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Dr Rosemary Fisher

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. Rosemary left the full time work force in 2006 to combine parenting with sessional teaching and PhD studies. She returned to full time employment as an academic in 2012 taking up the role of Head of Commerce for Box Hill Institute. In 2013, Rosemary accepted an Early Career Research Fellow position at Swinburne University of Technology and now combines teaching practice with research in the domain of entrepreneurship and higher education.  Rosemary is on the Editorial Board of Active Learning in Higher Education.

Research interests

Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Education

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Developing an intrapreneurial culture in knowledge intensive SMEs: 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.

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.


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.

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’.

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.

Fields of Research

  • Higher Education - 130103
  • Entrepreneurship - 150304

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


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

  • 2014: Senior Entrepreneurship in Australia: Active Ageing and Extending Working Lives *; National Seniors Australia Productive Ageing Centre (NSPAC) Research Grants

* Chief Investigator