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Postgraduate opportunities

The Small Business Research Centre welcome enquiries from students interested in postgraduate study for MPhil or PhD in all aspects of entrepreneurship and small business. You are invited to study at the SBRC through an application for a University Studentship for entry 2015/16 (see here). In addition, the specialist interests of individual research staff with respect to entrepreneurship and small business are listed below:

Professor Robert Blackburn

  • Small business management
  • Employment; growth; innovation
  • IP management
  • Environmental practices
  • Business exit
  • Regional and international dimensions
  • Public policy initiatives and evaluations. 
  • Mixed methods; qualitative and some quantitative approaches

Professor David Smallbone

  • Entrepreneurship in transition economies
  • Ethnic minority and immigrant entrepreneurship
  • Rural enterprise
  • Entrepreneurship and SME policy

Professor Elizabeth Chell

  • The entrepreneurial personality and entrepreneurial process
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Gender issues and entrepreneurship

Professor Audley Genus

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in the renewable energy sector
  • Community entrepreneurship and social innovation
  • Open and user innovation
  • Public and business engagement relating to the promotion of 'green' innovation
  • New approaches to understanding innovation networks

Professor George Saridakis

  • Economics of Small Firms
  • Entrepreneurship

Professor John Kitching

  • Employment relations
  • Skills, learning and training
  • Small business policy
  • Regulation and business performance
  • Intellectual property

Professor Dirk de Clercq

  • Management of SMEs
  • SME innovation
  • SME alliances

Dr Rosemary Athayde

  • Entrepreneurial Behaviour
  • Enterprise Education
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship

Dr Tim Harries

  • SMEs and climate change adaptation
  • Sustainable energy consumption
  • The management of chronic illness in the workplace
  • Maintaining healthy practices in the workplace

Dr Marfuga Iskandarova

  • Community entrepreneurship and social innovation
  • Entrepreneurship in the renewable energy sector
  • Responsible innovation

Dr Hang Do

  • Innovation management in SMEs
  • Business sustainability of SMEs
  • Entrepreneurial orientation
  • Small firm performance, firm growth
  • IP management in small firms
  • Born global enterprises / SMEs

 Enquiries should be directed to Professor Robert Blackburn, Director, SBRC

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