Dr Gordon Eckardt

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Dr Gordon Eckardt


Teaching areas

  • Strategic Management
  • Small Business and New Venture Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Simulation

Research areas

  • entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurial education and corporate entrepreneurship
  • B2B-marketing
  • category management
  • business simulation in teaching environments


Dr Gordon Eckardt joined the School of Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast in February 2016.

Gordon brings a wealth of academic leadership experience gained over 11 years in academia. He has held various academic positions in German and Australian universities along with a variety of activities in research, training and consulting of renowned international operating companies. Prior to academia he had over 10 years industry experience in various senior management roles as well as in the position of a founder and chief executive of his own business.

Gordon has secured numerous research and development grants and has published numerous books and articles. His research specialisation has been in the area of corporate entrepreneurship as well as in the application of business simulations in a teaching and training environment. The development and transmission of holistic approaches for training and development in the context of entrepreneurial orientation is part of his passion.

Research grants

Grant / Project name   Investigators Funding body and A$ value   Year(s) Focus of research 
FURGY – CLEAN Innovation Gordon Eckardt, Petra Dickel EU INTERREG V z 3.047.010,000 € 7/2015–6/2019 Corporate entrepreneurship in renewable energy
GADOW – German and Danish Offshore Wind Gordon Eckardt EU INTERREG IV a 803.609 € 1/2012 – 6/2015 Development of cross-border networks in offshore wind industry
PR for FINo1, FIN02 and FIN03 Gordon Eckardt Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany 191.330€ 1/2011–10/2013 Public relations for offshore research platforms 
A blended learning action research project, integrating social media to build and support peer networking between domestic and international students  Leone Cameron, Gordon Eckardt, Catherine Chaumeil, Bruno Mazieres  Exploratory Learning and Teaching Grants (USC) AUD $25,906  Feb 2013–Feb 2015  Reduction of international student attrition 
Support for cyclic learning through the coordinated use of simulation and case study methodology over the entire course of studies in the Bachelor's degree course in Business Management  Gordon Eckardt 

Ministry of Science, Economy and Transport of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Innovation Fund for Higher Education and Science in Schleswig-Holstein (Innovation Fund SH) 4.633,00 € 

 09/2008–12/2008 Study program and curriculum development
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