Dr Russell Manfield

Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Reside

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Reside

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


I have an engineering background, earning my mechanical engineering degree from UQ and beginning my career in the mining and telecommunication sectors, before starting new ventures in technology, agri-tech & workplace training domains. I leverage this background in my teaching for courses covering entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy. I have built online courses covering corporate innovation, service innovation culture, innovation strategy for quantum technology and navigating the demands of 21st century workskills: some purposed towards scale (attracting large learner enrolments) and others towards geographic dispersion (gaining access to learners who I would never come into contact with). I have a particular interest in the impact strategies for new ventures & new technologies to craft sustainable value frameworks, so welcome entrepreneurial research opportunities that target emerging economies, fast-evolving technology domains and design thinking pedagogy for new generations of innovators.

Research Interests

  • Innovation strategy
    how strategies emerge from innovative approaches to addressing outlier conditions | as an Associate Investigator for EQUS (Engineered Quantum Systems) I have a particular interest in emerging quantum & quantum-adjacent technologies
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities
    the forming or discovery of opportunities and how these lead to capable new ventures | especially as these impact historically overlooked social sectors, developing economies or emerging technologies & capabilities
  • Design thinking pedagogy
    learning to embrace irreducible uncertainty in creating novel & sustainable solutions for persistent problems as these draw on innovations in leadership & resource allocations

Research Impacts

I am currently undertaking research projects to impact online learning pedagoy, innovation strategies for quantum technologies and entrepreneurial education. As an Associate Investigator for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS), I am able to combine my interests across these 3 impact arcs for emerging innovations.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Manfield, Russell, Harvey, Michael and White, Andrew (2023). Educating decision makers on resource allocations for quantum technologies. Seventeenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2023, Cocoa Beach, FL, United States, 15-18 May 2023. Bellingham, WA, United States: SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.2668765

  • Manfield, Russell and Newey, Lance (2019). Heuristics to survive firm collapse. Academy of Management Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, 9-13 August 2019. Briarcliff Manor, NY, United States: Academy of Management. doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2019.16064abstract

  • Manfield, Russell, Eberl, Martina, Newey, Lance and Eberl, Peter (2019). Navigating Trouble: The emergence of heuristics with unstable resources. EGOS 2019, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 3-6 July 2019. Sage.

  • Manfield, Russell and Newey, Lance (2014). Utilities: microfoundations of capability dismantling and rebuilding. 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 2014), Philadelphia, PA, United States, 1-5 August 2014. Commerce, TX, United States: Academy of Management. doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2014.14738abstract

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors: