Professor Roxanne Zolin


Dr Roxanne Zolin has made significant contributions to industry, academia and communities and across international borders. 

She has held senior leadership positions in major companies in the USA and Australia - including Marketing Manager for Fischer-Price Toys and National Marketing Manager for Myers Stores, Australia.

Roxanne has started and run her own companies, including Marketing Visions and Executive Information Services, Pty Ltd, which built highly regarded business simulations such as the Factory MicroWorld and MicroMoney, to help nascent entrepreneurs learn business management.

Roxanne is currently running her own property development business in Queensland. Since 2010, Roxanne has been a highly active promoting and teaching entrepreneurship in developing African Nations, such as the Congo and Kenya. She has developed programs committed to addressing the inadvertent cycles of poverty and dependence caused by the financial remittances sent by the majority of expatriate Congolese to their families and communities in the Congo.

Roxanne completed her doctorate at Stanford, where she also holds a Masters in Sociology. In addition Roxanne has a an Master of Business (Marketing) from Monash University, Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Business (Management) from Queensland Institute of Technology.

Roxanne's research focuses on entrepreneurial success of Women, Migrants, Seniors and developing nations, project management success and trust in virtual teams. 

Roxanne is Editor in Chief for the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division’s NewsBlast.

Roxanne has been highly successful in attracting over $1,500.000 in research grants, including a prestigious Australian Research Council grant.   She has won many awards, including three Sales Promotion Association Awards for Best Small Budget Award, Best Financial Services Award and their Grand Prix Award for best promotion of the year.

Publications and Presentations

Margiono, A., Zolin, R., & Chang, A., (in press). A typology of social venture business model configurations. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research

Zolin, R. and Newaz, M.N. (2016) Is Economic Development More Than The Sum Of Individual Successes? The Effect Of Female Participation In The Economy On GDP. Management Development. 30(4) ISSN 0378-7532

Rezvani; Azadeh, Chang,  Artemis, Wiewiora, Anna,  Ashkanasy ,  Neal M., Jordan,  Peter J., Zolin, Roxanne (2016) Manager Emotional Intelligence and Project Success: The Mediating Role of Job Satisfaction and Trust. International Journal of Project Management, 34(7), pp. 1112-1122.

Watson, John, Stuetzer, Michael, &  Zolin, Roxanne (2016) Gender Differences in New Venture Funding: Supply-side Discrimination or Demand-side Disinclination? In Eds C. Henry, T. Nelson & K. Lewis, Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship. Routledge.

Castali, L. Zolin, R. & Sawang, S. (2015) Do SMEs Cluster Around Innovation Activities? Discovering Active, Incremental and Opportunistic Innovators. International Journal of Innovation Management. 20(7).

Maritz, Alex, Zolin, Roxanne, De Waal, Anton, Fisher, Rosemary, Perenyi, Aron, & Eager, Bronwyn (2015) Senior entrepreneurship in Australia: Active ageing and extending working lives. International Journal of Organizational Innovation, September, pp. 1-39.

Zolin, Roxanne, Chang, Artemis, Yang, Xiaohua, & Ho, Elly Yi-Hsuan (2015) Social capital or ethnic enclave location? A multilevel explanation of immigrant business growth. Thunderbird International Business Review.  58(4)

Gibbons, Deborah & Zolin, Roxanne (2015) Studying relationships in project management through social network analysis. In Pasian, B. (Ed.) Design, Methods, and Practices for Research of Project Management. Gower, Farnham, 403 -415.

Zolin, Roxanne & Gibbons, Deborah E. (2015) Studying Trust Relationships using Social Network Analysis. In Lyon, Fergus, Möllering, Guido, & Saunders, Mark N.K. (Eds.) Handbook of Research Methods on Trust. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 189-197.

Sawang, Sukanlaya, Zolin, Roxanne and Matthews, Judy, (2014) Innovation in Spatial Industry(SI): How SI firms think about innovation? Chapter in Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitive Strategy, Volume 14 (2014), Bingley, UK:Emerald.

Chang, Artemis, Guo, Carlin, Yang, Xiaohua, & Zolin, Roxanne (2014) Guanxi as complex adaptive system : definition, description and underlying principles. Journal of Asia Business Studies, 8(2), pp. 81-103.

Zolin, R. & Lewis, I (2014) Air navigation services in Australia and the United States : a comparative case study. Case Studies in Business and Management, 1(1), pp. 64-74.

Zolin, Roxanne and Gibbons, Deborah E. (2014) How Emergent Roles and Structures Create Trust in Hastily Formed Interorganizational Teams. SAGE Open, ( 4)2.

Zolin, Roxanne, Stuetzer, Michael, & Watson, John (2013) Challenging the female underperformance hypothesis. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 5(2), pp. 116-129.

Zolin, Roxanne and Schlosser, Francine (2013) The characteristics of immigrant entrepreneurs in international new ventures. Thunderbird International Review. 55(3). 271-284.

Schlosser, Francine and Zolin, Roxanne (2012) Hearing Positive Voice or Defensive Silence: How Tension, Trust and Unions Make A Difference. Employee Relations. 34 (5), 555-573.

Turner, J. Rodney and Zolin, Roxanne (2012) Forecasting Success on Complex Projects: Multiple Perspectives over Multiple Time Frames. Journal of Project Management. October 2012. 87-99.

Remington, Kaye and Zolin, Roxanne (2011) Projects as complex adaptive systems: Phenomena, prognosis and prospects for practice. In Aspects of Complexity: Perspectives on Managing Projects in an increasingly Complex World Terry Davis-Cook (Ed).

Zolin, Roxanne (2012) Unsung heroes : African Americans and entrepreneurship. In Marvel, Matthew (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of New Venture Management. SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, pp. 11-16.

Zolin, Roxanne, Cheung, Yan Ki Fiona, & Turner, Rodney (2012) Project managers’ understanding of stakeholders’ satisfaction. Project Perspectives, XXXIV, pp. 10-15.

Zolin, Roxanne, Kuckertz, Andreas and Kautonen, Teemu (2011) Human resource flexibility and strong ties in entrepreneurial team formation. Journal of Business Research. 64, 1097-1103.

Remington, Kaye & Zolin, Roxanne (2011) Controlling chaos? The value and the challenges of applying complexity theory to project management. In Cooke-Davies, Terry (Ed.) Aspects of Complexity : Managing Projects in a Complex World. Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, Pa.

Kautonen, Teemu, Zolin, Roxanne, Kuckertz, Andreas, and Viljamaa, Anmari (2010) Ties that blind? How strong ties affect small business owner-managers’ perceived trustworthiness of their advisors.  Entrepreneurship & Regional Development. Volume 22 Issue 2, 189.

Kropp, Fredric, Roxanne Zolin and Noel J. Lindsay (2009), Identifying and Implementing Adaptive Strategies in the U.S. Military, Chapter in Tom Lumpkin and Jeffrey Katz (Eds.), Advances in Entrepreneurship Research, Volume 11, New York, JAI Press/Elsevier.

Sekerka, Leslie E., Zolin, Roxanne, & Smith , J. Goosby (2009) Be careful what you ask for : how inquiry strategy influences readiness mode. Organization Management Journal, 6(2), pp. 106-122.

Thomas, Gail, Zolin, Roxanne and Hartman, Jackie L. (2009).  The Central Role of Communication in Developing Trust and Its Effect on Employee Involvement.   Journal of Business Communication. 46(3).

Zolin, Roxanne and Kropp, Fredric (2008). The birth of new enterprises: public or private by genetics or by design?  International Public Management Review.  9(1) 143-159.

Kropp, Fredric and Zolin, Roxanne (2008) Technological Entrepreneurship and Small Business Innovation Programs. Chapter in Ghosh, Amithaba, (Ed). Government Policy and Marketing Strategy. Hyderabad, India: ICDAI Press. 10-34.

Kropp, Fredric and Zolin, Roxanne, (2008) Government Support for Technological Entrepreneurship:  The US SBIR Program. International Small Business Journal.  15(3) 595-605.

Kropp, Fredric and Zolin, Roxanne, (2008). US federal government entrepreneurship: New enterprise structures.  Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. 15(2). 595 – 605.

Hagan, Joel J., Slack, William G., Zolin, Roxanne, and Dillard, John (2007). Beyond Lean and Six Sigma: How organizational modelling and simulation reduced F/A-18e/F F414 engine maintenance time at NAS Lemoore AIMD. Defense Acquisition Review Journal. 14(3) 435-452.

Hagan, Joel J., Slack, William G., Zolin, Roxanne, and Dillard, John (March-April 2007) Now that you’ve optimized your process, optimize your organization. Defense AT& L (Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics). March 2007.  16-20.

Sekerka, L. E. and Zolin, R. (2007) Can rules be bent with prudential judgment? How compliance may be deriding values in the Department of Defense.  Public Integrity. 9(3). 225-243.

Zolin, Roxanne and Fredric Kropp (2007). How Governments Can Help Businesses Weather a Cataclysmic Disaster. Deborah Gibbons (Ed.), Chapter in Communicable Crises: Prevention, Management, and Recovery in the Global Arena, Charlotte, NC, Information Age Publishing. 239-262.

Zolin, Roxanne and Fredric Kropp (2007). How surviving businesses respond during and after a major disaster. Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning. 1(2), 1-17.

Kropp, Fredric and Roxanne Zolin (2005). Technological Entrepreneurship and Small Business Innovation Research Programs.  Academy of Marketing Sciences Review, volume 2005, no. 7.  Available: http//

Sekerka, Leslie E. and Zolin, Roxanne (2005) Professional courage in the military: regulation fit and establishing moral intent. Business & Professional Ethics Journal, 24(4).  27-50.

Lewis, Ira and Zolin, Roxanne (2004) “The Public to Private Continuum Measure and the role of stakeholder boards as a proxy for markets in the governance of Air Navigation Services,” International Public Management Review, 5(2) 52-77.

Zolin R, Hinds P. J., Fruchter R., and Levitt R. E. (2004), Interpersonal trust in cross-functional, geographically distributed work: A longitudinal study. Information and Organization, 14(1), 1-24. Citations:  182 ABDC:  A* JIF: 2.538

Zolin, Roxanne and Hinds, Pamela J., (2004) Trust in context: The development of interpersonal trust in geographically distributed work, Chapter in Trust and Distrust in Organizations, Eds. Roderick M. Kramer, and Karen Cook for Russell Sage Foundation: New York. pp 214-238.

Zolin Roxanne, Fruchter R and Levitt R. E.  (2003). Realism and Control? Key characteristics of problem-based learning environments as a data source for work-related studies, International Journal of Engineering Education, 19(6) 788-798.