods Short Courses at UniSA

The  Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) is again offering short courses at UniSA  – this year in model evaluation and scale development. Following the spectacular success of last year’s four CARMA@UniSA short courses, the School of Management is pleased to announce it is hosting two CARMA research method short courses, on May 19-23, 2014. This May, the courses are :  Intermediate SEM: Model Evaluation, and scale development.

The courses run back to back for two and a half days and are taught by world-renowned international experts in methodology.

Details appear below, or can be found at