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David has over 35 years of business experience, including 14 years at CSR Limited and 8 years as Managing Director of a successful Australian hi-tech gazelle. A lecturer with the University of Newcastle for the past 14 years, David co-ordinated the Master of Management Enterprise degree program at the Ourimbah Campus of the University from 1999 to 2005. He teaches entrepreneurship and business strategy at both senior undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the capstone subject Strategic Management in the University's MBA program. David's principal research focus is the creation and development of very high growth firms, known as "gazelles".


  • PhD (Business Administration), Southern Cross University, 11/04/2003
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), University of New South Wales
  • Master of Science (Business Studies), University of London


Research keywords

  • Business
  • Gazelles
  • Management

Research expertise

  • Creation of new gazelles
  • Development of young and established gazelles
  • Strategic management theory
  • Small business stakeholder theory

Fields of Research

150300Business And Management65
159999Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services Not Elsewhere Classified35


Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - CPA Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants


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Book (1 outputs)

2010Cunneen DJ, Mankelow G, Entrepreneurship and New Gazelle Creation: How Entrepreneurs Create New Gazelles, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany, 362 (2010) [A2]

Journal article (4 outputs)

2012Kriz AP, Cunneen DJ, 'China's next big challenge: Mastering radical technology', Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, 3 6-25 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Anton Kriz

2008Meredith GC, Cunneen DJ, 'Analytical case methodology: Measurement of entrepreneurial behaviour', Australasian Journal of Business & Social Inquiry, 6 1-18 (2008) [C1]
2007Cunneen DJ, Meredith GG, 'Entrepreneurial founding activities that create gazelles', Small Enterprise Research: The Journal of SEAANZ, 15 39-59 (2007) [C1]
2007Cunneen DJ, Mankelow G, 'Towards a process model of independent growth firm creation', Small Enterprise Research: The Journal of SEAANZ, 15 90-105 (2007) [C1]
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Conference (5 outputs)

2013Kriz AP, Groen E, Drew AJ, Cunneen D, 'China: Hegemonic heir apparent?', Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy, Sydney (2013) [E1]

Co-authors: Anton Kriz, Antony Drew

2012Kriz AP, Groen E, Drew AJ, Cunneen DJ, 'China: Hegemonic heir apparent or simply a pretender?', The 2012 International Schumpeter Society Conference, Brisbane, QLD (2012) [E2]

Co-authors: Anton Kriz, Antony Drew

2003Cunneen DJ, Meredith GG, 'Entrepreneurial Founding Activities that Create New Growth Firms', Pathways to Profit Conference Proceedings, The University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, NSW (2003) [E1]
2003Meredith GG, Cunneen DJ, 'Founding episode activities to create new growth firms', Surfing the Waves of Change Conference Proceedings, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW (2003) [E1]
2003Meredith GG, Cunneen DJ, 'An Analytical Case Study Methodology to Measure Entrepreneurial Behaviour', Pathways to Profit Conference Proceedings, The University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, NSW (2003) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.75

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142022PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorStudy of the Creative Processes that Lead to Emergence of New Gazelles
20122016PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorComparing the Individual Innovative Behaviours of Independent Entrepreneurs and the Relationship with Firms Growth Outcomes

Dr David Cunneen

Work Phone(02) 4348 4143
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Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaMarketing
Business Offices,
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258