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Professor Dennis Foley

School of Management
Highest Qualification – Phd
HDR Completions - 10

Contact Details
Phone No.: +61 (02) 6206 8331


My research has taken me around the world researching Indigenous resilience to colonial domination by Aboriginal people’s active participation in enterprise. I am a Fulbright Scholar and have won 2 Endeavour Fellowships in addition to numerous research grants both nationally and internationally. I have been an advisor to Ministers on Indigenous matters and remain focused on improving the social well-being of Indigenous Australia through active participation within the economy which has seen me appointed as a founding Director of the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. Publications and supervision has been eclectic and I will remain multi-disciplined even though my academic qualifications are within business – management and entrepreneurship. Current projects are looking at sustainable Aboriginal involvement in tourism and culturally acceptable practices in small to medium businesses, together with an ongoing analysis of entrepreneurship among Irish Travellers and the study of social capital among the Canadian Cree and urban and remote Aboriginal Australians.

  • Foley, D. and Hunter, Boyd. (2016) Indigenous entrepreneurs: Bridging the rhetoric and reality with evidence. Clark, Delwyn, Tui McKeown, and Martina Battisti, (eds.) In Rhetoric and Reality: Building Vibrant and Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. Tilde University Press: Prahran, Vic. Chapter 5: 98-121.
  • Foley, D. (2016) Indigenous Content in Education: a dichotomy. Special Issue: Indigenous Content in Education Symposium. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues. Vol.19 (1&2): 49-65.
  • Foley, D. (2015) Enterprise and Entrepreneurial thinking: It’s a Black Thing! Kaye Price (ed) In Knowledge of Life: A&TSI Australia. Kaye Price (ed.) Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Vic. Chapter 7: 118-140. Winner - Educational Publishing Awards Australia 2016: Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Scholarly Resource
  • Foley, D. (2015) Caribberre; Doing Business in the 21st Century, Aboriginal Way. In Indigenous Spiritualties at Work; Chellie Spiller (ed.) transforming the spirit of business enterprise. Information Age Publishing Chapter 11:167-189.

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Dennis is available for a HDR supervision consultation to prospective students.

  • Indigenous Entrepreneurship,
  • Indigenous research in small business and enterprise,
  • Indigenous Methodologies,
  • Australian Aboriginal Studies,
  • Indigenous Tourism