During a career spanning 60 years Murray worked in the fields of Defence Science and Technology, as Defence Research Attaché in the Australian Embassy Washington, USA, and Head of Laboratory Programs DSTO, and in education until 1998 as Dean of Engineering, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Swinburne University of Technology. In ‘retirement’ Murray co-founded the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship and was Director to 2009, was a By-Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge 2004, and since 2011 teaches entrepreneurship classes for Pitcher Partners to 2021.
Over the same period, Murray has been a faith-based leader in church and community-based ventures contributing an entrepreneur mindset. He is currently chair of Australia’s leading non-denominational Christian tertiary college.
Murray’s unique contribution to entrepreneurship education goes well beyond adding an elective or concentration to an MBA program. He and his team demonstrated convincingly that a totally opportunity focused, and integrated real-world program produced much better applied learning results. Indeed, entrepreneurship behaviour can be learned. Murray is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and in 1997, was made a Member of the Order of Australia.
Murray holds the Inaugural Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year, is a life fellow of the Babson Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference and a Lifetime Achievement Award from AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. He also has Honorary Doctorates from the North Eastern University (USA), and from Swinburne University of Technology for contributions to entrepreneurship, AGSE and community.