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Dr Lisa Daniel

PhD Qld, BSc(Hons) Qld

  • Senior Lecturer, Management
  • School of Business and Creative Industries
+61 7 5456 5696
Office location
Fraser Coast
Lisa Daniel

Dr Lisa Daniel is a senior lecturer in the School of Business and Creative Industries at USC Fraser Coast. Once a plant biotechnologist she feels she’s now come full circle, with her transition from science to business shifting her research from crop cultivation to agri-business cultivation. These days Lisa’s research focuses on regional development, entrepreneurial ecosystems, community capacity building as well as social innovation.

Lisa sees her work as an exciting way to contribute to the Fraser Coast region where she’s based at the campus at Hervey Bay. Lisa’s research utilises a complex system’s perspective as a way to holistically investigate and interpret the regional community and business dynamics. This approach reflects the science-based view that human activities don’t exist in isolation but are part of a complex system of inter-dependent influences and interactions which all affect and contribute to the opportunities and challenges around business innovation, entrepreneurship, as well as community resilience and sustainability.

More broadly Lisa is interested in the socio-technical, institutional, relational and complex dynamic processes supporting the development and leverage of entrepreneurship, innovation and knowledge in a variety of contexts. Lisa’s research in these fields frequently presents a critical approach and often challenges existing preconceptions and paradigms. Her work is supported by her preference for holistic perspectives, pragmatic epistemologies and a humanistic approach to research.

Lisa has previously researched how knowledge is shared and cultivated in R&D teams, communities of practice and expert collectives. Lisa is a senior lecturer in management – teaching strategic management, quality management, supply chain management, new venture management, corporate social responsibility, governance and ethics — it is the human side of management that she finds fascinating.

Lisa believes advancing organisations, communities and regions is about developing frameworks to support reciprocal and negotiated relationships, knowledge sharing, idea generation and acceptance, innovative perspectives, as well as open engagement and collective well-being. Good management is what puts the effectiveness and efficiency into business. There is always something more to learn.

Professional membership

  • Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ)
  • Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce – Vice President
  • R&D Management Association - member of the College of Referees

Research grants

Grant  Investigators  Funding body  Year(s)  Focus 
Premium Food and Sustainable Regional Development in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Is.’  Dr Lisa Daniel; Dr Chris Medlin: Dr Allan O’Connor  A$10,000  2016 Regional Food Ecosystems 
Premium Food and Agri-business in the South Dr Lisa Danniel: Prof Kerry Brown  A$80,000  2016 Regional Food Ecosystems 
Premium Food and Sustainable Regional Development of the Great Southern Dr Lisa Daniel; Prof Kerry Brown; Dr Subas Dakhal A$30,000 2015 Regional Food Ecosystems 
Technological Innovation and Change in Supply Chain Integration  Prof. Patrick Dawson; Prof. Trevor Spedding;  Prof. Amrik Sohal ; Dr Michael Clements  A$160,000  2010 RFID in Supply Chain Management – (Social Innovation Component)

Potential research projects for HDR and honours students

Regional entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial ecosystems

Regional development

Community capacity building

Knowledge and innovation

Social innovation

Research areas

  • knowledge and innovation
  • business resilience
  • social capital
  • social innovation
  • entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • regional development and sustainability

Teaching areas

  • Management

Research publications

  • Brown, K., Dhakal, S., Wiedemann, M., Daniel, L. 2019. Enhancing Niche Toursim: Prospects for south west western Australia to integrate tourism and agri-food systems, Prepared for BankWest Curtin Economics Centre. Research Report 21/19, February.
  • Brown, K,. Daniel, L.J., Dahkal, S., 2016. Great Southern Regional Food System: Regional Development through Local Food. Prepared for the Albany, Plantagenet, Mt Barker Councils.
  • Daniel, L.J., 2016. Regional Food Systems: Grounds for Sustainability – Research Report, Prepared for Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), South Australia.
  • Daniel, L.J., Medlin, C.J., O’Connor, A., Satsenko, L., Vnuk, R., Hancock, G. 2018 Deconstructing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Concept. Chapter 2 in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Place-Based Transformations and Transitions, Eds. O’Connor, Stam, Sussan, Austretsch. Vol 38 of International Studies in Entrepreneurship. Series Eds. Acs, & Audressch. Springer International, Switzerland.
  • Daniel, L. J., Huang, F., Rathnappulige, S.R., Neale, L. 2013. Initiating Open Innovation Clusters: Cultivating Knowledge for Competitive Advantage; Chapter 8. Resources and Competitive Advantage in Clusters, Eds. Brown, K, Burgess, J., Festing, M., Royer, S. Rainer Hampp Verlag (Munchen/Merin) Book Series on International Human Resource Management, Series Editors Festing, M & Royer, S.
  • Dawson. P., & Daniel. L. J., 2010. Examining the social processes of ‘Innovation’ to inform the development of a new framework for making sense of ‘Social Innovation’ Ch10, p107 in The SInet 2010 eBook, Ed. Yeatman, Heather, Social Innovation Network (SInet), University of Wollongong, Research Online, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-74128-188-0 (online)
  • Daniel, L.J. & Huang, F. 2019. Dynamic Capabilities and the Knowledge Nexus: Leveraging ICT, Absorptive Capacity and Human Potential. VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems. Vol 49 (4): 477- 493
  • Daniel, L.J. & Klein, J. 2014. Innovation Agendas: The Ambiguity of Value Creation. Prometheus Vol 32 (1): 23-47.
  • Rathnappulige, S.R. & Daniel, L.J. 2013. Creating Value through Social Processes: An Exploration of Knowledge Dynamics in Expert Communities of Practice. International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 63 (3/4): 160-184. (B)
  • Daniel, L.J. & Rathnappulige, S.R. 2013. Coming of Age for the Knowledge Economy: Knowledge in Collectives of Experts. Knowledge Management, Vol 13 (1): p1-11
  • Freeman, S., Daniel, L., Murad, W. 2012. Knowledge and Network Development for Service Firm Entry into Emerging Asian Markets. Asian Business and Management, Sp. Issue “Doing Business in Emerging Asian Markets”, Feb. 11(1); 101-122.
  • Daniel, L. J. 2012. Leveraging Bioindustry Knowledge: Clusters of Globally Competitive Knowledge and Innovation. International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, Vol 4, (3/4): 221-241
  • Daniel, L. J. and Dawson, P. 2011. The sociology of innovation and new biotechnologies. New Technology Work and Employment, March 26(1), 1-16.
  • Daniel, L. J. Rathnappulige, S. Dawson, P. 2011. The Sustainability and Dynamics of Knowledge in Expert Communities: A Comparative Exploration of Communities of Practice, International Journal of Arts and Science. Feb. 4(6), 258-238.
  • Dawson P & Daniel, L J., 2010. Understanding Social Innovation – A Provisional Framework, International Journal of Technology Management, Sp. Edition – Social Innovation, 51(1): 9-21.
  • Dawson, P., Daniel, L. and Farmer, J. 2010. Editorial: Social Innovation, International Journal of Technology Management, 51(1): 1-8.
  • Daniel L. J & Davis C R, 2009. What Makes High-Performance Teams Excel? Research Technology Management, Vol 52:4, pp40-45.
  • Daniel, L. J., 2006. Integrating Innovation: Frameworks for Entrepreneurial Leverage, International Journal of Enterprise Network Management, Vol 1 No 2, 127-146.

Lisa Daniel has been researching knowledge in communities for over 20 years. From examining expert knowledge sharing in communities of high performance teams to exploring how knowledge in regional communities influences entrepreneurship and innovation. More recently she has focused her research interests in areas of entrepreneurial ecosystems and social innovation with views to regional development and community capacity building. Lisa’s approach utilises a complex system’s perspective as a way to holistically investigate and she frequently presents a critical approach and often challenges existing preconceptions and paradigms. Her work is supported by her preference for holistic perspectives, pragmatic, relational epistemologies and a humanistic approach to research.

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