John began his career working as a chartered accountant for Price Waterhouse and Co and then he joined The University of Western Australia in 1976. During the 40 years working for UWA as a professor in the business school, John was Head of Department for three years from 1991-93 and completed his PhD in 1995. John’s primary research interests lie in SME performance evaluation and measurement and he has published a number of papers in leading international journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. John is now helping SME businesses understand the key concepts of analysing performance and the importance of strategy development.
HONOURS AND AWARDS
Business School Dean’s Best Paper Prize 2013: For the paper entitled ‘Gender Differences in Firm Performance: Evidence from New Ventures in the United States’. Co-authored with Alicia Robb and published in the Journal of Business Venturing 2012, Vol.27, No.5, pp.544-558.
Emerald Literatinetwork, 2012 Outstanding Reviewer Award for the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.
The 2010 Best Paper Award in the category ‘The Individual Entrepreneur’ at the 7th AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference, Sunshine Coast Queensland, for the paper entitled ‘Comparing the Performance of Female and Male Controlled SMEs’.
The first Wilford White Fellows Award, 2002, for the best paper authored/co-authored by a doctoral student presented at the 47th ICSB World Conference in 2002. The paper was entitled ‘Measuring the Quality of Working Life for the Self-Employed’ and was based on Rick Newby’s doctoral dissertation. Authored by Rick Newby, David Woodliff (supervisor) and John Watson (supervisor).
The 1999 Best Paper Award at the 12th Annual SEAANZ Conference, for the paper entitled ‘Factor Reliability Techniques in SME Research’. This paper was authored by Rick Newby, David Woodliff and John Watson.
The 1996 Accounting Research Journal Manuscript Award (Educational Note), for the paper entitled Meat Producers – Revaluation of Non-Current Assets.