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.

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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)
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
Andrew Conway
CEO, Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
Vicki Stylianou
Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
Michael Schaper
Deputy Chair, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
Arthur Athanasiou
Partner, Thomson Geer
Professor Robert Blackburn
Associate Dean Research, Director of The Small Business Research Centre,
Kingston University, UK

Centre Researchers

Name
Dr Tunyarputt Kiaterittinun
Research Fellow 
Dr Birgit Muskat
Senior Research Fellow

External Contractors

Name
Dr Rachel Burgess
Conjoint Fellow
University of Southern Queensland
Dr Vince Guica
Monash University and Executive Director
Partners-in-Business Institute

IPA-Deakin Small Business White Paper Version 2

The IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre is excited to announce the upcoming launch of the IPA-Deakin Small Business White Page V2 in September 2018. The White Paper Version 2 follows up on the research of the first White Paper with chapters on the following topics:

  • Chapter 1 – Internationalisation
  • Chapter 2 – Productivity
  • Chapter 3 – SME Finance
  • Chapter 4 – Net Employment Dynamics of Australian SMEs
  • Chapter 5 – Competition Policy
  • Chapter 6 – Cyber Security
  • Chapter 7 – Innovation
  • Chapter 8 – Regulatory Overload
  • Chapter 9 – Taxation
  • Chapter 10 – Workplace Relations
  • Chapter 11 – Mental Health
  • Chapter 12 – Youth Entrepreneurship

We will be uploading these chapters closer to the date of the launch.

Research projects

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

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.

Publications

2018

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.

2017

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.

2016

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

2015

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.

2014

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.

Government/industry reports

Carey, P., Tanewski, G., et al. (2015) Small Business White Paper. A commissioned project for the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). (PDF, 2.4MB)

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.

2017

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.

2015

Carey, P, Tanewksi, G, et al. 2015, Small business white paper: policy options for Australia, Institute of Public Accountants, Melbourne.

2014

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

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.
2016

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

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.

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.

2014

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.

Media appearances

Centre Director Prof George Tanewski and Senior Research Fellow Dr Nick Mroczkowski were interviewed by the Australian newspaper in July 2018 on how Australian small-to-­medium-sized enterprises are tapping into the massive economic opportunity in Australia's trade relationship with China.

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:

2017

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.

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

Completed PhD students

Name Year PhD topic Supervisor(s)
Elka Johansson 2017The costs and benefits of annual reporting by Australian charities Prof George Tanewski (P)
Prof Peter Carey (A)
Huong Thu Nguyen 2017Trade finance to small and medium enterprises Dr Cong Pham (P)
A/Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu (A)
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

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