Scott Gordon

Dr Scott Gordon

PhD Director - Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Adelaide Business School

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 early start-up process & interactions between discovery & exploitation (see video)
  • Entrepreneurial attitude: entrepreneurial mindset, behavioural orientation and opportunity attitude
  • Organisational emergence: new venture creation dynamics and the influences of entrepreneurial environments on actions
  • Network dynamics: including organisation - ecosystem interactions and social governance mechanisms such as trust
  • Entrepreneurial careers: trajectory of venturing expertise, firm resourcing strategies & their influences on life outcomes
  • Research methods: including the development of novel quantitative techniques for studying behaviors, processes & networks
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2018 Gruenhagen, J., Sawang, S., Gordon, S., & Davidsson, P. (2018). International experience, growth aspirations, and the internationalisation of new ventures. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 16(3), 421-440.
    DOI Scopus12
    2016 Davidsson, P., & Gordon, S. (2016). Much Ado About Nothing? The Surprising Persistence of Nascent Entrepreneurs Through Macroeconomic Crisis. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 40(4), 915-941.
    DOI Scopus56 WoS51
    2012 Davidsson, P., & Gordon, S. R. (2012). Panel studies of new venture creation: a methods-focused review and suggestions for future research. Small Business Economics, 39(4), 853-876.
    DOI Scopus128 WoS109
    2007 Gordon, S. R. (2007). Interpersonal trust, vigilance and social networks roles in the process of entrepreneurial opportunity recognition. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 4(5), 564-585.
    DOI Scopus16
  • Books

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

    Year Citation
    2012 Gordon, S. (2012). Action's place in the venture creation process. In A. Corbett, & J. Katz (Eds.), Entrepreneurial Action (pp. 161-205). Bingly, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
    DOI
    2011 Davidsson, P., Steffens, P., & Gordon, S. (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.
    Scopus15
    2011 Davidsson, P., Gordon, S., & Bergmann, H. (2011). Introduction. In P. Davidsson, S. Gordon, & H. Bergmann (Eds.), Nascent Entrepreneurship (pp. viii-xxxvi). Cheltenham, Glos; United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2012 Gordon, S. R. (2012). A sequence analytic model of entrepreneurial discovery and exploitation process. In The Joint ACERE-DIANA International Entrepreneurship Conference (pp. 1-15). Freemantle, Western Australia.
    2010 Davidsson, P., & Gordon, S. R. (2010). Panel studies of new venture creation : a review and suggestions for future research. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Vol. 2010 (pp. 1-6). Montreal, Canada: Academy of Management.
    DOI Scopus3
  • 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

    Year Citation
    2009 Davidsson, P., & Gordon, S. R. (2009). Nascent entrepreneur(ship) research : a review.

Steffens, P. & Gordon, S.R. (2019) High growth firms in South Australia: Efforts to extract greater insights and value from state held data sets. Cat 2: SA Department of Premier & Cabinet, SA Department for Innovation and Skills

Gordon, S.R., Davidsson, P. Steffens, 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. Cat 2: Department of Industry $50000

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

  • Entrepreneurship Research in Practice [Masters]
  • New Venture Creation [Masters]
  • Entrepreneurship Project (Capstone) [Masters]
  • 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
    2020 Co-Supervisor Influence of Entrepreneurs’ self-esteem on the temporal processes of post-venture emotional response, sense-making and venturing behaviour Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Dinusha Costa
    2018 Co-Supervisor An Empirical Investigation of Actor - New Venture Idea Nexus Framework Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Binyam Zewde Alemayehu
  • 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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