Bond University has appointed former A.C.T. Small Business Commissioner Professor Michael Schaper as Head of its School of Business.
Along with leading the Bond University School of Business, Professor Schaper will also be teaching and researching in the areas of small business and entrepreneurship at the private and not-for-profit Bond University, based on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
A previous President of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia & New Zealand, Professor Schaper is currently a member of the board of directors of the International Council for Small Business. Between 2003 and 2005, he held the foundation professorial chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business within the University of Newcastle – the first dedicated chair in small business in Australia. Prior to this, he was senior lecturer responsible for the entrepreneurship degree program at Curtin University in Western Australia.
Before his academic career, Professor Schaper worked for several years as a professional small business adviser in Australia. In addition, he ran his own business and was involved in a numerous other start-up projects. Professor Schaper also spent several years working as a Ministerial Adviser at the state and federal level, acting as a policy adviser, speechwriter and consultant to numerous Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament. He was a member of the Senate of the University of Western Australia for three years.
Professor Schaper is the author or co-author of eight books, all in the field of business management, and an occasional columnist in the Australian business media.