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Meet the University of Adelaide Staff

Dedicated to the career success of all students in the project management program, the University of Adelaide staff are a devoted team of professors, operating in the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) combines industry insight with an interactive online curriculum, ensuring that students receive a unique, relevant education.

The ECIC staff provides high-quality teaching and research in strategically chosen areas of study. Members of this staff are highly regarded by employers and have been successful in a variety of areas. The academic staff are leaders in their disciplines, who actively contribute to solving real-world problems through consulting and advanced fundamental and applied research.

Paul Steffens

Paul Steffens

Professor Paul Steffens is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the ECIC, The University of Adelaide. His core areas of expertise are entrepreneurship and diffusion of innovations. Paul has been a lead investigator for research projects totalling more than AUD 1.5 million and has published over fifty academic publications, including journal articles in leading entrepreneurship, marketing and technology management journals.

Previous appointments include Director of the Technology and Innovation Management Centre, University of Queensland, academic positions at University of Queensland and Monash University and visiting positions at University of Kiel, Penn State University and Southern Illinois University. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours I) and a PhD in diffusion of innovations, both from the University of Queensland.

Paul has also consulted for a wide variety of both business and public agencies. His clients include Energex, Waitrose (UK), Agribuys (USA), IPAA, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Monsanto, Bunge, Franklins, Solutions Research and the Meat Research Corporation.

The Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation And Innovation Centre (ECIC)

The ECIC is a centre for excellence, where imagination, creativity and knowledge produce innovative outcomes.

The ECIC’s mission is to foster innovation through entrepreneurship, commercialisation and project management research, teaching and community and industry engagement activities.

The ECIC is all about helping individuals make a difference – to create wealth in the form of economic growth and social advancement for companies and communities.

Programs and Courses

The ECIC’s programs and courses are designed to assist individuals in achieving personal growth and professional goals. Experienced Academic Directors within the ECIC deliver a comprehensive suite of flexible programs in the following disciplines:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management – Project Systems

Research Excellence

The ECIC is committed to research excellence and has cultivated a strong and diverse research program with a range of options for people wishing to undertake research-based projects or PhD studies.

Industry and Community Engagement

Our industry and community engagement initiatives include our student business planning competition the Entrepreneurs’ Challenge (eChallenge), and our Thebarton Student Entrepreneurial Incubator (ThIncLab).