Dr Vyakarnam worked in industry for several years before completing his MBA and PhD. He has combined academic, practitioner and policy interests to provide advice to government agencies and UN agencies in several countries, on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship education. He has mentored entrepreneurs and held non-executive directorships of small firms in addition to developing growth programmes for SMEs over several years. His main contribution over the past 10 years has been to develop practitioner-led education for entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. He has been assisting universities in several countries to better understand how to integrate this novel curriculum into their programmes.
Dr Vyakarnam is presently Co-Founder and Director of AcceleratorIndia. He is on the editorial board of the International Small Business Journal and Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance.
Dr Vyakarnam was on the faculty of Cranfield School of Management for 10 years before taking up a Chair in Enterprise at Nottingham Business School. He has held Visiting Professorships at University of Reading and University of Aarhus, the Indian Institute of Science and the American University of Cairo.
Dr Vyakarnam was awarded "Best Entrepreneurship Professor" at the 2nd Asian Business Schools Awards in 2011. In 2012 he was elected to the prestigious European Academy of Science and Arts.
Vyakarnam, S. and Handelberg, J. (2005) "Four themes of the impact of management teams on organizational performance: implications for future research of entrepreneurial teams." International Small Business Journal, 23(3): 236-256
Myint, Y.M., Vyakarnam, S. and New, M.J. (2005) "The effect of social capital in new venture creation: the Cambridge high-technology cluster." Strategic Change, 14(3): 165-177 (DOI: 10.1002/jsc.718)
Lawrence, A., Clark, L., Labuzetta, J.N., Sahakian, B. and Vyakarnam, S. (2008) "The innovative brain." Nature, 456: 168-169 (DOI: 10.1038/456168a)
Mills, J., Barakat, S. and Vyakarnam, S. (2010) "The impact of e-learning strategies for entrepreneurship education." In: Looking to the future: economic and social regeneration through entrepreneurial activity: Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (33rd), 2-4 November 2010, London, UK.
Barakat, S., McLennan, R., Ihasz, O., Winfield, S. and Vyakarnam, S. (2010) "Same programme, different students: same or different self-efficacy effects?" In: Looking to the future: economic and social regeneration through entrepreneurial activity: Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (33rd), 2-4 November 2010, London, UK.
Vyakarnam, S. and Hartman N. (2011) Unlocking the enterpriser inside! A book of what, where and how! Singapore: World Scientific.
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