An overview of research at CEMI

The OECD defines research as creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humanity, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise applications. 

Research undertaken by CEMI builds a foundation of knowledge upon which its education and industry outreach programs are based.

Direct Contracting of CEMI for Applied Research and Consulting Projects

CEMI will respond to commercial and government tenders for contracted research assembling multi-disciplinary teams to address the specific needs of clients.  Through its networks CEMI is able to draw together a wide range of academic and commercial researchers to offer leading edge methodologies to solve complex research problems.  In the past the research team at CEMI has undertaken contract research projects for a wide range of clients in both government and industry at both the national and international level.

Our Research Program

CEMI has eight interconnected research themes through which its activities are focused. These themes are important to the successful development and understanding of an entrepreneurial society based on innovation. The themes deliberately overlap to facilitate collaboration and co-operation between people working via the centre and encourage innovation via knowledge flow.
  1. INNOVATION IN SERVICES MANAGEMENT – Recognises the importance of the services sector in the modern economy, with particular focus on the specialised or professional services industries and those issues relating to globalisation and its impacts on competitiveness.
  2. MANAGING PEOPLE FOR INNOVATION AND ENTERPRISE – Addresses the importance of establishing human resources management strategies that create an environment conducive to innovation and enterprise within established organisations.
  3. REGIONAL INNOVATION AND ENTERPRISE – Recognises that economic growth is dependent on the sustainability of all regions within a country. Over the longer term, any significant imbalance between the economic situations of different regions will have detrimental effects on the social, political and ultimately economic well being of the entire nation.
  4. FINANCING ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES – Examines the challenges facing entrepreneurial ventures seeking financial investment for future business growth. It recognises that there are many pathways to acquiring such financing of which formal venture capital acquisition is only one.
  5. STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES – Focuses on the crucial role of the entrepreneur or owner-manager within the small entrepreneurial venture. The development and growth of small firms is contingent on the capacity of the owner-manager to think and act strategically.
  6. COMMERCIALISATION PATHWAYS FOR EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES – Addresses the need to expand knowledge within industry and government of how to commercialise new technologies.
  7. STRATEGIC NETWORKING FOR INNOVATION AND ENTERPRISE – Recognises that a source of innovation diffusion is the networks that exist between firms and individual managers within firms. Industrial clustering is a focus for research in this theme, as are the strategic alliances developed by both large and small firms to enhance competitiveness.
  8. CO-OPERATIVE AND SOCIAL ENTEPRISE - Recognises the importance of social entrepreneurship and innovation within the economy and the need to build both social and economic capital. The role of co-operative and mutual enterprises is also a key area of focus.

The projects CEMI has undertaken are outlined in the following sections.

Title Contact Research Team
Co-operative Enterprise Research Program, Tim Mazzarol, Elena Mamouni Limnios, John Watson, Geoff Soutar, Joanne Sneddon, Kadambot Siddique
Enhancing Sustainable Energy Saving Behaviour through Communication: A Longitudinal Study Tim Mazzarol, Jill Sweeney, Geoff Soutar, Dave Webb, Johannes Kresling
Strategic Innovation in Small Firms: An International Analysis of Innovation and Strategic Decision Making in Small to Medium Enterprises, Tim Mazzarol, Sophie Reboud, Geoff Soutar, Thierry Volery, Hermann Frank, Manfred Lueger, Vijaya Thyil, Christian Korunka, Ysabel Nauwelaerts, Frederick van Assche, Ilke van Beveren, Jacques Baronet, Johanne Queenton, Jacqueline Dahan, Jean-Guillaume Ditter, Jane Klobas, Paola Bielli, Delwyn Clark, Newel (Sandy) Gough, Philip Olsen, Thuy Hang Do