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Dr Richard Busulwa

Lecturer, Accounting
PhD, University of South Australia, Australia; Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Adelaide, Australia; MBA, University of South Australia, Australia


Richard researches and teaches in the Business School at Swinburne University of Technology, home to the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) and Australia's first fully immersed industry 4.0 facility (Factory of the Future). His teaching and research interests are in strategy, digital business, entrepreneurship and accounting. His most recent books are Strategy Execution and Complexity: Thriving in the Era of Disruption [Routledge],  Startup Accelerators: A Field Guide [Wiley], and Digital Transformation in Accounting [Taylor & Francis].

He previously worked in the IT, Electronics and Telecommunications industries as a Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer; first within early stage, and then established medium sized firms. Earlier, he worked in middle management as a divisional manager within the healthcare sector at Flinders Medical Centre, Noarlunga Hospital and the Repatriation General Hospital. Prior to this he worked in a range of financial management, marketing management, operations management and sales leadership roles within the IT (Adelaide based distributor), telecommunications (SingTel Optus, Telstra) and hospitality (Hilton International) sectors. Before entering general management, he trained and worked as a systems accountant, business analyst, financial analyst and operations accountant. He is cofounder of DigitalKeys.Io, the world's first NB IoT smart locks platform. He is also a senior partner at Novus People, one of Australia's leading sales and service team management advisory firms. 

PhD (University of South Australia)
MBA (University of South Australia)
Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (University of Adelaide)
Bachelor of Information Systems (University of South Australia)
Bachelor of Accountancy (University of South Australia)

Professional Associations
The Executive Connection (TEC), Alumni, Key 113
The CEO Institute, Alumni, Southern Adelaide Chapter
Australian College of Health Service Management, Associate Fellow
Australian Institute of Management, Associate Fellow
Australian Computer Society, Member
Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and Newzealand, Member
Strategic Management Society, Member

Research interests

Accounting; Digital Business; Strategy; Entrepreneurship

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Strategy, Management And Organisational Behaviour - 350700
  • Accounting, Auditing And Accountability - 350100
  • Information Systems - 460900

Teaching areas

Accounting;Information Systems;Business Adminstration


  • 2017, International, Annual Conference Track Best Paper Proposal (Runner Up), Strategic Management Society
  • 2016, International, H-Farm / Deutsche Bank IoT Acceleration Program cohort (, H-Farm (Italy)
  • 2015, International, European Commission Horizon 2020 grant (, European Commission
  • 2013, National, Australian / Shell Innovation Challenge (Finalist,, The Australian / Shell (Australia)
  • 2013, International, 10Xelerator accelerator program (, 10Xelerator/Founders Factory (USA)
  • 2012, National, Innovyz Start Accelerator Program (, Innovyz (Australia)
  • 2011, International, LES International Business Plan Competition, Licensing Executives Society International
  • 2011, National, AusIndustry Commercialisation Grant (, AusIndustry (Australia)


Also published as: Busulwa, Richard; Busulwa, R.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: CPA - Leveraging digital technologies for sustainability reporting *; CPA Australia
  • 2021: Lost in translation? The gap between required and actual technology competencies of accountants *; AFAANZ Research Grants

* Chief Investigator