Professor Martie-Louise Verreynne
Martie-Louise Verreynne
Professor of Innovation | Strategy and International Business Discipline Leader
  • PhD, Management (Massey University)
  • MCom, Marketing and Management (Potchefstroom University, RSA)
  • BCom Hons, Marketing and Management (Potchefstroom University, RSA)
  • Higher Ed Dip (Postgraduate), Management, Economics, Accountancy (Potchefstroom University, RSA)
  • BCom, Management, Economics, Accountancy (Potchefstroom University, RSA)
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+61 7 3346 8160
Room 511, Joyce Ackroyd Building, St. Lucia Campus

Martie-Louise Verreynne is a Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Leader of the Strategy department at the University of Queensland Business School in Brisbane, Australia. Her research in small firm innovation and resilience focuses on how these firms leverage capabilities and networks to gain a competitive edge. A current ARC Discovery grant broadens this to look at the processes and technologies of open innovation. Martie-Louise has published in leading entrepreneurship and strategy journals; interdisciplinary journals, as well as the three main small business journals. She currently serves as Associate Editor to the prominent Journal of Small Business Management. She is a recipient of the prestigious Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for contribution to student learning based on her work in the area of commercialisation of high-tech start-ups and leads the development of the MicroMasters in Corporate Innovation. Martie-Louise actively works with industry, for example with UniQuest and CSIRO on research commercialisation, with the Sustainable Minerals Institute on the ability of resilient small firms exposed to mining and oil and gas resource cycles to rebound, and with Queensland and Federal governments, Brisbane City Council, Horticulture Innovation Australia and a range of other industry bodies on innovation.

Research interests

Growing Australian Small Firms
This project investigates the growth paths as well as those factors that nurture growth in small firms in Australia. It forms part of an international comparative study which partners with Cambridge University and the University of Auckland.
Innovation in nonprofit and public sector firms
This research investigates the innovation processes of nonprofit and public sector firms. It uses a case study design to build theory in areas such as strategic entrepreneurship and opportunity recognition.
Strategy-making processes
This research models the role of a number of strategic processes, strategies, entrepreneurial orientation, their interaction with each other and the internal and external environment on the performance of small firms.

Publications

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Memberships

  • Academy of Management
  • Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand

Distinctions

2015 UQ Partners in Research Excellence Awards (Social Enterprise) (PIREA)
Assistant Editor: Journal of Small Business Management
Editorial Board: Small Enterprise Research
2013 Primeaux best paper award, Vincentian Business Ethics Conference
2012 UQ Business School Excellence in Industry Engagement
2011 Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship - International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Best paper award in Innovation
2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
2009 University of Queensland citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
2011 Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship - International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Best paper award in Innovation
2008 ANZAM, Best paper award in the Public Sector and Not-for-profit stream
2006 ANZAM, Best paper award in the Business Policy and Strategy stream
2005 ANZAM, Best paper award in the Business Policy and Strategy stream

Major research grants

Title Agency Year Amount
Creating Wealth in Smallholders Farms through Efficient Credit Systems and Woman’s Enterprise Development in Pakistan. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). 2017-2018 Undisclosed
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
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 Undisclosed
Growing Business in Redlands Survey 2015 Redlands City Council 2015 Undisclosed
Innovation performance in horticultural industry Horticultural transformational fund 2013-2014 Undisclosed
A review and synthesis of research and practice: Linking organisations’ strategic plans with a shared vision for a sustainable future The Network for Business Sustainability 2013-2014 Undisclosed
Digital audit of Brisbane SMEs Brisbane Marketing 2012 Undisclosed
Innovation measurement of Queensland firms Dept of Employment, Economic Development & Innovation, Qld Government 2011-2014 Undisclosed
Brisbane innovation scorecard Dept of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Commonwealth of Australia 2011-2013 Undisclosed
Firm growth and innovation database Pathfinder, UniQuest 2011 Undisclosed
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