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Dr Lisa Daniel

Telephone +61 8 8313 3105
Position Lecturer - Course coordinator
Fax +61 8 8313 4368
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Biography/ Background

Lisa has a PhD in the field of Technology and Innovation Management (UQ) and a Bachelor of Science with a first class Honours in the field of molecular plant pathology (UQ).  Through her experience as a biotech' research scientist she brings a rich understanding of the social side of science and technology to her research in innovation, knowledge, and technology.  Lisa is currently a lecturer in strategic management and organisational theory in the University of Adelaide Business School. 

Her research focuses on the relational and organisational dynamics that support innovation, knowledge and sustainability particularly in of organisations and industries as well as R&D teams, communities and expert collectives.  Her research interests include the socio-technical processes of knowledge, technology and innovation, advanced knowledge, social innovation and regional development.


PhD 2004, in the field of Technology and Innovation Management, awarded through the School of Engineering, University of Qld.

BSc (Hons) 1998, Bachelor of Science in the field of Botany and First Class Honours in the field of Molecular Plant Pathology, awarded through the Faculty of Science, University of Qld.

Teaching Interests

Lisa currently teaches organisational theory and strategic management.  She has taught management as a general course as well as technology & innovation management, R&D management, strategic management and organisational theory.  In addition she has taught management related fields of organisational ethics, corporate sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.

Lisa teaches and has taught both undergraduate and post-graduate students, local, off-shore and on-line in both course work and research programs. She is currently teaching a unique course which explores organisational dynamics, complexities, contingencies of organisational systems and considers the various unexpected disruptive influences that induce strategic re-orientations and change in organisations.

Research Interests

Lisa's research interests focus on knowledge, innovation and technology. In particular the socio-technical, institutional and complex dynamic processes supporting the development and leverage of knowledge and innovation.  She explores these issues through capabilities like knowledge advancement, regional development, community entrepreneurship, social innovation and various technological and R&D scenarios,  Her contexts are often unique communities, groups of experts, high performance teams, as well as high tech' organisations and more widely through industry clusters.  Her research on knowledge, innovation and technology frequently presents a critical approach and often challenges existing preconceptions.  Lisa adopts a systems perspective, pragmatic epistemology and humanistic approach to her research.


Journal Papers (last 5 years)


Daniel, L.J. & Huang, F. 2014. The Knowledge Nexus: ICT and Absorptive Capacity as Key Levers for Advanced Knowledge Development. Organization Science (in prep).


Daniel, L.J. & Klein, J. 2014. Innovation Agendas: The Ambiguity of Value Creation. Prometheus 32(1): 23-47.


Rathnappulige, S.R. & Daniel, L.J. 2013. Creating Value through Social Processes: An Exploration of Knowledge Dynamics in Expert Communities of Practice. International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 63 (3/4): 160-184.

Daniel, L.J. & Rathnappulige, S.R. 2013. Coming of Age for the Knowledge Economy:  Knowledge in Collectives of Experts. International Journal of Knowledge Management, (in press).

Daniel, L. J., Huang, F., Rathnappulige, S.R., Neale, L. 2013. Initiating Open Innovation Clusters: Cultivating Knowledge for Competitive Advantage; Chapter 8: Resources and Competitive Advantage in Clusters, Eds. Brown, K, Burgess, J., Festing, M., Royer, S. Rainer Hammp Verlag (Munchen/Mering) Book Series on International Human Resource Management, Series Editors Festing, M & Royer, S.


Freeman, S., Daniel, L., Murad, W. 2012. Knowledge and Network Development for Service Firm Entry into Emerging Asian Markets. Asian Business and Management, Sp. Issue “Doing Business in Emerging Asian Markets”, Feb. 11(1); 101-122.

Daniel, L. J. 2012. Leveraging Bioindustry Knowledge: Clusters of Globally Competitive Knowledge and Innovation. International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, Vol 4, (3/4): 221-241


Daniel, L. J. and Dawson, P. 2011. The sociology of innovation and new biotechnologies. New Technology Work and Employment, March 26(1), 1-16.

Daniel, L. J.  Rathnappulige, Sasikala. Dawson, Patrick. 2011. The Sustainability and Dynamics of Knowledge in Expert Communities: A Comparative Exploration of Communities of Practice, International Journal of Arts and Science. Feb. 4(6), 258-238.


Dawson P & Daniel, L J., 2010. Understanding Social Innovation – A Provisional Framework, International Journal of Technology Management, Special Edition – Social Innovation, 51(1): 9-21.

Dawson, P., Daniel, L. and Farmer, J. 2010. Editorial: Social Innovation, International Journal of Technology Management, 51(1): 1-8.

Dawson. P., & Daniel. L.J., 2010. Examining the social processes of ‘Innovation’ to inform the development of a new framework for making sense of ‘Social Innovation’ Ch10, p107  in The SInet 2010 eBook, Ed. Yeatman, Heather, Social Innovation Network (SInet), University of Wollongong, Research Online, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-74128-188-0 (online)


Daniel L. J & Davis C R, 2009. What Makes High-Performance Teams Excel?  Research Technology Management, Vol 52:4, pp40-45.

Dawson, P. M., Spedding, T. A., Daniel, L. J. & Clements, M. D., 2009, Socially innovative and commercially viable: Partners or prisoners of future business developments. Research Online p169-176. 

Conference Papers (last 5 years)


Daniel, Lisa J., Neale, Lisa., Isaacs Sodeye, Lola., Landinez Gomez, Lina., 2013. The Challenge of Bridging Fragmented Understanding: Leveraging Knowledge for Best Practice in Dementia Care., Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Hobart Australia, Dec 5-7.


Neale, Lisa., Landinez Gomez, Lina., Daniel, Lisa J., 2013. The Development of Knowledge through Social Capital in Clusters., Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Hobart Australia, Dec 5-7.


Daniel, L. J. & Neale, L., 2012. Unexpected Challenges to Strategic Directions in High Technology Organisations, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Perth Australia, Dec 5-7. BEST PAPER AWARD.

Daniel, L. J., Klein, J. A., 2012.  Innovation Perspectives: The Ambiguity of Value Creation.  The R&D Management Conference - Creating & Capturing Value through R&D Management and Innovation, Grenoble, France, 23-25 May.

Rathnappulige, S.R., Daniel, L.J., 2012. Creating Value through Social Processes: An Exploration of Knowledge dynamics in Expert Communities of Practice.  The R&D Management Conference - Creating & Capturing Value through R&D Management and Innovation, Grenoble, France, 23-25 May.

Dawson, P., Daniel, L.J. 2012. Biotechnological Developments, Socio-Technical Processes and Materiality: The Affordances and Constraints of ‘Social Innovation’.  12th European Academy of Management Conference – Social Innovation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 6-8 June.


Daniel, L. 2011. Innovation Sustainability and Knowledge Dynamics: A Synergistic Paradox. International Society of Professional Innovation Managers (ISPIM) Conference XXII. Sub-theme: Sustainability in Innovation, Germany, June.  150307, 150312

Daniel, L. J., Rathnappulige, S. 2011. Beyond actors and spaces: Exposing the primacy of the interaction for innovation. European Group of Organisation Studies (EGOS) 2011, Sub-theme 12: Revisiting Innovation: Reassembling Spaces and Actors in Organizations. Sweden, July.  150307, 150399

Daniel, L.J. 2011 Creating and Sustaining Innovative Industries: The Initiating Activities of Bioindustry Entrepreneurs. The R&D Management Conference (RADMA) Stream - The Role of Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Innovation - Norrköping, Sweden, 28-30 June. 150307,150304

Neale, L., Daniel, L.J. 2011. How is knowledge leveraged in high technology clusters in order to achieve a competitive advantage? Flensburg Cluster Workshop, University of Flensburg, June 7-9. Germany.


Rathnappulige, S., Daniel, L. Rice, J. 2010 'What Constitutes a Community of Practice? Exploring the Origins and Characteristics of Communities of Practice' Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Adelaide, Dec 8-10.

Daniel, L.J. and Riddles, P. 2010 'Sustainable Technology Development Clusters: Creating Innovative Communities Through a Nexus of Knowledge' Industry Cluster Conference, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, Qld Dec 2-3.

Daniel, L.J. and Rathnappulige, S. 2010 ' The Sustainability and Dynamics of Knowledge in Expert Communities: A Comparative Exploration of Communities of Practice' Global Conference for Academic Disciplines, Harvard, Massachesetts US. May 31- June 3.

Huang, F., Rice, J. and Daniel, L. 2010. “Does the Open Innovation Paradigm Apply to China? Empirical Evidence from Chinese Firms”, presented at the 2010 Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting, 6-10 August 2010, Montréal, Canada.


Daniel, L.J. 2009. Innovation in Three Dimensions: A Systems Perspective, Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Melbourne, Dec 1-4. 

 Johnson, C. & Daniel, L.J. 2009. Innovation in Networked Organisations: A Social Perspective, Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Melbourne, Dec 1-4. ISBN 1 86308 157 7

Rathnappulige, S. &  Daniel, L.J. 2009., Developing Expert Knowledge in Communities of Practice, Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Melbourne, Dec 1-4. ISBN 1 86308 157 7

Dawson, P. & Daniel, L. 2009. ‘Examining the social processes of “innovation” to inform the development of a new framework for making sense of “social innovation”’, paper presented at the Social Innovation Network Conference, Wollongong, September 28-29.

Dawson, P., Spedding, T.A., Clements, M., & Daniel, L. 2009 ‘Socially innovative and commercially viable: partners or prisoners of future business developments’ paper prepared for the 7th ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium, Adelaide, South Australia, June 8-10.

Daniel, L.J. & Dawson, P. 2009."The Sanction and Integration of Innovation: Revealing the Social Foundations of Collaboration" Paper presented at the XX ISPIM Conference (international Society for Professional Innovation Management), Vienna, June 21-24. ISBN 978-952-214-767-7

Daniel, L.J. and Davis, C.R. 2009, High Pressure on High Performance Teams – What makes them Excel?, MOPAN (Multi-Organisational Partnerships Alliances and Networks), Dublin, Jun 17-20.


Professional Associations

Lisa is the coordinator for the South Australian group of the Humanistic Management Network and is the contact point for the Adelaide group.

She coordinates the Humanistic Management Network SA (HMN SA) and runs monthly discussions sessions for professionals, executives and researchers to question dominant management paradigms and consider the opportunities and issues toward achieving responsible human-centric management. Through her alliance with the Leadership Lab in the Executive Education Unit at the University of Adelaide supports and promotes these discussions for constructive social change.  


Humanistic management places people, their interactions and values as the primary concern of organisations and business.  The goal is to share, cultivate and utilise the collective wisdom and practical experience of a group of lead thinkers toward human enrichment through sustainable socially-responsible business practices. We propose there is substantial potential for organisations to meaningfully enrich and contribute to the well-being and social respect of their people while simultaneously and synergistically build collective success of their organisation.

HMN SA welcomes all that recognise organisations are complex systems of social cooperation and invite participation in our discussions about how leading with social integrity can shift the paradigm from an objective use and exchange view of the organisation to a relational view that recognises investing in the people will improve value through the whole system.



Entry last updated: Monday, 4 May 2015

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