Adelaide Business School
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - 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 - ongoing 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. R., & Bergmann, H. (2011). Introduction. In P. Davidsson, S. R. Gordon, & H. Bergmann (Eds.), Nascent Entrepreneurship (pp. viii-xxxvi). Cheltenham, Glos; United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
Year Citation 2020 Alemayehu, B. Z., Steffens, P., & Gordon, S. (2020). Opportunity Attitude: Moving Beyond Cognitive Evaluation of Entrepreneurial Opportunities. Poster session presented at the meeting of Academy of Management Proceedings. Academy of Management Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510. 2020 Alemayehu, B., Steffens, P., & Gordon, S. (2020). Opportunity attitude: Advancing the conceptualisation entrepreneur’s perceptions of opportunity beyond cognition. Poster session presented at the meeting of ACERE. Adelaide. 2019 Alemayehu, B., Steffens, P., & Gordon, S. (2019). First-person opportunity confidence model.. Poster session presented at the meeting of ACERE. 2019 Gordon, S., Steffens, P., & Lomberg, C. (2019). Examining Grit as Catalyst in Accelerating Emerging Ventures. Poster session presented at the meeting of ACERE. 2018 Steffens, P., Gordon, S., & Lomberg, C. (2018). Just Do It: Action Orientation and Entrepreneurial Progress and Persistence. Poster session presented at the meeting of Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2018 (Vol. 38) – Chapter IV – The Entrepreneur and Characteristics – Interactive Papers.. 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 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. 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
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Principal Supervisor Understanding the nature of Acquired Optimism, its antecedents and its consequences on the Entrepreneurs in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jyoti Khisha 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
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Opportunity Attitude – Extending Entrepreneurial Opportunity Evaluation Beyond Cognition 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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