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Professor Michael Gilding

Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law


Professor Michael Gilding is faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. He is a former President of the Australian Sociological Association (2007-10), a member of the board of the Centre for Social Impact Australia, and a member of the National Education Advisory Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael is an economic sociologist, whose current research focuses upon innovation clusters and networks, family business succession and governance, and the social dimensions of economic behaviour. Recent publications include articles on the articulation between gambling and drug trafficking (Australian Journal of Criminology), pathways in family business succession (Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice), theories of family structure and change (British Journal of Sociology), and innovation clusters far from the world hubs (Research Policy).

Michael's research has attracted about $4 million in research grants, mostly involving industry partnerships. Industry partners include Boeing (on collaborative networks in design), Pitcher Partners (on family business succession planning), VicPolice (on police relations with ethnic minorities), and AusBiotech (on the partnerships and networks of Australian biotechnology firms).

Research interests

Entrepreneurship; Innovation

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Innovation And Technology Management - 150307
  • Sociology - 160800


Also published as: Gilding, Michael; Gilding, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Coordinating Innovation in Knowledge-Based Multinational Organisations *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2015: Collaborative Design Best Practice: A pilot study examining trust, culture and geographic distance in multi-unit country design projects *; Boeing Australia Ltd
  • 2014: Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Biodevices and Diagnostics *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2012: Business Collective Action, Networks and Discourse: A Fiscal Sociology of Mining Tax Reform in Australia *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2011: Drug importation, gambling behaviour and Vietnamese women *; Victorian Department of Justice
  • 2010: Family Business and Succession Planning: Dynamics, Barriers and Strategies *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2010: Network dynamics and field evolution: hubs, clusters and interorganisational ties in biotechnology *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator