Rod B McNaughton

PhD (Western), PhD (Lancaster)


Rod is professor of entrepreneurship and academic director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland School of Business. He has extensive experience developing entrepreneurial ecosystems and helping start-ups launch and grow gained as both an educator and advisor. An internationally recognized thought leader on entrepreneurship issues, Rod’s scholarly research, focused on the rapid internationalization of knowledge-intensive new ventures, is published in more than 100 refereed journal articles and books. Prior to joining the University of Auckland, Rod was the Eyton Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director of the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business at the University of Waterloo, which is widely recognized as Canada’s most innovative university. He received his PhD in Marketing from Lancaster University, and his PhD in Economic Geography from Western University.

Research | Current

  • International new ventures
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Entrepreneurship and health
  • Resilience and entrepreneurship

Teaching | Current

  • COMENT 704 Entrepreneurship for Science and Technology Ventures

Postgraduate supervision

  • 2019 - PhD, Antoine Gilbert-Saad - Non-analytical decision-making in highly uncertain entrepreneurial contexts
  • 2018 - PhD, James Costello - The relationships between workplace e-learning and dynamic capabilities


  • 2015 - present, Academic Director, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • 2017-2019, Deputy Dean, University of Auckland School of Business
  • 2016-2018, Head of Department, Management and International Business

Areas of expertise

International entrepreneurship; international new ventures; born-global firms; SME internationalization; exporting; export policy, entrepreneurial mindset; resilience and entrepreneurship; self-employment and health; entrepreneurship education; start-ups; venture capital; incubation; accelerators; entrepreneurial decision-making; entrepreneurial learning; entrepreneurial ecosystems; innovation policy; technology clusters; research commercialisation; social capital; networks; embeddedness. 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Gilbert-Saad, A., Siedlok, F., & McNaughton, R. B. (2018). Decision and design heuristics in the context of entrepreneurial uncertainties. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 9, 75-80. 10.1016/j.jbvi.2018.02.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Siedlok
  • Costello, J. T., & McNaughton, R. B. (2018). Integrating a dynamic capabilities framework into workplace e-learning process evaluations. Knowledge and Process Management, 25 (2), 108-125. 10.1002/kpm.1565
  • Korber, S., & McNaughton, R. B. (2017). Resilience and entrepreneurship: a systematic literature review. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research10.1108/IJEBR-10-2016-0356
  • Adegorite, A., & McNaughton, R. B. (2017). Resource allocation in SME internationalization: A portfolio theory perspective. Paper presented at 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management: At the Interface, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 4 August - 8 August 2017. Related URL.
  • Pellegrino, J. M., & McNaughton, R. B. (2017). Beyond learning by experience: The use of alternative learning processes by incrementally and rapidly internationalizing SMEs. International Business Review, 26 (4), 614-627. 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2016.12.003
  • McNaughton, R. B., & Gray, B. (2017). Entrepreneurship and resilient communities – Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, 11 (1), 2-19. 10.1108/JEC-01-2016-0002
  • Pellegrino, J. M., & McNaughton, R. B. (2015). The Co-evolution of learning and internationalization strategy in international new ventures. Management International Review, 55 (4), 457-483. 10.1007/s11575-015-0246-7


Contact details

Primary office location

New Zealand

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