The ECIC is the home of many internationally renowned academic staff along with visiting and Adjunct Professors and Fellows.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship)
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation
Head, School of Marketing and Management
Director, Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innovation Centre
Academic Director, Singapore Operations
FCPA, CA, TEP PhD
At 16, Noel Lindsay dropped out of school to start his first business which initially
succeeded but then failed. Learning from this failure prompted him to complete his high school education of an evening while working during the day and then enter University. After completing his
Noel is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a Fellow of CPA Australia. He holds a Practicing Certificate with both
His current research interests include:
- Venture finance
Read more about Noel's research interests and latest publications
Associate Professor and Deputy Director, ECIC
PhD, AFAMI CPM, Certificate 'Teaching at Universities', Diplom Betriebswirtin (FH Muenster)
Dr Plewa is a senior lecturer in marketing and Associate Head (Research) for the School of Marketing and Management. Her primary research interests lie in the areas of university-wide engagement, services and relationship marketing as well as corporate social responsibility. Dr Plewa was recently awarded an inaugural Barbara Kidman Women's Fellowship in 2013 following Australian Research Council Grants in 2009 and 2011. Her research has been published in leading journals such as R&D Management, Education and Training, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Marketing Theory, the Australasian Marketing Journal, and the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management.
Her research interests include:
- University-industry relationships
- Science-to-business marketing
- Use of marketing principles for the commercialisation of research
- Relationship marketing and organisational culture
- Corporate Social Responsibility and sponsorship
- Innovation management
Read more about Carolin's research interests and latest publications
Lecturer in Project Management
BA. Hons (Economics) (1996), MA (Studies in economics and Business Administration(2001),
Business and Management (2009), PMP (2012)
Dr. Graciela Corral de Zubielqui is a lecturer in Project Management. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), Master
From 2008 to the present, she held diverse appointments as a lecturer in the Business School, Adelaide University and a Research Associate in the School of Management, University of South Australia, and the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, The University of Adelaide.
From 2001 to mid-2004, she held positions at The National University of Rosario, Argentina and as a researcher
at Economic Science Council and College of Graduates in Economic Science. From 1992 to 2001, Graciela worked in diverse roles in private sector companies and as a consultant. She worked in projects which linked government departments,
Her research interests include:
- Innovation activities
- Knowledge transfer for innovation purpose
- Collaboration activities in SMEs
- Impact of these activities on regional economic development
Read more about Graciela's research interests and latest publications.
Program Coordinator, Senior Lecturer
Barry is a leading academic in action research and adult education. Barry's insights into effective research techniques, change
Program Director, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
MBA(Hons I), BE PhD
Scott is the
Since 2005 Scott has been actively engaged as an entrepreneurship scholar and academic. He holds
Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Scott's teaching interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship,
His current research interests include:
- Nascent entrepreneurship: new venture creation & the start-up process
- Network dynamics: including social governance mechanisms such as trust
- Entrepreneurial careers: the development of expertise & its influence on outcomes
- Research methods: including novel quantitative techniques for studying processes
Read more about Scott's research interests and latest publications.
Program Director: Project Management
Associate Professor in Complex Project Management
MSCE, BEng PhD
Associate Professor Indra Gunawan received his
His current research interests include system reliability
His work has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Project Management; International Journal of Production Research; Reliability Engineering and System Safety; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering; Quality and Reliability Engineering International; International Journal of Project Organisation and Management; and International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management.
He also serves as an Editorial Board member for International Journal of Project Organisation and Management; International Journal of Information Technology Project Management; and International Journal of Performability Engineering.
Program Director: UG Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Ass Dip Business (Mgt), B. Bus (Management Information Systems), B. Business (Management) (Hons), CertIV Training and Assessment, PhD
Gary has taught and developed courses in the areas of small business management, new venture creation, business consulting, and entrepreneurship (both face to face and on-line education modes). He has experience in designing and delivering an undergraduate program, the Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship which included coordinating the development and delivery of all the courses in the program.
His academic experience includes teaching, course development, administration, leadership, student supervision, and student mentoring. Gary holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessing.
Gary has also worked in a large telecommunications
His research interests include:
- Business incubation and financing start-up ventures
PhDresearch: Early stage venture financing
- The phenomenon of how and why investors invest in new ventures started by entrepreneurs with whom they have a prior relationship
Professor Fredric Kropp
(University of Oregon), MBA (University of Southern California), MA Economics (Northeastern University), BA Social Science (Pratt University)
Fredric Kropp is Professor of Entrepreneurship,
Fredric has taught at Bond University in Australia and South Africa, the University of Oregon, and other major universities in the US and Canada. His key area of research is presently social entrepreneurship, in
His main role at the ECIC is working on joint research projects with Professor Noel Lindsay.
Online Program Coordinator, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
M Adv Bus, MBA Entr
Wendy also has broad experience in course development of face-to-face, blended learning, fully online, and distance delivery models, and has taught at a number of institutions including The University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Bond University.
Her research interests include:
- Social and business entrepreneurship
- Nascent and necessity entrepreneurs
Read more about Wendy's research interests and latest publications.
Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Cert Mech Eng, GradDip Aircon, GradDip Mgt, MA Ent
Allan O'Connor purchased his first business venture at 18 years of age to support his career development in mechanical engineering with John Lysaght (Australia) Ltd. Allan later used this venture to explore a career as a professional musician; teaching, performing and participating in a Jazz studies program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, one of the oldest and most prestigious music schools in Australia. Returning to engineering, Allan worked in Business Development functions primarily in the mechanical services sector for a number of small and medium enterprises. Being involved and leading the development and introduction of new products,
Allan's academic qualifications in entrepreneurship include a Master degree in Enterprise Innovation and a
The ECIC's mission is to foster innovation through entrepreneurship, commercialisation, and project management, research, teaching, and community and industry engagement activities. Allan's research at the ECIC involves inquiry at the intersections between entrepreneurship, innovation and socioeconomic development. During his time at the ECIC Allan has worked closely with South Australian government stakeholders to contribute research on South Australian entrepreneurship and innovation by leading the establishment of the Australian Cluster Observatory in 2014, being instrumental in establishing South Australia's annual Entrepreneur Week program, publishing an edited volume on Integrating Innovation in South Australia in 2015, and pioneering research on entrepreneurial ecosystems during 2015/2016. Stemming from this work Allan is considered an expert on entrepreneurial ecosystems
Read more about Allan's research interests and latest publications.
Associate Head - Learning and Teaching ECIC
MBA, BCSc, BBA (Hons) PhD
Due to her diverse cultural
Read more about Carmen's research interests and latest publications.
Professor Frank Schultmann
Professor of Complex Project Management
pol. habil., Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur rer
Frank Schultmann holds a Professorship of Business Administration at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and heads the KIT’s Institute
Frank studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Karlsruhe. He completed his doctoral thesis in 1998 and his postdoctoral lecture qualification –
He was Editor of an international leading scientific journal and is
His research interests include sustainable production and logistics, decision support, supply chain management and optimization, systems engineering, project management, technology assessment, construction management, and information and communication technologies. This goes along with various industry collaborations. Among
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Program Director, Postgraduate Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs
BE (Hons I) PhD
Professor Paul Steffens is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the ECIC, The University of Adelaide. His core areas of expertise are entrepreneurship and diffusion of innovations. Paul has been a lead investigator for research projects
Previous appointments include Director of the Technology and Innovation Management Centre, University of Queensland, academic positions at University of Queensland and Monash University and visiting positions at
Paul has also consulted for a wide variety of both business and public agencies. His clients include Energex, Waitrose (UK), Agribuys (USA), IPAA, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Monsanto, Bunge, Franklins, Solutions Research and the Meat Research Corporation.
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Professor Thomas Joerg Baaken
In 2002 Thomas founded the 'Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre', which is creating Marketing Strategies for Research. Thomas is a published author, with a strong background in research strategies, industrial liaison, entrepreneurial activities, technology
Visiting Research Fellow
BMgmt (Intl Mktg), BMgmt (Hons),
Social Entrepreneurship (University of Adelaide)
After a nine-year career working for Microsoft in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, Eva completed doctoral research in 2013 investigating the strategic concepts that inform the business model strategies of non-profit social enterprise in Australia. Eva is also interested in better understanding innovation capabilities and the entrepreneurial orientation of social enterprises, as well as the educational benefits of
Associate Professor Piet
Adjunct Associate Professor
BEng (Stellenbosch), BEng (Hons) (Pretoria), MEng (Pretoria), COP Research Management & Technology Transfer (British Columbia), MIPENZ
Associate Professor Piet
Piet's experiences are many and varied and include being the chief engineer of an airline, systems development advisor in the
Piet received a national award for drafting legislation to control the non-proliferation of
Piet is currently Director of the Engineering Management Programme and a former director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Canterbury. He also teaches in the MBM at Canterbury and in the MBA at the University of Otago. Piet mentors
Professor Stephen Cook
BTech (UniSA), MSc (Kent, UK), GradDip (UniSA),
(City, UK), CEng, FIET, FIEAust, CPEng, INCOSE Fellow, NER
Prof Stephen Cook has had a varied career that commenced with ten years in the telecommunications and aerospace industries in the UK and Australia, working as a design engineer and technical manager. Over that period he designed 13 products or systems that were sold around the world, some in high volume.
He subsequently joined the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) rising to Research Leader Military Information Networks in 1994 responsible for the management and scientific leadership of 70 research staff. In 1997 he was seconded to the University of South Australia where he was appointed Professor of Systems Engineering and led a variety of research concentrations in that discipline culminating in a five-year appointment as the founding Director of the Defence and Systems Institute. Over his 17 years at UniSA, he pursued a wide span of research interests including systems mathematical
In 2014 Prof Cook left UniSA and became the Principal of the consulting firm Creative Systems Engineering that undertakes management consulting in systems engineering and related disciplines primarily in the
Prof Cook is listed in Who’s Who in Australia, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (USA) and Who’s Who in the World for his contributions to systems engineering. He has also received recognition through a variety of awards such as the Secretary of Defence’s Award for Achievement, Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Award for Research, best paper awards, and his election to the small group of INCOSE Fellows and Full Members of the Omega Alpha Association
Emeritus Professor Laurence Murray Gillin
Murray Gillin AM is Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
During a career spanning over 50 years he worked in the fields of defence science and technology as an Engineer, Research Scientist and as Defence Research Attaché in the Australian Embassy Washington, USA.; and in education as Dean of Engineering, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry/Academic Liaison) and Director Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University of Technology. He has special interests in wealth creation from engineering and innovation (is Past President of the Institution of Engineers, Australia ), in work integrated learning (is Past-President of the World Association for Co-operative Education), and in entrepreneurship education and research (was Founding Chairman of the AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2004-2009).
In 2004 Murray was elected a Life Member of the BCERC Entrepreneurship Research Conference (USA), in 1994 was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and on Australia Day 1997, was awarded with an AM (Member of the Order of Australia ) for his work in engineering, innovation and ongoing professional education.
Murray was the winner of the Inaugural 2001 Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year having founded Australia's and the World's first Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 1989. In 1994 he initiated the development of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a viable commercial enterprise and
Adjunct Associate Professor
Alex Gorod is the Founder and Managing Member at SystemicNet, LLC in New York City. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Zicklin School of Business,
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
(Gold Star award, University of Adelaide), BA (Hons, 1st class)
Dr. Leonie Hallo is a registered psychologist and has
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Sustainable Development Fellow
Charlie Hargroves is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and an internationally renowned sustainability researcher,
Charlie is a co-founder of 'The Natural Edge Project' (TNEP), a Sustainability Think-Tank focussed on research, education, policy development and strategy for sustainable development. He works on a series of projects with the TNEP and CUSP teams, predominantly focussed on sustainability across technology policy, capacity building, and
Professor of Project Management
BEng, BA, MSc,
Professor Vernon Ireland is Director of Project Management for the University of Adelaide. He is also currently Deputy Chair of Engineers Australia's national Centre of Leadership and Management, and a member of Engineers Australia's National Congress of Leadership.
Professor Ireland spent twelve years in the commercial sector as Corporate Development Director of Fletcher Challenge Construction, working mainly in the USA, before becoming Chief Executive of the Australian Graduate School of Engineering Innovation. He was appointed Professor and Director of Project Management at the University of Adelaide in 2003, with the task of establishing the Master of Project Management.
Professor Ireland's role as Director of Project Management, sees him supervise a number of Ph.D. students who are researching the role of complex systems.
His research interests include:
- The project management of system of systems
- Complex Systems
Adjunct Associate Professor
BCom, BCom.Hons (Accounting), MCom (UJ), MBA(Bond), MAdvBusPr(UniSA),PhD (Adelaide), CPA
Anton Jordaan was originally trained as an accountant and tax specialist. Five years after setting up an accounting and tax consultancy, he sold his shares to his partners and set out to establish, grow and harvest a number of business ventures in the education and training sector. In subsequent years, one of his businesses was acquired by a stock exchange listed company; and a few years later his business was involved in an IPO. Following the IPO he served as a director of this newly listed stock exchange listed company for a period of 2 years.
In addition to the corporate strategic leadership and financial roles, Anton has maintained an interest in education and
After attaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, he completed an Honours degree in Accounting, a Master of Commerce degree in Business Management,
Professor Suleiman K. (Sul) Kassicieh
MBA, BS PhD
Suleiman K. "Sul" Kassicieh is Distinguished Professor of Technology Management and the Anderson School of Management Endowed Chair in Economic Development at the University of New Mexico. He also chairs the Finance, International, Technology and Entrepreneurship department at Anderson. He was inducted into the New Mexico Who’s Who in Technology in 2011. He is the founder of the Management of Technology program at the Anderson School, which is ranked in the top 10 in the US (Journal of Product Innovation Management).
In 2005, he developed the UNM Business Plan Competition where student teams compete for more than $100,000 in annual prizes with many start-ups resulting from this endeavor. He still leads it and has expanded to other educational institutions in NM.
He consults with a number of national and international organizations in areas such as economic development based on technology, technology commercialization, strategic planning and venture funding. He is an angel investor in a number of technology start-ups such as
His book "From Lab to Market: Commercialization of Public Sector Technologies" was published in 1994 by Plenum. He has published over 100 technical and management papers in such journals as Operations Research, California Management Review, Management International Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, IEEE Transactions
Patricia McDougall-Covin, PhD
Patricia McDougall-Covin is the William L. Haeberle Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Institute for International Business at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. She served as Associate Dean of the Kelley School of Business from 2004-2009. Dr. McDougall is an Academy of International Business Fellow, a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow, former Vice-President-Programs for the Academy of International Business and former Entrepreneurship Division Chair in the Academy of Management.
She and her frequent co-author are widely credited with pioneering the growing academic field of international entrepreneurship and were presented the JIBS Decade Award for their 1994 article on the early internationalization of new ventures. The award is given to the Journal of International Business Studies article that has had the most significant impact on international business research during the past decade.
Dr. McDougall-Covin has received several teaching and research recognitions, including Indiana University’s Trustees’ Teaching Excellence Recognition Award and the Kelley School’s Full Professor Research Excellence Award. She has co-edited four books and published numerous articles which appear in a variety of academic and professional journals, including AMJ, JBV, ETP, SMJ, JIBS, MIR and JOM. She is a current or former member of ten editorial boards. Her research has been presented in the business press, including Inc. magazine, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Her business teaching cases appear in more than twenty-five leading textbooks.
Dr. McDougall has consulted on strategic management with units of The Coca-Cola Company in Germany, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Guatemala, Costa Rica and the US. She has been an active presenter and developer of executive programs for companies such as Alcoa, BellSouth, Bosch, Boston Scientific, Delta AirLines, Duke Energy, Elli Lilly, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Fifth Third Bank, Firestone, John Deere, Kimball International, Lockheed Martin, USG, and
Prior to joining Indiana University, she was a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech, she served as the co-principal investigator of two major National Science Foundation grants with the Electrical and Computer Engineering School and the Engineering Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in strategy from the University of South Carolina.
Professor Göran Roos
MSc, MBA, Advanced Postgraduate Diploma
Göran Roos is a member of the Economic Development Board of South Australia and of the Council for Flinders University. He is a Stretton Fellow appointed by the City of Playford at
He was a member of the Prime Ministers Manufacturing Leaders Group and has been both a member of the board and chairman of the board for VTT International in Finland as well as Visiting Professor of Innovation Management and Business Model Innovation at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland [where he still holds the title of Professor]; Senior Advisor to Aalto Executive Education Academy in Helsinki; Professor in Strategic Design in the Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia; Honorary Professor at Warwick Business School in the UK; Adjunct Professor at Mawson Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; Visiting Professor of Intangible Asset Management and Performance Measurement at the Centre for Business Performance, Cranfield University; part-time visiting Intellectual Capital Adjunct at Melbourne Business School, Mt. Eliza Centre for Executive Education and part-time Industrial Professor of Strategy and Internationalisation at the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo. He has also been on the International Advisory Group (IAG) for DesignGov, the Australian Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design; a member of CSIRO’s Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council; a Visiting Research Associate in technology-based business development at the Institute for Policy Science located at the University of Saitama Campus Kita-Urawa, Japan and in Biotechnology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, and in Intellectual Capital at Henley Management College. He has also been a member of Valio’s International Scientific Board and was a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Human Resource Costing and Accounting.
Göran is the founder or co-founder of several companies in many countries and is presently the Managing Director
Göran is one of the founders of modern intellectual capital science and a
Göran is the author and co-author of over two hundred books, book chapters, papers and articles on Intellectual Capital, Innovation Management, Strategy and Industrial Policy many of which have been
Göran was named one of the 13 most influential thinkers
Adjunct Associate Professor
BBus (Accounting), Grad Dip Ed (Sec), Masters in Accounting (UNE) and Doctorate of Business Administration (SCU)
As a Company Director and Adjunct Associate Professor, John has a number of years of experience in both industry and academia. The combination of the technical accounting/auditing domain together with his education and business management qualifications integrate extremely well in bringing
John has conducted numerous management, leadership, risk, financial and project management courses for both private and public sector organizations in Australia, North America
- Director and CEO of
Previous Positions Held:
- CFO/Finance Director, CERT, Abu Dhabi, UAE (5 yrs)
- Director Corporate Services, Noosa Shire Council (3 yrs)
- Gold Coast City Council (5 years) including:
- Commercial Accountant – Gold Coast Water
- Chair – Corporate Asset Management
- Coordinator Financial Accounting – Corporate Finance
- Lecturer, Accounting auditing & finance (10 years)
- International Oil Company – Finance in projects, governance risk & assurance - principal facilitator for courses in both Europe and North America.
- Accredited facilitator with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FOD,
NFPand CDC courses)
- Project and Risk management workshops for Queensland Public Sector entities
- Business advisor to Queensland Local Government entities in the development of strategic asset management plans and integration with the
long termfinancial plan.
- Course facilitator for the Masters in Applied Project Management
Simon John Cameron Williams
M.Ent. M.Env. B.Ec. AssDipLibSt.
Simon has extensive domestic and international experience in all aspects of sourcing, evaluating, funding and developing business opportunities. He has been a company director, investor, small business owner, and has worked in large corporations.
Simon’s previous roles include CEO of
Simon has a background in finance and brings know-how in managing equity, knowledge transfer, intellectual property and negotiating partner agreements across research