Professor Paul Steffens

Paul Steffens
P/G Prog Director - Innov & Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation, and Innovation Centre
Faculty of the Professions

Professor Paul Steffens is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the ECIC, The University of Adelaide. His core areas of expertise are entrepreneurship and diffusion of innovations. Paul has been a lead investigator for research projects totalling more than AUD 1.5 million and has published over fifty academic publications, including journal articles in leading entrepreneurship, marketing and technology management journals.

Previous appointments include Director of the Technology and Innovation Management Centre, University of Queensland, academic positions at University of Queensland and Monash University and visiting positions at University of Kiel, Penn State University and Southern Illinois University. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours I) and a PhD in diffusion of innovations, both from the University of Queensland.

Paul has also consulted for a wide variety of both business and public agencies. His clients include Energex, Waitrose (UK), Agribuys (USA), IPAA, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Monsanto, Bunge, Franklins, Solutions Research and the Meat Research Corporation.

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Professor Paul Steffens

Professor Paul Steffens is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the ECIC, The University of Adelaide. His core areas of expertise are entrepreneurship and diffusion of innovations. Paul has been a lead investigator for research projects totalling more than AUD 1.5 million and has published over fifty academic publications, including journal articles in leading entrepreneurship, marketing and technology management journals.

Previous appointments include Director of the Technology and Innovation Management Centre, University of Queensland, academic positions at University of Queensland and Monash University and visiting positions at University of Kiel, Penn State University and Southern Illinois University. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours I) and a PhD in diffusion of innovations, both from the University of Queensland.

Paul has also consulted for a wide variety of both business and public agencies. His clients include Energex, Waitrose (UK), Agribuys (USA), IPAA, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Monsanto, Bunge, Franklins, Solutions Research and the Meat Research Corporation.

I am passionate about the key role entrepreneurship and innovation play in driving economic growth, their potential to assist disadvantaged groups in our society and the ability to deliver personal gratification and wellbeing to individuals. Entrepreneurship and innovation is of vital importance to national competitiveness and understanding key management challenges is critical to improve Australia’s performance. With 10.5% of Australia’s population, or 1.48 million Australians engaged in starting a new business, effective entrepreneurship is also a critical ingredient to economic development. Additionally, entrepreneurship offers key social benefits by providing employment opportunities to those with few other options as well as graduates seeking alternative career pathways.

My current research is focused on several streams of research:

  • Resource development of nascent and young ventures
  • Bricolage and resourcefulness
  • Volitional control and action orientation
  • Hybrid entrepreneurship
  • Youth entrepreneurship
  • Senior entrepreneurship
  • Immigrant entrepreneurship
  • Overcoming organizational inertia from discontinuous innovation
  • Diffusion of innovation

 

 

 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 Professor of Entrepreneurship The University of Adelaide
2003 - 2016 Deputy Director & Associate Professor Queensland University of Technology

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
1987 - 1991 The University of Queensland Australia PhD
1983 - 1986 The University of Queensland Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Hons I)

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Management

Journals

Year Citation
2016 Senderovitz, M., Klyver, K. & Steffens, P. (2016). Four years on: Are the gazelles still running? A longitudinal study of firm performance after a period of rapid growth. International Small Business Journal, 34, 4, 391-411.
10.1177/0266242614567483
2014 Senyard, J., Baker, T., Steffens, P. & Davidsson, P. (2014). Bricolage as a path to innovativeness for resource-constrained new firms. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 31, 2, 211-230.
10.1111/jpim.12091
2014 Steffens, P., Weeks, C., Davidsson, P. & Isaak, L. (2014). Shouting From the Ivory Tower: A Marketing Approach to Improve Communication of Academic Research to Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 38, 2, 399-426.
10.1111/etap.12079
2012 Steffens, P., Terjesen, S. & Davidsson, P. (2012). Birds of a feather get lost together: new venture team composition and performance. Small Business Economics, 39, 3, 727-743.
10.1007/s11187-011-9358-z
2009 Steffens, P., Davidsson, P. & Fitzsimmons, J. (2009). Performance configurations over time: Implications for growth- and profit-oriented strategies. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 33, 1, 125-148.
10.1111/j.1540-6520.2008.00283.x
2009 Davidsson, P., Steffens, P. & Fitzsimmons, J. (2009). Growing profitable or growing from profits: Putting the horse in front of the cart?. Journal of Business Venturing, 24, 4, 388-406.
10.1016/j.jbusvent.2008.04.003
2007 Steffens, P. & Douglas, E. (2007). Valuing technology investments: use real options thinking but forget real options valuation. International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship, 1, 1, 58-77.
2003 Steffens, P. (2003). A model of multiple-unit ownership as a diffusion process. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 70, 9, 901-917.
10.1016/S0040-1625(02)00398-0
2002 Huang, X., Steffens, P. & Schroder, B. (2002). Managing new product development in the Chinese steel industry: An empirical investigation. International Journal of Technology Management, 24, 5-6, 557-568.
10.1504/IJTM.2002.003070
2001 Steffens, P. (2001). An aggregate sales model for consumer durables incorporating a time-varying mean replacement age. Journal of Forecasting, 20, 1, 63-77.
1999 Huang, X., Schroder, B. & Steffens, P. (1999). The Chinese steel industry in transition: Industry perspective on innovation policy. R and D Management, 29, 1, 17-25.
10.1111/1467-9310.00113
1998 Steffens, P. (1998). Applying diffusion models with regional heterogeneity. Marketing Letters, 9, 4, 361-369.
1993 Steffens, P., Whiten, W., Appleby, S. & Hitchins, J. (1993). Prediction of air core diameters for hydrocyclones. International Journal of Mineral Processing, 39, 1-2, 61-74.
10.1016/0301-7516(93)90052-C
1993 Whiten, W., Steffens, P. & Hitchins, J. (1993). An examination of pulp viscosity in tubes at higher shear rates. Minerals Engineering, 6, 4, 397-404.
10.1016/0892-6875(93)90018-I
1992 Steffens, P. & Murthy, D. (1992). A mathematical model for new product diffusion: the influence of innovators and imitators. Mathematical and Computer Modelling, 16, 4, 11-26.
10.1016/0895-7177(92)90031-F

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2013 Davidsson, P., Steffens, P. & Fitzsimmons, J. (2013). Growing profitable or growing from profits: Putting the horse in front of the cart?. In P. Davidsson & J. Wiklund (Eds.), New Perspectives on Firm Growth (pp. 187-220). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
10.4337/9780857933607.00017
2013 Steffens, P., Davidsson, P. & Fitzsimmons, J. (2013). Performance configurations over time: Implications for growth- and profit-oriented strategies. In P. Davidsson & J. Wiklund (Eds.), New Perspectives on Firm Growth (pp. 221-250). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
10.4337/9780857933614.00018
2011 Davidsson, P. & Steffens, P. (2011). Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE): Project Presentation and Early Results. In P. Raynolds & R. Curtin (Eds.), New Business Creation: An International Overview (pp. 27-51). New York: Springer.
10.1007/978-1-4419-7536-2
2011 Davidsson, P., Steffens, P. R. & Gordon, S. R. (2011). Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE): design, data collection and descriptive results. In K. Hindle & K. Klyver (Eds.), Handbook of Research on New Venture Creation (pp. 216-250). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2011 Senyard, J., Baker, T., Steffens, P. & Davidsson, P. (2011). Bricolage as a path to innovation for resource constrained new firms.
2006 Steffens, P., Davidsson, P. & Fitzsimmons, J. (2006). The performance of young firms: Patterns of evolution in the growth - Profitability space.
2000 Steffens, P. & Waterhouse, M. (2000). A holistic audit of managing intellectual property: IP management in the Queensland department of primary industries.
10.1109/ICMIT.2000.916790

A. Category 1 Research Grants: Total $1,688,000

ARC Discovery
What Facilitates or Hinders the Discovery and Exploitation of Entrepreneurial Opportunities? A Comparison of the Independent and Corporate Contexts
Henri Burgers, Per Davidsson, Paul Steffens

2010-2012

$127,000

ARC Linkage
Firm Early Development and Performance (FEDP): A Panel Study
Per Davidsson, Paul Steffens, Jason Fitzsimmons, Siri Terjesen
ARC $263k; NAB & BDO Kendalls $190k

2007-2010

$453,000

ARC Discovery
CAUSEE: Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence
Per Davidsson, Paul Steffens

2006-2009

$455,000

ARC SPIRT
Institutionalisation of purchaser-provider models in Agricultural RD&E: Gateways or Shackles?  Art Shulman, Drew Wollin, Paul Steffens.

ARC $221,000; Queensland Department of Primary Industries $432,000

1998-2000

$653,000

B. Other Research Grants: Total over $500,000

Department of Industry, Innovation & Science

Business Creation in Australia

Per Davidsson, Paul Steffens, Scott Gordon.

2015

$25,000

Department of Industry ($100k) & QUT Business School ($200k)

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015

 Paul Steffens

2010-2015

$300,000

Department of Innovation and Industry (DIISRTE)

Business Creation in Australia

Per Davidsson, Paul Steffens, Scott Gordon.

2013

$50,000

Department of Innovation and Industry (DIISRTE)

Fifth wave of CAUSEE project

Per Davidsson and Paul Steffens.

2012

$100,000

Institute Of Public Administration Australia

Capitalising on Intellect: Public Sector Management of Intellectual Property

Paul Steffens, Art Shulman, Dr Michael Waterhouse and Dr Drew Wollin.

2001

$75,000

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2010 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Business Venturing
Position
P/G Prog Director - Innov & Entrepreneurship
Phone
83132937
Fax
8313 7512
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Nexus 10 Tower
Room Number
5 30
Org Unit
Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre

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