Ben Kehoe

in Australia

Creating prosperity for future generations

I read it in two hours, and believe that those two hours would be well spent for any person, whether politician, board member, university vice-chancellor, trade union leader, employee or high school graduate, who aspires to shape the future of this country in the global village positively in the 21st century. Read More ...

Ian Frazer AC | Australian of the Year 2006

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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John Buchanan

Ben has a naturally inquisitive approach, and so it is little wonder that at almost every turn of this fascinating read he poses questions for …

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Linda Ginger

I have enjoyed Ben’s book I could not put it down. He poses that our humble beginnings as a nation has shaped our business culture …

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Geoffrey N De Lacey

A very practical approach to a hugely diverse subject area. It is both an enjoyable read and a decent user-friendly resource with long legs. It …

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Rupert McCall OAM

I think when one’s first instinct is to place the book he has just read in front of his 20-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son; then …

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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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Simon Horne

“Innovation in Australia by Ben Kehoe captures the spirit of The Lucky Country by Donald Horne….In my view, it is the best read since the …

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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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compulsory reading

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

Euan Murdoch, Founder and Managing Director Herron Pharmaceuticals

Creating Prosperity for future Generations