The IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre

The IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre conducts multidisciplinary research on small and medium size private businesses and not-for-profit enterprises. Focusing on bringing together practitioner insights with world-class research, we provide informed comment for substantive policy development.


About us 

The evolution of the Centre began when the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and the former School of Accounting, Economics and Finance commenced the IPA-Deakin SME Research Partnership in June 2013, signing a highly successful three-year research and consultancy agreement. 

In 2016, the Partnership expanded by bringing together researchers from the DBS and DLS to become the multidisciplinary IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre. The IPA also extended its agreement for a further five years. The Centre aims to build upon its existing portfolio of research and consultancy for small and medium sized private enterprises (SMEs) and not-for-profit enterprises (NFPs).

The Centre is affiliated with leading international SME researchers and research centres, such as Professor Robert Blackburn and the Small Business Research Centre at Kingston University (UK), Professor Marc Cowling (University of Brighton, UK) and Emeritus Professor Gordon Murray (University of Exeter, UK).

The Centre’s scope of activities includes providing issues briefings, policy papers and academic research with SME and NFP focus in areas such as, but not limited to, sustainability, governance, small business regulation, self-managed superannuation funds and financial services.


Our team

IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre management group

Deakin

Name
Professor Barry Cooper
Co-director (Department of Accounting, Deakin Business School)
Professor George Tanewski
Co-director (Department of Accounting, Deakin Business School)
Associate Professor Julie Clarke
Co-director (Deakin Law School)
Professor Peter Carey
Associate director (Department of Accounting, Deakin Business School)
Dr Nicholas Mroczkowski, Senior Research Fellow
Deputy Director

IPA

Name
Andrew Conway
Chief Executive Officer of the IPA, Co-director of the IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre, Adjunct Professor (Deakin Business School) and Professor of Accounting (honoris causa) - Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Vicki Stylianou
Executive General Manager, Advocacy & Technical, IPA
Mr Tony Greco FIPA
General Manager, Technical Policy, IPA
    Mr Michael Linke
    Executive General Manager, Member Experience, IPA

Members

Name
Professor Doren Chadee
Department of Management, Deakin Business School
Professor Samantha Hepburn
Deakin Law School
Professor Alexander Newman
Department of Management, Deakin Business School
Professor Matthew Warren
Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Deakin Business School
Associate Professor Ambika Zutshi
Department of Management, Deakin Business School
Dr Fara Azmat
Department of Management, Deakin Business School
Dr Emilia Bellucci
Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Deakin Business School
Dr Rodney Carr
Department of Management, Deakin Business School
Dr Campbell Heggen
Department of Accounting,Deakin Business School
Dr Adrian Raftery
Department of Accounting, DeakinBusiness School
Dr Hernan 'Banjo' Roxas
Department of Management, Deakin Business School
Dr Scott Salzman
Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Deakin Business School
    Dr William Yeoh
    Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Deakin Business School
Dr Craig Parker
Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Deakin Business School

Adjunct members

Name
Professor Robert Blackburn
Associate Dean Research and Director of the Small Business Research Centre
Kingston Business School
Kingston University, UK
Professor Marc Cowling
Brighton Business School
University of Brighton, UK
Emeritus Professor Gordon Murray
Xfi Centre for Finance and Investment
Exeter Business School
University of Exeter, UK

Industry Advisory Board

Name
The Hon. Bruce Billson (Chair) 
Former Federal Minister for Small Business
Su McCluskey
Chairman, Energy Renaissance
Tim Reid 
Founder and Host, The Small Business Big Marketing Show
Michael Schaper
Deputy Chair, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
Bernadette Uzelac
CEO, Geelong Chamber of Commerce
Professor Robert Blackburn
Associate Dean Research, Director of The Small Business Research Centre,
Kingston University, UK

Research

Journal publications

Cumming, D., Guariglia, A., Hou, W., Lee, E. and Newman, A. (2014) 'Exploring entrepreneurial activity and small business issues in the Chinese economy' (editorial), International Small Business Journal, 32(6), 603–609. [ABDC level A]

Ramsey, E., Martin, L.M., Ibbotson, P. and Parker, C.M. (2009) 'Small business and information systems' (editorial), Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 16(1), 3–5. [ABDC level A]

Du, J., Guariglia, A. and Newman, A. (2015) 'Do social capital building strategies influence the financing behavior of Chinese private small and medium-sized enterprises?', Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 39(3), 601–631.

Roxas, H. and Chadee, D. (2013) 'Effects of formal institutions on the performance of the tourism sector in the Philippines: the mediating role of entrepreneurial orientation', Tourism Management, 37, 1–12.

Scheepers, R., Scheepers, H. and Ngwenyama, O.K. (2006) 'Contextual influences on user satisfaction with mobile computing: findings from two healthcare organizations', European Journal of Information Systems, 15, 261–268.

Atherton, A., and Newman, A. (online early) 'The emergence of the private entrepreneur in reform era China: Re-birth of an earlier tradition, or a more recent product of development and change?', Business History, DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1122702

Shahriar, A.Z., Schwarz, S., and Newman, A. (online early), Profit orientation of microfinance institutions and provision of financial capital to business start-ups, International Small Business Journal, DOI: 10.1177/0266242615570401

Azmat, F., Ferdous, A.S. and Couchman, P. (2015) 'Understanding the dynamics between social entrepreneurship and inclusive growth in subsistence marketplaces', Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 34(2), 252–271.

Gilman, M.W., Raby, S. and Pyman, A. (2015) 'The contours of employee voice in SMEs: the importance of context', Human Resource Management Journal, 25(4), 563–579.

Parker C.M., Burgess S. and Al-Qirim N. (2015) 'A review of studies on information systems and SMEs in high ranked IS journals' (2000-2014), Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 19, S153-S173.

Zutshi, A., Fayezi, S. and O'Loughlin, A. (2015) 'How Australian manufacturing firms perceive and understand the concepts of agility and flexibility in the supply chain', International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 35(2), 246–281.

Carey, P., Potter, B., and Tanewski, G. (2014) 'Application of the reporting entity concept in Australia', Abacus, 50(4), 460–489

Lindsay, V., Ashill, N., Roxas, H. and Victorio, A. (2014) 'Entrepreneurial orientation and performance of microenterprises in an emerging economy', Journal of Strategic Marketing, 22(7), 631–656.

Newman, A., Schwarz, S. and Borgia, D. (2014) 'How does microfinance enhance entrepreneurial outcomes in emerging economies? The mediating mechanisms of psychological and social capital', International Small Business Journal, 32(2), 158–79.

Parker, C.M., Bellucci, E., Torlina, L., Fraunholz, B. and Zutshi, A. (2014) 'Conceptualising how SMEs incorporate green content in their websites', Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 18(3), 137–160.

Redmond, J., Walker, E.A., Parker, C.M. and Simpson, M. (2014) 'Australian SMEs waste to landfill', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21(3), 297–310.

Roxas, H., Battisti, M. and Deakins, D. (2014) 'Learning, innovation and firm performance: knowledge management in small firms', Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 12(4), 443–453.

Cadeaux, J. and Dubelaar, C. (2012) 'Market environment, assortment policy, and performance of small retailers', Australasian Marketing Journal, 20, 250–259.

Chen, Z., Newman, A., Sun, Y. and Xu, W. (2012) 'Entrepreneurs, organizational members, political participation and preferential government treatment: Evidence from China', International Small Business Journal, 30(8), 873–889.

Coverdale, R., Jordan, L. and du Plessis, J. (2012) 'Providing legal services to rural and regional small business: gaps and opportunities', Deakin Law Review, 17(2), 283–306.

Erwee, R., Skadiang, B. and Roxas, H. (2012) 'Knowledge management culture, strategy and process in Malaysian firms', Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 10(1), 89–98.

Hindle, K. and Moroz, P. (2012) Entrepreneurship as a process: toward harmonizing multiple perspectives, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 36(4), 781–818.

Newman, A. and Sheikh, A. (2012) 'Organizational commitment in Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises: the role of extrinsic, intrinsic and social rewards', International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(2), 349–367.

Newman, A., Gunnessee, S. and Hilton, B. (2012) 'The applicability of financial theories of capital structure to the Chinese cultural context: a study of privately-owned SMEs', International Small Business Journal, 30(1), 65–83.

Roxas, H. and Coetzer, A. (2012) 'Institutional environment, managerial attitudes and environmental sustainability orientation of small firms', Journal of Business Ethics, 111(4), 461–476.

Frederick, H. and Monsen, E. (2011) 'New Zealand's perfect storm of entrepreneurship and economic development', Small Business Economics, 37(2), 187–204.

Parry, K., Cope, J. and Kempster, S. (2011) 'Exploring distributed leadership in the small business context', International Journal of Management Reviews, 13(3), 270–285.

Hindle, K. (2010) 'How community context affects entrepreneurial process: a diagnostic framework', Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 22(7-8), 599–647.

Parker, C.M., Fraunholz, B., Zutshi, A. and Crofts, M. (2010) 'How do Australian small and medium enterprises communicate their environmental improvement activities online?', Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 17(1), 5–21.

Azmat, F. and Samaratunge, R. (2009) 'Responsible entrepreneurship in developing countries: understanding the realities and complexities', Journal of Business Ethics, 90(3), 437–452.

Chua, A., Deans, K. and Parker, C.M. (2009) 'Exploring the types of SMEs which could use blogs as a marketing tool: a proposed future research agenda', Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 16(1), 117–136.

Berthon, P., Ewing, M.T. and Napoli, J. (2008) 'Brand management in small-to-medium sized enterprises', Journal of Small Business Management, 46(1), 27-45.

Scheepers, H. and Scheepers, R. (2008) 'A process-focused decision framework for analysing the business value potential of IT investments', Information Systems Frontiers, 10, 321–330.

Fisher, J., Craig, A. and Bentley, J. (2007) 'Moving from a web presence to e-commerce: the importance of a business-web strategy for small-business owners', Electronic Markets, 17(4), 253–262.

Mroczkowski, N. and Tanewski, G.A. (2007) 'Delineating publicly listed family and non-family controlled firms: an approach for capital market research in Australia', Journal of Small Business Management, 45(3), 320–332.

Bartholomeusz, S. and Tanewski, G.A. (2006) 'The Relationship between family firms and corporate governance', Journal of Small Business Management, 44(2), 245–267.

Government/industry reports

Carey, P., Tanewski, G., et al. (2015) Small Business White Paper. A commissioned project for the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Potter, B., Carey, P. and Tanewski, G. (2014) Application of the Reporting Entity Concept and Lodgement of Special Purpose Financial Statements. A commissioned project for the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB).

Cooper, B., Dimovski, W., Wood, G., Salzman, S., Mcclaren, N., and McElvaney, J. (2015) Geelong region survey of business trends 2014, Deakin University.

Policy submissions and briefs

The following policy submissions and briefings were prepared on behalf of the IPA-Deakin Centre.

2016

Clarke, J. (2016) Options to strengthen the misuse of market power law. 4 February 2016.

2015

Heggen, C. and Raftery, A. (2015) Commentary on draft legislation establishing appropriate professional, ethical and education standards for Australia financial advisers. 20 December 2015.

Hepburn, S. (2015) Commentary on the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Bill 2015 and the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Bill 2015. 7 August 2015.

Murray, G. and Tanewski, G. (2015) Crowd Funding. July 2015

Tanewski, G. (2015). Comments on aspects of the Fair Work Act of 2009. March 2015.

Clarke, J. (2015) Comments on the Exposure Draft of the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 related to Unfair Contract Terms. 11 May 2015.

Raftery, A. (2015) Comments on the Parliamentary Joint Committee's (PJC) recommendations to establish appropriate professional, ethical and education standards for Australia financial advisers in the near future. 5 May 2015.

2014

Raftery, A. (2014) Comments on the Parliamentary Joint Committee's (PJC) inquiry on 'Scrutiny of Financial Advice'. 4 December 2014.

Raftery, A. (2014) Comments on Treasury's Discussion Paper on Retirement Income Streams. September 2014.

Clarke, P. (2014) Comments on the Exposure Draft of the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 related to Section 46, Misuse of Market Power. September 2014.

Clarke, J. and Clarke, P. (2014) Comments on the Exposure Draft of the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015. June 2014

Carey, P. (2014) Commentary on productivity commission report on regulator engagement with small business. April 2014

Tanewski, G. and de Castro, V. (2014 )Discussion paper on Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. 15 May 2014.

Tanewski, G. (2014) Pre-Budget Submission 2014-15, February 2014.

Current research project

Carey, P, Tanewski, G and Cooper, B. (2013–2016) IPA-Deakin
SME Research Centre. Funding body: Institute of Public Accountants.
Amount: $133,334.

Completed research projects

National competitive grants

Hone, P., Haszler, H. and Tubuna, S. (2005–2008) Policy options for improving the value of land use in smallholder Fijian agriculture. Funding body: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Grant - Research. Amounts: $128,462 (2008), $200,178 (2007), $297,529 (2006), $104,087 (2005).

McMurray, A., Hindle, K., Inbakaran, R. and Stevens, B. (2009–2010) Indigenous entrepreneurship in Victoria, Australia: reconciling mainstream business practice and indigenous community values. Funding body: ARC Collaborative – Linkage – Projects (Round 2). Amount: $26,140 (2010), $26,140 (2009).

Rentschler, R. (2004–2007) Multimedia effectiveness in boosting entrepreneurial Indigenous micro-enterprises. Funding body: Australian Research Council, Collaborative - Linkage - Projects (Round 1, APAI). Amounts: $12,682 (2007), $25,113 (2006), $24,650 (2005), $24,107 (2004).

Other public sector funding

Tanewski, G and Carey, P. (2012–2013) Financial statement reporting practices of entities lodging under the Corporations Act / differential reporting research project. Funding body: Australian Accounting Standards Board. Amounts: $50,000 (2013), $13,636 (2012).

Chadee, D. (2012) Identification of the benefits of an Australian-Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement for Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Funding body: DFAT Council for Australian-Arab Relations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Amount: $13,334.

Du Plessis, J.J., Coverdale, R. and Rees, A. (2010–2011) Provision of legal services to small business in rural and regional Victoria. Funding body: LSB Legal Services Board - Grants Program - Research. Amounts: $4,195 (2011), $41,948 (2010).

Gunawan, G., Parker, C.M. and Mason, C. (2011) Encouraging small and medium enterprise ICT-based collaboration in industry clusters. Funding body: DEEWR - Endeavour Research Fellowships - Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Amount: $1,500.

Hindle, K. (2011–2010) Understanding entrepreneurial success as a regional initiative - sub project of Enterprise Connect project ID 5950. Funding body: DIISR Grant - Enterprise Connect, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development. Amounts: $56,250 (2011), $75,000 (2010).

McMurray, A., Hindle, K., Inbakaran, R. and Stevens, B. (2009-2010) Indigenous entrepreneurship in Victoria, Australia: reconciling mainstream business practice and indigenous community values. Funding body: Koori Business Network. Amounts: $7,928 (2010), $6,000 (2009).

Industry and other funding

Carey, P and Tanewski, G. (2013) The future of small accounting practices: developing capabilities and expertise. Funding body: Institute of Chartered Accounts in Australia Grant - Research. Amount: $10,000.

Carey, P, Tanewski, G and Cooper, B. (2013) IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre. Funding body: Institute of Public Accountants. Amount: $66,667.

Industry and other funding – Australian

Coverdale, R. (2012–2014) Addressing the structural and ethical challenge of conflict of interest in rural and regional legal practice. Funding body: VIC Law Foundation Grant - Research. Amounts: $10,000 (2014), $10,000 (2013), $27,721 (2012).

Waddell, D and Glassop, L. (2007) KPMG and FBA survey of Australian family business needs. Funding body: KPMG Grant - Research - KPMG Peat Marwick. Amount: $8,000.

Workshops and visitors

Workshops and conference

2014

Enhancing the Future for Small Business in Australia (2014). This SME conference sponsored by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) in conjunction with the School of Accounting Economics and Finance and the Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO) at Deakin University, 20 October 2014, Deakin Prime, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

This practitioner-focused conference had high impact-high reputation practitioner and academic presenters. Keynote speakers included Professor Marc Cowling, Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, UK, Professor Scott Holmes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, University of Western Sydney, and Lucio Dana, Managing Director of Creativity In Business Pty. Ltd. (trading as Family Business Dynamics).

Other prominent industry and academic presenters were Chris Aylmer, Reserve Bank of Australia, Professor Michael Schaper, the ACCC, John Emerson, Chair Board of Taxation, Australian Small Business Commissioner, Robin Buckham, CEO of Family Business Australia, Professor Deborah Ralston, Executive Director of Australian Centre for Financial Studies and Professor of Finance, Monash University, Adele Levinge, Dennis Corporation, Dr Craig Latham, Small Business Commissioner, and Ben Dolman Treasury.


2013

Regulation, competition and taxation: Challenges for small business and accountants (2013). This SME conference sponsored by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) in conjunction with the School of Accounting Economics and Finance and the Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO) at Deakin University, 14–15 October 2013, Deakin Prime, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

This practitioner-focused conference had high impact-high reputation practitioner and academic presenters. For example, keynote speakers were Dr Warren Mundy, Australian Productivity Commissioner, and Professor Robert Blackburn, Director SME Centre, University of Kingston (UK) and Editor in Chief of the International Small Business Journal. Other prominent industry and academic presenters were Peter Strong, CEO of the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA), Brett Bassett from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and Professor Beth Walker, Curtin University.

Visitors to the Centre

The following visitors to Deakin have been sponsored by the Centre:

2016

Professor Marc Cowling

Professor Marc Cowling from the Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, UK will be visiting Deakin University again between the end of October through to early November. We are particularly delighted that Marc will be joining us for the launch of the IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre.

2015 and earlier 

Professor Marc Cowling, Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, UK, was sponsored by the SME Centre to provide a keynote address at the Enhancing the Future for Small Business in Australia SME conference, organised by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) in conjunction with the School of Accounting Economics and Finance and the Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO) at Deakin University, 20 October 2014. Professor Cowling also spent a few days at the SME Centre collaborating with Centre academic staff.

Marc has a PhD in Business Economics from Warwick Business School and an MSc Economics from London University. Before his appointment at Brighton Business School, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Management Studies at Exeter Business School. Prior to that, he held the posts of Chief Economist at the Institute for Employment Studies and The Work Foundation. He has also held positions at Warwick Business School, Birmingham Business School (where he was Director of the Research Centre for Industrial Strategy) and London Business School (where he was Deputy Principal Investigator of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor).

He is currently ranked in the top 12% of economists in the world and in entrepreneurship he was ranked 23rd in the world over the period 1995–2006.

Marc has spent the last 24 years researching in four core areas; the dynamics of early stage survival and growth, the financing of SME's and entrepreneurial businesses, labour market dynamics and evaluating public policy.


Professor Scott Holmes was sponsored by the SME Centre to provide a keynote address at the Enhancing the Future for Small Business in Australia SME conference, organised by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) in conjunction with the School of Accounting Economics and Finance and the Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO) at Deakin University, 20 October 2014.

Professor Holmes is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) at University of Western Sydney.

Over the past 17 years, Scott has held various senior leadership roles at Newcastle University, including Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Foundation Dean of Graduate Studies, Head of the Graduate School of Business, and Professor of Public Policy. Scott is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland and a Life Member of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ), reflecting almost three decades of research and support for the small firm sector.


Professor Robert Blackburn, Director SME Centre, University of Kingston (UK) and Editor in Chief of the International Small Business Journal was sponsored by the SME Centre to provide a keynote address at the Regulation, competition and taxation: Challenges for small business and accountants SME conference, organised by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) in conjunction with the School of Accounting Economics and Finance and the Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO) at Deakin University, 14–15 October 2013.

Professor Blackburn also spent a few days at the SME Centre collaborating with Centre academic staff.

Robert Blackburn is Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Business and Law; Director of the Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University; and Editor-in-Chief of the International Small Business Journal.

Robert has widespread experience of research and publications and has managed numerous projects that have investigated small firms and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on policy interventions. This research spans private and public sector clients across the world, including the European Union.

He has studied entrepreneurship across different age groups as well as advised on policy interventions designed to stimulate entrepreneurship. He has advised policy makers on the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions; was 'expert' for European Commission's Economic and Social Committee on the Entrepreneurship Green paper and Action Plan (2006); and more recently has been special adviser to the UK's House of Lords Select Committee on SMEs and exporting.

Robert is engaged in postgraduate teaching programs linked to entrepreneurship and small business and has supervision and examination experience at masters and doctorate levels. He has expertise in primary and secondary data collection methods using qualitative and quantitative methods.

Robert's latest research involves the understanding the role of human capital in entrepreneurship for the OECD, the role of trust in external relations with business advisers and the demographics of entrepreneurs. His publications include Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 5 Volume Major Work (Sage, 2008) (ed. with C. Brush); Researching the Small Enterprise (Sage, 2001) (with co-author J. Curran); and Government, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development: Policy and practice ((with co-author Michael Schaper) (Gower, 2012).

Robert is widely recognised as one of the world's leading experts on entrepreneurship. He is on the Executive of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Executive of the International Network of Business and Management Journals, the Executive of the European Network of Social and Economic Research (ENSR) and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 2011, he received the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in recognition of his contribution to the field.

The IPA-Deakin University SME Research Centre Launch

The IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre is the public face of multidisciplinary research in the Faculty of Business & Law, relevant to small and medium sized private enterprises (SMEs) and not-for-profit enterprises (NFPs). The research centre focuses on policy research, evidence-based policy development, issues briefings and papers, and policy evaluations.

Wednesday 9 November 2016
12.30 – 3.30pm
Deakin University, Melbourne City Centre
Deloitte Building, level 3, 550 Bourke St, Melbourne

Research students

Current PhD students

Name PhD topic Supervisor(s)
Amirul Hafiz Bin Mohd Nasir Audit quality and the value of audit of small and medium firms Prof George Tanewski (P)
Prof Peter Carey (A)
Elka Johansson The costs and benefits of annual reporting by Australian charities Prof George Tanewski (P)
Prof Peter Carey (A)
Helen Richardson Micro arts/crafts community members' creative and economic survival using IS Dr Craig Parker (P)
Dr Emilia Bellucci (A)
Ayman Shaheen The role of operating conditions (internal and external) on implementation of green IT/IS in medium-sized enterprises Dr Mehdi Taghian (P)
Dr Craig Parker (A)
Huong Thu Nguyen Trade finance to small and medium enterprises Dr Cong Pham (P)
A/Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu (A)

Completed PhD students

Name Year PhD topic Supervisor(s)
Wahyudi Agustiono2016Recruiting and Maintaining SME Involvement when Designing Voluntary Inter-Organisational ISDr Craig Parker (P)
Dr Dilal Saundage (A)
Dr Rodney Carr (A)
Ruwan Senarathna2016Cloud computing adoption in SMEs in AustraliaProf Matthew Warren (P)
Dr William Yeoh (A)
Dr Scott Salzman (A)
Wen Hua Sharpe2015Determinants of corporate capital structure: a comparison of public and private firmsProf George Tanewski (P)
Prof Peter Carey (A)
Cuc Nguyen 2015 Impact of community context and individual factors on entrepreneurial propensity and behaviours of rural females in a transitional economy: evidence from Vietnam A/Prof David Bednall (P)
Dr Fara Azmat (A)
Jeffrey Chamberlain 2014 Vendor consultant experiences developing ERP proposals for SMEs Dr Craig Parker (P)
Prof Tanya Castleman (A)
Azlina Abdul Jalil 2014 Financial reporting behaviour and investment efficiency: evidence from private family firms Prof George Tanewski (P)
Prof Peter Carey (A)
Aman Ullah 2013 Assessing the impact of HRM on dairy farm performance: an Australian study Dr Connie Zheng (P)
Athula Senaratne 2013 Shared beliefs, expectations and surprises: adaptation decisions of village tank farmers in Sri Lanka Prof Nejat Anbarci (P)
A/Prof Helen Scarborough (A)
Jing Ye 2013 Challenges of family business succession: Chinese-Australian case studies Dr Melissa Parris (P)
Megan Cardamone 2009 The role of new media in entrepreneurial indigenous cultural microenterprises Prof Ruth Rentschler (P)
Sneza Dojkovski 2008 Establishing information security culture in Australian small and medium enterprises Prof Matthew Warren (P)
A/Prof Sharman Lichtenstein (A)
Mary Graham 2008 Measuring dairy farm performance: private and social perspectives Dr Phillip Hone (P)
Prof Chris Doucouliagos (A)
Cecily Mason 2008 Virtual communities of enterprise value creation potential for regional clusters Prof Tanya Castleman (P)
Dr Craig Parker (A)
Belinda Moloney 2008 Phenomenological investigation of e-value chains from Australian music stakeholder perceptions A/Prof Jacob Cybulski (P)
Dr Lemai Nguyen (A)

Completed SJD student

Name Year PhD topic Supervisor(s)
Paul Kenny 2008 The 1999 review of business taxation's small business reforms A/Prof Julie Cassidy (P)

Contact us

The IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre - Deputy Director
Dr Craig Parker
+61 3 9244 6924
Email Dr Parker

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