Monash Masterclass: Alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship: ‘Western’ vs ‘Indigenous’ models of entrepreneurship

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Event Details

26 March 2019 at 5:30 pm – 26 March 2019 at 7:45 pm
Monash University Law Chambers 555 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Global Business


Poverty is a complex, global challenge and though steady progress has been made, far too many people still exist on or below the official poverty line of US$1.90/day. Even if this figure is raised to just $3.20 per day, nearly 60 per cent of people in the world live in poverty.

Foreign aid does help; but in recent times an enthusiasm for Western-style entrepreneurship has attempted to replicate the Silicon Valley dream. How effective has this really been? Are policymakers, researchers and even entrepreneurs themselves overlooking the benefits of ’homegrown’ knowledge?

In this Masterclass, Professor Garry Bruton, a leading researcher in entrepreneurial strategy from Neeley School of Business at TCU, Texas, together with Professor David Gilbert, Director of Entrepreneurship at Monash Business School, will examine ‘western’ vs ‘indigenous’ models of entrepreneurship
in alleviating poverty.


  • 5:30pm - Registration and Refreshments
  • 6:30pm - Masterclass followed by Q&A
  • 7:45pm - Close

18 March, 2019

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About the speakers

Professor Garry Bruton

Garry D. Bruton is a professor at Texas Christian University. His research focuses on the intersection of entrepreneurship, strategy and international business. He has published or has forthcoming over 100 academic articles in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. In addition, Garry has co-authored three text books –‘Small Business Management’ (McGraw-Hill), ‘Technology and Innovation Management’ (Cengage), and International Management’ (Cengage). Garry is one of the top 96 most heavily cited scholars in all business and economics disciplines in the world and has been honoured as a ‘National Distinguished Expert’ by the Chinese Government as part of their prestigious ‘Thousand Talents Program’. In 2005, Professor Bruton was the first holder of the Hall Chair in Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets offered by the Fulbright Foundation. Currently, he is an Associate Editor at the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and was past president of the Asia Academy of Management as well as former editor of the Academy of Management Perspectives. Professor Bruton is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou and Jilin University in Changchun, China.

Professor David Gilbert

David is Professor and Director of Entrepreneurship at Monash Business School. His research on entrepreneurial capability, innovation and commercialisation, technology and digital transformation as well as business incubation has been published in top-tier international journals. He is the co-author of ‘Reinventing Innovation: Designing the Dual Organization’(Springer). He founded and was Director of the Fastrack Innovation Program at RMIT University. Fastrack is a world-class capability accelerator and innovation commercialisation program, that brought together exceptional young talent with highly engaged industry subject matter experts to solve complex, sector-wide problems. Before joining academia, David enjoyed a diverse and distinguished career over several decades in international business. He has held positions at the highest levels including CEO, President and Partner in both corporate and private enterprises in various countries including Japan, USA, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia as well as Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in start-ups, having founded or invested in over a dozen successful businesses. He is highly engaged with the start-up community in Melbourne and beyond and believes strongly in the power and efficacy of entrepreneurial mindsets, in delivering outcomes that matter.