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Professor Stylianos (Stelios) Kavadias

Professor Stelios Kavadias

Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre; Director of Research; Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth

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Professor Stelios Kavadias is Director of the Centre and also holds the position of Research Director for the School. His research interests include the effectiveness of new product development decisions. At a broader level, he seeks to understand the challenges that arise during the planning and execution phases of the innovation process, always with an operational/managerial perspective.

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Dr Andreas Richter

Dr Andreas Richter

University Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

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Dr Andreas Richter is University Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour. His research interests include effective intergroup relations, organisational creativity and teamwork.

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Professor Sucheta Nadkarni

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni

Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management; Head of the Strategy & International Business subject group; Professorial Fellow of Newnham College

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Sucheta Nadkarni is the Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management at Cambridge Judge Business School. Her research centres on the micro-foundations of strategy with a specific focus on the strategic implications of CEO personality, TMT personality diversity, dynamics and gender issues in the boards. She has published or forthcoming papers in journals such as the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science and the Journal of Applied Psychology. She was an associate editor of the Journal of Management and is the incoming associate editor at the Academy of Management Journal. She has served on the editorial boards of Strategic Management Journal and the Academy of Management Journal. She has worked on research projects and grants with companies such as Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Newton Asset Management, BNY Mellon and Barclays. Her research has been featured in global media outlets including the New York Times, Reuters, Forbes, CNBC, Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Economic Times, Times of India and Lexis-Nexis.

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Dr Shima Barakat

Dr Shima Barakat

Director of Entrepreneurial Learning Programmes & Engagement at the Entrepreneurship Centre

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Shima is broadly interested in critically exploring management and entrepreneurship practice to explore the implications on people and the planet. She has a particular interest in exploring how and why people do or don't do things. This has recently included exploring the interaction between confidence (self-efficacy), intention and education. She has led collaborative projects funded by the EU, EPSRC, GMAC and been involved in others funded by the AHRC, NESTA and ESRC. Currently her work focuses on how and why gender influences the nature, the rate, the focus, the location, the activities, the team choices, the networks and education/training needs of entrepreneurs and their ventures. Shima has experience and a geographical interest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Dr Monique Boddington

Dr Monique Boddington

Programme Tutor & Research Associate at the Entrepreneurship Centre

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Monique's research includes the study of entrepreneurial teams, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship and gender; and the use of sociological approaches to broaden our understanding of entrepreneurial activity. Monique leads the EVER project which is a longitudinal qualitative study of the teams within Accelerator Cambridge. This project aims to understand the strategic decision-making of early ventures and how teams pivot over time. She is also currently working on a project exploring the impact of gender on entrepreneurship in the gaming industry. 

Previously, she worked on the design and implementation of a survey-based tool to measure the impact of entrepreneurial education (as part of multiple EU-funded projects) and remains passionate about understanding how research can improve the delivery and impact of entrepreneurship education to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs.  

Her original background is in Archaeology having completed a BA and MA in Archaeology at the University of Nottingham and taken part in excavations across Europe. Monique also has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and her thesis focused on applying philosophy to archaeology to look at the nature of knowledge creation of the past. This has given her the opportunity to bring new insights into the field of entrepreneurship and she is particularly interested in issues around gender, social theory and philosophy. Alongside her research, Monique is also a tutor and teaching associate on the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship. 

Her research interests include entrepreneurial teams, entrepreneurial strategy, gender, entrepreneurship education and application of sociological approaches.

Panos Markou

Panos Markou

Research Assistant at the Entrepreneurship Centre

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Panos is a Research Assistant at the Entrepreneurship Centre, and a PhD Candidate at IE Business School in Madrid. His research interests broadly lie at the intersection of finance, operations, and risk management. He asks how financial and operational risks impact strategic decisions and, more specifically, how portfolios of suppliers, products, and contracts can be coordinated so as to navigate the highly uncertain business landscape.

His most current research at the Entrepreneurship Centre is grounded in the pharmaceutical industry. Here, innovation in medicines is highlighted by already exorbitant and increasing R&D costs. To tackle these costs, pharmaceuticals, biotechs and other research institutions often team up to increase their probabilities of success.  The $1.8 billion question then is: How should portfolios of alliances and medicines be structured? Although portfolio theory advocates diversification as a strategy to spread and manage risks, the prescription of focusing and honing in on one's core competencies is equally credible.

Panos holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a masters degree in Business Management Research from IE Business School. Prior to joining Cambridge Judge, Panos has collaborated and/or received funding from various companies such as BMW and Banco Santander.

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Mansoor Raza

Mansoor Raza

Data/Research Analyst, The Entrepreneurship Centre

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Dr Mansoor Raza's research interests are in the analysis and interpretation of company success metrics with emphasis on key stakeholders and company inter-dynamics. He is also analysing data from the programmes at the Entrepreneurship Centre to help prepare future entrepreneurs with vital training for the commercial environment.

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