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.

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

Business and Management, Economic Development and Growth, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Management, Organisation and Management Theory, Small Business Management, Sociological Methodology and Research Methods

Journals

Year Citation
2016 Davidsson, P. & Gordon, S. R. (2016). Much ado about nothing? The surprising persistence of nascent entrepreneurs through macroeconomic crisis. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 40, 4, 915-941.
10.1111/etap.12152
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.
10.1007/s11187-011-9325-8
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.
10.1504/IJESB.2007.014390

Books

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

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2012 Gordon, S. R. (2012). Action's place in the venture creation process. In A. C. Corbett & J. A. Katz (Eds.), Entrepreneurial Action (pp. 161-205). Bingly, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
10.1108/S1074-7540(2012)0000014009
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.
2011 Davidsson, P., Gordon, S. R. & Bergmann, H. (2011). Introduction. In P. Davidsson, S. R. Gordon & H. Bergmann (Eds.), Nascent Entrepreneurship (pp. xiii-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. Joint ACERE-DIANA International Entrepreneurship Conference. Freemantle, Western Australia.
2010 Davidsson, P. & Gordon, S. R. (2010). Panel studies of new venture creation : a review and suggestions for future research. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings. Montreal, Canada.
10.5465/AMBPP.2010.54493449
2009 Gordon, S. R., Davidsson, P. & Steffens, P. R. (2009). Novice vs habitual entrepreneurship: differences in motivations, actions and expectations. 6th International AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. L. M. Gillin (Ed.) Adelaide, SA.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2014 Gordon, S. R. (2014). Empirical Dimensions of Entrepreneurial Dynamics: A Review of Research on the
Venture Creation Process. Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. Sydney, Australia.
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. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. London, Ontario, Canada.
2013 Gordon, S. R. & Davidsson, P. (2013). The emergence of organisational properties: Evidence from pre-operational
businesses. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Lyon, France.
2012 Davidsson, P. & Gordon, S. R. (2012). Much ado about nothing? The surprising persistence of nascent ventures through the global financial crisis. 2012 Joint ACERE-DIANA International Entrepreneurship Conference. Freemantle, Western Australia.
2012 Gordon, S. R. (2012). Just do it: action’s central role in venture creation. 2012 Joint ACERE-DIANA International Entrepreneurship Conference. Fremantle, Western Australia.
2011 Gordon, S. R. (2011). Entrepreneurial discovery and exploitation processes : sequence or symbiosis?. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). Syracuse, NY.
2010 Gordon, S. R. (2010). The importance of gestation process dynamics.
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. 6th International AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. Adelaide, SA.
2009 Gordon, S. R. & Steffens, P. R. (2009). Why, how, what for? : motivations, actions and expectations in habitual entrepreneurship.
2008 Davidsson, P., Steffens, P. R. & Gordon, S. R. (2008). Introduction to Australian Study of Entrepreneurship Emergence (CAUSEE). 5th International AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. Melbourne, Vic.
2007 Gordon, S. R. & Fitzsimmons, J. R. (2007). Knowledge, Motivation and Entrepreneurial Opportunities: An Experimental Investigation using Functional Measurement.

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 Davidsson, P. & Gordon, S. R., (2013). New venture internationalisation, 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 Davidsson, P. & Gordon, S. R., (2013). A portrayal of new entrants into the Australian economy (Entrepreneurial individuals and ventures), 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 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). Innovation and change in new ventures, 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., (2013). Identifying important success factors in new venture creation, Queensland University of Technology,
2012 Davidsson, P., Gordon, S. R. & Steffens, P. R., (2012). Early stage start-ups : evidence from the Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE), 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. & 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,
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,

Theses

Year Citation
2012 Gordon, S. R.; (2012); Dimensions of the venture creation process : amount, dynamics, and sequences of action in nascent entrepreneurship;

Working Paper

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

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

Prospective Research Students

Actively seeking research students whose research interests align with mine.

Completed Supervisions

Jan Gruenhagen - Honours (First Class) - Let’s go abroad! The impact of international potentials, entrepreneurial motivations and firm stages on new venture internationalisation

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)

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2014 - ongoing Co-Chair Organizing Committee - Paper Development Workshop ACERE Conference Australia
Position
PhD Director - Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Phone
83137493
Fax
8313 7512
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Nexus 10 Tower
Room Number
5 27
Org Unit
Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre

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