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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
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Jay Mitra is Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation and Director of the Venture Academy 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 Scholar at the University of Luneburg, Germany, a Visiting Professor at University Externado. Colombia and he has held similar positions at the Institute of Management Technology, India, the School of Management, Fudan University, and the School of Public Policy at Jilin University, both in China, at Bologna University, Italy and EDHEC Business School, France. . 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. The IEF has organized fifteen international refereed conferences to date around the world bringing together academic researchers, reflective practitioners and dynamic policy makers. Together they explore creatively the many dimensions of ideas generation, opportunity development, resource mobilisation, capability development, design-led practice, and sustainability which underpin entrepreneurial and innovative activity across silos and through networks.

Educated at Presidency College, Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, both in Kolkata, India and at University of Stirling, UK,
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 three successful School of Entrepreneurship and Business (SEB) in 2005 where he developed a unique portfolio of postgraduate programmes on entrepreneurship and innovation and their significance for the private, public and social sectors together with the first doctoral programme in Entrepreneurship at the University. This achievement 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, and which has now morphed into The Venture Academy, scoping entrepreneurship and innovation beyond research to generate new forms of learning, foster economic development, all involving, students, academic staff, and institutional stakeholders . In 2014-15 he re-established the MBA programme into a successful and viable project, increasing the student intake six times, and revised and reaccredited the course. These achievements follow the setting up of pioneering Centres for Entrepreneurship at two other universities in the UK. He has been involved as a principal investigator and as a collaborator in a wide number of international R&D and Knowledge Exchange projects in partnerships with universities, business organisations and public bodies from around the world.

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 latest book ‘The Business of Innovation’ is expected in 2017. This follows his recent books ‘Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Exchange, (2015, with a second edition due in 2017), and ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development’ (2012), both published by Routledge.

University of Essex appointments:

* Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation (2004 to date)
* Director of The Venture Academy (from 2015)
* Director of International Development (from 2015 -2017)
* Director of MBA and Executive Programmes ( 2014 -2015)
* Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (2005- 2014
* Head of School of Entrepreneurship and Business (2005-2008)
* Head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, Essex Business
School (2008-2011)
* Associate Director, Essex Business School (International
Development (2008-2011)

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 Innovative Growth
  • Entrepreneurship and regional development
  • Innovation and small firms
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Policy
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Gender and Entrepreneurship
  • Alterantive Entrepreneurial Finance  
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)

MSc in Biotechnology; MSC in MolecularMedicine and MSc in Informational Technology: 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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