Dr Ehsan Khavandkar

Dr Ehsan Khavandkar

Lecturer (Assist. Prof.) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities

Qualifications

  • BSc
  • MSc (University of Southampton)
  • PGCert (Aston University)
  • PhD / DPhil (Aston University)

Summary

Dr. Ehsan Khavandkar is a Lecturer (Assist. Prof.) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Business and Marketing at University of Hull Business School (HUBS). He joined the Marketing, Management 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. Ehsan 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 PhD students, PGT dissertations, research and industry projects (A short video documentary showcasing one of the recent student-led KE projects is accessible here: https://bit.ly/KEProject).

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.

Ehsan has extensive experience with curriculum design and development, and programme evaluation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Since joining academia, he has been involved in designing, leading and delivering various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and award-winning modules in the areas of entrepreneurship and enterprise management, design thinking and innovation management, digitalisation and business strategy at different HE institutions. Most recently, he led the curriculum design and development of a new MSc programme in `Digital Marketing and Advertising`, as well as the transformation of MSc programme in `Business Management` into a `design-led enterprise development` programme .

Ehsan holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and retains a keen interest in gamification, data-driven, design-oriented and authentic business learning approaches. In 2022, he received the University of Hull`s “Knowledge Exchange Award” for the “Best Students Skills KE Partnership Initiative” ( https://bit.ly/4052KPt). In 2017, he also 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` comments and feedback can be found at: Engaging with Entrepreneurial Organisations: https://bit.ly/EEO21-22 , Business Environments: https://bit.ly/BE21-22 , Business Ecosystems and Environmental Analysis https://bit.ly/BEEA22-23

Dr. Khavandkar's research sits at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, 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. Complementing his research, his pedagogical pursuits focus on the ways of fostering authentic entrepreneurship learning and assessment through the integration of Large Language Models (LLMs), Knowledge Exchange (KE) initiatives, and design thinking methodologies, as well as Creative Curriculum Design Strategies that not only embraces authenticity, but also prioritises culturally responsive and Inclusive Entrepreneurship education.

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 entrepreneurship ecosystems, and agglomeration studies;

- Regional and micro-level determinants of entrepreneurship, institutions and network externalities;

- Co-creation mechanisms, open innovation, innovation intermediaries [particularly, in/and for micro and small firms];

- Design thinking, LLMs and authentic business learning, and inclusive entrepreneurship;

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 6 years. He is member of HEA (Fellow), AoM, ECSB, ICSB, TIM, RICC and the Gate2Growth network.

At HUBS, Dr. Khavandkar leads “Postgraduate Programmes in Business and Marketing”, and teaches in the areas of entrepreneurship, design-driven innovation and business strategy. Ehsan has extensive experience with curriculum design and development, and program evaluation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Most recently, he led the curriculum design and development of a new “MSc programme in Digital Marketing and Advertising”, as well as the transformation of “MSc programme in Business Management” into a design-led enterprise development programme. He retains a keen interest in gamification, data-driven, design-oriented and authentic business learning approaches; he leads:

2023 – Onwards: Design-driven Business Innovation and Management (PG):

A newly developed design-oriented and Authentic Business Learning module, in which through learning and applying future-focused innovation management principles, human-centred and design-driven innovation processes, methods, and tools, students gain practical insights to inform new or ongoing product/service development and innovation strategies, preparing client organisations to handle new and unforeseen challenges.

2022 – Onwards: Business Ecosystems and Environmental Analysis (UG)

A newly developed Data-driven and Authentic Business Learning module, in which students work on real-world business projects, and conduct Business Ecosystem and Environmental Analysis Studies to craft sustainable business strategies for their clients [students` comments and feedback can be found at: https://bit.ly/BEEA22-23 ]

2023- Onwards (led the development of) Strategic Planning and Foresight Methods (PG):

A newly developed Authentic Business Learning module, in which students learn to apply foresight methods and techniques to business scenarios to explore potential strategic solutions and their implications, formulating robust and informed inputs for policy, risk, strategy, and innovation processes across public and private sectors.

Previous modules:

2020-22: Business Environments (an environmental analysis project with a special focus on data driven decision making in solving real-world business problems) [students` comments and feedback can be found at: https://bit.ly/BE21-22 ]

2019-22: Engaging with Entrepreneurial Organisations (an industry project with a special focus on innovation through design thinking) [students` comments and feedback can be found at: https://bit.ly/EEO21-22 ]

2019-20: Strategic Management [students` comments and feedback can be found at: https://bit.ly/SM20-21 ]

Recent outputs

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Book

Intellectual Capital: Management, Development and Measurement Models

Khavand Kar, J., Khavandkar, E., & Motaghi, A. (2013). Intellectual Capital: Management, Development and Measurement Models. (3rd). Tehran: MSRT Press

Book Chapter

Leading the Diffusion of Intellectual Capital Management Practices in Science Parks

Khavandkar, E., Theodorakopoulos, N., Hart, M., & Preston, J. (2016). Leading the Diffusion of Intellectual Capital Management Practices in Science Parks. In H. Shipton, P. Budhwar, P. Sparrow, & A. Brown (Eds.), Human Resource Management, Innovation and Performance (213-231). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137465191_14

Presentation / Conference

Intellectual Capital Management Practices, Diffusion Kinetics and Adaptation Mechanisms in Knowledge Ecosystems: The Influencing Shapers of Co-Specialization in SMEs

Khavandkar, E., Theodorakopoulos, N., & Khavand Kar, J. (2016, November). Intellectual Capital Management Practices, Diffusion Kinetics and Adaptation Mechanisms in Knowledge Ecosystems: The Influencing Shapers of Co-Specialization in SMEs. Paper presented at RENT (Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business) XXX, Antwerp, Belgium

Intellectual Capital Management Practices, Proximity and Adoption Mechanisms In Knowledge Ecosystems: SMEs' Perspective

Khavandkar, E., & Khavand Kar, J. (2016, September). Intellectual Capital Management Practices, Proximity and Adoption Mechanisms In Knowledge Ecosystems: SMEs' Perspective. Paper presented at EIASM (European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management) 12th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Intangibles, Intellectual Capital and Extra-financial Information, St Petersburg, Russia

Capacity building for diffusion of intellectual capital management practices in science parks: A systematic review of the evidence

Khavandkar, E., Theodorakopoulos, N., Khavand Kar, J., & Hart, M. (2014, November). Capacity building for diffusion of intellectual capital management practices in science parks: A systematic review of the evidence. Paper presented at RENT XXVIII (Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business). Entrepreneurial Endeavours: A Profusion of Research, Policy and Practitioner Practices, Luxembourg City

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 mechanisms” 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 entrepreneurship ecosystems, and agglomeration studies;

- Regional and micro-level determinants of entrepreneurship, institutions and network externalities;

- Co-creation mechanisms, open innovation, innovation intermediaries [particularly, in/and for micro and small firms];

- Design thinking, LLMs and authentic business Learning, and inclusive entrepreneurship;

Complementing his research, his pedagogical pursuits focus on the ways of fostering authentic entrepreneurship learning and assessment through the integration of Large Language Models (LLMs), Knowledge Exchange (KE) initiatives, and design thinking methodologies, as well as Creative Curriculum Design Strategies that not only embraces authenticity, but also prioritises culturally responsive and Inclusive Entrepreneurship education.

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 –

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Working papers and projects:

- Spatial Proximity, Openness Behaviour and Innovation Performance in Micro and Small Firms: Evidence from the United Kingdom Science and Technology Parks

- Spatial Proximity and Appropriation of Co-opetition and Co-operation based Innovation: Nascent Firms' Response to Environmental Dynamism

- Open Search Strategy and Co-evolution of Dynamic Capabilities in Micro and Small Firms: The Role of Social Proximity

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Awards and prizes

Knowledge Exchange Award (Best Student Skills Knowledge Exchange Partnership Initiative)

2021 - 2022

The Best Student Skills Knowledge Exchange Partnership Initiative of 2021-22 Project`s vidoe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYi45ac-jBw&ab_channel=EhsanKhavandkar%2CHullUniversityBusinessSchool

University of Hull`s Knowledge Exchange Competition Award

2020 - 2021

Project Title: Development of Food Awareness Digital Platforms – An Educational Model to Engage Students in Knowledge Exchange Projects

Astonishing Academic Award for Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning

2016 - 2017

Aston Business School, Aston University - as voted for by students

ABS Doctoral Scholarship

2013

Student Book Of The Year Award

2011

for: Khavand Kar, J., Khavandkar, E. and Mottaghi, A. (2009). Intellectual Capital: Management, Development and Measurement Models (2nd ed.), MSRT Press, pp. 442. ISBN: 9789642841646.

External examiner role

PG External Examiner, Teesside University International Business School, Teesside University

2023

PG External Examiner, Teesside University International Business School, Teesside University

PG/MBA External Examiner, Roehampton Business School, University of Roehampton

2021 - 2022

PG/MBA External Examiner, Roehampton Business School, University of Roehampton

PG External Examiner, Chester Business School, University of Chester

2021

PG External Examiner, Chester Business School, University of Chester

PG External Examiner, Coventry University London

2021

PG External Examiner, Coventry University London, Coventry University

Journal peer reviewer

Ad Hoc Reviewer for AoM-TIM, ICSB, EIASM, JCP, BE

2015

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of Advance HE (f.k.a. Higher Education Academy)

2015

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