Professor Sally Davenport

Sally Davenport

Professor Sally Davenport

Emeritus Investigator

Phone: +64-4-463 5144

Postal Address:

School of Management
Victoria Business School
Victoria University of Wellington
P O Box 600
Wellington 6140

Professor Sally Davenport has a background in the physical sciences with a PhD in chemistry (solid state NMR) and a year as a post-doctoral fellow with Professor Ray Freeman at Oxford University’s Physical Chemistry Laboratory. She moved into the business world while working as a consultant in Britain in the late 1980s and returned to Victoria take up a position teaching the management of science, technology and innovation in 1991. She has been an investigator with, and more recently leader of, three major FRST grants, focused on the growth of high-tech firms especially in the biotechnology sector.  The most recent project looked at firm–level productivity processes and, on the basis of this research, she was appointed as a Commissioner with the New Zealand Productivity Commission, in 2011.

Research Interests

Sally’s research interests range from commericalisation processes in research organisations, business models in high-tech firms, public-private sector stakeholder interactions in the science system, discourses employed by research agents and, being in Wellington, policy issues in science and innovation. Sally has authored a range of refereed publications covering topics from technology management to strategic discourse, and her papers have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Management, Organization Studies, Human Relations, European Journal of marketing, Research Policy, R&D Management, Science & Public Policy, Discourse Studies, European Planning Studies and Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice.

Associated Content


A New Science Collaboration

In recent years it has become increasingly common for social scientists to work alongside scientists as part of the `ELSI-fication’ of research (understanding the ethical, legal and social implications of scientific research). With this in mind, the MacDiarmid Institute commissioned two social science research projects in 2004 to be conducted by independent researchers. The first […]

Studying the MacDiarmid Institute as a New Organisation

  The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is one of seven Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), established by the government in 2002. The aim of the CoRE fund was to bring together groups that had traditionally competed for funding, to encourage excellent research and collaboration. The MacDiarmid Institute is a partnership between six organisations: Victoria University (who hosts the Institute), […]