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.