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The Role Of The Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast In Developing Innovation And Entrepreneurship In Its Region, Pamela Wardner Phd, Michael J. Hefferan Phd, Mark Paddenburg Jan 2015

The Role Of The Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast In Developing Innovation And Entrepreneurship In Its Region, Pamela Wardner Phd, Michael J. Hefferan Phd, Mark Paddenburg

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

Regional entities in pursuit of prosperity have unique elements that can strategically come together to penetrate business innovation in micro and small businesses. This paper summarises the evolution of the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast (ICSC) as a vehicle that has proven successful in addressing the interface between a regional university and high growth firms within a knowledge-based economy. It includes primary research into the opinions and priorities of its incumbent tenants. The paper construes, based on both literature and the experience of the ICSC, that there are some fundamental principles and guidelines that can maximise the chances of success for ...


Uptake Of Digital Technology By Small And Medium Beef Cattle Producers: The Influence Of Learning And Cost On The Extent Of Usage, Christopher W. Noble Jan 2015

Uptake Of Digital Technology By Small And Medium Beef Cattle Producers: The Influence Of Learning And Cost On The Extent Of Usage, Christopher W. Noble

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

This research investigates the use of digital information, primarily through computers and the internet, by small and medium beef cattle producers to see how access, acquisition, interaction, generation and use of information takes place within their enterprises. From qualitative data, cost and learning effects for uptake of digital technology are isolated from age and gender influences. This research uses cost and learning theory to point to the means of growing producer capabilities to implement digital technology as part of a production system, and to explain why, in many cases, implementation of digital technologies has resulted only in use as communication ...


Virtual Worlds In Pre-Service Teacher Education : The Introduction Of Virtual Worlds In Pre-Service Teacher Education To Foster Innovative Teaching-Learning Processes, Lisa Jacka Jan 2015

Virtual Worlds In Pre-Service Teacher Education : The Introduction Of Virtual Worlds In Pre-Service Teacher Education To Foster Innovative Teaching-Learning Processes, Lisa Jacka

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Few pre-service teacher education programs have integrated virtual worlds despite their capacity to provide a platform upon which new forms of teaching and learning can be explored. This research identified factors that influence the level of readiness of pre-service teacher educators and students to introduce, develop and support innovative teaching-learning processes using Virtual Worlds. Over three years Second Life and Sim-on-a-Stick were introduced in a School of Education and the perceptions, experiences, motivations and barriers of the participants were documented. A model was developed to assist pre-service teacher educators in the integration of virtual worlds in higher education.


Knowledge Absorption Through Social Networks For Sustainability Of Smes In Regional Australia, Janet K. Sawyer, Nina Evans, Rachelle Bosua Jan 2014

Knowledge Absorption Through Social Networks For Sustainability Of Smes In Regional Australia, Janet K. Sawyer, Nina Evans, Rachelle Bosua

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

Relationships between a business and its external parties are important for knowledge sharing and absorption. This is especially true for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in regional areas. This study aimed to identify the role of social networks in the Absorptive Capacity of regional SMEs by investigating the experiences of SME owners in the city of Whyalla, South Australia to determine how they harness their social networks to absorb external knowledge towards innovation. The results of the research will provide useful information to bodies such as universities and regional development boards, empowering them to develop policies and initiatives to support ...


The Management Of Digital Loyalty Card Data Within A Collaborative Innovation Network, Christina O'Connor Dr. Jan 2014

The Management Of Digital Loyalty Card Data Within A Collaborative Innovation Network, Christina O'Connor Dr.

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the role of public policy and management in the delivery of an outcome oriented policy. The economic situation within recent years has resulted in a heightened awareness for more innovative public policy across the United Kingdom. Using a qualitative and an action research case study approach, this article describes and discusses how innovation and knowledge in public management can be fostered despite the downturn of the economy. This is illustrated by two regional universities within the United Kingdom when tasked with the management and delivery of highly formalised market intelligence data (Tesco ...


Innovation In The Not For Profit Sector: A Regional Australian Case Study., Grant Cairncross, Charlie Brennan, Julie Tucker Jan 2014

Innovation In The Not For Profit Sector: A Regional Australian Case Study., Grant Cairncross, Charlie Brennan, Julie Tucker

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

This paper explores the impact of the “Innovation Farm,” a social innovation project that aimed to help long-term unemployed, highly disadvantaged jobseekers living on the Coffs Coast of the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales, overcome barriers to employment and/or further training. The project was delivered by the Coffs Harbour Employment Support Services (CHESS), a not-for-profit, social enterprise organisation. It was funded from 2009-2012 by the Australian Federal Government’s Department of Employment Education and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) through the Department’s Innovation Fund. The research found that whilst the project achieved a commendable level of success its on-going ...


An Exploratory Study Into The Experiences, Characteristics And Motivations Of Innovative Individuals In The Australian Plumbing Industry, Peta Elizabeth Fray Jan 2014

An Exploratory Study Into The Experiences, Characteristics And Motivations Of Innovative Individuals In The Australian Plumbing Industry, Peta Elizabeth Fray

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This empirical study offers perspectives on the choices made by employed and self-employed innovators within the Australian plumbing industry. A grounded theory approach was taken and data was collected via semi-structured interviews from sixteen individuals. Relationships were identified that suggested that self-efficacy and risk profiles play an important role in career choices and that the development of these profiles is impacted by childhood and early career experiences. In addition, a range of motivations play a part in the choice to innovate and how to commercialise those innovations. This research identifies novel themes and proposes a substantive model, which shows antecedents ...


Connecting Work Design And Business Ecosystems: Fostering Innovation In Information Technology Firms, Ashish Malik Jan 2013

Connecting Work Design And Business Ecosystems: Fostering Innovation In Information Technology Firms, Ashish Malik

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

The extant literature focusing on innovation capacity highlights the role of human capital formation and work design choices. Although this stream of literature is well developed, an emerging stream of literature has argued for the role of external business networks and the institutional ecosystems in fostering an organisation’s innovative capacity. Central to this latter approach is the diffusion and integration of new learning and information sharing from an organisation’s network partners to its ecosystem. Using qualitative case study evidence from four information technology (IT) enabled organisations in India, this study found that innovation capacity depends not only on ...


Supporting Innovation In Regional Australia – Perceptions From Regional And Urban Innovators, Peter Vitartas, Susan Kinnear, Kate Charters Jan 2013

Supporting Innovation In Regional Australia – Perceptions From Regional And Urban Innovators, Peter Vitartas, Susan Kinnear, Kate Charters

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

Globally, innovation is recognised as a key pathway to productivity, sustainability and effectiveness in both the public and private sector. In order for Australia to remain internationally competitive, all areas of the economy need to be actively involved in innovation. This is especially true in regional Australia, given that regions are major contributors to national productivity.

It is critically important that innovation policy and programming are developed based on a strong evidence base. Despite this, there is a paucity of research reporting on the levels of innovation in regional Australia, and few accounts of the experiential knowledge regarding what support ...


The Impact Of Change Agents To An Innovation Adoption Model Using Information Technology (It) Based Software In An American Multi-National Company, Imbert Theodore Jan 2012

The Impact Of Change Agents To An Innovation Adoption Model Using Information Technology (It) Based Software In An American Multi-National Company, Imbert Theodore

Theses

This research focused on diffusion of innovation (DOI) in the area of software in information systems. And to study the factors influencing the innovation adoption rate of these software in this American Multi National Company (MNC) especially on the impact of change agents to improve this rate of DOI. The research tradition studied is in the area of IT software.

Parent literature in this research comes fundamentally from DOI. There are many scholarly articles in this area but primarily focusing on innovation adoption of consumer goods by Rogers (2005) and Holak & Lehman (1990). There have also been studies that relate the social behaviour of innovation adoption with consumer goods into the area of software innovation (Fichman 1992). This research further expounded on the literature by these scholars to focus on this MNC to address a specific problem of implementation of innovative software within the company.

This research adopted a descriptive study with some hypothesis testing to validate some of the relationships that occurred during the course of the study. These relationships were then studied quantitatively using a co-relational style of investigation. This was a field study on a non-contrived setting. In this MNC, the unit of study was of 3 types namely; Individual, Groups, and Country. This research was a cross-sectional ...


A Critical Examination Of Food Technology, Innovation And Teacher Education : A Technacy Genre Theory Perspective, Angela Frances Turner Jan 2012

A Critical Examination Of Food Technology, Innovation And Teacher Education : A Technacy Genre Theory Perspective, Angela Frances Turner

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There are many and varied forces that shape food technology curriculum, but two that emerge as significant and of specific interest to this research are the perceptions of food technology education and economic trends that influence food technology. The broad goal was to examine the extent to which food technology in secondary schooling is well placed to meet emerging policy and economic demand for food innovation expertise in the industry. With both the school sector and the professional sector each asserting that their respective perceptions of Food Technology was correct, a method for clarifying and classifying the nature of the ...


Clarifying Sustainable Food Technology Futures Through Technacy Genre Theory, Angela Turner, Kurt W. Seemann Jun 2010

Clarifying Sustainable Food Technology Futures Through Technacy Genre Theory, Angela Turner, Kurt W. Seemann

School of Education

In order for education systems to nurture a culture of innovation and sustainability in the school staff room, this research asserts that far greater clarity and classification methods need to be employed to define exactly what the subject matter and learner attributes in schools are meant to address compared to the wider world demands upon it.


The Teaching Of Food Technology In Secondary Schools, Angela Turner, Kurt W. Seemann Jan 2010

The Teaching Of Food Technology In Secondary Schools, Angela Turner, Kurt W. Seemann

School of Education

This paper presents a summary of findings from a recent Australian study that investigated perceptions of ‘food technology’ as viewed by teachers in secondary schools compared to a wider professional view. Maintaining and fostering a coherent and accurate perception throughout the food technology career, from school leaver to professional undergraduate studies, is critical for both the evolution of the field of knowledge and the need to keep up with increasing world demand for food technologists and food innovation. While ‘food technology’ has been well established in most secondary school curriculum offerings, a contradiction has emerged between the ‘school view’ of ...


Similarities And Differences In Multiple Stakeholder Interorganisational Relationships (Iors) In Product Innovation: Results From Australian Manufacturing Firms, Tania Von Der Heidt, Don R. Scott Dec 2007

Similarities And Differences In Multiple Stakeholder Interorganisational Relationships (Iors) In Product Innovation: Results From Australian Manufacturing Firms, Tania Von Der Heidt, Don R. Scott

Southern Cross Business School

Academic interest in analysing the relationship between innovative performance of small firms and their recourse to external resources, especially through interorganisational relationships (IORs) has been growing over the last ten to fifteen years. However, to date the emerging literature has given limited attention to the systematic empirical assessment of the relationship and innovation inputs and outputs of cooperative product innovation. Furthermore, most of the literature focuses on cooperative innovation IORs with customer stakeholders, ignoring the potential role played by other external stakeholder groups, such as suppliers, industry partners and research/advisory organisations. This paper presents selected results from an empirical ...


Leading Innovation And Entrepreneurship: An Action Research Study In The Australian Red Meat Industry, Christine Anne Pitt Mar 2007

Leading Innovation And Entrepreneurship: An Action Research Study In The Australian Red Meat Industry, Christine Anne Pitt

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The dynamic and often hostile competitive landscape of the twenty-first century has created significant threats to existing patterns of successful competition. A review of the extant literature and research about innovation and entrepreneurship identifies their importance to ensuring corporate vitality and wealth generation in today’s global economy. For over one hundred and

fifty years the foundation of Australia’s prosperity has been from resource based industries such as agriculture and mining. Changes in the world economy clearly require a much broader range of globally competitive industries to sustain Australia’s strong economic position. It is proposed that the older ...


Preparing Learners For The Innovation Economy: It's Time To Rethink Almost Everything About Technology Education, Kurt W. Seemann Jan 2006

Preparing Learners For The Innovation Economy: It's Time To Rethink Almost Everything About Technology Education, Kurt W. Seemann

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Have you ever noticed that when the economy shows strong growth in wages in manufacturing sectors, the stock value in those sectors often drops, but when jobs are slashed by as many as thousands or that when a company invests in new labour replacing technology in its production, the stock value of the companies involved rises (Chasan, 2006; Isidore, 2005)? Despite all the efforts to produce skilled people in traditional fields, the tide of sustainable employment in those areas, appears to be structurally prohibitive raising basic questions of whether traditional perceptions of Technology in school curriculum remains viable and whether ...


Industry Structure In Marketing Strategy And Brand Performance, Aron O'Cass, Jay Weerawardena, Craig C. Julian Jan 2004

Industry Structure In Marketing Strategy And Brand Performance, Aron O'Cass, Jay Weerawardena, Craig C. Julian

Southern Cross Business School

A manager’s perception of their industry environment has the potential to impact the firms marketing strategy. This may be particularly so with regard to perceptions driving a firm’s market focused learning and marketing capability. This paper theorizes that firms operating within a competitive industry environment tend to build superior market focused learning capabilities which in turn enable them to build superior marketing capabilities. Both market learning and marketing capabilities lead to higher brand performance. The results largely support the hypothesized relationship suggesting the need to examine other firm-specific factors driving the capability-building activity.


How Networks Foster Innovation : A Case Study Of A Regional Festival, Joanne Mackellar Jan 2004

How Networks Foster Innovation : A Case Study Of A Regional Festival, Joanne Mackellar

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Special events have long been regarded as a means to develop regional economies and communities. Traditional assessment of events emphasises economic, environmental and social analysis with little regard to the development of businesses participating in the event. While it is acknowledged that businesses may develop products and services through a number of strategies, it is suggested that this may also occur through effective networks which are able to foster innovation. This study utilises network analysis to identify and examine the inter-organisational coordination between businesses resulting from the development of a regional festival. From this analysis the study also aims to ...