The Team

Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz Professor Michael Rosemann
Professor Rowena Barrett Ms Monica Bradley
Dr Paula Dootson Dr Muhammad Shahiduzzaman 
Karen Foelz  Peter Townson
Dr Matthew Flynn Dr Ivano Bongiovanni
 Jodie Pattinson  Matthew McNaughton

Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz (@marekkowal)

With a passion for exploring bleeding edge technologies and using them to create opportunities and solve problems, Marek has extensive industry based innovation implementation experience together with a strong academic background.

With a high quality publication record and registered patents, Marek is academically rigorous and actively applies research to industry outcomes. His role of Senior Director, Products and Innovation with SAP, Silicon Valley saw him successfully lead teams of researchers and developers in many innovative projects. He drove the set up of a brand new SAP Research centre in Singapore and SAP’s newest, flagship series of developer events, d-kom. Marek is also a co-founder of Business Information Systems Institute (I2G), a successful spin-off delivering high quality R&D services in statistical NLP, information extraction, data mining and data integration.

Professor Michael Rosemann (@ismiro)

As Professor and Head of Information Systems at QUT, Michael is a disruptive thinker with a digital mind and a passion for corporate innovation, revenue resilience, process design and research management.  His work is focused on creating exciting future world’s with today’s possibilities that make current practices obsolete.  His School has received a ranking of ‘above world-class’ in research in Australia (ERA 2012) and includes QUT’s Business Process Management Discipline, one of the largest BPM research groups in the world.

Dr Rosemann is author/editor of seven books, more than 220 refereed papers in outlets such as MISQ, EJIS, Information Systems and JAIS, Editorial Board member of ten international journals and co-inventor of two US patents.  His recently edited ‘Handbook of Business Process Management’ (with Prof. Jan vom Brocke) is the most comprehensive consolidation of global BPM thought leaders. It is since September 2014 available in the second edition. His publications have been translated into German, Russian, Portuguese and Mandarin.

Under his leadership, three industry-funded Chairs have been established, i.e. the Woolworths Chair in Retail Innovation, the Brisbane Airport Corporation Chair in Airport Innovation and the PwC Chair in Digital Economy.

Professor Rowena Barrett (@profbarrett)

Leading the School of Management at QUT Business School enables Rowena to draw on and apply her extensive knowledge about managing people to great effect. The School’s research excellence is evidenced in an ‘above world average’ research ranking, the hosting of 2 ARC Future Fellows, staff winning significant competitive and industry research funds and producing high ranked journal articles. The globally renowned Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship is also found within the School. With a real world focus to teaching and learning, the School’s graduates are able to apply their knowledge skills and abilities in an array of management and human resource management positions locally, nationally and globally.

Rowena’s own research focuses on work and employment issues in smaller firms. Her concern is to work with industry and practitioners to develop innovative solutions to problems of importance around managing people that lead to the success of smaller firms. She is particularly interested in the people needs and dimensions of innovation and the School’s development reflects this with the recent creation of a Chair in Innovation and Human Resource Management and this PwC Chair of Digital Economy (jointly with the Information Systems School).

Ms Monica Bradley (@monbleaves)

As a corporate engagement specialist, Monica is a sought-after international adviser, mentor and director who uses innovation to help clients grow and adapt to the disruption era.  As a leading authority on Strategic Insights, Monica designs bespoke solutions and innovative interventions that enable executives and boards to better define and deliver value from their strategy to their stakeholders.  Her deep experience creating strategy across diverse sectors and on three continents, provides Monica with unique insights and understanding to questions, define and reinvent how organisations deliver sustainable results.

She accelerates the strategic planning responses to disruptive technologies and the changing world of work. In her capacity as a strategist, Monica has advised a variety of start ups, boards and organisations on improving their agility and nimbleness in strategy execution.  Her expertise in digital disruption and vast experience in corporate environments are the perfect synergy for engaging with business, boards, corporations, government and industry bodies to effect change in the digital economy.

Dr Paula Dootson

Paula is a Research Fellow for the PwC Chair in Digital Economy at the QUT Business School. In this role, Paula is researching how organisations transition through the digital economy and how consumers respond to changes in the market, which sometimes results in deviant or non-compliant consumer behaviour. Her research focuses on providing businesses and policymakers with evidence-based solutions to real world problems. Paula’s extensive research engagement experience saw her obtain an Outstanding Achievement in Research Collaboration Award from an International Science Advisory Panel and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Fund Award from the QUT Business School. As of 2016, Paula has brought in over $950, 000 in awards and grants, including commercial research and Cooperative Research Centre funding. Paula is published in outlets such as the Journal of Marketing Management, UNSW Law Journal, and Advances in Consumer Research. Paula was awarded a PhD from QUT with a study on why everyday consumers engage in deviant consumer behaviour. Paula also holds a Bachelor of Business (Honours) degree, where she was awarded a QUT Medal for academic excellence, and a Bachelor of Business degree from QUT.

Dr Muhammad Shahiduzzaman

Dr Muhammad Shahiduzzaman, is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Before that Shahid worked as Vice-Chancellor Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia for three years. Previously, Shahid worked as an Economist at the Central Bank of Bangladesh for four years (2005-2009).

Shahid’s research focuses on innovation, growth and productivity in relation to the use of information and communication technology and sustainable business and development. He has used Australian macroeconomic, sectoral and firm level data extensively in his research. He has an emerging record of publishing 3 books and 18 articles in reputed journals, with six of the journal papers published in 2015. Shahid published papers in top tier journals such as Telecommunication Policy, Energy Economics, Applied Energy, Global Environmental Change, Economic Analysis and Policy and so forth. His research has been funded by the Australian Government and Regional Queensland Councils. He taught graduate and postgraduate economics and business courses in Australia.

Karen Foelz

Karen Foelz is the Development Manager for the QUT Business School.  In this role, Karen works with industry to form partnerships and engagement for research, industry projects and student engagement.  Working with the PwC Chair in Digital Economy team, Karen assists to identify, secure and strengthen key industry partners.

Mr Peter Townson

As a self-confessed generalist, Peter lives the world of design. His approach is centred  between the tangible and intangible, the theory and the practice. It is in the ambiguity of this nexus that Peter feels most at home. From his background as an industrial designer, Peter has founded a manufacturing business and has designed and created everything from airplane cabin controls, business workflow management systems and even wooden sunglasses.

The translation of his craft from the physical into the service and digital design builds off his post-graduate education and application of design-led innovation, where he published extensively on the process of implementing and instilling design throughout a mining equipment manufacturer. Peter now facilitates innovation sprints that focus on high-impact, intractable social problems.

Dr Ivano Bongiovanni

Dr Ivano Bongiovanni is currently conducting research within PwC’s Chair in Digital Economy’s Innovation Sprints and also works a sessional academic within the QUT Business School. His research interests include safety and security management in complex organisations, assessment of organisational vulnerability, digital solutions to improve risk and crisis management systems, innovation and development of proactive organisations.

Ivano obtained is PhD from QUT with a study on the organisational vulnerability to safety and security disruptions in Australian airports. Ivano holds a Master in International Security (Sciences Po, Paris), a Master in Management of Government and International Institutions (Bocconi University, Milan) and a Bachelor in International Relations (Turin University).

Dr Matthew Flynn

Dr Matthew Flynn’s keen interest in knowledge transfer systems and their impact on organisational learning have led to a growing research portfolio that includes: digital disruption, systems theory, educational partnerships, innovation, and vocational education.

Dr Flynn also possesses extensive real world experience as a consultant and trainer to large organisations and SMEs on innovative learning and development projects, evaluations, and industry research projects. His former role as CEO of Well Grounded Consultancy involved leading a team of experts to deliver a diverse range of projects throughout Australia. Dr Flynn also has a passion for great espresso, having previously owned a suite of coffee bars across Brisbane.

Jodie Pattinson

Jodie Pattinson is a marketing and communications professional skilled in crafting and creating brands, tribes and experiences. Jodie is a creative problem solver with experience in the arts and tertiary sector. Jodie holds qualifications in creative production and marketing.

Matthew McNaughton

Matt has been involved in design academically and professionally over the past 11 years. With a background in Industrial design, he has noticed a dramatic shift in how people interact with the world around them. The advent of technology to the palm has opened up doors for this expertise in digital business. A door he walked through some 4 years ago when he founded a technology start-up. The opportunity for new disruptive business, coupled with the opportunity for social change, has given Matt a drive and penchant to hone his design skills in this field.

His knowledge base encompasses emerging theories from within the industry and has already stamped his foot as a future leader in this discipline. This leadership style embodies a bottom up approach with an emphasis on “Design Led Innovation”. This enables him to Facilitate Innovation Sprints for the Chair in Digital Economy, applying “Design-Thinking” approaches to those not familiar in this space.