Entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy


The major research and publication effort falls within entrepreneurship and innovation and the development of knowledge and resources for business development and growth. A variety of areas of research include new venture entrepreneurship, firm growth, entrepreneurial processes, corporate strategies, innovation policy and technology management.

Research programs

Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE)

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) sits within this research area, and aims to be the primary hub for research-based knowledge in entrepreneurship, extending into adjacent areas such as innovation and small business.

Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE)


Evidence of research quality

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2012 score:

  • 4 (above world standard) -
    • part of Business and Management (FOR 1503).

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

Developing new researchers

Research students
Early career researchers

Publication output

2012 total

Research income

2012 total

Key grants

ARC Discovery

ARC Linkage




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

Cross-disciplinary engagement

Working with researchers from the QUT faculties of:

  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Law
  • Science and Engineering.

High engagement with Collaborative Research Centres:

  • Rail
  • Integrated Engineering Asset Management
  • Spatial Information
  • Optimising Resource Extraction (ORE)


Evidence of impact

  • Link between research and practice through building relationships with business, media and government throughout Australia.
  • Practitioner/government reports.
  • Research briefing papers and vignettes.
  • Summarising and sharing key research findings for practice.
  • Use of social media to ensure wider audience, particularly within industry, government and practice.
  • The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) is the Australian representative for Global Entrepreneurship Manager (GEM). Now into its twelth year, this is is by far the largest and most influential policy international research program in existence in the area of entrepreneurship, involving more than 50 countries.
  • Independent Music Program (IMP) project is centred on the development and creation of new music, and includes research into copyright, business models of the future, new technologies, and new audiences.
  • Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) is actively working on new projects that align industry and academe through the investigation of 'real' industry problems. The work being undertaken with the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is based on providing a framework to assist with the assessment of the downstream benefits of Indigenous job creation projects.
  • Focus in the mining sector with both the Discovery and exploration of entrepreneurial opportunities (DEEO) project, and a new emerging project is to better understand some of the contextual influences that impact the various layers of this sector. Investment in developing and maintaining strong relationships with industry leaders such as Queensland Resource Council and Queensland Exploration Council.
  • Dissemination of information to a broader audience to ensure the benefits of scholarly research can be shared with an audience beyond academe.

Research degree enquiries

QUT Business School research office

Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research