Ben Kehoe

in Australia

Creating prosperity for future generations

Innovation in Australia Book by Ben Kehoe

About the Book

Australia is a country committed to lifestyle and recreation. We have a great record of innovation, but much of it is commercialised overseas.

We need a vision for our future. Can business leaders can play a bigger role? Business is the major platform for wealth creation (and therefore prosperity) in Australia. But based on global indices, our performance is average. What can we do to improve it?

In Innovation in Australia: Creating Prosperity for Future Generations, Ben Kehoe discusses how Australian businesses can improve their rates of collaboration, commercialising our innovative Australian ideas here, rather than shipping them offshore, and how this can increase the prosperity of our nation.

Some IMPORTANT questions

Is Australia:

• an intellectual property hub (where our intellectual property is generally licensed or sold offshore)?

• a business incubator (where any business of substance is sold to the highest bidder)?


• a business leader in some value-added industries, capitalising on the billions we have spent on R&D over so many years?

• a nation that has transformed itself from a service economy to a serious, high- technology industry hub for Asia and the world?

About Ben Kehoe



Ben Kehoe has worked for four decades at the coal face of Australian business as a social pioneer, storyteller, change agent, management consultant and business owner. His real work is working with business leaders to “make stuff happen”. Working with the chairman, CEOs, and leadership teams, he focuses on the core questions an organisation must answer to address their potential with integrity. He works with them to address the real issues that stand in their way-prioritisation, accountability, resistance and fear.

His work supports leadership teams in creating the future: creating new markets, toppling big players, securing competitive advantage, managing high growth and boosting profitability. In all of this, the issue of innovation is paramount.

Ben is a husband, father and grandfather, a student of business and life, a jogger, skier, art collector and ballroom dancer. Over the last decade, he has been exploring social media and its impact on business and the world at large.

Book Reviews

Professor Sandra Harding AO

… a view from the Australian business trenches, with a focus on what we can and should do to enhance business and elevate national prosperity.

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Ian Frazer AC

The argument is put that one day, when the bubble bursts, we’ll be hungry enough, but likely it will be too late.

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John Wagner

He has in simple terms named many of the challenges and problems with the Australian business culture.

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Euan Murdoch

We owe it to future generations of Australians to embrace the learnings from Ben’s book.

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Phil Ruthven AM

Ben has written a superb book – Innovation in Australia – that I recommend we all read. It is thoroughly researched- full of interesting facts …

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Mel Bridges

This is the first book I have read that really nails the shortfalls in how Australia has managed, or better still, mismanaged our ability to …

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Simon Mordant AM

The issue which resonates with me most is the total lack of vision in Australia.

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David Fagan

… offers major insight for readers. innovation is important but how we innovate now is derivative of how we’ve innovated in the past

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Michael Powell

Australia urgently needs to get back on the innovation journey, develop a vision of what it wants to be in 20,30 or 50 years and …

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compulsory reading

This book should be compulsory reading for anyone interested (and concerned) about what the future holds for our children and grandchildren.


Creating Prosperity for future Generations