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.
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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
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
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)
Year Citation 2011 Davidsson, P., Gordon, S. R., & Bergmann, H. (Eds.) (2011). Nascent entrepreneurship. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
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.
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.
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.
Report for External Bodies
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).
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. & 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
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Co-Supervisor Entrepreneurs’ Cognitive Process and Perceptual Learning 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
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2014 - ongoing Co-Chair Organizing Committee - Paper Development Workshop ACERE Conference Australia
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) —
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