I am Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland Business School, and Visiting Professor at Imperial College Business School. The focus of my work over the past 35 years has been studying corporate strategies and government policies for technology and innovation.
I have been an advisor and consultant to numerous private-sector companies, and to UK, US, Australian and Asian government departments and agencies. I have researched and lectured widely throughout Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and Latin America and have been an invited participant at international conferences in over 60 countries. I have travelled extensively throughout most regions of Africa.
I have been a Director of the Think Play Do Group, a London-based innovation consulting, training and software company, Non-Executive Director of Nestle Australia Ltd. and Evidn Pty, and a member of the Advisory Board of Thiess Pty Ltd.
Previously I have worked as a Research Fellow at the Technical Change Centre, London (1983-85). I was Senior Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex (1985-93), and was Professor of Management at the Australian National University (1993-2002). I was co-Founder of the National Graduate School of Management at the ANU and was its Executive Director from 1995-97 and 1999-2001. I was Director of the Technology and Innovation Management Centre and Professor of Innovation Studies at the University of Queensland from 2003 to 2021.
I have written or edited 18 books and over 100 articles on innovation. I write a regular blog on universities, innovation, and entrepreneurship for the World Economic Forum. I was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2019 for services to business innovation.