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Dr Rosemary Fisher

Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
PhD, Swinburne University, Australia; Master of Business (Professional Accounting), Victoria University, Australia; Master of Business Administration, Melbourne University, Australia; Bachelor of Arts, Canberra College of Advanced Education, Australia


Rosemary's career has spanned both the practice and teaching of administration, management and entrepreneurship. Progressing from entry level to executive management she has held positions in human resources, and business and general management in a range of small and large for profit and not for profit organizations including her own business.  Rosemary also has served in the Australian Defence Force and Defence Force Reserves. Within academia, Rosemary has had roles of Head of Commerce for Box Hill Institute, Course Director Masters of Entrepreneuship at Swinburne. Rosemary combines teaching practice with research in the domains of entrepreneurship and higher education.  Rosemary is on the Editorial Board of Active Learning in Higher Education, the Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education and is a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee for the National Institute of Organisational Dynamics.

Research interests

Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Education

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Developing an intrapreneurial culture in medium-sized knowledge-intensive businesses in Australia: This research will explore the culture of intrapreneurial organizations with particular emphasis on identifying and understanding the relationship between knowledge work and the factors that enhance and inhibit employees’ innovative behaviour for developing new businesses within the firm.

Effective innovation leadership: comparing Australia and the United States: This paper takes the position that leadership is a key factor in the success or otherwise of innovation. It aims to undertake an analysis of the evolution of both leadership and innovation to derive a hypothesized model for leading successful innovation by bringing both of these parallel schools of through together

IS IT TIME FOR A NEW TYPE OR MODEL OF INTERNATIONAL NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION [INGO] BOARDS? HAS THE CONCEPT OF NOBLESS OBLIGE RUN ITS COURSE? : The current style, makeup and operation of NFP Boards, with its strong origin in Christianity and the concept of noblesse oblige, have been in place for perhaps 100 years with little change. In particular, in INGOs it has been fixed and hardly changed since just after WWII

Of mice, elephants and gazelles: Overcoming the hurdles of Australian high growth firms.: The purpose of this study is to investigate the fast moving sector of technology firms and start-ups in Australia with particular focus on high growth firms in this sector.

The effects of flipped classroom as an active learning strategy on students’ academic achievement and engagement within business courses: This research takes account of the specific sociolinguistics, constructivist theory, student-centered approach and active learning, which aims at examining (1) the impacts of FCI on business students’ academic achievement and learning engagement, (2) ESB versus NESB students’ experiences and perceptions towards FCI and (3) build a Flipped learning framework for ESP tertiary educational contexts.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

3D Printed Face Orthotic: A case study on the development of a custom-made face guard service for children: This project aims to discover whether there is a market and demand for custom-made face guards for those aged 5-19 years, participating in organised sport.

Commercialisation of Guardian Watch: This report explores the design, development, and testing of the Guardian Watch, a personal anomaly detector engineered to detect distress in the wearer then transmit a signal to notify a third party that assistance is required.

Defence science commercialisation and the ‘ideas boom’: The focus of this component is on defence science innovation and the ecosystems that support it, in the context of the government policies that aim to kick-start an ‘ideas boom’.

DESIGN AND CONTROL OF A MULTI-INPUT DC-DC POWER CONVERTER FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY APPLICATIONS & COMMERCIALISATION OF THE MULTI-INPUT DC-DC POWER CONVERTER USING LEAN START-UP METHOD: This report provides a record of the project that is to design, synthesise and commercialise a Multi-Input Single-Output (referred to as MISO) DC-DC power regulation circuit. DC-DC power converters are used regularly in circuits to regulate unstable voltage outputs and ensure continuous current flow.

Design and control of circuits in renewable energy: In renewable energy systems, the This research project aims to design, analysis, simulate, control and implement a power circuit with renewable energy applications, which is capable of coping with the renewable system challenges.

Design Thinking Approach to Post Consumer Tyres in Engineering Applications: Every year, tens of millions of tyres are discarded in Australia, creating a massive environmental impact including leaching dangerous chemicals into the surrounding environment. Research demonstrates  engineering uses for tyre products have not focussed on the use of whole tyres. This research applies design thinking to find uses for end-of-life whole tyres in engineering applications.

Development of the Power Source and Power Mangement System for the Armabot Platform: To develop an on-board power source and power management system for the Armabot platform and to investigate Defendtex's innovation practices and see if they are consistent with the Australian innovation process.

Entrepreneurial Education in Australian secondary schools: This research aims to explore the status quo of entrepreneurial education in Australian secondary schools.

Innovative Use of Recycled Tyres in Civil Engineering Applications: This report examines the issue of the 50 million plus tyres that are discarded or left in landfill each year inAustralia. To address the problem, this project aims to determine the viability of whole waste tyre encasedconcrete columns and derived applications thereof.

Performance superiority signalling within Australian seed accelerator websites: Seed accelerator is a relatively new startup assistance organization (SAO) model designed to accelerate the gestation period for new venture creation. Recent years has seen the number of accelerators grow. With the growth in numbers, comes heightened competition for the best customers and resources. This makes the study of accelerator performance particularly important.

Prefabricated Modular Concrete Construction: This research explores the extent to which mid-rise and high-rise buildings address concerns surrounding urban density and the United Nations sustainability goals; and utilising modular construction reduces environmental impacts of large high-rise projects.

Research Translation: This report delves into the literature on research translation,providing valuable insights into how various financial, governmental, and educationalentities can contribute to the journey of translating research findings into real-worldapplications. 

– Instrumentation of Props in Concrete Formwork in Back Propping Applications : This report aims to identify if the instrumentation of props in concrete formwork in back-propping applications is feasible both in terms of financial impact and intended performance.

Fields of Research

  • Entrepreneurship - 350704
  • Higher Education - 390303

Teaching areas



  • 2017, Swinburne, Faculty of Business & Law Teaching Excellence Award in the category Experienced Lecturer/Tutor (team) for “the development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field”, Faculty of Business & Law, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2014, International, Distinguished Reviewer, Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management
  • 2012, International, Distinguished Reviewer, Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management
  • 2011, Swinburne, Professor John O. Miller AO Award for the most distinguished thesis by a PhD or DBA student, Faculty of Business & Enterprise, Swinburne University

Professional memberships

  • 2016 (current): Board Member, Box Hill Institute Higher Education Board of Studies, Australia
  • 2016 (current): Committee Member, Box Hill Institute Course Advisory Committee - Commerce & Hospitality, Australia
  • 2019 (current): Committee Member, Box Hill Institute Post Graduate Music Degree Course Advisory Committee, Australia
  • 2015 - 2016: Member, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Australia
  • 2011 - 2014: Member, Team-Based Learning Collaborative, Australia
  • 2010 - 2013: Member, Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia, Australia
  • 2009 (current): Member, Academy of Management, United States


Also published as: Fisher, Rosemary; Fisher, R.; Fisher, R. L.; Fisher, Rosemary L.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Keeping it in the family: Business training for migrant families *; IGENFOUNDATION_FS
  • 2019: How to raise the status of teachers using digitally mediated social innovation *; ACDE_PT
  • 2017: What’s your Story? Social entrepreneurship *; City of Port Phillip
  • 2014: Senior Entrepreneurship in Australia: Active Ageing and Extending Working Lives *; National Seniors Australia Productive Ageing Centre (NSPAC) Research Grants

* Chief Investigator