Developing an entrepreneurial project management framework for organisational sustainability

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

The ever-increasing pace of change and the 'new competitive landscape' created by the global COVID-19 pandemic has made entrepreneurial mindset a must-have characteristic for all managers in order to sustain innovation and dynamic capabilities. Each year, the construction industry contributes $1.249 billion to the Tasmanian economy, representing 5.8% of Gross State Product. Yet, more than 70% of project managers in the industry are burdened by the bureaucracy of project management processes.  This makes project managers the agents of ‘paper and form’ in a bureaucracy, rather than being advocates of creativity and innovation in an entrepreneurial organisation. Entrepreneurial project management has established its presence as a tool for carrying out organisational strategies and in many cases became the framework for operationalizing core business activities.

Drawing upon evidence from multiple lines of investigation (including literature reviews and document analysis, focus group discussions, case studies of Tasmanian construction firms, key industry and stakeholder interviews), the successful candidate will work to develop a framework (conceptual model) of entrepreneurial project management that facilitates the dynamic capabilities of an innovative and entrepreneurial organisation. The framework will guide project managers, empowering them to avoid becoming agents of paper and form.  The framework will instead synthesise insights from the research to clearly identify ways in which project managers can foster the creativity and innovation for the long-term sustainability of dynamic construction firms.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Desmond Ayentimi


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Desmond Ayentimi, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
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    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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