Dr Ann Torugsa
Research Fellow, AIRC
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Dr Ann Torugsa is a Research Fellow at the AIRC. She holds a PhD in Management (2010) and a Master of International Business (2007) from the University of Tasmania. She graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Thammasat University in Thailand in 2005. Her PhD research examined the role of the economic, social and environment dimensions of proactive corporate social responsibility (CSR) on the association between a set of strategic capabilities and financial performance in small and medium enterprises.
Ann joined the AIRC in September 2010 and has been listed as a team member on four government contract research projects, totalling approximately $1.1 million. She was also awarded competitive funding of $9,000 through the University of Tasmania (UTAS) Research Enhancement Grants Scheme 2014 for a research project "Factors explaining the relationship among firm technological innovation capacity, obstacles and performance: evidence from the European Community Innovation Survey 2010". This project has resulted in UTAS being granted 'research entity' status by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Ann's research interests: cover innovation management, innovation policy, corporate social responsibility, innovative research design, and strategic management in general; and cut across sectoral and disciplinary boundaries. Her work involves: applying econometrics to the analysis of large-scale surveys obtained from national and international sources; testing theoretical models which organisations can apply in choosing strategies that contribute to performance improvement; and using asymmetric thinking in research design and crafting theory.
She has extensive experience in the employment of various regression and modelling techniques using sophisticated statistical software packages (e.g. LISREL, STATA, SPSS and STATSITICA), as well as in the use of set-theoretic methods grounded in complexity science such as qualitative comparative analysis, both crisp and fuzzy sets.
Ann's work appears in journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Public Management Review, Australian Journal of Public Administration, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, International Journal of Innovation Management, AT Business Management Review, and Strategic HR Review. She has also co-authored book chapters with publishers such as Wiley-ISTE, Springer and Edward Elgar Publishing. One of her publications has been listed as 'Top 10 CSR Research Findings of 2012' by the Network for Business Sustainability at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Ann has served on the editorial review board of three journals – including the Journal of Business Research (innovation and knowledge domain), Journal of Innovation and Knowledge, and Journal of Business Theory and Practice – and as a referee on several occasions for more than 10 journals, conferences and books. She is also a representative of the Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (GIKA) and a member of the scientific panel of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM).
- Baseline Survey of the cost of administrative and regulatory compliance to Tasmanian businesses and the level of engagement of Tasmanian businesses with Digital Economy
- Developing a framework for a place-based approach to economic diversification in Tasmania
- Public Sector Innovation Measurement
- Tasmanian Innovation Census