School of Business research themes - entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity

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Led by Norin Arshed, this research theme unites a number of University of Dundee School of Business staff and their Postgraduate Research community in Research, Knowledge Exchange, and Impact (RKEI) activity to enable entrepreneurship and innovation in start-ups, scale-ups, and large-scale organisations. Excellent examples of the achievements of this cluster include the following: Doctors Jihye Kim, Seemab Farooqi, and Qian Li.

  • Norin Arshed and published extensively on entrepreneurship policy, especially in women's entrepreneurship. As a result, she was appointed as independent advisor on women’s enterprise policy to the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. Her research with female entrepreneurs and enterprise agencies informed new structures of support being introduced nationally in 2020-21 and her award of a prestigious nine-month Scottish Parliamentary Fellowship in September 2020. She is leads the entrepreneurship group which includes:
  • Renzo Cordina has explored early-stage venture capital investment in SMEs in collaboration with the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship to develop its research priorities. 
  • Expertise in place-based marketing led to Keith Dinnie’s advisory role with ‘Brand Scotland’, a joint initiative between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland, on innovative practices in service development and construction of new national narratives.  He is now leading regional marketing within the £300 million Tay Cities Deal, in which UoD features prominently with £40 million of investment in biomedical and forensic science innovation. 
  • Abhishek Pathak has gained an international profile showing how psychology and experimental design produces significant practical value for food marketing and packaging companies.

Collectively, the cluster aligns to the University’s themes of Social Justice and Innovating Technology and to the Institute for Social Sciences Research (ISSR) themes (co-Director Stephanie Schreven) of Social Justice and Social Change, Governance, Policy and Regulation and Innovation in Methods.

This cluster also includes the following colleagues:

Name Role
Dr Renzo Cordina Senior Lecturer
Dr Keith Dinnie Reader, Associate Dean, Engagement
Dr Abhishek Pathak Senior Lecturer
Dr Stephanie Schreven Senior Lecturer
Professor Graeme Martin Professor
Dr Szu-Hsin Wu Lecturer
Dr Jihye Kim Baxter Fellow (Teaching and Research)
Dr Seemab Farooqi Lecturer