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Justin Thurley is a Research Associate at the AIRC and has an extensive career and academic background within the field of information technology strategy and management. Justin completed a Bachelor of Information Systems at the University of Tasmania in 1998 and a Masters Degree in Information Systems in 2005.
Over the last 15 years Justin has also held a number of senior IT management positions, including four years as the head of IT for one of Australia's leading claims management and insurance services organisations. In January 2000 he co-founded Coastview Enterprises, an innovative Tasmanian business which developed the popular coastal-marine recreation portal "coastview.com.au".
Justin's research interests include ICT strategy development, the economics of information technology and business process innovation.
He started a PhD research program at the AIRC in 2007. His thesis, titled "Patterns of ICT innovation in non-ICT sector businesses", is an investigation of information and communication technology (ICT) innovations in Tasmanian businesses which do not specifically trade in ICT goods and services.
In 2007 the Australian Innovation Research Centre conducted a detailed company level survey (census) of innovation activity in Tasmania. A key finding of this survey was that the diffusion and development of ICT was a common activity in a large number of innovative businesses, particularly those outside of the ICT sector. Unfortunately the survey was not detailed enough to provide a detailed analysis of the ICT innovation activity or the motivating factors for their development. This study aims to address this information gap and improve our understanding of non-ICT sector ICT innovation. More specifically, this study will reserach:
the reasons why so many businesses utilise ICT in the innovation process;
patterns or common behaviours associated with ICT innovation;
possible evidence of the impact of ICT innovation upon the quality of economic output; and
the role of the ICT sector in non-ICT sector ICT innovations.
Authorised by the Director, Professor of Innovation, Australian Innovation Research Centre
23 April, 2013