2020 applicants
Essex Business School

Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group

Delegates attending a careers event at the Essex Business School in Southend sit in discussion in the university library.

We are a group of international researchers with an entrepreneurial focus

We enhance the frontiers of knowledge in management and business studies for the sustainable growth of business, society and the economy.

We are based at the University of Essex’s Southend Campus. Our research is multi-disciplinary and falls within two broad and interrelated streams; management and science and entrepreneurship and SME management.

Our research at a glance

Management science

We have a diverse, primarily quantitative, management science research portfolio.

Example topics and disciplines include:

  • supply chain and operations
  • strategy
  • complex systems
  • network analysis
  • applied economics and econometrics

Much of our research is closely linked with the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.

Entrepreneurship and SME management

We support the growth and regional development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Research topics include:

  • marketing (such as B2B and CRM)
  • internationalisation
  • innovation
  • product and network development of SMEs
  • the challenges faced by specific entrepreneurial groups, such as social, female an ethnic entrepreneurs
  • the development of 'intrapreneur' i.e. entrepreneurial individuals operating within established organisations
  • how entrepreneurship can be delivered within education curriculum to increase entrepreneurial awareness, aspiration, intention and behaviour

We have worked on several knowledge exchange projects, including:

  • innovation voucher - championing corporate social responsibility at the grass roots level
  • low carbon voucher - developing a marketing strategy to help a small web-based business that faced difficulties in increasing awareness of their presence and services
  • low carbon KEEP programme - assisting a local business to develop and implement marketing and sales strategies to increase its sales of a carbon efficient, web-based HR systems
  • mini KTPs - carrying out market research on entry and internationalisation of growing SMEs

Autism and the world of work

Dr Caleb Kwong is an avid and active researcher of entrepreneurship and not-for-profit sector management. For the 2019 ESRC Festival of Social Science, Caleb hosted an exhibition which explored what the world of work is like for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through multi-media elements, including: photos, narratives, maps, talking heads and videos designed to explore the challenges faced by autistic individuals in the workplace, the exhibition aimed to offer better support and understanding for individuals with autism within the working environment.

 

Find out more

Accelerating women's enterprise

An entire team of researchers from the Management Science and Entrepreneurship group are currently leading on a project which is partnering with the Accelerating Women's Enterprise (AWE) project. Dr Caleb Kwong, Dr Juan Carlos Fernandez De Arroyabe Fernandez, Dr Marta Fernandez De Arroyabe Fernandez and David Khayesi are leading the University of Essex's involvement in the organisation of training, as well as conducting research into the challenges and barriers faced by disadvantaged women entrepreneurs.

The aims of AWE are:

  • To train 700 female entrepreneurs
  • To recruit and train over 160 mentors
  • To help 134 women to start new businesses

 

Read more

Management Science and Entrepreneurship

Matthew Allen
Professor, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Suma Athreye
Professor, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: Economics of Innovation; Economics and Management of Intellectual Property; Technology Management; Evolution of Technology Markets; Technology Licensing; Open Innovation; Inclusive Innovation; International R&D Management; International Cooperation in Science and Technology; Emerging Market Multinationals; Foreign Direct Investment
Charan Bhattarai
Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Debashree De
Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Mehmet Demirbag
Deputy Dean of Essex Business School and Professor (R), EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: internationalisation of R&D activities; offshore R&D; FDI location choice; product/regional diversification strategies of MNEs; Multinationals from Emerging Countries; International Mergers and Acquisitions; Reverse Knowledge Transfer by Emerging Country MNEs
Marta Fernandez De Arroyabe Arranz
Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: Technological Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As); Innovation; Networks; Eco-innovation and Environmental Policy
Juan Fernandez De Arroyabe Fernandez
Reader, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: Innovation; Eco-innovation; and Circular Economy.; Innovation and R&D Networks; Cyber Security on the firms
Shamsul Karim
Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Young-Ah Kim
Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: Innovation in the high-tech industry; Absorptive capacity; Business-to-Business Relationship Marketing; Business Network and Relationship Management between Firms; Quantitative Methods in Marketing (Advanced SEM, Hierarchical model, Choice Modelling); Relationship Value in Business Contexts
Niraj Kumar
Professor, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management; Food Supply Chain; Supply Chain Innovation; Big data management
Caleb Kwong
Reader (R), EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: social entrepreneurship, humane entrepreneurship and microfinance; entrepreneurship amongst the disabled population; entrepreneurship amongst refugees, Inernal Displaed Persons (IDPs) and those in the conflict zones; female and ethnic entrepreneurship; management education and enterprise education; human resource management (international)
Chang-Hun Lee
Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Jun Li
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: Ageing society and third age entrepreneurship; start-up, scale-up and high growth entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurship, wellbeing, inequality and productivity; Graduate entrepreneurship; Chinese entrepreneurship and innovation; Entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging economies
Rebecca Y Li
Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: international marketing and innovation
Wei Liu
Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: Tourism Management
Kholoud Mohsen
Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: Intra-firm integration mechanisms and their influence on marketing performance (effectiveness, adaptiveness, efficiency and creativity); The international marketing strategies of emerging market firms; Drivers of market pioneering; Emerging markets MNEs; Set-Theortic research in Business
Manuela Nocker
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: Critical approaches to project work, particularly project teams; Organisational ethnography; The narrative and poetic approaches in organisational analysis; Identity construction and the management of identity; Ethics, social responsibility and sustainability; Collaboration and learning; Strategy-as-practice; Organisational innovation
Misagh Tasavori
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: International entrepreneurship; Multinational corporations from emerging markets; Business strategy and dynamic capability; Social entrepreneurship in international business; Base of the pyramid market
Idika Uduma
Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Svetlana Warhurst
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: Learning Pedagogy; Problem-based learning; Transnational education; Firm internationalisation; Autonomy and Embeddedness of subsidiaries of MNCs; Subsidiary performance
Abraham Zhang
Reader, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Wen Zhang
Lecturer, EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Research interests: Multiobjective ranking and selection; Data science in insurance

Research projects

Past events

2018

2017