The Centre has a diverse research program focusing on the individual, the firm, and the region. It undertakes research grounded in theory with practical application. The sustainability of its research program is facilitated through:
- centre team member research interests
- a PhD program in innovation and entrepreneurship, and
- collaboration with scholars from other institutions.
In 2006, UniSA conducted the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (in Australia), probably the world's largest regular survey of entrepreneurship behaviour, covering more than 40 countries each year. This produced a wealth of information about entrepreneurship, of particular interests to local authorities that are trying to encourage small business.
Members of the CDE are currently undertaking research projects in the following areas:
- innovation capability
- entrepreneurial orientation
- entrepreneurial attitudes
- opportunity recognition.
Current thesis topics
Several CDE team members have an industry and practitioner background, and are working on doctoral theses. Topics include:
Gary Hancock: Early stage venture investment in South Australia: A cognitive approach
Anton Jordaan: How values, entrepreneurial attitudes and perceived personal measures of entrepreneurial success influence nascent entrepreneur start-up intentions.
Wendy Lindsay: Values, entrepreneurial attitude, and perceived well-being relationships in unemployed indigenous nascent entrepreneurs.
Completed PhD theses
Noel Lindsay, Gido Mapunda, and Dennis List have all completed doctoral theses in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, as follows:
Noel Lindsay: (University of Queensland).
Gido Mapunda: The Influence of Kinship and Quasi-kinship Relationships on the Establishment of Indigenous Business Enterprises (RMIT University).
Dennis List: Scenario Network Mapping: The Development of a Methodology (University of South Australia).