Associate Professor John Steen
John Steen
Associate Professor of Strategic Analysis | Discipline Leader - Strategy
  • PhD, Management (University of Queensland)
  • PhD, Biochemistry (University of Tasmania)
  • BSc Hons, Biochemistry (University of Tasmania)
+61 7 334 66254
Room 519, Joyce Ackroyd Building, St. Lucia Campus

    Research interests

    Alliances and licensing in high-technology industries
    Looks at the strategic use of alliances and licensing in knowledge-intensive industries such as biotechnology
    Managing and Measuring Innovation
    Survey-based research of innovation and business performance particularly in SMEs. Examples include the Growing Australian Business project and the Brisbane Digital Audit
    Megaproject Performance and Innovation
    Particularly looking at megaprojects ($1 billion +) in the Australian Oil and Gas industry. Work undertaken in collaboration with Ernst and Young and the Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Network Analysis in Organisations and Industries
    Resource-based view of the firm
    Critical analysis of the limitations of the resource-based view literature and the development of methodologies to investigate the resource-based perspective
    Strategic management of intangible resources
    Examines the strategic importance of intangible resources and methodologies for their investigation. This project includes internationalisation and organisational social network analysis.


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    2014 Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning (Masters of Business Administration)
    2013 UQ Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning (Masters of Business Administration)
    2008 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for excellence in business strategy case study teaching and coaching
    2008 UQ Business School Award for Excellence in Industry Engagement
    2007 UQ citation for outstanding contributions to student learning
    2004 UQ Business School Award for Teaching Excellence at the postgraduate level.

    Major research grants

    Title Agency Year Amount
    Creating wealth in smallholders farms through efficient credit systems in Pakistan Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 2017-2018 $219,681
    Developing Entrepreneurs: An interdisciplinary, experiential learning approach to creating an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset. UQ Teaching Innovation Grants 2016-2018 $136,000
    The open innovation process: Factors and technologies that matter ARC Discovery 2016-2018 $330,000
    The perception and management of uncertainty in megaprojects: the role of domain decisions Project Management Institute 2016-2017 $67,154
    Measuring economic trends and benefits of CSG development on local businesses (SME sub-project) Centre for Coal Seam Gas 2016 $136,546
    Farmer's capabilities, productivity, and profitability: A case study of smallholders in selected agro zones in Pakistan Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 2015-2016 $165,000
    Small business research infrastructure access Australian Government Department of Industry and Science 2015 $53,680
    Growing Business in Redlands Survey 2015 Redlands City Council 2015 $30,757
    What is a world class SME? Enterprise Connect 2012 Undisclosed
    Oil and Gas Productivity and Innovation Study Ernst and Young 2012 Undisclosed
    Innovation and performance in Australian oil and gas megaprojects UQ Collaboration and Industry Engagement 2012 Undisclosed
    Digital Capability Assessment of Brisbane Businesses Ernst & Young 2012 Undisclosed
    Capability Technology Demonstrator Program Analysis DSTO 2012 Undisclosed
    Brisbane Innovation Scorecard Brisbane Marketing 2012 Undisclosed
    Brisbane City Council Innovation Survey Brisbane City Council 2012 Undisclosed
    Applying the Innovation Scorecard to Brisbane Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 2011 Undisclosed
    Innovation and dynamic networks in project-based firms ARC Discovery 2009 Undisclosed
    Complex networks and innovation UQ Early career research grant 2007 Undisclosed
    Complex networks and the world trade web ARC Centre for Complex Systems 2006 Undisclosed
    Vascular control mitochondrial proton leak in resting muscle ARC Discovery 1996-1998 Undisclosed