Dr Giselle Rampersad is a Professor in Innovation in the College of Science and Engineering at Flinders University. She is currently the Program Director for the award winning Diploma of Digital Technologies which upskills over 50 shipbuilders from BAE Systems. Under her leadership, the program received national recognition by winning the Australian Defence Industry Award for the Training and Mentorship Program of the Year in 2020, by Defence Connect. She also leads various major defence research projects with BAE Systems and Naval Group.
She has an interdisciplinary educational background including a PhD in Innovation and Technology Management from the University of Adelaide Business School (Australia) and an MSc in e-Business and Internet Systems from Durham University (UK). Her primary research area is in innovation and technology management, with a particular emphasis on devising strategies for firms in managing innovation and developing policies with governments in building innovation capacity. A key part of her research includes industry 4.0, digital transformation and human factors in the adoption of disruptive technologies, including autonomous technologies. Hear a podcast on her research.
Giselle has industry experience in several sectors such as defence, ICT, renewable energy and medical/ health technologies as well as academic experience as she held various positions, namely, Program Director for the Industry Placement (Work Integrated Learning) Program for innovation and enterprise, science, IT and engineering students (2009-2014); Coordinator for several Master and Bachelor Degree Programs in Innovation (2009-2015); founding member of the Advisory Board for Venture Dorm (a program that fosters regional start-up companies in South Australia) (2012); and Lecturer in innovation management, new product development, innovation in medical devices, information systems and project management (2005-present).
PhD Innovation and Technology Management, University of Adelaide Business School (Australia)
Her PhD topic was: What are the key factors in managing collaborative innovation networks and how do they lead to successful technology transfer? Networks comprising government, university and business involved in innovation have grown in international prominence. Despite increases in these phenomena, few studies identify their critical success factors. Consequently, her research used both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to contribute to theory development in various literatures including innovation and technology management, marketing and information systems. The study also provided guidelines for practitioners involved in multi-sectoral collaboration and innovation. The study spanned various industries including defence, ICT, biotechnology, nanotechnology and wine.
MSc E-Business and Internet Systems, Department of Computer Science, Durham University (UK)
BSc Management Studies, University of the West Indies
Finance (major), marketing and information systems (minors)
Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education), Flinders University (Australia)
Current funded research projects include:
BAE Systems and Flinders University industry 4.0 research: Further info
$2.9M research program with BAE Systems, ASC Shipbuilding and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC on industry 4.0 and human factors.
Naval Group industry 4.0 research:Further info
ARC Linkage project LP17 0100718: Economic complexity as a driver of innovation and smart specialisation (2018-2020), with Department of Innovation and Skills.
BAE Systems Australia, Industry 4.0 for supply chain competitiveness. (2019-2020) with AMGC Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. See: further info
ACEN Australian Collaborative Education Network (2017-2018) Research Grant. An employer-student model for developing innovation and employability skills in STEM WIL students. Further info and podcast here
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science: Entrepreneurs Program Evaluation (2018-2019).
Australian Army. Exploring Australian industry capability to support Force scaling up (2019-2010).
ARENA Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Development of National Roadmap for the Effective Deployment of Concentrating Solar Energy in Australia (2018).
Her teaching interests include innovation and technology management, information systems, project management, e-commerce and marketing.
Giselle serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management (JET-M), Technovation, Industrial Marketing Management (IMM) and the International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (IJTTC). She has editted two books which have been published by Routledge and Nova Publishers, New York.
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