Associate Professor Anton Kriz



Research School of Management

Associate Professor
Phone number
+61 2 612 58109
Room 1127, Copland Bld (24)
Research areas

Innovation management; China management; Regional innovation systems; Cross cultural management; Enterprise growth and economic history.


Anton Kriz is Associate Professor of Management. His research interests include innovation management, particularly changing outcomes for enterprise, clusters and regions. Anton uses techniques including action research and action learning to introduce change and alter these complex adaptive systems. In addition to innovation management, Anton has extensive expertise in international marketing/business with his unique and direct understanding of markets like China fostered during his time as a Churchill Fellow. Anton’s work has been published in Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of R&D Management, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management and Journal of Knowledge Management. His research on improving innovation connections and web-based outcomes for SMEs has been funded by industry and government, including the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Cooperative Research Centre Program.  Anton’s success in bringing substantive industry grants to university research saw him awarded an Excellence in Innovation Award by Newcastle Innovation.

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Research publications

Recent journal publications include:

Bankins S, Denness B, Kriz A, Molloy C, 2017, 'Innovation Agents in the Public Sector: Applying Champion and Promoter Theory to Explore Innovation in the Australian Public Service', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 76 (pp. 122-137)

Connell J, Kriz A, Thorpe M, 2014, 'Industry clusters: an antidote for knowledge sharing and collaborative innovation?', Journal of Knowledge Management, 18 (pp. 137-151)

Guertler M, Kriz A, Sick N, 2020, ‘Encouraging and enabling action research in innovation management’, R&D Management 50 (3), 380-395

Keating BW, Huang SS, Kriz A, Heung V, 2015, 'A Systematic Review of the Chinese Outbound Tourism Literature: 1983-2012', Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, 32 (pp. 2-17)

Keogh C, Kriz A, Barnes L, Rosenberger PJ, 2020, ‘Exploring destination engagement of sharing economy accommodation: case of Australian second-homes’, Current Issues in Tourism (Inprint)

Kriz A, Bankins S, Molloy C, 2018, ‘Readying a region: Temporally exploring the development of an Australian regional quadruple helix’, R&D Management, 48-1 (pp. 25-43)

Kriz A, Gummesson E, Quazi A, 2014, 'Methodology meets culture: Relational and Guanxi-oriented research in China', International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 14 (pp. 27-46)

Kriz A, Nailer C, Jansen K, Potocnjak-Oxman C, 2020, ‘Teaching-practice as a critical bridge for narrowing the research-practice gap’, Industrial Marketing Management (inprint online) 

Lindsay D, Kriz A, Johns R, Keating B, 2018, ‘Perils of speed dating: an Australian success story in Chinese outbound tourism’, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality and Events (pp 1-22)

Molloy C, Bankins S, Kriz, Barnes L, 2020, ‘Making sense of an interconnected world: How innovation champions drive social innovation in the not‐for‐profit context’, Journal of Product Innovation Management (inprint online)

Research grants and awards

Chief Investigator CRC for Construction assisting SMEs become more digitally enabled

Chief Investigator AusAID Australian Development Research Award Grant for investigating China supply chain and CSR initiatives

Chief Investigator Department of Industry, Innovation and Science project reviewing the impact of the Innovation Connections program between SMEs and university

2013 Excellence in Innovation Award, Newcastle Innovation

2010 China Fellowship, from the China Research Council

2007 Churchill Fellowship, that investigated regional business variations in China

Research engagement and outreach

Anton Kriz has extensive relationships across Australia with various stakeholders from industry, government and university. Anton has formed linkages at state level with government, chambers and industry bodies. Anton maintains national links to the federal government’s Entrepreneurs Programme and Innovation Connections Programme.


Current Teaching:

Tsinghua-ANU Master of Management – New Venture Creation

Tsinghua-ANU Master of Management – Innovation

Previous Teaching:

International Business Plan Competition – International Marketing (undergraduate) and Global Marketing (post graduate)

MBA - Entrepreneurship and Innovation