Australian Innovation Research Centre

Media 2007

"Labour's innovation pledges amount to a trumped-up industry policy"

by Paul Kerin, Melbourne Business School

The Australian, 27 November 2007, page 32Leading innovation experts Professor Jonathan West and Professor Keith Smith note that in most countries "innovation is very concentrated - a few firms innovate and the rest copy".

"Business rising to challenge"

by Michael Stedman

The Sunday Tasmanian, 11 November 2007, page 9

A study by the Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC) at the University of Tasmania has found that Tasmanian businesses were embracing innovation, often without realising it. Researcher Kieran O'Brien from the AIRC said a number of businesses believed they were not innovating because they were not working in electronics, computing and technology. 

"Tasmanian Island of Innovation – small island BIG IDEA"

The Sunday Tasmanian, 16 September 2007, pages 4 - 5

You don't have to work harder or longer - just smarter. Tasmania's foremost thinker on innovation - Professor Jonathan West talks about what is innovation, innovation as a new focus and why innovation is so important for Australia. 

"Chile debe inveertir en educacion e infraestructura"

El Mercurio (Main newspaper), Chile, 17 August 2007

Professor Keith Smith presented a paper on "Innovation and Growth in Resource Based Economies" to the AgriBusiness Conference conducted by Fundacion Chile, in Santiago, Chile on 16 August 2007. Professor Smith also led a workshop on "Centres of Excellence and the Food Sector: Guidelines for a Chilean Strategy" for Fundacion Chile on 17 August.

"Survey sets out to map innovation in economy"

Tasmanian Business Reporter, August 2007

The Australian Innovation Research Centre in Hobart is conducting the state's first innovation census. The Census will collect data from all industries even where innovation activity is hard to map. 

"Commercialisation certificate is proving to be a winner"

Tasmanian Business Reporter, August 2007

A Post-Graduate program, the graduate certificate in commercialisation, is proving a winner with business in its first year of delivery. Associate Professor Jack English of the Australian Innovation Research Centre developed the program.

"Resource Riches are no curse"

by Adrian Rollins

The Australian Financial Review, 6 July 2007

The study prepared by University of Tasmanian leader in Innovation, Professor Keith Smith, found that resource-based economies were not invariably poor and on the contrary, comprised some of the richest and fastest growing countries in the world. 

"Strength in resources"

by Nassim Khadem

The Age, 4 July 2007, Business News, page 3

A paper by Keith Smith, University of Tasmania professor and co-founder of the Australian Innovation Research Centre in Hobart, said that several of the richest and fastest-growing economies such as Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand and Australia had rested their development on their resources industries. 

"At your service: spin-off's from the mining boom will secure our future"

by Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs correspondent

The Australian, Business News, 4 July 2007, page 40

Fears of over-reliance on resources ignore innovation and new service industries. A paper "Innovation and growth in resource-based economics" was released by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and written by Professor Keith Smith, a leader in innovation at the University of Tasmania. 

“Innovation census to plot smarts"

The Mercury, 26 June 2007, page 13

The Australian Innovation Research Centre in Hobart is to conduct the state's first innovation census. The three-year project was announced by Premier Paul Lennon. The census will aim to cover all Tasmanian businesses with five or more employees. 

"No Fool to FASHION"

Winter Issue, Fast Thinking, pages 43-45

The NSW Government asked former Harvard Professor Jonathan West to review its innovation potential and to suggest ways in which it might improve the state's current position re innovative industries and how they might impact on the state's development. 

"Broaden student minds, unis told"

by Caroline Overington

The Australian, 16 May 2007, page 6

Professor Jonathan West speaking as part of a panel of vice-chancellors and education experts on Australia's educational culture at the Future Summit in Melbourne spoke of students in the US as often being encouraged to do something completely useless and extremely difficult. 

"How to turn your ideas into realities"

Tasmanian Business Reporter, March 2007

Tasmanian innovators will be able to access business advice and information on how to turn their ideas into commercial realities with the Ideas2Market program. Associate Professor Jack English from the Australian Innovation Research Centre at the University of Tasmania was pictured speaking at the launch. 

"Tassie's small players get help to grow"

by Linda Smith

The Mercury, 23 February 2007

Associate Professor Jack English knows that building a small business is not always easy. After running a number of successful business ventures, establishing various business courses and working on business advisory boards, he has found himself at the helm of a new venture to help small businesses in Tasmania grow. Jack English was pictured at the launch. 

"Graduate certificate in commercialisation"

Tasmanian Business Reporter, February 2007

Public and private sector leaders attended an information session at the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to outline the inaugural graduate certificate in commercialisation. The program's director Associate Professor Jack English from the Australian Innovation Research Centre was pictured at the information session.