Strategy and Entrepreneurship Group Strategy and Entrepreneurship Group

The Strategy and Entrepreneurship (S&E) Group is led by Professor Naresh Pandit. The focus of this group is the development and dissemination of theories, methodologies and best-practice in the areas of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, and International Business.

Members of the group bring together substantial academic and practical experience, which allows them to address associated contemporary issues with the expected research rigor, and policy and practice relevance.

The group employs a diversity of methods for the production of new knowledge in these areas and its dissemination across various stakeholders.


Strategic Management

S&E members focused on Strategic Management research are Professor Andrea Patacconi, Professor Naresh Pandit, Ms Leslie Le Meunier-FitzHughDr Kevan WilliamsDr Barry Witcher, Dr Feng WanDr Graham Manville, and Dr Arvind Yadav

Research topics include strategic management and organisational economics, 'hybrid' organisational forms (business groups and strategic alliances),hierarchical decentralisation, internal resource allocation, industrial clustering, strategy-as-practice, dynamin capabilities and business turnaround with applications in broadcasting, creative industries, financial services and retailing, and innovation management. Outputs appear in RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organisation, Research Policy, European Management Review, Journal of Public Economics, Public Management Review, Industrial Corporate Change, and Strategic Management Journal.



S&E members that focus on entrepreneurship research are Professor Naresh Pandit, Dr Zografia BikaDr Graham Manville, Dr Tiago Botelho, Mr Julian Campbell, Dr Dimitrios Dousios and Dr Fahri Karakas.Their independent and collaborative research encompasses local, national and international perspectives, and has been supported by various organisations including the AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC, EU, ICAEW, and UK~IRC.

The diversity within entrepreneurship is reflected in the research interests and activities of the members of this group.  These include SME insolvency and turnaround, gender and entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in development; rural, family and institutional entrepreneurship,research exploring the causal link between entrepreneurship and small firm growth, as well as open innovation in SME's, high growth firms, firms' dynamic processes of assembling and integrating knowledge for sustainable competitive advantage, creativity and vitality in organisations, benevolent leadership, creativity, design thinking, and social innovation.

Their research outputs appear in Environment and Planning A, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Long Range Planning, The Sociological Review, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Gender, Work & Organization, Family Business Review, Regional Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Business Research, Production Planning & Control, International Journal of Human Resource Management and the International Small Business Journal. 


International Business

S&E members working in the International Business area are Professor Naresh Pandit and Dr Feng Wan. Research topics include liability of foreignness, firm specific advantages, emerging market multinational enterprises, and industrial clustering with applications in media and financial services.

This research has been funded by grants from the British Academy, Corporation of London, DTI, ESRC and the European Union.

Published outputs appear in the Environment and Planning A, International Business Review, Management International Review and International Journal of the Economics of Business.

Practitioners and policy makers benefitting from this research and scholarship include Asda-Walmart, Bank of England, Barclays Bank, Cambridge Econometrics, Corporation of London, EY, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

PhD candidates in the Group

Current PGR students :

Benjamin Valcke

Pavlo Ulianiuk

Deborah Umeh

Bailuo Lin

George Redhead

Maleeya Buravas


Former PGR students :

Abobakr Aljuwaiber

Madina Subalova

Mohammed Tayeenul Hoque

Angsaya Siepong


PhD supervision areas

Members of the S&E Group are interested in supervising the following PhD areas:

Business Angels

Cluster Design and Development

Corporate Governance, including Ownership, Corporate Groups, Alliances, Corporate Restructuring, Corporate Values and Corporate Communications


Entrrepreneurial Finance

Family, Rural and Institutional Entrepreneurship

Green/Clean Tech Strategies


MNEs and Industrial Clusters

SME Insolvency and Turnaround

Spirituality at Work