Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Entrepreneurs are critical to vibrant and growing economies. They take risks to bring to market novel ideas that create business opportunities and advance society, while solving human problems. In the same way, whether an early stage start-up company or seasoned corporate giant, innovation consists of adopting or changing technologies, processes, specifications, or inputs to solve problems.

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Research in this stream seeks to understand how to improve the processes of entrepreneurship and innovation, while exploring the effects of these improvements on business outcomes. Studies investigate the wine industry and other small and medium enterprises, and span leadership to operational to technological domains. Methodologies are both quantitative and qualitative and include case studies, interviews, large multi-year panel data sets, and surveys. In a post resources boom economy, renewed interest in entrepreneurship and innovation in Australia are driving the need for expanded research, and new doctoral students who wish to contribute to these fields are welcomed.