The Entrepreneurship discipline group encompasses a broad range of research concerned with entrepreneurship and innovation including characteristics and behaviour of individual entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams, new venture creation and performance, firm innovation and growth and entrepreneurship & innovation ecosystems.

Our research includes entrepreneurial characteristics, attitudes and behaviours, entrepreneurship education, venture creation processes, venture growth, entrepreneurial resources and finance, family business, female entrepreneurship, social enterprise, entrepreneurial culture, entrepreneurial & innovation ecosystems and institutions. Our researchers have published in top-tier journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Product Innovation Management and Family Business Review.

The research we generate is aimed to have an impact on the way both practitioners and policy makers operate. Our academics are regularly engaged with government policy-makers, national and international peak bodies and local and international businesses and start-ups.

Our academic network is global in scope and we closely collaborate with colleagues from a wide range of national and overseas universities and business schools, with regular international visitors to the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC).

The Adelaide Business School also hosts a series of research seminars that are attended by staff, postgraduate and honours degree students as part of our commitment to research and scholarship development and exchange.

Key contact

Professor Paul Steffens - Director, ECIC

Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC)

Cultivating knowledge and creativity, the Centre stimulates and develops innovation, entrepreneurship, project management and complex systems capabilities.


Interested in postgraduate research with us?

We offer research opportunities at the master’s and PhD levels. Our higher-degree-by-research (HDR) programs are benchmarked with other Go8 universities, and all HDR students are supervised by experts in the field to ensure high-quality, internationally competitive research outcomes. If you’re interested in accounting, finance and banking, management, marketing and/or entrepreneurship, then consider furthering your research career with us.

Higher degrees by research

Learn more about the most recent research activities of the Entrepreneurship discipline on LinkedIn.