Dr Kavoos Mohannak


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Doctor of Philosophy (Monash University)

Dr Kavoos Mohannak is a Senior Lecturer and Subject Area Coordinator (SAC) in Management at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Business School. He has over 15 years of teaching experience and has taught courses involving innovation management, entrepreneurship, business growth and technology commercialisation to students from different disciplines and majors.
Kavoos initially received a B.Sc. in Physics. After a few years of scientific research, he was trained in patent examination and intellectual property protection at the European Patent Office (EPO). He also worked as a patent examiner for several years. Kavoos then went to study his MA in International Relations at the International University of Japan (IUJ). His master research topic was “Technology Transfer in the Middle East: Towards a Strategy for Scientific and Technological Self Reliance”. This research was published in Japan as a book and was later translated into Persian. He has studied and worked as a researcher in Japan for seven years.
Kavoos further completed his PhD research in the area of innovation policy/system at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His PhD thesis entitled “Technological Innovation in Japan, South Korea and Australia: A Linkage Policy Model”. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong for Asia-Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) for several years.
Kavoos has been actively working as an academic at QUT since 2003. He is a lecturer with passion, vision and strategy for teaching and research excellence, and industry collaboration. He has supervised and mentored many doctoral and master students to high levels of completion.
He continuously collaborates with national and international research partnerships with industry, government and other research centres. He has had the opportunity to work as a consultant in a number of international projects relating to innovation in various industries. This includes spending six months as a visiting academic at the Economic Research Centre, in Nagoya University in Japan.
Kavoos has published more than 50 publications that have appeared in international journals/conferences and scholarly books. His research interests are in the area of knowledge and innovation management ranging from theory to practice, with focus on developing and enhancing understandings of innovation systems and knowledge strategies particularly in technology SMEs. His previous research included analysis of various regional industry clusters, university-industry-government collaborations, technology transfer and research commercialisation. More recently, he has extensively published and researched on the role of organisational knowledge integration within innovation projects with particular emphasis on capability development and value creation.

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  • Innovation, Knowledge and Creativity
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Innovation Commercialisation strategies
  • Managing Business Growth