The Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE) engages in research focused on innovation and enterprise to help new and established firms and assist regional and industrial transformation.

We provide solutions to the challenges of dynamic marketplaces in Australia and across the world.  Our research is clustered across five themes that intertwine, reflecting the complexity and diversity of innovation, transformation and growth across enterprise, industry, and regions.

At C-EDGE we can provide you with tailored, evidence-based analysis, techniques, and tools to inform strategies for innovation and growth.

With 38 active researchers and more than 29 affiliate members from UniSA Research Centres, we can provide you with expert advice on the five capabilities below.

Please contact us for further information, or to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Explore our research

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    Asia and International Business Context

    At C-EDGE we have world-class researchers exploring the interactions and dynamics of enterprises, economies, and institutions within an Asian and international business context.

    Our research highlights the participation of Asian enterprises in global value chains with the aim of understanding strategies, capabilities, and competitive advantages in different sectors. We explore the implications for global trade and investment patterns, addressing industry and market challenges.


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    Cultural and Creative Enterprise

    At C-EDGE we focus on understanding the dynamics and practices that impact the cultural and creative sectors. Our researchers explore the economic, social and culture aspects to gain insights and provide solutions to current industry challenges.

    We’ve explored how barriers have melted away with the universal languages of dance and music and increased access and inclusion for those with disabilities. Our research investigates how emerging technology can foster cross-cultural engagement and collaboration.


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    Industry Ecosystems

    The dynamic and evolutionary relationships between organisations, governance, and innovation that link and (re)define industry and geographies. 

    Much of the work of Industry Ecosystems researchers is multi- and trans-disciplinary in nature. Hence our research is not specifically defined by sectors but canvasses topics and issues that are commonly important in most sectors and to geographies at various scales. Our researchers jointly and individually have expertise and experience in research that addresses the following Industry Ecosystem domains: 

    1. Community and Regional Development and Sustainability 
    2. Workforce Development and Diversity 
    3. Strategy and Leadership 
    4. Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology-driven Transformation 
    5. Ethics and Governance 
    6. Value Networks, Transport Systems, Supply Chain and Operations Management 
    7. Cross-disciplinary Social, Environmental, Cultural and Economic Studies 


    Our researchers are involved with projects that engage individuals, organisations, industry sectors and economic geographies. The impacts of our research can be observed through our case study projects. Explore our current projects

    Research Team

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    Sustainable Society

    At C-EDGE we aim to understand the social, economic, and environmental challenges in creating a sustainable society.

    Our research investigates the drivers and barriers to achieving sustainability by examining cultural economic factors. Our team can provide recommendation to inform government policy, and changes across industry.

    Our team has explored the number of Australian enterprises that are engaged with offshore investment or supply arrangements that support modern slavery. We’ve created the which provides Australian enterprises with a rationale and framework to address their connection to modern slavery.


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    Tourism and Leisure

    We provide expert knowledge and analysis to assist with responses to rising challenges in the tourism and leisure industry.

    Home to twenty UNESCO World Heritage sites, Australia is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.  Its vibrant cities offer world-class sporting events, diverse cuisines, and award-winning experiences, and a thriving business events sector, while its regional areas offer stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unique wildlife, as well as provide the opportunity to experience the world’s oldest living culture – that of Australia’s First Nations peoples.

    Tourism serves as a vital economic driver for Australia, stimulating business activity, generating employment, and promoting economic growth, particularly in rural and remote regions.  Pre-pandemic, Australia welcomed almost 10 million international visitors, with the Australian government’s THRIVE 2030 strategy on track to drive visitor spending to A$230 billion by 2030.  The sector directly employed 666,000 people in 2019-2020, accounting for over 5% of total employment, with interconnections with other sectors amplifying its impact and supporting an additional 570,000 jobs.  (Source: Tourism Research Australia).

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a crucial role in Australian tourism, contributing to its vibrancy and resilience. Showcasing the distinctive character and cultural heritage of Australia, SMEs add depth, diversity, and resilience to Australia's tourism offerings. Their flexibility and adaptability enable them to respond quickly to ever-changing market demands, offering diverse and innovative products/services, while supporting local communities and fostering entrepreneurship. And by attracting tourists to rural destinations, SMEs promote regional development, thus reducing economic disparities between urban and rural areas.

    UniSA’s academic programs have been ranked Top 3 in Australia and Top 50 in the world for Hospitality and Tourism by in the Shanghai’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022, as well as ranked No.1 in South Australia, ranked top 10 in Australia and top 100 in the world for Hospitality and Leisure Management by QS in 2022. 

    Tourism researchers at UniSA focus on a wide range of issues, ranging from online distribution, e-marketing, entrepreneurship, sustainability, resilience, event management, food tourism, to managing the visit experience, over tourism, placemaking, and wine marketing. 

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we witnessed how a crisis can forge opportunities for growth. Our researchers delve into the intrinsic resilience mechanisms within businesses and communities, which play a pivotal role in fostering organisational recovery and expansion.

    Our research underscores the advantages of cultivating robust connections throughout supply chains and across business, community, and government sectors. These connections are essential for resilience, ensuring their enduring effectiveness before, during, and after a crisis.

    We work closely with CERM-PI, conducting customer service quality and operational management research for the tourism and leisure industry.

    Please see individual researchers’ profiles under Our People.