Scott Gordon

Dr Scott Gordon

PhD Director - Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation, and Innovation Centre

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Scott is the PhD program director and lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Entrepreneurship Commercialisation & Innovation Centre (ECIC), The University of Adelaide. He has diverse multi-disciplinary experience, having conducted basic and applied research across physical, biological and social sciences. Originally trained in Electrical Engineering he spent more than a decade as a practicing professional engineer with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) developing innovative technologies for underwater acoustic remote sensing and mapping of seabed habitats.

Since 2005 Scott has been actively engaged as an entrepreneurship scholar and academic. He holds a BEng, a MBA with First Class Honours and a PhD in Management, for which he received an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis citation. Prior to joining ECIC in January 2015 he held the position of research fellow with the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Scott's teaching interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy. His research explores the complex relationships between conceptual discovery and behavioural exploitation dimensions of entrepreneurial action, and the temporal nature of organisational emergence.

Scott's current research interests include:

  • Nascent entrepreneurship: the start-up process & interactions between opportunity discovery & exploitation (see video)
  • Organisational emergence: new venture creation & environmental influences on entrepreneurial actions
  • Network dynamics: including organisation - ecosystem interactions and social governance mechanisms such as trust
  • Entrepreneurial careers: the development of expertise & its influence on outcomes
  • Research methods: including novel quantitative techniques for studying processes & networks

Gordon, S.R., Davidsson, P. & Lau, A. (2013) Comprehensive Australian study of entrepreneurial emergence: Outcomes. Cat 2: Department of Industry $80000

Davidsson P., Gordon, S.R. & Steffens, P. (2012) Business Creation in Australia. Cat2: Department of Industry $50000

My teaching interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy. I teach undergraduate and masters level courses across the following areas (current teaching in bold):

  • Entrepreneurship Research in Practice
  • New Venture Creation
  • Entrepreneurship Project (Capstone)
  • Opportunity Assessment
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Management
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor An Empirical Investigation of Actor - New Venture Idea Nexus Framework Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Binyam Zewde Alemayehu
    2017 Co-Supervisor Analysing and Modelling Behaviours, Processes and Performance Implications of Human Team Interaction with Autonomous System/s (Driverless Vehicle) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Luke Samuel Richardson
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Let’s go abroad! The impact of international potentials, entrepreneurial motivations and firm stages on new venture internationalisation Queensland University of Technology Honours Full Time Jan Henreik
  • Position: PhD Director - Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
  • Phone: 83137493
  • Email: scott.gordon@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7512
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 9
  • Org Unit: Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre

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