Dennis Foley

Professor Indigenous Entrepreneurship

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Professor Dennis Foley recently joined Business Government and Law at the University of Canberra in January 2018. His main research focus is towards the emerging discipline of Indigenous enterprise and entrepreneurship. Dennis’ career within the tertiary education sector began researching an Indigenous Career and Employment strategy at Griffith University followed by the establishment of the first Australian Indigenous Degree program in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art. Several teaching appointments followed including teaching MBA, Indigenous Land-Use Management Practice at the University of Queensland, Business and Management courses at the Australian Catholic University, and teaching Humanities, Education and the Arts at the Universities of Queensland, Sydney, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Hawaii, as well as Financial and Strategic Management at Swinburne University.

Prior to joining the tertiary education sector, Dennis held middle to senior management positions within the banking and finance sector. Professor Foley is a Fulbright Scholar and dual Endeavour Fellow. His publications focus on social inclusion and cross disciples such as Indigenous Literature, Indigenous History, Indigenous Studies, Business Management (Entrepreneurship) and Indigenous Epistemology and Pedagogy. In a recent successful Australian Research Grant rejoinder Dr Foley was described by his examiners as:

“… Foley holds much credibility in this field. His contribution to the field of Australian Indigenous business and economic engagement is significant, and his personal knowledge of the field is very strong”.

“Outstanding: Of the highest quality and at the forefront of research activity in this space. Prof. Foley leads research in the space of Indigenous entrepreneurship and enterprise development in Australia”.

 “Professor Foley has done more than any other Australian researcher to develop the study of Indigenous businesses.”

Dennis identifies as Koori. His matrilineal connection is Gai-mariagal of northern Sydney, and his patrilineal connection is to the Wiradjuri people of the Turon River region. He is active within the Indigenous community and Indigenous business associations that includes the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. He has also received several ministerial appointments to state and federal Advisory Committees and currently researches in Canada, Ireland and across Aboriginal Australia.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Queensland


Master, Griffith University Queensland


Bachelor, Griffith University Queensland


TAFE Queensland


External positions

Indigenous Advisor, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

2017 → …

Member, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

2013 → …

Editorial Board, Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand

2013 → …

Reviewer, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

2010 → …

Founding Director, NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce

2009 → …

Editorial Board, Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues

2007 → …

Reviewer, Royal Society of New Zealand - Marsden Fund

2007 → …

Fellow, World Business Institute

2007 → …

Member, NSW Justices Association

1978 → …

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entrepreneurship Social Sciences
commercial law Social Sciences
epistemology Social Sciences
ontology Social Sciences
chamber of industry and commerce Social Sciences
methodology Social Sciences
self-determination Social Sciences
education Social Sciences

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Projects 2016 2023

Research Output 2010 2018

Aboriginal entrepreneurship: is it a career or a lifestyle change?

FOLEY, D., 2018, Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers. Broadbridge, A. M. & Fielden, S. L. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 308-323 16 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter


Expanding Australian Indigenous Entrepreneurship Education Ecosystems

Maritz, A. & FOLEY, D., 6 Jun 2018, In : Administrative Sciences. 8, 20, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Entrepreneurship education
Indigenous entrepreneurship
Social capital

Indigenous Methodology: is it Invented or is it Legitimate?

FOLEY, D., 2018, In : Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues. 21, 3, p. 20-38 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Indigenous research: ontologies, axiologies, epistemologies and methodologies

Henry, E. & FOLEY, D., 2018, Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work. Booysen, L. A. E., Bendl, R. & Pringle, J. K. (eds.). United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 212-227 16 p. (Elgar Original Reference Series).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

business school

Entrepreneurial Activity Among Irish Traveller Women: An Insight into the Complexity of Survival

Cooney, T. M. & FOLEY, D., 2017, The Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship . Henry, C., Nelson, T. & Lewis, K. V. (eds.). United Kingdom : Routledge, p. 358-373 16 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter