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Professor Jay Mitra

Position in departmentProfessor of Business Enterprise and Innovation
Staff positionProfessor of Business Enterprise and Innovation
Telephone01206 874859
RoomEBS 3.11
Office hoursYou can find details of Academic office hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911

Jay Mitra is Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation at Essex Business School, University of Essex.  He has acted as a Scientific Adviser to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) as the Head of the Scientific Committee on Entrepreneurship for the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and the LEED (Local Economic and Employment) Programme at its Trento Centre and in Paris. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Management Technology in India and has held similar positions at the School of Management, Fudan University, and the School of Public Policy at Jilin University, both in China, and at Bologna University, Italy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK. Jay Mitra also leads the International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) a unique network and forum for researchers, policy makers and business practitioners working on entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development issues.

Professor Mitra trained in the private sector in the UK, worked as a Principal Officer for local government also in the UK, specialising in economic and business development, and taught at 3 other universities before joining the University of Essex. At Essex he established the unique and highly successful School of Entrepreneurship and Business (SEB) in 2005 which preceded his contribution to the creation of Essex Business School in 2008. He also created the first International Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ICER) leading it since its inception in 2006. In 2014-15 he re-established the MBA programme into a successful and viable project, increasing the student intake 6 times in the first year, and revised and reaccredited the course. These achievements follow the setting up pioneering Centres for Entrepreneurship at 2 other universities and the creation and ownership of 2 new businesses in the UK.

He is the editor of the new Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies’ published by Sage. He is a member of various editorial boards of international refereed journals. He has written and published widely on the subject of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development with significant contributions to international refereed journals, through books, chapters in leading research monographs, at refereed international conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops. His work has attracted best research paper awards in both the UK and the USA. His most recent book is ‘Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Exchange, (2015) which follows ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development’ (2012), both published by Routledge.

University of Essex
• 2004 to date
Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation
Director of MBA and Executive Programmes (since 2014)
Director of International Development (from 2015)
Director of The Venture Academy (from 2015)
• 2005 to 2008
Head of School of Entrepreneurship and Business
2005 to 2014
Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research
• 2008 to 2012
• Head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, Essex Business School
Associate Director, Essex Business School (International Development)

Current research
  • Entrepreneurship and Human and Social Capital
  • Female Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in High and Low Agglomerations
  • Internationalisation of Entrepreneurial Firms  
  • Technology and Entrepreneurship
Research interests
  • New venture creation, opportunity development and growth
  • Entrepreneurship and regional development
  • Innovation and small firms
  • Small firm internationalisation
  • Entrepreneurship Policy
  • Social Entrepreneurship
Teaching responsibilities
Global Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Management and Social Development (BE 853; Compulsory Module);
Creating and Managing a New Venture (BE 878; Core Module)
Developing Business Plans (BE 867; Compulsory Module)

Bio Science and Life Sciences - Final Year Students
Creating and Managing a New and Entrepreneurial Venture (BE 244; Optional Module)

PG Certificate in New Business Creation (Creating and Growing a New Venture (BE 243) and Developing Business Plans (BE 867) - for all graduates of the University,

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