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Professor Rachel Parker

QUT Business School,
Administration Services - Business,
Executive Dean's Office - Business

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Name
Professor Rachel Parker
Position(s)
Assistant Dean - Research
QUT Business School,
Administration Services - Business,
Executive Dean's Office - Business
Professor
QUT Business School,
Management
Discipline *
Business and Management
Phone
+61 7 3138 1754
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland), LLB(Hons) (University of Queensland), BA (University of Queensland)

Keywords

Global Production Networks, Industry Development, Innovation Policy, Power Relations In Global Markets, Regional Development, Technology Policy

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Background Rachel Parker’s research focuses on comparative business systems, the institutional foundations of innovation and industrial competitiveness and power relations in global production networks. Her work has contributed to understandings of the way in which Australian and international public policy programs affect firm and industry behaviour and therefore industrial development and transformation. Recent projects focus on power relations in global value chains and how they affect the ability of Australian firms to negotiate value for their products and services and to compete in global markets. Rachel Parker’s publications appear in leading international journals in the field including Regional Studies, Industrial and Corporate Change, Environment and Planning A, Organization Studies, Political Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Work, Employment and Society.  Her research has been funded through seven ARC Grants (including 3 ARC Discovery Grants as lead Chief Investigator).  Rachel Parker has worked as a consultant/advisor on knowledge transfer activities for several public organisations and was a member of the economic development panel of the ATN/GO8 research impact trial. She has played a role in university research policy as Assistant Dean (Research) QUT Business School and previously as Dean Research Development, Division Research and Commercialisation at QUT. In her current role she contributes to the coordination of QUTs research strategy in response to a changing research policy environment.   Current research Creative industries This research is based on over fifty interviews within the visual effects and console and mobile games industry and a database of VFX credits for 3323 visual products for 640 VFX firm. It explains how Australian firms manage their geographically remote and marginal position in the global economy through their relationship with global firms and how they seek to manoeuvre to capture revenue share. Mining Equipment and Technology Services (METS) Sector This research is based on over fifty extended interviews with CEOs or their nominees from METS firms, major and junior minors, EPCMs, funds-managers and employees in the METS sector. The main finding of our research is that Australian METS firms are experiencing significant competitive pressure in developing and expanding their business in global value chains. In part, this is a consequence of difficulties in managing transactions and procurement processes with their customers, many of whom possess very substantial global market power.  Many Australian METS firms have sought to reduce these competitive and market pressures through the development of business models involving high levels of specialisation and customisation of products and services. Some of these firms deliver services without underlying products or intellectual property, or they produce niche customised products that are not readily scalable for global markets, rendering it difficult for them to internationalise. There are some important exceptions to this general pattern, and our ongoing research is seeking to understand how successful firms have met the challenges of growth and internationalisation.  The role of government in positioning Australian industries in global value chains This research examines international examples of the role that government has played in consciously forging the development of new industries and the transformation of existing industries. It focuses in particular on the role that government plays in industrial transformation in global value chains and the modes of coordination and economic governance that contribute to industrial development and innovation. The aim is to develop richer insights into the institutional and policy arrangements that form the basis for building industrial competitiveness in an increasingly globalised economy. Research Interests

  • Global production network analysis
  • Power relations in global markets
  • Innovation and technology policy
  • Industry development and technological change
  • Knowledge economy
  • Comparative business systems
  • Regional innovation systems
This information has been contributed by Professor Rachel Parker.

Teaching

Teaching Interests

  • Technology and innovation management
  • Entrepreneurship
This information has been contributed by Professor Rachel Parker.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Leveraging R&D for the Australian Built Environment
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP110200256
Start year
2012
Keywords
R&D Impact; Australian Built Environment Industry; Technology Diffusion; R&D Trends
Title
Capturing Value on the Margins of the Global Knowledge Economy
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP1093222
Start year
2010
Keywords
Industry Competitiveness; Global Production Networks; Economic Geography; Labour Process; Political Economy; Work Organisation
Title
Maximising Diffusion of Innovative Products on Public Infrastructure Projects: A Qualitative Management Study of Open Innovation Systems.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0990553
Start year
2009
Keywords
Innovation; Infrastructure Projects; Knowledge Transfer; Construction Industry; Industry Development; Industry Policy;
Title
Managing Innovation in Temporary Projects Within the Creative Industries
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
SR059002
Start year
2007
Keywords
Title
A Comparative Study of Knowledge Transfer Systems and Their Contribution to Knowledge Transfer and Diffusion, Innovation and Socioeconomic Transformation
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0776386
Start year
2007
Keywords
Knowledge Transfer; Innovation; Industry and Regional Policy; Technology Diffusion; Industry Development; Regional Economic Transformation
Title
ARC Centre of Excellence - Australian Creative Innovation System
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
SR0590002
Start year
2005
Keywords
Creative Industries; Digital Content; Creative Workforce; Intellectual Property; Innovation; International Creative Markerts

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