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The Small Business Research Centre Team


Research Administrator

Associate Members

Visiting Professors and Fellows

  • Professor Anne Kovalainen, Turku School of Economics
  • Professor Friederike Welter
  • Dr Ewald Kibler
  • Dr Jari Kuusisto MSc, PhD
  • Dr Fereshteh Mafakheri, University of Greenwich
  • Charles Miller, Producer, BBC Money Programme
  • Richard Parkes
  • David Purdy

Research Students

  • Suthinee Mongkol
    Suthinee’s PhD is on “The Role of Networks in the Internationalization of SMEs in Thailand: A Case Study of Food-Ingredient Enterprises”. Suthinee’s research focuses on the role of networks in SME internationalization in Thailand. The study emphasises the SME use of networks when internationalising and the effect of Thailand’s network structural characteristics on SME internationalization on food-ingredient SMEs.
  • Chi Maher (DBA student)
    Chi's research aims to develop our knowledge and understanding of managerial careers in the Not - For - Profit (NFP) voluntary sector by examining the career orientations and preferred career path of managers working in the sector.
  • Eva Kasperova
    Eva's PhD examines entrepreneurial identity, disability and embodiment, exploring how business owners with impairments negotiate and construct their identity. The aim is to understand the role of the body in entrepreneurship and the formation of identity.
  • Vik Gill
    Vik’s research investigates how UK social enterprises use digital technologies to achieve their social missions.
  • Rebecca Fakoussa
    Rebecca's PhD focuses on boards of directors and board diversity, specifically in the context of family businesses. The research aim is to develop an understanding around board practises including directors development, women and non-executives on the board, as well as processes involved in boards working together and reaching consensus.
  • Seyed Alemzadeh
    Seyed’s research investigates corporate entrepreneurship within large organisations.
  • Guarav Chandra
    Guarav’s research investigates the role of ethnicity, religion and cultural factors impacting entrepreneurship in shaping business practices of Indian small businesses in order to survive and grow in a competitive market.
  • Yangqing Lai
    Yangqing’s research undertakes an econometric analysis of the link between employee attitudes and organisational performance.
  • BM Razzak
    BM’s research explores the working life of employees in the context of UK SME’s of Bangladeshi origin.
  • Bernard Imarhiagbe
    Bernard is conducting his PhD research into SMEs and their access to finance. He aims to improve our knowledge and understanding of the determinants of access to finance and how entrepreneurs can increase their chance of success in seeking finance for their business formation, innovation and growth.

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