Business School

Entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy


We develop entrepreneurship and innovation knowledge for business development and growth. Our research spans new venture entrepreneurship, firm growth, entrepreneurial processes, corporate strategies, innovation policy and technology management.

Research programs

Research groups

Business School research

Find out more about joining us as a research student or academic:


Research excellence

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2012 score:

  • 4 (above world standard)

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

Publication output

Our research is published in quality international journals and books. We make our research accessible to practitioners with briefings and animated videos.

Research income

We are highly successful in obtaining funds through competitive government grants and industry partnerships. Between 2010 and 2013, we received almost $3,200,000 in research income.



This is just a sample of our research activity in this area.

Student topics

Potential topics for new research students, and topics our students are currently studying.


International linkages

  • Aarhus University
  • Antwerp Management School
  • BI Norwegian School of Business
  • Brighton University
  • California State University
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Curtin University
  • Delft University of Technology
  • EC Lyon
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • University of Lausanne
  • Freie Universitat Berlin
  • Gabriele d'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara
  • IÉSEG School of Management
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • Jonkoping International Business School
  • McMaster University
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • National University of Singapore
  • Oslo University
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • RSM Erasmus University
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas State University
  • Tilburg University
  • Turku School of Economics
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Duisburg-Essen
  • University of Glamorgan
  • University of Kelaniya
  • University of Kiel
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Nancy
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • University of Windsor
  • Uppsala University
  • VU University Amsterdam
  • Warwick University

Significant corporate partnerships

  • Talbot Family Foundation
  • BDO
  • National Australia Bank


This is a small sample of how our research helps to grow new business and create innovation.

Mining and resources

Our researchers are engaging with key challenges in the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector to ensure the future competitiveness of our mining industry. In partnership with major mining associations, we're exploring:

  • entrepreneurial opportunities in minerals
  • innovation in technology and business models to improve efficiencies.

Collaborating with public service

We work closely with federal and state government departments to assist them in improving innovation, business processes and strategy.

"The high quality of research output to date showcases the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research's (ACE) internationally recognised expertise in this area. The department values its relationship with ACE as part of its endeavours to expand collaboration between researchers and the Australian public service." Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

Large-scale projects

We partnered with BDO Australia and NAB to follow 1,400 new business ventures. The Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE) is the largest study of business start-ups ever undertaken in Australia and the only study to track new ventures during their start-up phase.

CAUSEE project

QUT Business School research office

Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

Supported by the Talbot Family Foundation.