Dr Allan O'Connor

Dr Allan O'Connor
Integrating Innovation
The University of Adelaide
I commenced my professional career in 1979 in mechanical engineering as a trainee with John Lysaght, in Port Kembla, NSW. After leaving John Lysaght, I spent two years working as a professional musician, teaching and performing to support myself through Jazz studies at the Sydney Conservatorium. Upon returning to engineering, I worked primarily in the small and medium enterprise sector developing and introducing new products, entering new markets, and expanding sales and business opportunities in both established and new business environments, primarily in the mechanical services (ventilation equipment) industry. Coupling practical industry experience with academic credentials, I now lecture in strategic opportunities and managing strategy and growth and have oversight of the Master of Applied Innovation and Entrepreneurship degree program at the University of Adelaide. Apart from the school of hard knocks, my academic qualifications in entrepreneurship include a Master in Enterprise Innovation and a PhD in the field of public policy for entrepreneurship education and economic development. My research involves enquiry at the intersections between entrepreneurship, innovation and socioeconomic development.

Allan’s text book in Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship Theory Process and Practice.

Allan O'Connor