Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers teaches entrepreneurship and innovation management at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She believes in teaching entrepreneurship in an experiential fashion and is passionate about the power of education to transform people’s lives. The recent multidisciplinary experiential entrepreneurship model (MEEM) grant project, in collaboration with Dr Renee Barnes and Dr Uwe Terton at USC has spawned five start-ups, with four of these ventures being awarded in different entrepreneurship events.
Retha volunteers in the Sunshine Coast start-up community as a Startup Weekend organiser and #SiliconCoast facilitator, creating opportunities for entrepreneurial students to extend their network, share and grow their start-ups and meet like-minded individuals.
Retha’s main research interests are related to the entrepreneurial experience within startups and existing organisations. She tackles research questions like: How are entrepreneurial communities formed? How do entrepreneurs make decisions to co-create the future with others? What factors trigger innovation and entrepreneurship within firms?
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- Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Excellence, 2015: Excellence in Engagement, University of the Sunshine Coast
- Citation Award, 2015, Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). Awarded to Retha in recognition for inspiring entrepreneurship students to create their future by crafting authentic learning opportunities that motivate, engage and empower
Selected research publications
- De Villiers Scheepers, M.J., Boshoff, C. & Oostenbrink, M. (forthcoming). Entrepreneurial women’s cognitive ambidexterity: Career and cultural influence. South African Journal of Business Management.
- Barnes, R. and De Villiers Scheepers 2017. Tackling uncertainty for journalism graduates: A model for teaching experiential entrepreneurship. Journalism Practice, Jan: p.1-21.
- innenleucke, M., Verreynne, M-L., De Villiers Scheepers, M.J. & Venter, C. 2017. A review of collaborative planning approaches for transformative change: towards a sustainable future. Journal of Cleaner Production, 142: 3212-3224.
- De Villiers Scheepers, M.J. & Maree, L. 2015. Fostering Team Creativity in Higher Education Settings. E-Journal of Business Education & Scholarship of Teaching, 9(1): 70-86.
- De Villiers Scheepers, M.J., Verreynne, M-L & Meyer, D. 2014. Entrepreneurial Configurations of Small Firms. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 20(6):562 – 583.
- De Villiers Scheepers, M.J. 2012. “Antecedents of Strategic Corporate Entrepreneurship.” European Business Review. 5(24):400-424.
- De Villiers-Scheepers, M.J. 2011. “Motivating Intrapreneurs: The Relevance of Rewards”. Special Issue: ‘Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development in South Africa’ Journal of Industry and Higher Education. 25(4):249-263
|Project name||Investigators||Funding body||Year||Focus|
|Applying a connectedness learning model at USC to develop a networked approach to lifelong graduate employability||Retha de Villiers Scheepers (lead), Ben Goldsmith, Mark Sayers, Peter English, Gail Crimmins, Joanna McIntyre||USC Commissioned Learning and Teaching Grant: Graduate Employability||2017||
This project applies an OLT connectedness learning model (Bridgstock, 2016) at USC in selected disciplines to assess students’ current social network capabilities and implement action plans to improve these capabilities, thereby enhancing students’ employability and USC’s engagement with relevant stakeholder groups.
|Gathering valid data for quality enhancement: Assessing, reviewing, benchmarking and closing the loop for assurance of learning in regional universities||Romy Lawson, Retha de Villiers Scheepers, Charmaine Glavas and Tracy Taylor||Extension grant (OLT) (A$30,000)||2016||Improve the quality of business and management programs in regional universities through reviewing and benchmarking|
|Systematic review proposal on 'A review and synthesis of research and practice: Linking organisations' strategic plans with a shared vision for a sustainable future'||Martina Linnenluecke, Martie-Louise Verreynne, Retha de Villiers Scheepers, Sarel Gronum and Chanel Venter||Network for Business Sustainability South Africa (NBS) (A$25,000)||2014||Review and synthesis of perspectives on organisations' approaches to sustainability|
|Multi-disciplinary experiential entrepreneurship model (MEEM): Empowering students to create the future through experiential entrepreneurship||Retha de Villiers Scheepers, Renee Barnes and Uwe Terton||Exploratory Learning and Teaching grant (USC) AA$10,000)||2014–2016||Experiential entrepreneurship learning in multi-disciplinary teams|
|ICT usage in small firms: The influence of entrepreneurial decision-making variables||Retha de Villiers Scheepers and Donald Kerr||USC internal research: Seed Grant||2010–2012|
|Entrepreneurial Intensity: The influence of antecedents to Corporate Entrepreneurship in firms||National Research Foundation South Africa||Thuthuka Grant-holder||2005–2007||PhD thesis|
|Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students’ Survey, GUESSS-research project, South African Chapter||Retha de Villiers Scheepers (Project Leader), Goosain Solomon and Annalien de Vries||Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management Grant, in conjunction with Van Schaik||2008–2009|
- corporate entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship
- entrepreneurial decision-making and action
- effectuation and causation
- information technology as driver of innovation in small businesses
- Innovation Management
Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers' areas of knowledge include Lean Start-up, Customer Development, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, Corporate entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship Entrepreneurial intentions, Effectuation and Causation, Information technology as driver of innovation in small businesses