Diversity Accelerated Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Diversity-Accelerated Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Group is committed to providing insights and evidence-based recommendations on how to increase and ensure diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship and innovation. Our vision is to link research to practice and be at the forefront of understanding and bringing about change in the pursuit of entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities. We aim to: 1) understand and enable diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurial, intrapreneurial and innovation activities; and 2) engage in regular dialogues with stakeholders about entrepreneurial and innovation opportunities, challenges, and desired outcomes.

We are a team of highly dedicated researchers, committed to working together towards Sustainable Development Goals by increasing and ensuring gender equality (SDG 5) and enhancing industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9).

Research Themes

Innovation & Firm Growth

We aim to investigate how firms can achieve and sustain growth through intrapreneurship and innovation. Our goal is to work together with organisations to address their challenges and opportunities and provide expert advice to company executives and policy makers on enhancing innovation performance.

Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Mainstream research has highlighted the numerous barriers and reasons as to why individuals become entrepreneurs. However, existing studies have not extensively considered diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship, and there is a need to further understand this in a global world. Our goal is to increase our understanding of diversity in the entrepreneurial processes, enablers, and outcomes, and provide evidence-based recommendations to support entrepreneurship and innovation.

Senior Supervisors for HDR candidates

Indicative Projects and Events

Group launch event

A research industry engagement event on Tuesday, 18th October 2022, 11.00 – 13.00

Current projects

  • The role of organisational politics, diversity, and inclusive leadership on innovative work behaviour (New)
  • Systematic literature review and meta-synthesis on organisational politics and innovative work behaviour
  • Building open innovation ecosystems in public sector

Existing/on-going projects of research group members

  • The ‘I don’t see gender’ narrative: The gender-blind perspective of leader entrepreneurs in high growth firms
  • Migrant entrepreneurs in post Covid-19 economy: Enabling sustained entrepreneurship through enhanced financial and digital skills
  • Optimal market research methods for frugal innovators
  • Mapping corporate-startup collaboration practices and mechanisms to enhance innovation capabilities
  • New practices and supporting mechanisms when managing digital transformation
  • Building open innovation ecosystems in public sector
  • Advancing entrepreneurship: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of evidence on entrepreneurial education interventions 
  • Leadership styles, trust and organisational citizenship behaviour: The role of employee voice and innovative work behaviour
  • A study of effectuation and innovative practices in a constrained environment
  • Overcoming the liability of foreignness and outsidership in migrant entrepreneurship
  • Psychological capital and women’s entrepreneurship
  • Café-lab: for developing sustainable food systems and services and sustainable engineering and design with a view to producing a blueprint for a nationally (and potentially internationally) scalable model

Contact

Visit us

Address: Building 80, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC-3000
LocationMelbourne City CampusBuilding 80
Hours:  Monday - Friday 9:00 - 17:00

Postal address
School of Management
GPO Box 2476
Melbourne 3001, Victoria, Australia

Get in touch

Associate Professor Afreen Huq
Phone: +613 9925 5198
Emailafreen.huq@rmit.edu.au

Professor Yuli Suseno
Phone: +613 9925 6053
Emailyuli.suseno@rmit.edu.au

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.