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
We have a diverse, primarily quantitative, management science research portfolio.
Example topics and disciplines include:
supply chain and operations
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)
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.