Professor Paul Robertson

School of Business

Professor Paul Robertson is a Visiting Fellow with the School of Business, UNSW Canberra.

Paul Robertson was a professor of management at the University of Wollongong and Griffith University. Prior to leaving for Wollongong, he was a member of the Department/School of Economics and Management at ADFA for 11 years, half of which he spent as Head. He has co-authored three books and edited or co-edited four others. He has also written more than sixty refereed articles and book chapters on aspects of management and economic history. His major research interest is in the management of innovation, particularly in medium- and low-technology firms.


Robertson PL; Jacobson D, 2011, Knowledge Transfer and Technology Diffusion

Robertson PL; Jacobson D, 2011, Knowledge transfer and technology diff usion: An introduction

Book Chapters

Robertson P; Jacobson D, 2013, 'Capabilities for incremental innovation - the adoption of electronic health records', in Abel J; Bender G; Hahn K (ed.), Traditionell Innovativ, Edition Sigma, Berlin, pp. 83 - 99

Robertson PL; Smith K, 2008, 'Distributed knowledge bases in lowand medium-technology industries', in Innovation in Low-Tech Firms and Industries, pp. 93 - 117

Robertson PL; Verona G, 2006, 'The Effects of Technological Change on the Boundaries of Existing Firms', in Flexibility and Stability in the Innovating Economy, 10.1093/0199290474.003.0008

Robertson PL; Keil T; Autio E, 2005, 'Technological sourcing in small and medium-sized Australian manufacturing firms', in Sustaining Growth and Performance in East Asia: The Role of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, pp. 253 - 276

Robertson PL, 1998, 'Information, similar and complementary assets, and innovation policy', in Economic organization, capabilities and co-ordination, edn. Original, Routledge Press, London UK, pp. 261 - 288

Robertson PL, 1997, 'Inertia and industrial change', in Cities and markets. Studies in the organization of human space, edn. Original, University Press of America, Inc., Maryland, pp. 21 - 47

Journal articles


Robertson PL; Casali GL; Jacobson D, 2012, 'Managing open incremental process innovation: Absorptive Capacity and distributed learning', Research Policy, vol. 41, pp. 822 - 832, 10.1016/j.respol.2012.02.008

Robertson P; Smith K; von Tunzelmann N, 2009, 'Innovation in low- and medium-technology industries', Research Policy, vol. 38, pp. 441 - 446, 10.1016/j.respol.2008.10.019

Robertson PL; Patel PR, 2007, 'New wine in old bottles: Technological diffusion in developed economies', Research Policy, vol. 36, pp. 708 - 721, 10.1016/j.respol.2007.01.008

Hirsch-Kreinsen H; Jacobson D; Robertson PL, 2006, ''Low-tech' industries: Innovativeness and development perspectives - A summary of a European research project', Prometheus (United Kingdom), vol. 24, pp. 3 - 21, 10.1080/08109020600563762

Robertson PL; Verona G, 2006, 'Post-chandlerian firms: Technological change and firm boundaries', Australian Economic History Review, vol. 46, pp. 70 - 94, 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2006.00152.x

Langlois RN; Yu TFL; Robertson P; Martin E; Perrin P; Tardieu L, 2004, 'Alternative theories of the firm', Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, vol. 14, pp. 133 - 144, 10.2202/1145-6396.1121

Garrety K; Robertson PL; Badham R, 2004, 'Integrating communities of practice in technology development projects', International Journal of Project Management, vol. 22, pp. 351 - 358, 10.1016/j.ijproman.2003.08.003

Robertson PL, 2003, 'The role of training and skilled labour in the success of SMEs in developing economies', Education + Training, vol. 45, pp. 461 - 473, 10.1108/00400910310508856

Robertson PL; Pol E; Carroll P, 2003, 'Receptive capacity of established industries as a limiting factor in the economy's rate of innovation', Industry and Innovation, vol. 10, pp. 457 - 474, 10.1080/1366271032000163685

Pandian JR; Robertson PL, 2003, 'Why look for a mirage when you already have an oasis?', Managerial and Decision Economics, vol. 24, pp. 325 - 334, 10.1002/mde.1123

Carroll P; Pol E; Robertson PL, 2000, 'Classification of industries by level of technology: An Aprrraisal and some Implications', Prometheus (United Kingdom), vol. 18

Robertson P; Singleton J, 2000, 'The old commonwealth and Britain's first application to join the EEC, 1961-3', Australian Economic History Review, vol. 40, pp. 153 - 177, 10.1111/1467-8446.00063

Robertson PL, 1997, 'The decline of economic complementarity? Australia and Britain 1945-52', Australian Economic History Review, pp. 91 - 117

Keil T; Autio E; Robertson P, 1997, 'Embeddedness, power, control and innovation in the telecommunications sector', Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, vol. 9, pp. 299 - 316, 10.1080/09537329708524286

Singleton J; Robertson PL, 1997, 'Britain, butter, and European integration, 1957-1964', Economic History Review, vol. 50, pp. 327 - 347, 10.1111/1468-0289.00057

Robertson PL; Langlois RN, 1994, 'Institutions, inertia and changing industrial leadership', Industrial and Corporate Change, vol. 3, pp. 359 - 378, 10.1093/icc/3.2.359

Robertson PL, 1993, 'Innovation, Corporate Organisation and Industry Policy: William Lazonick on the Firm and Economic Growth', Prometheus, vol. 11, pp. 271 - 287, 10.1080/08109029308629358

Langlois RN; Robertson PL, 1992, 'Networks and innovation in a modular system: Lessons from the microcomputer and stereo component industries', Research Policy, vol. 21, pp. 297 - 313, 10.1016/0048-7333(92)90030-8

Langlois RN; Robertson PL, 1989, 'Explaining Vertical Integration: Lessons from the American Automobile Industry', The Journal of Economic History, vol. 49, pp. 361 - 375, 10.1017/S0022050700007993

Conference Papers

Savage DA; Robertson PL, 1997, 'When organizations collide: the case of physicians and hospitals in the United States', in Business History Conference, Business History Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, pp. 662 - 675, presented at Business History Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 04 - 06 July 1997

Robertson PL, 1996, 'Australian reactions to the threat of European economic integration, 1945-1963', in Australian and Europe: continuity and change conference, Australian and Europe: continuity and change conference, Canberra, pp. 1 - 20, presented at Australian and Europe: continuity and change conference, Canberra, 01 June 1996