Innovation Management

Innovation's dual nature has been conceptualised from both process and outcome perspectives. As a process, it can be managed, but because it is a context-dependent phenomenon that is influenced by environmental, organisational and individual level variables, the difficulty in doing so is widely acknowledged

Furthermore, because of differences in technological, market and organisation-specific characteristics among industries and firms, there is unlikely to be 'one best way' or universal formula for successful innovation. Innovation is an indispensable part of Australia's economic advancement, but its effective management is grossly under-researched in the Australian context. By making a concerted effort to mobilise RMIT researchers and drawing high-calibre research students, RMIT will be making a valuable contribution to filling this knowledge gap.

Potential areas of research could include Frugal Innovation, Open and User Innovation, Sustainable Innovation, and Lead Market Theory. Example thesis topics include:

  1. The Relevance of Frugal Innovation in Australia – Determinants of consumer behaviour
  2. The Relevance of Frugal Innovation in Australia– The preparedness of Australian business enterprises
  3. Environmental affordability of Frugal Innovation – Pros and Cons
  4. Contribution of Frugal Innovation to Sustainable Development Goals (UN)
  5. Achieving Frugal Innovation through Digitalization
  6. Creating Frugal Business Models – Challenges in a non-technical context

Proposed postgraduate research program

  • School: School of Management
  • Program name: PhD (Management)/Master of Business (Management)

Industry partnership

There is a potential collaboration through a CRTA with the Institute for Technology & Innovation Management, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). Candidates will greatly benefit from the CRTA as they would have access to the Centre for Frugal Innovation’s knowledge bank and the academic and industry experts who reside at the Centre. They would be encouraged to spend some time in Hamburg where they will receive formal training in aspects of Frugal Innovation research methods and tools.

Value and duration

A stipend of $32,000 per year over the duration of three years.

Number of scholarships available



To be considered for scholarship you must hold, or be currently completing either:

• Master by research
• Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent
• Honours degree achieving first class honours
• 4 year bachelor degree achieving a GPA of 4 or equivalent (80% or above).

If you do not hold one of the above qualifications you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous peer reviewed publications or significant research experience.

Please make sure that you check the individual eligibility requirements of these scholarships prior to submitting your application.

It is also important to note that the scholarship rounds are highly competitive and satisfying the eligibility requirements does not guarantee a successful outcome. When a scholarship round closes all applications are received are ranked in order of merit. This process takes five to six weeks to complete. Applicants are typically advised of the outcome of a scholarship round five to six weeks after the round closes for applications.

How to apply

How to apply: International applicants need to apply for admission via iApply and ensure that there is an offer in place before submitting a scholarship application via the Graduate Research Scholarship application form. Domestic applicants can continue to apply for both admission and scholarship via this Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Admission and Scholarship Application Form (PDF). Domestic applicants who already hold an offer of admission from RMIT for a PhD or Masters by Research program but have not enrolled may apply for a scholarship using the Graduate Research Scholarship application form.

Open date

Applications are open until 4 May 2018. International applicants must have an offer of place prior to applying for a scholarship and are encouraged to submit an admission application by 27 April 2018.

Terms and conditions

See the research scholarship terms and conditions (PDF 327KB) for more information.


Potential RMIT Supervisors

Dr Gerrit de Waal
+61 3 9925 5783

Professor Adela McMurray
+61 3 9925 5946

Professor Anne-Laure Mention
+61 3 9925 5358

Dr Sam Tavassoli
+61 3 9925 1455

Co-Supervisors at the Institute for Technology & Innovation Management, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)

Professor Cornelius Herstatt, Dr Stephan Buse, Dr Rajnish Tiwari