Professor of Management at Victoria University Business School, Sally is a renowned science, innovation and entrepreneurship academic.
After beginning academic life as a research chemist, Sally moved into the business world while working as a consultant in Britain in the 1980s. On the strength of her research into sustainable collective productivity in New Zealand firms, in 2011 Sally was appointed a Commissioner at the New Zealand Productivity Commission.
With research interests covering the commercialisation of scientific research, entrepreneurship and the growth of high-tech firms, innovation strategy and policy, Sally has led large research grants covering projects on competitive advantage in New Zealand firms, and sustainability and firm-level productivity in New Zealand's biotechnology and food and beverage sectors.
An Emeritus Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, she is also a Principal Investigator with Te Pūnaha Matatini, which develops methods and tools for transforming complex data into knowledge.
Her publications include topics such as technology management, strategic discourse, R&D management, and science and public policy.
Sally is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University, a Fellow of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, and a member of Global Women.
Professor Davenport became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to science in the 2018 New Years Honours list.