Study level


Master of Philosophy


QUT Business School

School of Management

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Per Davidsson
Professor and Talbot Family Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law


The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) at QUT Business School is seeking interested PhD candidates to work on a project that is concerned with the Australian mining industry. The project’s aim is to further develop a large scale longitudinal panel data set of companies in Australia’s mining industry, and to advance our knowledge of the “business side” of the booming resources industry. The primary data for this project is already collected and available for use.

While the dataset lends itself to a number of investigative angles, there are a number of questions that we have already identified as being potential starting points (but this list can be expanded if candidates come up with their own ideas and research questions):

  • What are the major drivers of investments in, and the emergence and success of, small, entrepreneurial exploration companies in the Australian mining industry?
  • What are the role of alliances and networks in entrepreneurship in mining?
  • What impact do changes in government regulations and other institutional changes have on the emergence and success of entrepreneurship in mining?
  • How do sustainability and environmental (Green management) considerations impact on the growth and emergence of junior miners and explorers?
  • What is the role of project-based learning in developing organizational capabilities for managing mining projects?

Required skills

We are looking for interested candidates that fit the following profile:

  • Obtained Masters/MBA degree (or equivalent) and strong interest in an academic career and to undertake academically rigorous (top quality) research;
  • Ability to and interest in becoming part of a centre with a strong research profile, focused on achieving international top-tier publications;
  • Affinity and interest in quantitative statistical analysis and modelling;
  • Relevant industry experience, while not required, could be an advantage in being considered for this role.


If you are interested in this position, or know of anyone who might be, please contact Dr. Rene Bakker, research fellow at the ACE Research Centre.

Interested candidates are suggested to in the meantime find more information on the ACE Research Centre.