ISBE 2018 Doctoral Day Speakers

Doctoral Day Speakers and Participants

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Tuesday 6th November 2018
Location: International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University


Author Picture Biography
  Alistair Anderson’s primary role is professor of entrepreneurship at Aberdeen Business School. He enjoys other interesting roles: a guest professor at SLU, Uppsala; visiting professor at Audencia, France; honorary professor at Lancaster University and has been honorary professor at UHI, Inverness and Aberdeen Universities. Research about entrepreneurship and small business is the focus of his activities. He has published numerous papers which are quite well cited. He contributes to scholarship as editor in chief of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and as an editorial board member of other journals including Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. Originally a small business owner, (pubs, knitwear manufacturing and a builder) intellectual curiosity about understanding entrepreneurship led to his academic interest in understanding the social dimensions of enterprising small business.
  Dr Adah-Kole Onjewu is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University. Prior to this, he obtained a BA in Business Administration and an MSc in International Business from the University of Hertfordshire. Subsequently, he undertook a PhD at the University of Plymouth studying the competitive activities of small credit rating agencies in the financial services industry. His current research is focused on SMEs’ internationalisation, transformational and Rohingya Entrepreneurship. His publications include ‘investigating the moderating role of Export Promotion Programmes using evidence from North-Africa’ in the Journal of Critical Perspectives on International Business, and a book chapter on ‘Entrepreneurship and SMEs’ Productivity Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa’. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr David Higgins. As a scholar/educator in Entrepreneurship Education and Learning field for over 10 years, David has developed a deep knowledge and appreciative understanding of the subject matter, which is currently being advanced by his research within the area Entrepreneurial Researcher Learning. Currently, David is interested in how we can understand the process of entrepreneurial researcher learning when social poetics is used as a means of making sense of how researchers learn in action. David takes a relational social constructionist perspective, in which he brings into “being” two aspects of social poetics, that of dialogue and reflexive critique, to draw discussion towards how our understanding of “learning in action” is continually mediated and re-developed based upon our dialogical interactions with others and self. Through David’s current interest he seeks to extend the practice of reflexivity and dialogue, using social poetics, as a form of “self-reflexive dialogical critique” in action to explore the dialogic process of moments of learning from a researcher’s perspective in the context of doing research in the entrepreneurship field. David’s work encompasses the development of applied actionable research. In his current role with Liverpool University he supervises DBA/PhD students who engage with practice based research and has examined over 50 doctoral theses (PhD & DBA) as both an internal and external examiner.
  Cherisse Hoyte is a Senior Lecturer and Early Career Researcher in the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University. She has a PhD in Entrepreneurship from the University of Nottingham and researches in the area of entrepreneurial opportunity development and sensemaking with a particular interest in process and temporality. She is also interested in gendered discourses of entrepreneurship. Prior to her doctorate, she gained qualifications in IHRM (MSc) and Management Studies and Psychology (BSc) which enables her to adopt an inter-disciplinary approach to the study and practice of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education. Her publications include a book on motivations of women entrepreneurs, a book chapter on women as ‘other’ in entrepreneurship discourse and a journal article on artisan entrepreneurship.
  Paul Jones is Deputy Director of the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship and Professor in Entrepreneurship at Coventry University.  Prof. Jones has worked in further and higher education for over twenty five years at several UK universities. Professor Jones has undertaken research in entrepreneurship and small business management, information technology and entrepreneurship education during his academic career to date. Prof. Jones is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Management Education. He sits on the board of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  Luke Pittaway is the Chair of the Management Department and Copeland Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ohio University. He was previously the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Pittaway’s research focuses on entrepreneurship education and learning and he has a range of other interests including: entrepreneurial behavior; networking; entrepreneurial failure; business growth; and, corporate venturing. In 2018 Dr. Pittaway was nominated and selected to be USASBE’s 2018 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year.
  Gerard McElwee is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Hudderfield. (Profile). He has a background in heavy industry.  He teaches Research methods and Entrepreneurship in Europe, South America, India and the Middle East.  He is an active consultant to rural businesses. In terms of research, he is particularly interested in rural entrepreneurship and rural sustainability.  His recent work has focused on farm diversification strategies for upland farmers and the role of animateurs in village economic and environmental sustainability.  Latterly, he is working on illegal entrepreneurship in rural environments and the extent to which informality and illegality are in themselves manifestations of diversified personal or firm strategies.   Gerard is the Rural Entrepreneurship track chair for the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ISBE) and the editor of The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation which he launched in 1999.
  Monder Ram OBE is the Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), based in the Business School at the University of Birmingham. He has extensive experience of working in, researching and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses. He is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject.  He regularly speaks at conferences across the world on the importance and value of ethnic minority businesses and has also advised Government on this. Monder is responsible for initiating the annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference in 1998, which has developed into the most important event in the calendar for disseminating policy and research on ethnic minority firms. Monder also holds the positions of Visiting Fellow at the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University and Visiting Professor at the University of Turku in Finland. He was named as one of the country’s most influential Asians by the Institute of Asian Professionals and was awarded an OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours List for his services to black and ethnic minority businesses.
  Claire Seaman is a Professor in Enterprise and Family Business. She has published over 30 journal articles on family businesses in the UK, New Zealand and Latin America and is a regular contributor to family business conferences worldwide. Her recent book, The Modern Family Business, was developed with colleagues and published by Palgrave McMillan. Claire maintains close links with the business community and business organisations such as the Scottish Family Business Association, Family Business United and local economic development agencies. She is a frequent speaker at gatherings of family businesses and professional advisors. This interaction enables her to share insights from evidence based research with practitioners, while ensuring that her research focuses on areas of importance to the family business community, and has lead directly to current research that focusses on the European Family Business Associations. Experiences and close interactions with business and business support agencies help keep her professional work rooted into the realties and complex dynamics of families in business who create enterprises that dominate the economic and societal landscape around the world.
  Dr Kayleigh Watson, Following a decision to abandon a career as a town planner, Kayleigh successfully received a regional development agency funded scholarship to enable her study on the Innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship MSc programme at Newcastle University. It was the experiences and insights afforded by this programme which would provide inspiration for the proposal of a doctoral research project exploring the phenomenon of university-based Start-up Competitions. Accepting the role of Post-Graduate Academic Assistant at the University of Sunderland in 2011 subsequently allowed Kayleigh to carry out research as a part-time PhD student; an endeavour which was successfully completed in 2016. This doctoral work has informed the production of numerous conference papers, journal articles and book chapters. Kayleigh Northumbria University as a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in September 2015. This role has seen her involved in developing and delivering a renewed enterprise and entrepreneurship curricula and pursue post-doctoral research in the areas of entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial learning. As a board member of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship since 2017, Kayleigh is actively leading the development of initiatives to support the career development of early career members.