QUT students join some of the world’s most forward thinking designers & innovators

The DIS Experience Night was an eye opening event on the integration of technology with the human body. The concepts which were displayed and demonstrated throughout the night gave a glimpse into what the future of human integrated technology may look like. There was an array of concepts both ready for commercial release, as well as others which were highly fictional, encouraging the audience to question life and the way society may communicate with such fused technology.

Overall, the DIS Experience Night was a great opportunity to mix wDIS nightith engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and industry experts, whilst giving an alternate view on the way we look at technology.

ACE proudly supports sponsorship of QUT students to attend these inspiring and innovative events.  Many thanks to Sean Davidson from Fold Products for sharing your thoughts about this event.

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New Publications

At long last, the new edition of ACE Director Per Davidsson’s book “Researching Entrepreneurship” has been published electronically and in print by Springer. The new edition has been thoroughly updated and amended throughout, and two of the old chapters have been replaced by entirely new chapters on “The Dependent Variable” and “The Entrepreneurship Nexus”. Per has also continued his crusade against “entrepreneurial opportunity” as a central research construct in this recent opinion piece in Journal of Business Venturing Insights.

ACE Post Doc Annelore Huyghe has had a major hit with “Unraveling the ‘Passion Orchestra’ in Academia” in Journal of Business Venturing, with co-authors Mirjam Knockaert and Martin Obschonka. . The article recasts the entrepreneur driven by a singular passion to one with a ‘passion orchestra’; individuals are likely to hold multiple passions, connected to actual or possible identities, which simultaneously affect the venture creation process. One of their key findings is that individuals’ obsessive passions for non-entrepreneurial roles can positively affect the entrepreneurial transitions.

Some additional, recent articles within the ACE domain that we have not reported in previous newsletters are:

Arundel A., Casali G.L., & Hollanders H. (2015). How European public sector agencies innovate: the use of bottom-up, policy-dependent and knowledge-scanning innovation methods. Research Policy, 44(7), 1271 – 1282.

Huyghe, A., & Knockaert, M. (2016). The Relationship Between University Culture and Climate and Research Scientists’ Spin-off Intentions. In D. Audretsch, E. Lehmann, M. Meoli, & S. Vismari (Eds.) University Evolution, Entrepreneurial Activity and Regional Competitiveness (pp. 3-26). Springer International Publishing.

Sawang, S., Parker, R., & Hine, D. (2016). How small business advisory programme delivery methods (collective learning, tailored and practice-based approaches) affect learning and innovation. Journal of Small Business Management, 54(1), 244 – 261.

Senderovitz, M., Klyver, K., & Steffens, P. (Online 2015). Four years on: are the gazelles still running? A longitudinal Study of Firm Performance after a Period of Rapid Growth. International Small Business Journal. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266242614567483.

Weerawardena, J., Sullivan-Mort, G., Salunke, S., Knight, G., & Liesch, P. (2015). The role of the market sub-system and the socio-technical sub-system in innovation and early internationalization: a dynamic capabilities approach. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 43(2), 221 – 239.

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Visitors to the centre

ACE must have had a record number of visitors this summer. Among the more well-known we find Paul D Reynolds, Dean Shepherd, Bill Schulze, and Charlene Zietsma. All gave seminars and interacted with staff and research students in a number of ways. Apart from Paul they also served as keynotes at the ACERE conference, while Paul gave a presentation at the Department of Industry, Science & Innovation in Canberra. Paul offered a half day workshop in theory construction for research students, while Charlene and also Paul also appeared in Per’s research unit “Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research”. So did Martin Obschonka, who also gave a seminar during his weeklong visit in March. QUT staff and students further benefited from ACE adjunct Dean Shepherd’s expert through a researching & reviewing masterclass, and an interactive session on “Getting your Academic Voice Heard.”

Additional ACE visitors this summer included Andrew Maxwell, Etienne St-Jean, Solvi Solvoll, Martin Allmendinger, Mahamadou Biga Diambeidou, Karina Zittel, Carla Riverola, Pamela Nowell, Henrik Barth, Angelo Cavello, Naser Zamani. Of these, Angelo and Naser will be with us for some time with Henrik leaving mid-May after several months of developing research collaboration with members of ACE and QUT researchers.

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Take your PhD in an exciting and booming area: Entrepreneurship!

Entrepreneurship is increasingly recognized as a major factor in economic and societal development. As a result, Entrepreneurship has grown to become one of the major fields of inquiry within economic, organizational and management research. Further, there are many signs that policy, media, academic, and student interest in Entrepreneurship is rapidly rising in Australia today, not least due to the economic, technological, and environmental challenges and opportunities of the future. In short, it is an area within which advanced knowledge is likely to be in high demand.

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, is the national leader and internationally highly recognized in this field.  We feature strongly in leading scholarly journals, conferences, associations and collaborative research projects around the world, thereby providing an excellent environment for research and research training under engaged and competent supervision. ACE is situated within the QUT Business School, which is one of the largest and strongest business faculties in Australia and the first to achieve “Triple Crown Accreditation” (AACSB; AMBA; EQUIS).

ACE is now looking to recruit additional Ph.D. students for commencement in 2016. Read more

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 http://carma.wayne.edu/ShortCourses2014Adelaide.asp


Sustainability as it relates to strategy research and practice today

This year’s Strategic Management Society (SMS) International Conference held from September 28th to 2nd October in Atlanta, Georgia. Located conveniently in the downtown, at the OMNI hotel next to the global headquarter of CNN, the conference drew 903 total attendees from 41 different countries. About half of attendants (47%) were from outside the North America. The pre conference activities started with a series of workshops ran from morning until afternoon. I attended the workshop on “competitive strategy junior faculty and paper development workshop”, which set to help early careers with developing their research portfolio. In addition to paper development sessions, the workshop included two panel discussions. The panels focused on how to develop and sustain a robust research agenda and there were some discussions about the future trends in completive strategy. For instance, Bert Cannella from ASU suggested several themes that might be more important in future research of competitive strategy including; competitive dynamics, network analysis, strategic leadership and governance. This discussion was a chance for attendees to get to ask all the burning questions that there may not have been time for earlier in the day.

The opening day of the conference included a series of ’interest group’ sessions. I found one of the most inspiring and informative sessions to be one outside my comfort zone. I’ve worked on innovations, but the session featuring “strategies in the digital age” was fascinating. Featuring Read more

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

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

PhD Opportunities at QUT

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) at QUT is a nationally leading and internationally highly recognized research environment for studies in entrepreneurship. If you know a student with research talent and interests in this area, we would appreciate your passing on this information to them.

If you are interested in entrepreneurship and in research studies, now is the time to apply for a scholarship for PhD studies at QUT! Top-up scholarships from the ACE centre may apply for successful applicants.  

ACE is part of the QUT Business School, which was the first in Australia to achieve “Triple Crown Accreditation” (AACSB; AMBA; EQUIS). We are located at QUT’s Gardens Point campus in the central parts of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia. Brisbane is a growing city of 1.5 million with unbeatable climate and easy access to the beaches at Gold and Sunshine Coasts as well as the rainforest parks in the hinterland. For further information about Brisbane, use this link: www.ourbrisbane.com.

Before applying, prospective students may want to check out the QUT Business School project topics page. However, other topics are also possible for your PhD.

The APA current round closes midnight 13 October, lodgement is requested by 11 October

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