Business School


Our research aims to shed light on organisational issues and improve understanding of people management practices. We have a strong culture of research excellence and a reputation for impactful outputs.

Research centres and groups

Our research strengths are exemplified by our research centres and groups.

Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) is key to our research capabilities. Led by Professor Per Davidsson, the Talbot Family Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship, ACE staff undertake high quality research, including running the Australian arm of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), the world's foremost survey of entrepreneurship. Research is made accessible through papers, vignettes, podcasts, media appearances, videos and whiteboard sketches.

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) conference is coordinated by ACE every February, while every December ACE holds a Bootcamp on Moreton Island. The centre also holds public events, including research seminars and Small Business Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week activities.

Digital Innovation Research Group

The Digital innovation Research Group is led by Professor Jan Recker. This group focuses on the role of digital technologies in organisational innovation, with a particular focus on digital hardware and software start-ups, digital sustainability transformations and digital platforms.

Dynamic Capabilities of Innovation and Change Group

The Dynamic capabilities of innovation and change group is led by Dr Henri Burgers. Members of this QUT Business School funded, high potential research group are interested in identifying the capabilities and management processes required for organisations to be innovative, productive and competitive in both the national and global markets.

People and Performance Group

The People and performance group is led by Associate Professor Karen Becker. The focus of this group's activities is on investigating the impact of human resource management practices on individual, group and organisational performance.

Work/Industry Futures Research Program

The Work/industry futures research program is led by Professor Paula McDonald. Research undertaken by the members of this high potential research group, challenges the conventional understandings of management and organisations to advance social justice goals in the workplace. The group is funded by the QUT Business School and the program of research is centred on the three themes of sustainable governance, employability, and just work.

PwC Chair in Digital Economy

The PwC Chair in Digital Economy team is led by Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz. Members of the team are hosted in the School of Management and the Information Systems School (Science and Engineering Faculty). The Chair is a collaboration between (and is funded by) QUT, PwC, Brisbane City and the Queensland State Government. Projects are undertaken with these organisations as well as Australia Post, the State Library of Queensland and Queensland Urban Utilities amongst others. Through investigation, education, facilitation and stimulation, the Chair is an evidence-based change catalyst.

Student research

We have a large group of research students and encourage high quality students to apply to study with us in our honours, masters or PhD programs on topics relevant to our areas of research. We expect that you will have a research background and be prepared to participate in the research life of the school during your studies with us.

Recent graduates have undertaken research on:

  • disability employment practices in the Australian retail sector
  • women's progression to leadership: a project-based organisational perspective
  • the role of professional identity and self-interest in the emerging ICT workforce
  • enforceable undertakings: perceptions of organisational justice
  • bricolage and early stage firm performance.


School of Management

Contact the School of Management - QUT Business School.

  • Level 9, Z Block
    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD 4000