Current research projects
Carey, P, Tanewski, G & Cooper, B. (2013–2016) IPA-Deakin
SME Research Centre. Funding body: Institute of Public Accountants.
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.
Moayedikia, A, Yeoh, W, Ong, K & Boo, Y 2018, ‘Framework and literature analysis for crowdsourcing's answer aggregation’, Journal of Computer Information Systems, pp. 1–12.
Arnold, B, Bateman, H, Ferguson, A & Raftery, A 2017, ‘Partner-scale economies, service bundling and auditor independence in the Australian self-managed superannuation (pension) fund industry’, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 161–180, doi: 10.2308/ajpt-51573
Bakar, I, Khan, A, Mather, P & Tanewski, G, 2017, ‘Corporate boards and performance pricing in private debt contracts’, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, pp. 1–19.
Muskat, B & Zehrer, A 2017, 'A power perspective on knowledge transfer in internal succession of small family businesses', Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 333-350, doi: 10.1080/08276331.2017.1345208
Newman, A, Schwarz, S, & Ahlstrom, D 2017, ‘Microfinance and entrepreneurship: an introduction’, International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship, vol. 35, no. 7, pp. 787–792, doi: 10.1177/0266242617719314
Raftery, A 2017, 101 ways to save money on your tax – legally, Wrightbooks.
Roxas, B, Chadee, D, de Jesus, R, & Cosape, A 2017, ‘Human and social capital and environmental management in small firms: a developing country perspective’, Asian Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 6, pp. 1–20.
Atherton, A & Newman, A 2016, ‘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, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 319–344.
Carey, P & Tanewksi, G 2016, ‘The provision of business advice to SMEs by external accountants’, Managerial Auditing Journal, vol. 31, no.3, pp. 290–313, doi: 10.1108/MAJ-12-2014-1131
Newman, A, Prajogo, D & Atherton, A 2016, ‘The influence of market orientation on innovation strategies’, Journal of Service Theory and Practice, vol. 261, pp. 72–90, doi: 10.1108/JSTP-02-2015-0044
Senarathna, I, Yeoh, W, Warren, M & Salzman, S 2016, ‘Security and privacy concerns for Australian SMEs cloud adoption: empirical study of metropolitan vs regional SMEs’, Australasian Journal of Information Systems, vol. 20, pp. 1–20, doi: 10.3127/ajis.v20i0.1193
Shahriar, AZS, Schwarz, S & Newman, A 2016, ‘Profit orientation of microfinance institutions and provision of financial capital to business start-ups’, International Small Business Journal, vol. 34, no.4, pp. 532–552, doi: 10.1177/0266242615570401
Warren, M & Lucas, R 2016, ‘Ethics and ICT: why all the fuss?’, Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, vol. 14, no.2, pp.167–169, doi: 10.1108/JICES-12-2015-0043
Zehrer, A, Muskat, B, & Muskat, M 2016, 'Innovation in Tourism Firms', In E. Innerhofer & H. Pechlaner (Eds.), Competence-Based Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism, pp. 81–94, Farnham, UK, ISBN 978-1-4724-6396-8
Azmat, F, Ferdous, AS & Couchman, P 2015, ‘Understanding the dynamics between social entrepreneurship and inclusive growth in subsistence marketplaces’, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 252–271.
Gilman, MW, Raby, S & Pyman, A 2015, ‘The contours of employee voice in SMEs: the importance of context’, Human Resource Management Journal, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 563–579.
Parker CM, Burgess S & 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, vol. 19, pp. S153–S173.
Zutshi, A, Fayezi, S & 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, vol. 35, no.2, pp. 246–281.
Cumming, D, Guariglia, A, Hou, W, Lee, E & Newman, A 2014, ‘Exploring entrepreneurial activity and small business issues in the Chinese economy (editorial)’, International Small Business Journal, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 603–609.
Lindsay, V, Ashill, N, Roxas, H & Victorio, A 2014, ‘Entrepreneurial orientation and performance of microenterprises in an emerging economy’, Journal of Strategic Marketing, vol. 22, no.7, pp. 631–656.
Newman, A, Schwarz, S & Borgia, D 2014, ‘How does microfinance enhance entrepreneurial outcomes in emerging economies? The mediating mechanisms of psychological and social capital’, International Small Business Journal, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 158–179.
Parker, CM, Bellucci, E, Torlina, L, Fraunholz, B & Zutshi, A 2014, ‘Conceptualising how SMEs incorporate green content in their websites', Australasian Journal of Information Systems, vol. 18, no.3, pp. 137–160.
Redmond, J, Walker, EA, Parker, CM & Simpson, M 2014, ‘Australian SMEs waste to landfill’, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 21 no.3, pp. 297–310.
Roxas, H, Battisti, M & Deakins, D 2014, ‘Learning, innovation and firm performance: knowledge management in small firms’, Knowledge Management Research and Practice, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 443–453.
Potter, B, Carey, P & 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 & McElvaney, J 2015, Geelong region survey of business trends 2014, Deakin University.
Dimovski, W, Mcclaren, N, Salzman, S, Wood, G & Cooper, B 2017, Geelong business trends survey 2016, Deakin University.
Salzman, S, Parker, C, Dimovski, W, Mcclaren, N & Cooper, B 2017, Warrnambool business trends report 2011–2017, Deakin University.
Salzman, S, Parker, C, Mcclaren, N, Dimovski, W & Cooper, B 2017, Whitehorse business performance survey 2017, Deakin University.
Salzman, S, Mcclaren, N, Dimovski, W & Cooper, B 2017, Wyndham city business trends survey 2016, Deakin University.
Carey, P, Tanewksi, G, et al. 2015, Small business white paper: policy options for Australia, Institute of Public Accountants, Melbourne.
Potter, B, Carey, P & Tanewksi, G 2014, Application of the reporting entity concept and lodgement of special purpose financial statements, AASB Research Report no. 1, Australian Accounting Standards Board, Australian Government.
Policy submissions and briefs
The following policy submissions and briefings were prepared on behalf of the IPA-Deakin Centre.
2017 was an exceptionally busy year with IPA-Deakin SME researchers submitting briefs and reports to Government on the following topics:
- Submission to ACCC on Interim Guidelines on Concerted Practices,
- Submission to ACCC on Interim Guidelines on Misuse of Market Power,
- Submission to Treasury's Financial Systems Division- Corporations Amendment (Crowd-Sourced Funding) Regulations 2018 Funding,
- Submission to Treasury's Small Business Entities and Industries Concessions Unit- Transparency of Business Tax Debts,
- Submission to ACCC on Collective Bargaining- Notification and Authorisation Guidelines,
- Submission to Treasury on Treasury Laws Amendment (Australian Consumer Law Review) Bill 2018 Exposure Draft,
- Submission to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission- ACNC Statutory Review,
- Submission to the ACCC- Commentary on the Web Content of Industry Associations and Professional Services Group,
- Submission to Productivity Commission on Competition in the Australian Financial System,
- Research and drafting of support materials on Mutual Recognition,
- Submission to Treasury- Disclosure of Business Tax Debts to Credit Agencies,
- Submission to Treasury- Superannuation Guarantee Integrity Laws,
- Submission to Treasury- The Tax Expenditure Statement,
- Review of IPA submission on the introduction of ASIC's fees-for-service under the industry funding model.
Clarke, J. (2016) Options to strengthen the misuse of market power law. 4 February 2016.
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.
Heggen, C & 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.
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.
Raftery, A 2014, Comments on Treasury’s Discussion Paper on Retirement Income Streams, September 2014.
Tanewksi, G 2015, Comments on aspects of the Fair Work Act of 2009, March 2009.
Carey, P 2014, Commentary on the Productivity Commission Report on Regulator Engagement with Small Business, April 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 & Clarke, P 2014, Comments on the Exposure Draft of the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015, June 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.
Tanewksi, G & de Castro, V 2014, Discussion paper on Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, 15 May 2014.
Tanewksi, G 2014, Pre-Budget Submission 2014–15, February 2014.
Workshops and visitors
Workshops and conference
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.
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:
Professor Robert Blackburn visited in November 2017 and worked with the Centre staff on collaborative research projects and development of the Small Business White Paper Version 2.
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
Current PhD students
|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)
|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)
Completed PhD students
|Elka Johansson||2017||The costs and benefits of annual reporting by Australian charities||Prof George Tanewski (P) |
Prof Peter Carey (A)
|Huong Thu Nguyen||2017||Trade finance to small and medium enterprises||Dr Cong Pham (P) |
A/Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu (A)
|Wahyudi Agustiono||2016||Recruiting and Maintaining SME Involvement when Designing Voluntary Inter-Organisational IS||Dr Craig Parker (P) |
Dr Dilal Saundage (A)
Dr Rodney Carr (A)
|Ruwan Senarathna||2016||Cloud computing adoption in SMEs in Australia||Prof Matthew Warren (P) |
Dr William Yeoh (A)
Dr Scott Salzman (A)
|Wen Hua Sharpe||2015||Determinants of corporate capital structure: a comparison of public and private firms||Prof 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
|Paul Kenny||2008||The 1999 review of business taxation's small business reforms||A/Prof Julie Cassidy (P)|
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