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Professor Pi-Shen Seet

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2486, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.356
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2486
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.356  


Pi-Shen is the Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the School of Business and Law.

Key Research

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • International business
  • Human resource management


Pi-Shen joined the School of Business and Law (SBL) in July 2016 where he enjoys teaching on the ECU MBA program, mainly in the MBA capstone unit and units in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialisation.  He is currently Deputy Director of the Centre for Work and Organisational Performance (CWOP) and was SBL Director of Accreditation and a member of the school executive from 2017-2018.  He has been also a member of the ECU Innovation Steering Committee and the SBL Research and Research Training Committee from 2017-2018.  He has published widely in aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation and management in the Asia-Pacific.  He has led and secured Australian Category 1, 2, 3 and 4 research grants as well as international research funding.  He has also been successful in securing New Colombo Plan funding for student exchanges and internships. Since 2017, he has been a Western Australian Rhodes Scholarship Network Advisor and has been a Judge and mentor for various hackathons for high schools in the Perth metropolitan area. In 2018, he was the mentor to ‘Team iSafe’, which made it to the finals of The Big Idea Social Innovation competition.

He has previously held positions at Flinders University and the University of Adelaide. As Associate Professor at Flinders Business School, Flinders University, he was Program Director of the Bachelor of Business degree and also Research Higher Degrees and Honours coordinator.  He was on the Venture Dorm advisory committee and the Flinders University-Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) committee.  He began his academic career in Australia as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at University of Adelaide's Business School and taught MBA/MCommerce courses on Entrepreneurship, Organisation Behaviour and Leadership.

A PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics) graduate from Oxford University, he completed his PhD at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge where he taught on undergraduates and postgraduate courses. He is visiting scholar at the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and is part of Adelaide University based Family Business Education and Research Group.

Before academia, Pi-Shen served more than 13 years as an Army officer in the Singapore Armed Forces, he was lead Project Officer in the NTU Business Process Review and consulted on UK HEIF projects and is still active in his family's business.

  • Theme two: Society and Culture; Culture, International business and business in the Asia-Pacific, Organisation behaviour and human resource management
  • Theme three: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Managerial decision-making

National and International Awards

  • 2017 – Outstanding Reviewer Award, International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) Global Conference in Taiwan.
  • 2012 - Academy of Management Annual Meeting Best Paper Proceedings
  • 2012 - Best Paper Prize at the International Conference on Management, Hospitality & Tourism, and Accounting, Jakarta, Indonesia 18-19 May 2012
  • 2010/2011 - Australian Private Equity And Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL) Private Equity Research Prize
  • 2010 - The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), Annual Conference Best Research Paper Award

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2014 - Flinders University Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Teaching and Learning Excellence Award
  • 2013 - Flinders University Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2008/2009 - The Scott Henderson Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Business School, University of Adelaide

National and International Research Positions

  • 2012 - Now - Visiting scholar, Sino-Foreign Family Business Research Centre, School of Management & Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology
  • 2011 - Visiting scholar, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS)


  • 2017 – ECU School of Business and Law Engagement, Innovation and Impact Award
  • 2010 - 2011 - Flinders University Representative on the South Australian Government’s Manufacturing Thinker in Residence Program
  • 2011 - Chinese Academy of Social Science-Flinders University exchange scholar
  • 2008 - Kauffman Foundation - American Marketing Academy (AMA) Scholarship
  • Certified member, Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI)
  • Member, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • Certified Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile (EMP) Practitioner


  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 2007.


Recent Research Grants

  • Investigating the opportunities and challenges posed by disruptive and converging technologies in Cyber, IoT, AI/ autonomous technologies to the mission, design, structure, operations and future roles and planning of Defence and the Australian Defence Force,  Department of Defence,  Strategic Policy Grants Program,  2020 - 2021,  $179,502.
  • Scenario Methodology for Assessing Defence Capability Against Information Warfare Threats,  Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence,  Modelling Complex Warfighting,  2020 - 2021,  $100,000.
  • Ready for the Age of Digital Disruption: Challenges and Opportunities for Outer Suburban SMEs ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2018,  2018 - 2020,  $99,001.
  • Transforming Underemployed Women Professionals to Mumpreneurs: Exploring Opportunities to Overcome Labour Market Failure and Unlocking Human Capital through Disruptive Innovation,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2017 Open Round,  2017 - 2019,  $101,312.
  • The Impact of Industry 4.0 and Disruptive Innovation on Future Skills Development: International and Local Perspectives,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2017 Round 1,  2017 - 2018,  $7,390.
  • Safety outcomes and employee wellbeing in the workplace,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2017 Round 1,  2017 - 2018,  $10,000.
  • The fourth industrial revolution - technological disruption implications for Australian VET,  National Centre for Vocational Education Research,  National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) Program,  2016 - 2017,  $35,715.
  • Understanding the Impact of Re-Entry and Re-adjustment Experiences on Returnees in Emerging Economies,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU School of Business & Law 2017 Strategic Research Grant,  2017,  $19,978.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Ahmad, N., Suseno, Y., Seet, P., Susomrith, P., Rashid, Z., (2018), Entrepreneurial Competencies and Firm Performance in Emerging Economies: A Study of Women Entrepreneurs in Malaysia. Knowledge, Learning and Innovation: Research Insights on Cross-Sector Collaborations, 5-26, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-59282-4_1.
  • Ho, NT., Seet, P., Jones, J., (2018), From Brain Drain and Brain Gain to Brain Circulation: Conceptualizing Re-Expatriation Intentions of Vietnamese Returnees. Internationalisation in Vietnamese Higher Education, 217-234, Cham, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-78492-2_12.
  • Graves, C., Seet, P., (2017), Internationalization through investor, advisory Board, and Accountant Networks: An exploratory study of Australian SMEs. Internationalization and managing networks in the Asia Pacific, 143-168, Cambridge, United States, Chandos Publishing, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100813-3.00008-0.
  • Seet, P., Graves, C., Tan, W., (2016), Inter-generational Transitions of Family Businesses using Private Equity – Lessons for China and Australia from Chinese Family-Owned Enterprises in Singapore. China’s Changing Economy: Trends, Impacts and the Future, 110-135, Milton Park, UK, Routledge.
  • Situ, H., Tilt, C., Seet, P., (2016), Changing Economies for a More Sustainable Future: The influence of stakeholders and environmental reporting developments in transforming Chinese corporate practices. China’s Changing Economy: Trends, Impacts and the Future, 174-196, Milton Park, UK, Routledge.
  • Xia, Z., Lindsay, N., Seet, P., Goodman, S., (2016), The Faster Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: The influence of cultural norms, customs and traditions on venture capital in China. China’s Changing Economy: Trends, Impacts and the Future, 93-109, Milton Park, UK, Routledge.
  • De Zubielqui, GC., O'Connor, A., Seet, P., (2015), Intellectual Capital System Perspective: A Case Study of Government Intervention in Digital Media Industries. Integrating Innovation: South Australian Entrepreneurship Systems and Strategies, 277-302, Adelaide, University of Adelaide Press.

Journal Articles

  • Nejati Ajibisheh, M., Brown, M., Shafaei Darastani, A., Seet, P., (2020), Employees’ perceptions of corporate social responsibility and ethical leadership: are they uniquely related to turnover intention?. Social Responsibility Journal, EarlyCite(EarlyCite), 1-17, Emerald Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/SRJ-08-2019-0276..
  • Situ, H., Tilt, C., Seet, P., (2020), The Influence of the Chinese government’s political ideology in the field of Corporate Environmental Reporting. Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal, 2020(EarlyCite), 1-28, Melbourne, Victoria, DOI: 10.1108/AAAJ-09-2016-2697.
  • Seet, P., Lindsay, N., Kropp, F., (2020), Understanding Early-stage Firm Performance: The Explanatory Role of Individual and Firm Level Factors. International Journal of Manpower, EarlyCite(EarlyCite), 1-42, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1108/IJM-02-2019-0112.
  • Jones, J., Seet, P., Acker, T., Whittle, M., (2019), Barriers to grassroots innovation: The phenomenon of social-commercial-cultural trilemmas in remote indigenous art centres. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, OnlineFirst(2019), 1-14, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2019.02.003.
  • Seet, P., Jones, J., Oppelaar, L., Corral De Zubielqui, G., (2018), Beyond ‘know-what’ and ‘know-how’ to ‘know-who’: enhancing human capital with social capital in an Australian start-up accelerator. Asia Pacific Business Review, 24(2), 233-260, DOI: 10.1080/13602381.2018.1431250.
  • Ho, NT., Seet, P., Jones, J., Hoang, HT., (2018), Managing the Re-Entry Process of Returnee Government Scholars in an Emerging Transition Economy - An Embeddedness Perspective. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 77(2), 154-171, Australia, Institute of Public Administration, DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12284.
  • Situ, H., Tilt, C., Seet, P., (2018), The Influence of the Government on Corporate Environmental Reporting in China: An Authoritarian Capitalism Perspective. Business and Society, 2018(Article in press), 1-41, DOI: 10.1177/0007650318789694.
  • Seet, P., Jones, J., Acker, T., Jogulu, U., (2018), Meaningful careers in social enterprises in remote Australia: employment decisions among Australian Indigenous art centre workers. International Journal of Human Resource Management, Article in press(Article in press), 1-42, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2018.1528556.
  • Ho, NT., Seet, P., Jones, J., (2016), Understanding re-expatriation intentions among overseas returnees – an emerging economy perspective. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27(17), 1938–1966 , Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2015.1088884.
  • De Zubielqui, GC., Jones, J., Seet, P., Lindsay, N., (2015), Knowledge transfer between actors in the innovation system: a study of higher education institutions (HEIs) and SMEs. Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, 30(3/4), 436-458, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1108/JBIM-07-2013-0152.
  • Seet, P., Janice, J., Acker, T., Whittle, M., (2015), Shocks among managers of indigenous art centres in remote Australia. Management Decision, 53(4), 763-785, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/MD-06-2014-0386.

Conference Publications

  • Lipnickas, G., Seet, P., Jones, J., (2017), Germination and inspiration or a flash in the pan: "The impact of entrepreneurship education on skills and outcomes". 31st Annual ANZAM Conference Proceedings, 414-432, Melbourne, Victoria, ANZAM.
  • Buhusayen, B., Seet, P., Coetzer, A., (2017), The first-line manager's role as facilitator of of change and regular work activities during radical organisational change: A social exchange perspective. The proceedings of 2nd Business Doctoral & Emerging Scholars Conference, 91-97, School of Business & Law, Edith Cowan University.
  • Amankwaa, A., Susomrith, P., Seet, P., (2016), Leadership Styles and Perceived Organisational Support as Antecedents of Employee Turnover Intentions: The Role of Job Embeddedness. Proceedings of the ECU Business Doctoral and Emerging Scholars Colloquium, 21-30, Perth, Australia, Edith Cowan University.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The first-line manager's role during radical organisational change: A social exchange perspective
  • Master of Business by Research,  Exploring the adelaide entrepreneurial ecosystem: A stakeholder perspective
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Re-Entry Adjustment and Possible Re-expatriation of Vietnamese Professionals
  • Master of Business by Research,  The influence of human capital factors, individual factors and study characteristics on graduates' full-time employment and perceived overqualification

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Antecedents and outcomes of job embeddedness in the hotel industry: Empirical insights from Ghana
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Motivations behind the increasing trends of CER in China
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Venture Capitalists decision making in China
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Board Decision-Making: A Comparative Study
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Achieving High Growth and High Performance Simultaneously: The Strategic Implementation Role of Adaptive Culture and Proactive Capabilities

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Understanding entrepreneurial practices in designing major events: An Australian perspective
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Ethical Decision Making of Banking and Finance Professionals: The case of Vietnam and Australia
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