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Professor of Entrepreneurship, La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University

Dr Alex Maritz
Professor of Entrepreneurship
La Trobe Business School

DCom(UP), MBA(cum-lauda:Thames), BCOM (cum-lauda: UNISA), MMktM, CHED(Unitec)

After more than a decade in Executive Directorships for multi-nationals as a corporate entrepreneur, Alex entered academia full-time. Roles included Chief Operating Officer of Sony Playstation and Managing Director of Blockbusters Entertainment National Sales Manager at Boots Pharmaceuticals and Glaxo SmithKline.

With an international reputation in entrepreneurship education (learning & teaching, research and practice), Alex is the recipient of Stanford Technology Ventures and Global Innovation Management Scholarships and internationally awarded finalist in the Entrepreneurship Education Award from the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Being a recipient of an Australian Learning and Teaching Citation for excellence in entrepreneurship education, Alex also received Faculty excellence awards in learning & teaching and research. He is the recipient of numerous best paper and esteemed paper awards from leading academic conferences and journals, and sits on the editorial board for leading journals in the discipline.

Having procured in excess of $ 3.8 million in external research grants and consultancies (including Chief Investigator of an ARC Grant in Biodevices), Alex has published over 200 scholarly reviewed articles in entrepreneurship and innovation, with 26 successful higher degree research completions (including 12 PhDs). Alex is the Vice-President of the International Association of Organizational Innovation (USA), and current and previous Visiting Professor appointments include Saarland University (Germany), Chan Jung University (Taiwan), HuaQiao University (China) and RMIT (Vietnam). Current interests include the development of cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship education (including online and blended technology innovations), Australian leadership of research and engagement on Senior Entrepreneurship, PhD supervision, startup consulting and international engagement with leading and prominent entrepreneurship ecosytems, networks and collaborations.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology


  • 2005 
    University of Pretoria, PhD