Research Topics

1. Entrepreneurial behavior

    1. How crucial is a highly educated population to budding entrepreneurs?
    2. Is there a linkage between entrepreneurship and market orientation?
    3. Entrepreneurial passion
    4. Creativity & Innovation
    5. Entrepreneurial heuristics
    6. Deal making & Negotiations
    7. Serial entrepreneurship
    8. Necessity, Efficiency & Opportunity entrepreneurship
    9. Gender, education, social and economic antecedents of entrepreneurs
    10. Are there employees’ entrepreneurial attitudes and opportunity recognition?
    11. Work life balance
    12. What are the motivational factors for mothers to start their own businesses?
    13. Monetary and Non-Monetary Rewards of Self-employmentIs entrepreneurship learned or something that some people are born with?
    14. Are entrepreneurs driven by the need for self-fulfillment?


2. Finance

  1. How does crowd sourcing function? Crowdfunding and Crowdinvesting
  2. Venture capital
  3. Angel funding
  4. Raising capital by SMEs in stock markets
  5. Impact Investment Funds and role in promoting Social Impact enterprises
  6. Role of commercial banks in improving access to finance
  7. Issues in access to finance by first generation entrepreneurs
  8. Structure of MSME finance and issues
  9. Effectiveness of the CGTMSE scheme for MSMEs :


3. Marketing

  1. Conducting research in marketing
  2. Market orientation in SME
  3. Relationship between market orientation and entrepreneurship
  4. Organization of marketing activities in SME
  5. Managing Alliances and Alliance Portfolios and networks
  6. Digital Entrepreneurship – role and impact of Digital Marketing techniques
  7. IT-driven Business Models and Web 2.0 & use bu MSMEs



  • Baker, W.E. and J.M. Sinkula (2009). “The complementary effects of market orientation and entrepreneurial orientation on profitability in small businesses”, Journal of Small Business Management, 47 (4), pp. 443-464.

  • Child, J., Faulkner, D., and S. Tallman (2005). “Cooperative Strategy: Managing Alliances, Networks, and Joint Ventures”, Oxford University Press, NY.

  • Doz, Y.L. and Hamel, G. (1998). “Alliance advantage. The art of creating value through partnering”, Harvard Business School Press, Boston.

  • Dussauge, P. and B. Garrette (1999). “Cooperative strategy. Competing successfully through strategic alliances”, Wiley, N.Y.

  • Dyer, J. (2000): “Collaborative Advantage: Winning through Extended Enterprise Supplier Networks”, Oxford University Press, New York

  • Raju,P.S., Lonial, S.C. and M. D. Crum (2011). “Market orientation in the context of SMEs: a conceptual framework”, Journal of Business Research, vol. 64, pp. 1320-1326.


4. Government Policy & programs

  1. Performance of State Government schemes like UYEGP, NEEDS, Capital subsidy, etc.
  2. erformance of Central Government schemes like CLCSS, Cluster Development Programs, etc. ( ) with reference to TN MSMES
  3. should entrepreneurs be provided with tax breaks so they can considerably aid encourage risk-taking in order to develop and grow the economy?
  4. What can governments execute in order to promote entrepreneurial ideas?
  5. Hinged on present laws, government fiscal policy and societal perspectives, how much is entrepreneurship encouraged?
  6. Ease of doing business for MSMEs – local, state and inter-state studies
  7. Impact of de-regulation in improving ease of launching and doing businesses
  8. Government procurement policies, practice and outcomes for MSMEs


5. Inclusive development

  1. What are the conditions for female entrepreneurs’ start-ups?
  2. Women in Entrepreneurship
  3. Minority & Disadvantaged entrepreneurs
  4. Bottom of pyramid entrepreneurship - Street vendors
  5. Differently abled persons and Business


6. Innovation, Technology & IP

  1. How can inventors find entrepreneurs to merge talents and finance new projects?
  2. Financing innovation
  3. Open innovations
  4. IP awareness, creation, filing and commercialisation by SMEs
  5. IP analysis
  6. Design Thinking & Design Innovations in SMEs
  7. Product and Process Innovation in SMEs
  8. What is high technology entrepreneurship?
  9. High-Technology Clusters
  10. Role of clusters in Technology forecasting and adoption
  11. Technology Transfer and Spinoff Support (Inside the Venture, practical)
  12. Role of University R&D labs in IP creation and commercialisation


8. Competitiveness & Globalisation of SMEs

  1. Sustainability of SMEs
  2. MSME clusters and role in competitiveness& globalisation
  3. Quality consciousness & adoption of Quality Control methods
  4. Definitions and Theoretical Foundations of International Entrepreneurship
  5. International Business, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management Studies
  6. Theoretical Models for International Entrepreneurship
  7. Empirical Analysis in International Entrepreneurship



  • Dana, L.-P. (ed.) (2004), Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship. UK: Edward-Elgar.

  • Davidsson, P.; Delmar, F and J. Wiklund (2006), “Entrepreneurship and the Growth of Firms”. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

  • Etemad, H. (ed.) (2004), “International Entrepreneurship in Small and Medium Size Enterprises”. Cheltenham: Edward-Elgar.

  • Gabrielsson, M. and V.H. Manek Kirpalani (2012), Handbook of Research on Born Globals. Cheltenham: Edward-Elgar.

  • Johannisson, B., Karlsson, C. and D. Storey (Eds.) (1993), “Small Business Dynamics”. London. Routledge.

  • Jones, M.V. and P. Dimitratos (eds.) (2004). “Emerging Paradigms in International Entrepreneurship”. UK: EdwardElgar Publishing.

  • Jones, M.V., Dimitratos, P., Fletcher, M. and S. Young (2009), “Internationalization, Entrepreneurship and the Smaller Firm”. Cheltenham: Edward-Elgar.

  • McNaughton, R.B. and J.D. Bell (eds.) (2009), “Entrepreneurship and Globalization” (5 Volume Set). London: Sage.

  • Oviatt, B.M. and P.P. McDougall (eds.) (2007), “International Entrepreneurship”. Cheltenham, UK: Edward-Elgar

  • Storey, D.J. and F.J. Greene (2010), “Small Business and Entrepreneurship”. London: Pearson.

  • Veciana, J.Mª. (eds) (1994)(eds), SMEs: “Internationalization, Networks, and Strategy”. Aldershot, UK: Avebury.

  • Zucchella, A. and P. Scabini (2007): “International Entrepreneurship”. NY: Palgrave/MacMillan.


9. Entrepreneurship Processes

  1. Networking: Concepts and perspectives
  2. Networking across the value chain
  3. Networking and international expansion
  4. Networking and technological innovation
  5. Mentoring and effectiveness
  6. Enterprise sickness , Entrepreneurial failure & exit
  7. Human resource management
  8. Dynamics
  9. Growth and Scaling up
  10. Strategy analysis in SMEs
  11. Strategy formulation in SMEs
  12. Strategy implementation in SMEs
  13. Organizational Configuration, Development & effectiveness of MSMEs


  • Grant, R. (2005), “Contemporary Strategy Analysis”, Oxford: Blackwell.

  • Hill, M.A., Ireland, R.D., Camp, S.M. and D.L. Sexton (2002), “Strategic Entrepreneurship: Creating a New Mindset”. John Wiley & Sons.

  • Hodgetts, R.M. and D.F. Kuratko  (1995), “Effective Small Business Management”, 5th ed. Fort Worth, TX: Dryden

  • Penrose, E. (1959), “The Theory of the Growth of the Firm”. Oxford, Basil Blackwell.

  • Rumelt, R.P., Schendel, D., and D.J. Teece (eds.) (1994), “Fundamentals Issues in Strategy”. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.


10. Economy & Ecosystem

  1. Entrepreneurship and environmental factors: Theoretical and empirical approaches.
  2. Informal institutions as a driver of entrepreneurial activity
  3. Formal institutions and optimal policy promotion of entrepreneurship.
  4. The quality of enforcing institutions and entrepreneurship.
  5. Diversity approach in entrepreneurship (entrepreneurial universities, social entrepreneurship, immigrant entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, female entrepreneurial activity, etc.).
  6. Is business ownership an effective solution to unemployment?
  7. Vulnerability & Resilience
  8. Micro-Social Networks in the Start-Up Context
  9. International & Inter-state Comparison of Institutional Environment
  10. Business Membership Organisations – State, District & Product MSME associations & their performance



  • Bruton, G.D., Ahlstrom, D. and H-L. Li (2010), “Institutional Theory and Entrepreneurship: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Need to Move in the Future?”Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 34(3): 421-440.

  • Djankov, S., La Porta, R., Lopez-de-Silanes, F, and  A. Shleifer (2002), “The Regulation of Entry” Quarterly Journal of Economics 117(1): 1-37 .

  • Gartner, W.B. (1985),“A Conceptual Framework for Describing the Phenomenon of New Venture Creation”. Academy of Management Review, 10(4): 696-706.

  • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (2012) Data bases. Available at

  • Gnyawali, D.R. and D.S. Fogel (1994), “Environments for Entrepreneurship Development: Key Dimensions and Research Implications”. Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice, 18(4): 43-62.

  • Klapper, L., Laeven, L., and R. Rajan (2006), “Entry regulation as a barrier to entrepreneurship” Journal of Financial Economics, 82: 591-629.

  • Stephen, F.; Urbano, D. and S. Van Hemmen (2009), “The responsiveness of entrepreneurs to working time regulations”. Small Business Economics, 32: 259–276.

  • World Bank (2012), “Starting a Business Methodology” The Doing Business Project. Available at


11. Family businesses

  1. Member involvement
  2. Knowledge sharing
  3. Succession planning
  4. Leadership Transition
  5. Inter-generational Transmission of Self-Employment


12. Opportunities, Ideation, Business Models & Venture Creation

  1. Opportunity recognition
  2. Business idea choice – process and decision-making
  3. Business Opportunities & Information networks
  4. Concept and measurement of new venture growth
  5. Factors influencing new venture growth
  6. New venture growth modes
  7. Business models
  8. Social Impact Entrepreneurship
  9. Ecopreneurship


13. Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Education & Training

  1. Entrepreneurship Education in HEIs, Schools, etc
  2. Entrepreneurial Networks
  3. Taking the Case for Young Students’ Entrepreneurial Education
  4. Exploring the Concept of Coopetition in Entrepreneurial Education
  5. Quality of E&I ecosystems in HEIs
  6. E&I Best practices in HEIs
  7. University Industry Collaboration
  8. Role of HEIs in regional economic development
  9. Role and effectivness of Business & Technology Incubators


14.Entrepreneurship Research Methodologies

  1. Methodological issues in the entrepreneurship research (bibliographic resources, main journals, structure of the publications, techniques of analysis, data bases -Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, GEM-, etc.).
  2. Research paradigms in qualitative research
  3. Research designs:five traditions
  4. Qualitative data: Observing, conversing, collecting
  5. Analyzing data: coding, categorizing, interpreting
  6. Writing a qualitative paper: ordering and communicating concepts
  7. The technology of qualitative research
  8. Evaluating qualitative research
  9. Research methods (particularly Grounded Theory and Content Analysis)


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