Graciela Corral de Zubielqui

Associate Professor Graciela Corral de Zubielqui

Associate Prof/Reader

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Graciela Corral de Zubielqui is an Associate Professor at the Adelaide Business School, University of Adelaide. Prior to academia, Graciela worked in diverse roles in private sector companies (food, machinery, port services) and as a SME consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), Master in Economics and Business Administration, and a PhD in Business and Management. Her main research interests are collaborative innovation, digital technologies, business transformation and knowledge and technology transfer in SMEs and startups. She has extensive experience in quantitative research methods. Graciela has also been involved in projects which have linked government departments, industry and universities.
Graciela has held diverse administrative roles such as MBA online program Coordinator (2019-2021), Associate Head Research (2012-2019), Postgraduate (PhD) coordinator (2012-2014), Project Manager Master program coordinator (2015-2016). Also, she held positions (2001-2004) at The National University of Rosario, Argentina and as a researcher at the Economic Science Council and College of Graduates in Economic Science.
Graciela has led projects on open innovation, appropriability methods, absorptive capacity for innovation purpose, types of knowledge transfer for innovation activities (traditional and digital), business resilience and impact of COVID 19; and the role of modern HRM practices and their effect on financial and non-financial measures of performance. These research projects have led to government and industry reports and publications in high-impact journals, including Industrial Marketing Management, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and the International Journal of Small Business.

Research Interests

Graciela’s research interests include business innovation activities, digitalisation process and emerging technologies, knowledge transfer for innovation purpose, and collaboration activities in SMEs, open innovation and in turn the impact of these activities on regional economic development.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Associate Head Engagement University of Adelaide
    2020 - ongoing Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2021 MBA online coordinator University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2016 Program Director Project Management (PG) University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2019 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2019 Associate Head Research (ECIC) University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2014 PhD Director (ECIC) University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2015 Lecturer (ECIC) University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2011 Lecturer (Business School) University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Teaching Award Faculty Learning and Teaching Award (MBA program design) Faculty of Professions Australia
    2018 Award 2018 Best Team Award ECIC Australia
    2016 Recognition Research Dean's Commendation 2016 The University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Award Executive Dean's Research Award 2014 Faculty of Professions - University of Adelaide Australia 2000
    2015 Award Executive Dean's Research Award 2015
    2014 Fellowship Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 Dissertation: “Innovation, globalisation and performance in SMEs” Australia PhD in Business and Management
    2001 ESEADE, School of Economics & Business Administration, Argentina (Escuela Superior de Economia y Administracion de Empresas) Argentina M.A. in Studies in Economics and Business Administration (2 years)
    1996 National University of Rosario Argentina Economics – (Assessed as equivalent to B.A. Honors in Economics)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2015 - 2015 Statistical Methods Course Harvard University United States
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2012 Project Management Professional Project Management Institute United States
  • Local Government Association (2020/21) - Modelling business clusters' readiness and resilience in managing and responding to Covid-19. Corral de Zubielqui, G. 
  • SA Water Corporation (2018) - Innovator in Residence Program - Open Innovation. Corral de Zubielqui, G.
  • Local Government Association (2018) - LGA Metro Council Snapshot. Corral de Zubielqui, G, Falkner, Nickolas, & Jerram, Cate. 
  • Department of State Development (2017) - Northern Adelaide Innovation Ecosystem Analysis Department of State Development. Reaiche, C, Corral de Zubielqui, G & Dodd T.
  • Department of State Development (2015) - Australian Cluster Observatory. O’Connor, A. & Corral de Zubielqui, G.
  • Department of Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (2012/13) - Report preparation and delivery for , on ‘Entrepreneurial Characteristics Filters and Determinants’. O’Connor, A., Corral de Zubielqui, G. Li, H. & Dissanayake, M. 
  • Women’s Fellowship Scheme (2014) - Corral de Zubielqui, G.
  • Department of Trade Economic Development, Marion, Onkaparringa, Salisbury and Playford  (2006/09) - Innovation, Collaboration, Globalisation and Firm performance. Corral de Zubielqui, G. & Blandy, R.

Program Management, Master of International Business and MBA Experience

  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management (UoA)
  • Graduate Diploma in Project Management (UoA)
  • Master of Applied Project Management (UoA)
  • Master of Applied Project Management (Systems) (UoA)
  • Master of Business Administrations (UoA)
  • Master of International Business (UoA)

Course Teaching (Courses are Postgraduate studies unless otherwise indicated):

  • Applied Project Management 1
  • Enterprise Transformation
  • Project Management Project (all versions)
  • Managing Innovation
  • Economics for Management (MBA)
  • Theory and Practice of International Business (MIB)
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Co-Supervisor Brand Image Co-creation on Short Video Platforms: Cases Study of Enterprise Brand Image Transformation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Wenjie Li
    2019 Co-Supervisor An Investigation into Project Performance Towards Organisational Maturity and Improvement: Precast Concrete Manufacturing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Sean Thomas O'Gorman
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Investigating Knowledge and Business Model Innovation for Start-up Success Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Peter Guckenbiehl
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Using Stakeholder Theory to Explain the Development and Operation of Safety Culture and Systems to Improve Safety Performance in the Construction Industry in Saudi Arabia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Torky Mohamadali Althaqafi
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Project Management Performance in Saudi Arabia: An Exploratory Study in the Constructs that most Influence Project Success Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Salem Mohammed S Shuaib
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Developing a Project Management Maturity Model to Initiate Sustainable Project Performance and Modernisation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sami Salem A Alzahrani
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - 2021 Member University Online Reference Group - Pearson The University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Faculty Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - 2021 Member Strategic Management Society United States
    2012 - ongoing Member Project Management Institute (2252754) United States
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2018 - 2018 South Australia Water - Innovator in Residence (3 months) Innovation Department Business and professional Australia

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