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Dr David Cunneen


Newcastle Business School (Marketing)

Career Summary


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".

Research Expertise
- Creation of new gazelles
- Development of young and established gazelles
- Strategic management theory
- Small business stakeholder theory 


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


  • Business
  • Gazelles
  • Management

Fields of Research

159999Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified35
150399Business and Management not elsewhere classified65

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
21/08/2006 - 22/12/2006LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Graduate School of Business


DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2010 - Membership - CPA Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants CPA Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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 (5 outputs)

2014Kriz A, Cunneen DJ, 'Study on the definition and measurement of high growth firm', Science & Technology Progress and Policy, 31 106-113 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsAnton Kriz
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-authorsAnton 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, Mankelow G, 'Towards a process model of independent growth firm creation', Small Enterprise Research: The Journal of SEAANZ, 15 90-105 (2007) [C1]
2007Cunneen DJ, Meredith GG, 'Entrepreneurial founding activities that create gazelles', Small Enterprise Research: The Journal of SEAANZ, 15 39-59 (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-authorsAnton 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-authorsAntony Drew, Anton Kriz
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, 'An Analytical Case Study Methodology to Measure Entrepreneurial Behaviour', 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]
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Study of the Creative Processes that Lead to Emergence of New Gazelles
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
2012Comparing the Individual Innovative Behaviours of Independent Entrepreneurs and the Relationship with Firms Growth Outcomes
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law

Dr David Cunneen


Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area


Contact Details
Phone(02) 4348 4143
Fax(02) 4348 4101


BuildingBusiness Offices
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258