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Dr Sukanlaya Sawang

QUT Business School,


Dr Sukanlaya Sawang
Senior Lecturer
QUT Business School,
Discipline *
Business and Management, Psychology
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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), M.A. , Grad.Cert. in Organisational Psychology , B.SC.(Hons)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • Continuous Innovation Network (CINet)
  • European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP)
  • Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR)
  • Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Rail Innovation
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
  • The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE)
  • Asian Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Association (ACBTA)

Psychological health and well-being, Small business management, Innovation adoption, Cross cultural studies, Culturally relevant or responsive teaching, Psychology of Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Entrepreneurial motivations, Entrepreneurship education, Entrepreneurship teaching pedagogy

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



Graduate Certificate (Higher Education) Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD

Doctor of Philosophy (Innovation Management) Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD

Summer Program (Innovation) Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

Graduate Certificate (Organisational Psychology) The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD

Master of Arts (Psychology) University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma, USA

Bachelor Of Science (Honours I/O Psychology) Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Certificate (Asian Studies) Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan


Sukanlaya Sawang is an organisational psychologist and an active researcher with professional experience from Australia, Japan, Thailand and USA.  Sukanlaya worked at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand as a full time Psychology Lecturer, consultant and trainer, before she moved to Australia.  Prior to joining QUT Business School, Sukanlaya was a project manager for the Queensland Police Service in conjunction with Griffith University.

Sukanlaya’s research primarily focuses on small business behaviours, innovation adoption and wellbeing. She has an extensive array of quality research publications in this area (including cross-cultural studies), experience in managing large research grants, and a strong collaborative research background with scholars from Asian countries. Sukanlaya has also provided consulting services for small businesses in Asia and Australia; training for small businesses through The Asian Productivity Organization (a regional intergovernmental organisation which aims to build the sustainable socioeconomic development of Asia and the Pacific); developed academic courses, research projects and publications relating to small businesses; been invited to provide recommendations for the Innovation Policy Report, Department of Industry, Canberra. Sukanlaya received a number of awards – including the ‘Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence’; the ‘Best Paper Awards’ from the Academy of Management (AOM); and the ‘AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange’ award.  The AOM award winning paper has been published in Technovation journal, one of the most highly regarded journals in innovation management, with a high impact factor.  She has been awarded a number of competitive grants such as the CRC Rail Innovation and the CRC Spatial Information, both as the chief investigator, to shape future research in the field.

Sukanlaya actively engages with the research community by reviewing for leading journals; serving on PhD panels and examinations; and presenting her research at leading international conferences. She is also an active member of the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research and QUT Higher Education Research Network, as well as being an executive board of the Asian Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Association.

Currently, Sukanlaya is a senior lecturer (equivalent to associate professor in North American universities) in small business behaviours, innovation and wellbeing at QUT Business School.

This information has been contributed by Dr Sukanlaya Sawang.


Teaching interests

  • Project management
  • Business Negotiation
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Business research method
  • HR decision making
  • Technology and innovation management
  • Psychology of Persuasion
  • I/O Psychology
This information has been contributed by Dr Sukanlaya Sawang.


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


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
QUT Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence Nominee (Research)
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Best Paper Award ("For the Better or the Worse? The Impact of Business Idea Changes on New Venture Performance and Novelty") is awarded by The Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. This conference is considered by many to be the premier entrepreneurship research conference in the Australia.
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Lecturer of the Year 2010 Nominee
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Best Paper Award ("Developing an integrative model for understanding innovation adoption") is awarded by The Academy of Management, an international association for scholars of management and organizations, established since 1936. It is the largest and longest-run of the International Annual Meeting/Conference