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Entrepreneurial Capacity to Exploit Opportunities, New Product Development and Firm Performance: A Comparative Study of UK and Chinese High-Tech Firms

Research Team

Professor Catherine L Wang, BA, MSc, PCTHE, PhD (Principal Investigator)

Prof Wang is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London. Her research interests are in the areas entrepreneurship, innovation and strategic management. Using primarily quantitative methods as well as mixed methods, she is particularly interested in investigating how firms’ strategic and entrepreneurial orientations can be translated into innovative outcomes and firm performance. Her work has been published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, European Journal of Information Systems, the Service Industries Journal, the International Journal of Management Reviews, the International Journal of Technology Management, International Journal of Service Industry Management, and the European Journal of Innovation Management. She is the recipient of the MCB Best Paper Award and the Norbert Wiener Award for Outstanding Paper. Prof. Wang has collaborative links with UK and international leading academics, government support agencies, community leaders and industry partners in both private and public sectors. Prior to joining academia, Prof. Wang worked in industry for over seven years in the UK and China, in the areas of international trade and investment, and small business support and consultancy.

Dr Mohammed Rafiq, BSc, MBA, PhD

Dr Rafiq is Reader in Retailing and Marketing at the Business School, Loughborough University. His current research interests include service quality, relationship quality, internal marketing, market orientation, innovation and new product development. Dr Rafiq is an expert in structural equation modelling and other quantitative research techniques. His research has been published in the Journal of Business Logistics, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Marketing Management, European Journal of Innovation Management, European Journal of Information Systems, International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, etc. He has also co-edited a special issue of the European Journal of Marketing on the subject of internal marketing, and has chaired at various prestigious international conferences. Dr Rafiq has co-authored several books including Internal Marketing, and Principles of Retail Management.

Mr Prabhashwara Chaminda Senaratne, BBMgt, MBA

Mr Senaratne is a Research Assistant and a doctoral researcher at the School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London. He received his MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Mr Senaratne has also worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He is a reviewer of the European Journal of Innovation Management. Mr Senaratne’s research interest lies mainly in the area of corporate entrepreneurship, and he uses mixed methods in his research. Mr Senaratne has won a grant from the Central Research Fund, University of London for the field work of his doctoral research.

Associate Members

Professor Pervaiz K Ahmed, BSc, MPhil, PhD

Prof Ahmed is Professor of Management, the Discipline Head of Management, and the Director of the Strategy Research Group at Monash University Sunway Campus in Malaysia. His research interests are in the areas of management of innovation, knowledge and learning, strategy implementation, and internal marketing. He is the founding editor of the European Journal of Innovation Management, the International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, International Journal of Ethics and Governance, and International Journal of Management Practice. Prof. Ahmed was involved in the European Quality Foundation and advised on the development of a revised model incorporating innovation and learning. He has extensive experience working with and advising blue chip companies and public sector organisations such as Unilever, Ford, AT&T, NCR, British Telecommunications, and the NHS in Europe. He has also been involved with corporate clients in Asia such as Malaysia Airlines, CELCOM, as well as government agencies such as the Malaysia Ministry of Nuclear Technologies, and the Singapore National Productivity Council.

Dr Jade Xiaoqing Li, BA, MBA, PhD

Dr Li is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and International Business at the Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. She was previously a Research Assistant and a doctoral researcher at the School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London. She is also a reviewer of the Journal of General Management and the European Journal of Innovation Management. She holds an MBA in International Business from Birmingham University Business School, UK. Her research interests are in the areas of international alliances and strategy. Using primarily qualitative methods together with substantial information from other approaches, she is particularly interested in the application of cooperative strategy in international alliances in higher education.

Dr Sunnie Yu Zheng, BA, BEcon, MA, PhD

Dr Zheng is a Lecturer in Asian Business and International Human Resource Management at the School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London, and was previously a Research Assistant within the School. Her current research concerns the transfer of human resource management practices in Japanese multinational corporations. In particular, she explores subsidiary actors in shaping the human resource management practices employed by subsidiaries. 


 

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