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Professor Pi-Shen Seet


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. He is currently conducting research and supervising research students in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, international business and human resource management.


Pi-Shen joined the School of Business and Law in July 2016.

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.

Awards and recognition

National and International Awards

  • 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)


  • 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

Research areas and interests

  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Culture
  • International business and business in Asia
  • Organisation behaviour and human resource management
  • Managerial decision-making


  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 2007.


Recent Research Grants

  • Ready for the Age of Digital Disruption: Challenges and Opportunities for Outer Suburban SMEs ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2018,  2018 - 2019,  $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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Seet, P., Graves, C., (2013), Inter-generational transitions of Small-to-Medium-Sized Family-owned 
Enterprises (SMFEs) using Private Equity - What China can learn from the Australian experience. The Political Economy of Sino-Australian Trade, 87-112, Adelaide, South Australia, Flinders University.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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, OnlineFirst(2018), 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, OnlineFirst(OnlineFirst), 1-42, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2018.1528556.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tharenou, P., Seet, P., (2014), China’s Reverse Brain Drain: Regaining and Retaining Talent. International Studies of Management & Organization, 44(2), 55-74, M.E. Sharpe Inc., DOI: 10.2753/IMO0020-8825440203.

Conference Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Re-Entry Adjustment and Possible Re-expatriation of Vietnamese Professionals

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Venture Capitalists decision making in China
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Motivations behind the increasing trends of CER in China
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Achieving High Growth and High Performance Simultaneously: The Strategic Implementation Role of Adaptive Culture and Proactive Capabilities
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Board Decision-Making: A Comparative Study

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Ethical Decision Making of Banking and Finance Professionals: The case of Vietnam and Australia
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