University of Luton (UK), Dept of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development Centre

 

The Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (SEED) is a research, training and consultancy group in the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Luton. The SEED Centre involves ten senior members of staff - one professor, one principal research fellow, one principal lecturer, six senior lecturers and one lecturer - which combine a proven research record and a long experience of direct involvement with industry and policy-making. Indeed, members of the Unit have worked in projects financed by the European Union, the Rural Development Commission, the British Council, Business Link Bedfordshire Ltd etc. Between themselves they have published more than thirty papers in international refereed journals and academic books, presented papers to more than fifty Conferences and have organised fifteen international Conferences and one member has been founding editor of two scholarly journals.

 

Dr Christos Kalantaridis

Dr Kalantaridis has nearly a decade of research experience in the area of entrepreneurial studies. He has conducted research in Greece, the UK and the Ukraine. He has presented papers in International Conferences in the UK, Italy, Greece, Singapore and the USA, and has published extensively in international refereed journals. He has managed and co-ordinated projects financed by the European Union, the Rural Development Commission, the British Council, Business Link Bedfordshire etc. His main research interests include: entrepreneurship and peripherality, globalisation and enterprise response, innovation management in the SME sector.

Professor John Pheby

Professor Pheby has published in the areas of entrepreneurship and SMEs in recent years. He has founded two academic journals and organised fifteen conferences. More recently, he has been a non-executive director of a company which has invested £1 million in the rural economy of South Shropshire. His main research interests are in the areas of innovation, strategy and Total Quality Management with respect to SMEs.

Dr Marcjanna Augustyn

Dr Augustyn has presented numerous papers in international conferences in the UK, Portugal, Greece, Poland and Hong-Kong, and has published extensively in the field of rural tourist development. She has a considerable experience of research work in several European countries - including Poland, the Netherlands and the UK. Her current research interests include economic and social aspects of tourism development within rural peripheral areas, with a major emphasis on the role of SMEs in the sector.

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