ACE publication and media successes!

We have achieved some extraordinary publication success as well as media coverage recently. Associate Professor Martin Obschonka recently published the article Entrepreneurial personalities in political leadership in Small Business Economics, one of the highest ranked journals in our field. Much due to its Twitter-based analysis of Donald Trump’s personality profile, this article has enjoyed by far the greatest media coverage an ACE product has seen to date.  The study is the highest ranking paper of all papers in major entrepreneurship journals in media attention, and well inside the top 1 % of all studies ever tracked by Altmetric (N= 8,361,791). QUT press office estimated that the over 150 media reports around the world had an outreach of more than a quarter billion people. Wow! As usual, this includes some exaggerated interpretation of the findings, like here but overall any media coverage is good coverage!

Martin is a prolific as well as highly creative researcher and has enjoyed several other high tier hits since he joined us in January this year. You can find his output (including the most recent) here. We are very happy and lucky to have him on our team (and he is lucky to be in beautiful SE QLD – and happy, I believe!).

Moreover, Frederik von Briel is lead author of an article recently accepted by Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ETP)With an Impact Factor of 4.9, ETP is ranked #2 in entrepreneurship and #13 in all of business (and is included in the FT50 list and ranked top tier on most others). The article, Digital Technologies as External Enablers of New Venture Creation in the IT Hardware Sector, is the first in a series lead- or co-authored by Frederik on the hot topic of entrepreneurship and digital technologies, so there is more already in or on its way to good pipeline positions for excellent journals, co-authored by Jan Recker and myself as was the case with the ETP article.

And there is more: In a “quiet achiever” manner, PhD student Retno Ardianti has delighted us by co-authoring a piece that recently also came out in ETP, The role of spiritual capital in innovation and performance: Evidence from developing economiesThis fruit of collaborative work undertaken before she commenced her studies at QUT is a great achievement by Retno.

Finally, a work by former ACE Research Fellow Rene Bakker and ACE Adjunct Professor Dean Shepherd Pull the Plug or Take the Plunge: Multiple Opportunities and the Speed of Venturing Decisions in the Australian Mining Industry has finally been assigned its volume and issue (2017 vol. 60 no. 1, pp. 130-155) in the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), ranked #3 and #4 in all of Business respectively Management. The research was both initiated and completed while Rene was still with us, but because of his move the work, like Retno’s, is not formally attributed to QUT. At ACE we are happy to claim them, though!

At this point it may be worth pointing out that we are not first and foremost in the game of bean counting research credentials or creating media hype, but in the serious business of building useful, cumulative knowledge. An example of the latter is that a conceptual model developed in Rene’s AMJ article (which we insist on calling the “BS-model” after the authors’ surname initials) was an important tool in the development of Frederik’s ETP paper.

Big Thanks & Congratulations to all of the above for these fine achievements. I am sure I may have omitted some other recent, publication and/or media success in the above compilation – if so, please do not hesitate to remind me!

Per Davidsson | Professor | Director & Talbot Family Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE)

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