Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Regional Entrepreneurship

Research Area leaders:

Mark Morrison Dr Nick Davis

Professor Mark Morrison and Dr Nick Davis

  • Overview
  • Members
  • Projects
  • Current Students
  • PhD/DBA Topics


This research area is focusing on identifying the factors that lead to business success in a regional context.

We are investigating a range of factors that may influence success, including business skills and practices, such as financial management, marketing, human resource management and ITC skills and practices.  We also are investigation the role of networks and other firm based resources in influencing business performance.

We recognise that businesses measure success in different ways, and are researching how different businesses evaluate business success.  This includes research into the objectives and purposes of regional businesses and how these strategic decisions determine success factors like profitability, achieving work-life balance, contributions to community, and environmental sustainability.

Our primary focus is on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), both for-profit firms and not-for-profit businesses.  A significant body of our research focuses on not-for-profit business including cooperatives, social enterprises and community-owned businesses.  We are conducting projects with groups of specific interest in a regional context, including ethnic, humanitarian and Indigenous entrepreneurship.

Our research has been funded through a range of nationally competitive and industry grants, including:

  • Australian Research Council Discovery, Linkage and Indigenous Discovery Grants
  • NSW Trade & Investment
  • Indigenous Business Australia
  • Supply Nation
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage


Name Title/Position Location

Mark Morrison



PK Basu

Associate Professor


Branka Krivokapic-Skoko

Associate Professor


Nick Davis



Arnela Ceric



Rui Bi



Lan Snell



Calvin Wang



Glen DuncanAdjunctBathurst
Kay PlummerAdjunctBathurst


Current Students

Name Award Topic Supervisor
Mariya Yesseleva-Pionka PhD Australian small and medium-sized enterprises and their access to external debt financeProfessor Adam Steen
02 6338 4932
Neelam GoelaPhDAccounting and financial decision-making in migrant small businesses in AustraliaAssoc Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
02 6338 4428
Juergen HirschDBAMotivators and  barriers to internal, social-media driven open innovation communities in financial servicesDr Herbert Fischer
John Edward Somerville LawsonDBAExploring organisational effectiveness of not-for-profit organisations:  outcomes accountability, governance and capacity measurementAssoc Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
02 6338 4428

PhD/DBA Topics

The following opportunities exist in regional business development:

Professor Mark Morrison
02 6338 4253

Entrepreneurship in regional Australia

Indigenous business entrepreneurship

Categorising types of entrepreneurs across regions, their practices and capabilities, and understanding how to support them.

Associate Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
02 6338 4428

Contribution of immigrants in regional Australia to entrepreneurship

Indigenous business entrepreneurship.


Indigenous entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship in regional Australia.