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Dr Ehsan Khavandkar

Biography Dr. Ehsan Khavandkar is a Lecturer (Assist. Prof.) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Business and Marketing at University of Hull Business School (HUBS). He joined the Marketing and Business Strategy Group at Hull University Business School in September 2019, having previously taught at Loughborough University, Aston University, University of Wales (UWTSD) and Essex. He also acts as an external examiner on postgraduate taught, MBA and research programmes at other HE Institutions. At HUBS, he teaches/leads modules in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, design thinking and business strategy, and supervises dissertations, research and industry projects.

He received his PhD in Economics of Innovation (ABS-funded) from Aston Business School, Aston University, where he also began his teaching career. Ehsan also holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering, and an MSc in Knowledge and Information Systems Management from the University of Southampton.

Since joining academia, he has been involved in designing, leading and delivering various undergraduate and postgraduate courses and modules in the areas of entrepreneurship and enterprise management, innovation management, and business strategy at different HE institutions. Ehsan holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and retains a keen interest in data-driven and game-based teaching and learning strategies and storytelling. In 2017, he received the Aston Teaching Excellence award for his achievements in teaching and providing outstanding support for the learning experience of students- as voted for by students (students' reflections and comments on their learning experiences in his modules: Engaging With Entrepreneurial Organisations: https://bit.ly/2JWP3Ak, Business Environments: https://bit.ly/3FItLyd [2021-22])

Dr. Khavandkar's research sits at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, economics, ST&I and agglomeration studies. Much of his recent work has focused on “co-creation and co-evolution” in innovation and knowledge ecosystems, as an avenue to engage individuals, firms, institutions and communities in sustainable, intersectoral and collaborative innovation practices in the short and long term, and on policy targeted at localities. His previous research has involved working with a range of private and third sector organisations. Dr. Khavandkar is currently interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

- Economics of innovation, systems of innovation, evolutionary processes and ST&I policy;
- Geography of innovation, innovation and knowledge ecosystems, and agglomeration studies;
- Regional and macro-level determinants of entrepreneurship, institutions and network externalities;
- Co-creation models, open innovation, innovation intermediaries [particularly, in/and for micro and small firms];
- Co-evolution mechanisms, collaborative and coopetition-based business models and sustainability [particularly, in/and for micro and small firms];
- Knowledge Diffusion, Intellectual capital management and dynamic capabilities;
Please feel free to contact him (e.khavandkar[@]hull.ac.uk), if you are interested in working on any of the above areas.

Before joining the academia, Dr. Khavandkar worked in industry as an industrial and management consultant for 5 years. He is member of HEA (Fellow), AoM, ECSB, ICSB, TIM, RICC and the Gate2Growth network.
Research Interests With an interdisciplinary background incorporating economics, entrepreneurship, industrial engineering, ST&I policy and intellectual capital management, Dr. Khavandkar`s research spans economics of innovation, entrepreneurship, network externalities, knowledge & innovation ecosystem and agglomeration studies. A unifying theme across his work is an interest in “co-creation and co-evolution” as an avenue to engage individuals, firms, institutions and communities in sustainable, intersectoral and collaborative innovation practices in the short and long term. He is currently involved in a research project (United Kingdom Science and Technology Parks Survey - UKSTP Survey) that seeks to better understand the dynamics of co-creation and co-evolution in the UK science and technology parks, and how spatial proximity shapes the onsite firms` cognitive structure and perceptions of organisational, social and technological proximities, and what these mean for innovation and knowledge ecosystem design in Britain. His areas of research include:

- Economics of innovation, systems of innovation, evolutionary processes and ST&I policy;
- Geography of innovation, innovation and knowledge ecosystems, and agglomeration studies;
- Regional and macro-level determinants of entrepreneurship, institutions and network externalities;
- Co-creation models, open innovation, innovation intermediaries [particularly, in/and for micro and small firms];
- Co-evolution mechanisms, collaborative and coopetition-based business models and sustainability [particularly, in/and for micro and small firms];
- Knowledge Diffusion, Intellectual capital management and dynamic capabilities;

Dr. Khavandkar welcomes contacts from prospective Ph.D. students who are interested in working in any of the above areas.

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-Current PhD supervision:

Ms. Ronny Zayed; PhD Thesis Area: Strategic Role of Collaboration with Research Organisations in Fostering Sustainability-oriented Innovation Among Clustered SMEs – in progress –
Teaching and Learning At HUBS, Dr. Khavandkar is the Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Business and Marketing, and teaches/leads modules in the areas of entrepreneurship and design thinking, innovation and business strategy, including:

- Business Environments (an environmental analysis project with a special focus on data driven decision making in solving real-world business problems - students` comments: https://bit.ly/3FItLyd)

- Engaging with Entrepreneurial Organisations (an industry project with a special focus on innovation through design thinking - students` comments: https://bit.ly/2JWP3Ak)

- Strategic Management (students` comments: https://bit.ly/3a6tfgq)

and supervises dissertations, research and industry projects. He also acts as an external examiner on postgraduate taught, MBA and research programmes at other HE Institutions. He retains a keen interest in data-driven and game-based teaching strategies and storytelling in business and management courses, particularly through effective use of technology to support learning and teaching.