Dr. Ehsan Khavandkar is Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Hull Business School (HUBS), University of Hull. 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. 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;
Topics of Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Small Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation Creativity, New Venture Creation
Type of Students Taught: Undergraduate, Graduate, Executive
Willing to Travel: Yes
Primary Language of Teaching: English
Years In-Person Teaching Experience: 7 years
Years Online Teaching Experience: 5 years
Do you Prefer to Teach Only Online? No
Are you Research Active? Yes