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Dr Scott Gordon

Scott Gordon
PhD Director - Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation, and Innovation Centre
Faculty of the Professions

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.

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Dr Scott Gordon

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.

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

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

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2015 Lecturer University of Adelaide
2012 - 2014 Research Fellow Queensland University of Technology
2006 - 2010 Senior Research Assistant Queensland University of Technology
2005 - 2006 Teaching & Research Assistant Griffith University
1993 - 2004 Electronics Engineer & Experimental Scientist Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2013 Research Award Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award Queensland University of Technology Australia 1000
2012 Research Award Best Empirical Paper using Quantitative Methods ACERE Conference Australia 1000
2009 Research Award Bygrave Award for Best Paper in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice AGSE International Research Exchange Australia 1000
2006 Research Award Karingal Consultants Award for the Best Paper Authored by a Doctoral Student AGSE International Research Exchange New Zealand 1000

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2012 Queensland University of Technology Australia PhD
2005 Griffith University Australia MBA (Hons I)
1994 University of South Australia Australia Grad Dip Eng (Electronic Systems)
1992 University of Southern Queensland Australia BEng (Electrical)

Research Interests

Journals

Books

Year Citation
2011 Davidsson, P., Gordon, S. R., & Bergmann, H. (Eds.) (2011). Nascent entrepreneurship. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Book Chapters

Conference Papers

Conference Items

Year Citation
2014 Bakker, R. M., & Gordon, S. R. (2014). Stepping In and Stepping Out: Environmental and Behavioral Influences on the Timing of Entrepreneurial Entry and Exit. Poster session presented at the meeting of Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. London, Ontario, Canada.
2014 Gordon, S. R. (2014). Empirical Dimensions of Entrepreneurial Dynamics: A Review of Research on the
Venture Creation Process
. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. Sydney, Australia.
2013 Gordon, S. R., & Davidsson, P. (2013). The emergence of organisational properties: Evidence from pre-operational
businesses
. Poster session presented at the meeting of Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Lyon, France.
2012 Gordon, S. R. (2012). Just do it: action’s central role in venture creation. Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings, The 2012 Joint ACERE-DIANA International Entrepreneurship Conference. Fremantle, Western Australia: ACERE.
2012 Davidsson, P., & Gordon, S. R. (2012). Much ado about nothing? The surprising persistence of nascent ventures through the global financial crisis. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Joint ACERE-DIANA International Entrepreneurship Conference. Freemantle, Western Australia.
2011 Gordon, S. R. (2011). Entrepreneurial discovery and exploitation processes : sequence or symbiosis?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research. Syracuse, NY: BABSON.
2010 Gordon, S. R. (2010). The importance of gestation process dynamics. Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference.
2009 Gordon, S. R., Davidsson, P., & Steffens, P. R. (2009). Novice vs habitual entrepreneurship: differences in motivations, actions and expectations. Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of the 6th International AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. Adelaide, SA: Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology.
2009 Senyard, J. M., Davidsson, P., Gordon, S. R., & Steffens, P. R. (2009). The comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE) high potential nascent entrepreneurs: some preliminary findings. Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of the 6th International AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. Adelaide, SA: Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology.
2009 Gordon, S. R., & Steffens, P. R. (2009). Why, how, what for? : motivations, actions and expectations in habitual entrepreneurship. Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference.
2008 Davidsson, P., Steffens, P. R., & Gordon, S. R. (2008). Introduction to Australian Study of Entrepreneurship Emergence (CAUSEE). Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of the 5th International AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology.
2007 Gordon, S. R., & Fitzsimmons, J. R. (2007). Knowledge, Motivation and Entrepreneurial Opportunities: An Experimental Investigation using Functional Measurement. Poster session presented at the meeting of Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). Babson College.

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2015 Gordon, S. R., & Davidsson, P. (2015). ACE research vignette 038 : cracking the start-up code : does it matter when you do what?. Queensland University of Technology.
2013 Gordon, S. R., & Davidsson, P. (2013). Capturing gazelles : features of high potential firms & new venture growth. Queensland University of Technology.
2013 Gordon, S. R., & Davidsson, P. (2013). Identifying important success factors in new venture creation. Queensland University of Technology.
2013 Gordon, S. R., & Davidsson, P. (2013). Illustrating outcomes for Australian nascent and young firm entrepreneurial activity. Queensalnd University of Technology.
2013 Davidsson, P., & Gordon, S. R. (2013). Innovation and change in new ventures. Queensland University of Technology.
2013 Davidsson, P., & Gordon, S. R. (2013). New venture internationalisation. Queensland University of Technology.
2013 Gordon, S. R., & Davidsson, P. (2013). Unpacking the venture creation process. Queensland University of Technology.
2013 Gordon, S. R., Davidsson, P., & Senyard, J. M. (2013). What it means to be green : an examination of early stage environmental and sustainability focused firms. Queensland University of Technology.
2013 Davidsson, P., & Gordon, S. R. (2013). A portrayal of new entrants into the Australian economy (Entrepreneurial individuals and ventures). Queensland University of Technology.
2012 Davidsson, P., Gordon, S., & Steffens, P. (2012). Early stage start-ups : evidence from the Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE): Australian Small Business : Key Statistics and Analysis [2012 ed.] (1). Commonwealth of Australia.
2011 Steffens, P. R., Davidsson, P., Gordon, S. R., James, N., Senyard, J. M., & Stuetzer, M. (2011). ACE research briefing paper 004 : emerging and young high potential start-ups. Queensland University of Technology.
2009 Davidsson, P., Steffens, P. R., Gordon, S. R., Garonne, C., & Senyard, J. M. (2009). Business creation processes in Australia : what start-up attempts get up and running, and why? - A preliminary assessment. Queensland University of Technology.
2008 Davidsson, P., Steffens, P. R., Gordon, S. R., & Senyard, J. M. (2008). Characteristics of high-potential start-ups: some early observations from the CAUSEE project. Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research.
2008 Davidsson, P., Steffens, P. R., Gordon, S. R., & Reynolds, P. (2008). ACE research briefing paper 006 : anatomy of new business activity in Australia: some early observations from the CAUSEE project. Queensland University of Technology.

Theses

Year Citation
2012 Gordon, S. R. (2012). Dimensions of the venture creation process : amount, dynamics, and sequences of action in nascent entrepreneurship. (PhD Thesis, Queensland University of Technology, QUT Business School).

Working Paper

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
  • Opportunity Assessment
  • Entrepreneurship Project (Capstone)
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Management

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
2017 Co-Supervisor The Role of Trust in the Senior Citizens' Adoption of Community and Home-Based Care Technologies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Elsy Paola Garcia Reyes
2017 Co-Supervisor Exploring The Entrepreneurial Mindset of Small and Medium Enterprises in Ghana Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michael Asiedu Gyensare

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

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2014 - ongoing Co-Chair Organizing Committee - Paper Development Workshop ACERE Conference Australia

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2012 - ongoing Member Australia & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Australia
2006 - ongoing Member Academy of Management United States
1992 - ongoing Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Position
PhD Director - Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Phone
83137493
Fax
8313 7512
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Nexus 10 Building, floor 9
Org Unit
Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre

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