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Associate Professor Paul Steffens

QUT Business School,
Management

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Name
Associate Professor Paul Steffens
Position(s)
Associate Professor
QUT Business School,
Management
Discipline *
Business and Management
Phone
+61 7 3138 4243
Fax
+61 7 3138 1299
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Academy of Management; Editorial Review Board, Journal of Business Venturing

Keywords

Diffusion of innovation, Entrepreneurship, Firm Growth, Innovation management, Intellectual property management, Marketing new technologies, New product development, Product life cycles, Strategic management of innovation

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

Biography

Background

Professor Paul Steffens (Associate Professor, School of Management – Faculty of Business) is Deputy Director of  ACE (The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research. His core areas of expertise are entrepreneurship and diffusion of innovations. Paul has been a lead investigator for research projects totalling more than AUD 1.5 million and has published over fifty academic publications, including journal articles in leading entrepreneurship, marketing and technology management journals.

Previous appointments include Director of the Technology and Innovation Management Centre, University of Queensland, academic positions at University of Queensland and Monash University and visiting positions at University of Kiel, Penn State University and Southern Illinois University. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours I) and a PhD in diffusion of innovations, both from the University of Queensland.

Paul has also consulted for a wide variety of both business and public agencies. His clients include Energex, Waitrose (UK), Agribuys (USA), IPAA, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Monsanto, Bunge, Franklins, Solutions Research and the Meat Research Corporation.

Research interests

  • Nascent entrepreneurship
  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Managing product life cycles
  • Managing new product development.
  • Managing intellectual property in government

Major Grants

2010: ARC Discovery Grant : $122,500

2007: ARC Linkage Grant : ARC $262,746 + Partners $190,000

2006: ARC Discovery Grant : CAUSEE $455,000

1998: ARC Linage Grant : $653,000

Current research activities

  • Nascent Entrepreneurship and Young Firm Development

    Paul is joint chief investigator (with Per Davidsson) on the CAUSEE research program with total finding of over AUD $1 million. The Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence research project, or CAUSEE, is Australia’s largest nascent entrepreneurship research project. The project provides an exciting opportunity to fundamentally improve our understanding of independent entrepreneurship in Australia. It is the largest study of business start-ups ever undertaken in Australia and the only large-scale study to track particular ventures over time. CAUSEE has identified a large sample of approximately 800 emerging (but not yet operating) business start-ups and is tracking them over four years. CAUSEE is focused on following start-up businesses from their inception. The project has also identified a sample of approximately 800 newly established young firms that have commenced trading. In addition, high potential, high growth firms have been sought as a separate sample.

  • Diffusion of Innovation and the Product Life Cycle

    The primary focus of Paul’s early career research has been the area of aggregate sales modelling, including diffusion models and models of the product life cycle. This research stream has developed from Paul’s doctoral research. He has contributed to this area with a number of new models, including models of time varying replacement, multiple purchases and the product life cycle. Since 2006 Paul has been collaborating with colleagues for University of Kiel, Germany on a large scale empirical study that investigates diffusion of electronic products in Germany.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Paul Steffens.

Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2011
Details
Member of Editorial Board of Review for Journal of Business Venturing
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2006
Details
Editorial Board Member: International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship. Inderscience UK
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2005
Details
Neeley Entrepreneurship Program Best High Potential / Fast Growth Paper Award, Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management Conference (Honolulu), August 2005.For Paper: Davidsson, P., Steffens, P. R., and Fitzsimmons, J.R. (2005). Growing Profitable or Growing from Profits: Putting the Horse in Front of the Cart?

Research projects

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

Title
Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0666616
Start year
2006
Keywords
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Organizational Emergence, Start up process, Multidisciplinary.
Title
Firm Early Development and Performance (FEDP): A Panel Study
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0776845
Start year
2007
Keywords
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Organizational Emergence, Multidisciplinary, Start up Process
Title
What Facilitates or Hinders the Discovery and Exploitation of Entrepreneurial Opportunities? A Systematic Comparison of the Independent and Corporate Contexts
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP1096477
Start year
2010
Keywords
Opportunity Discovery and Exploitation, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Innovation

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