Dr Ehsan Khavandkar

Dr Ehsan Khavandkar

Lecturer (Assist. Prof.) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • Hull University Business School

Qualifications

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

Summary

Dr. Ehsan Khavandkar is a Lecturer (Assist. Prof.) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship 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. 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.

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), ECSB, ICSB, TIM, RICC and the Gate2Growth network.

Undergraduate

At HUBS, Dr. Khavandkar teaches/leads modules in the areas of entrepreneurship and design thinking, innovation and business strategy, including:

- Understanding Entrepreneurship;

- Engaging with Entrepreneurial Organisations (an industry project with a special focus on design thinking innovation);

- Strategic Management;

and supervises dissertations, research and industry projects. 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.

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

Iranian Entrepreneurship: A guidebook for Iranian knowledge-based startups and SMEs

Khavand Kar, J., Khavandkar, E., & Motaghi, A. (2008). Iranian Entrepreneurship: A guidebook for Iranian knowledge-based startups and SMEs. 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 P. Sparrow, A. Brown, P. Budhwar, & H. Shipton (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

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.

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD supervision: (as First Supervisor)

- Ms. Sama Gad, – PhD Thesis Area: Supply Chain Operations and Supply Chain Management Performance - Multiple Case Study Analysis – in progress - supervised with Dr. Sarah Shaw

Awards and prizes

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.

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