Natalia Vershinina

Natalia Vershinina
Audencia Business School | AUDENCIA · Business and Society

PhD in Business Relationships

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December 2015 - present
University of Birmingham
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  • Lecturer
December 2015 - February 2017
University of Birmingham
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  • Professor (Associate)
October 2003 - November 2015
De Montfort University
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  • Lecturer

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Publications (51)
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the issues in studying hidden populations, with particular focus on methodology used to investigate ethnic minority entrepreneurs who illegally run their businesses in the UK. In this paper, on reflection, the authors look at what issues should be considered before engaging with such communities, as...
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A study of ten Polish entrepreneurs operating in Leicester, UK is reported in this article. The concepts of social, cultural and economic capital are used as the lens through which to explore the way the capital they access is employed and converted into entrepreneurial activity. Ethnic entrepreneurship takes place within wider social, political an...
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This article explores the culture-regulations-gender triad in relation to SMEs’ performance. Using a firm-level panel dataset drawn from 27 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia between 2005 and 2014, we show that women and men experience and respond differently to regulations. Women take regulations very seriously and as a resul...
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Institutional settings in emerging markets are often plagued by state actors exploiting the vulnerability of resource-constrained small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Whilst we know a great deal about how large firms use non-market strategies (NMS) to navigate such institutional spaces, current knowledge of such strategies in connection with...
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In this paper we offer a scholarly reflection about the value of ethnographic methods for studying migrant entrepreneurship; this reflection is seen specifically through the lens of our own migration experiences. Our positionalities and subjectivities, embedded in being migrants and researchers, offer this opportunity for in-depth reflection. Speci...
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Dominant maternal ideologies impinge upon the career progression of academic mothers and non-mothers. Using “narratology” as a theoretical lens, this article offers insights into the working lives of academic mothers and non-mothers by drawing upon narratives collected by phenomenologically interviewing Palestinian women academics working at Palest...
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While much of family business scholarship has focused on ownership and control, little is known about how formerly family-owned firms that transition into public entities may thrive under family influence. We argue that the “soft” influence of family managers who have sold out of the firm offers insights into how family firms may continue to grow d...
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The development of entrepreneurial mindsets and engagement, through training and education has been recognised as one viable way of integrating the youth population into the labour market for economic development. Studies also indicate that institutional contexts provide structural reality and meaning for individual entrepreneurial actions. This ch...
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Evidence suggests that ethnic and migrant women are more likely than other women to select into self-employment due to discriminatory challenges which constrain their access to mainstream employment (Dy, Marlow and Martin, 2017). In the case of the UK, such women own and lead approximately 14 per cent of female led ventures, whilst one in seven new...
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Despite recent large flows of migrants to the UK, the gendered nature of how men and women experience migrant entrepreneurial journeys remains under-researched. This article contributes to debates within the field of entrepreneurship by exploring the lived experiences of transnational migrant entrepreneurs setting up enterprises in the UK. Reportin...
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The study investigates the effects of strategic behavioural differences on firm contribution to regional development related to the characteristics of family and non-family firms. The study questions whether there might be an association between the firm strategic behaviours, the performance of firms and the development of the regional economies th...
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Purpose – This paper examines the multi-faceted contexts, which influence the motives, decisions and actions, that underpin the mundane and lively entrepreneurial practice of migrant youth entrepreneurs within a developing economy context. Moreover, the paper explores the under-researched linkages between migration and informal entrepreneurship....
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to offer a conceptual interpretation of the role business families play in the institutional context of sub-Saharan Africa, characterised by voids within the formal institutional setting. Responding to calls to take a holistic perspective of the institutional environment, we develop a conceptual model, showcasin...
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Abstract Purpose The purpose of this paper is to offer a conceptual interpretation of the role business families play in the institutional context of sub-Saharan Africa, characterised by voids within the formal institutional setting. Responding to calls to take a holistic perspective of the institutional environment, we develop a conceptual model,...
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Despite increased academic attention paid to migration flows in Europe, the gendered nature of transnational migrant entrepreneurial journeys within the context of a family business remains under‐researched. We address this gap by investigating how transnational spaces allow women to challenge dominant ideas about their roles, and to claim legitima...
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In this article, we offer insights into the critical role played by stakeholder relationships for female-owned high-technology firms in their pursuit of the legitimacy they need to acquire the resources that, in turn, will lead to sustainable innovation and firm growth. By reporting the findings drawn from interviews conducted with Russian female b...
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The transformative potential of feminist knowledge in the disciplines of entrepreneurship, business and management has arguably been hindered by persistent gender knowledge regimes that marginalize feminist scholarship and channel widely applicable gender expertise into niche streams, conferences and publication outlets. Whilst offering valuable sp...
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Abstract Purpose The purpose of this paper is to conceptualise how various value dimensions of Harambee, the Kenyan culture, affect the fostering of entrepreneurial behaviours. Theoretically, we draw upon perspectives that view culture as a toolkit and use cultural variables provided by Hofstede to examine the links between national culture and ent...
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Despite increased academic attention paid to the influx of migrants from Eastern Europe to the UK, the gendered nature of migrant entrepreneurial journeys within the family business context remains under-researched. We aim to address this gap by investigating how transnational spaces enable women to challenge the dominant ideas about their roles, a...
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This article, presenting qualitative accounts of Ukrainian business owners, highlights how migrants engage in false self-employment in the UK. Their experiences problematise notions of legality and binary depictions of migrant workers as ‘victims or villains’, demonstrating that migrants see their illegal status as a transient stage before gaining...
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In this article, we contribute to debates on how social networks sustain migrants' entrepreneurial activities. By reporting on 31 interviews with Eastern European migrants in the UK, we provide a critical lens on the tendency to assume that migrants have ready-made social networks in the host country embedded in co-ethnic communities. We extend thi...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to conceptualise how various value dimensions of Harambee, the Kenyan culture, affect the fostering of entrepreneurial behaviours. Theoretically, we draw upon perspectives that view culture as a toolkit and use cultural variables provided by Hofstede to examine the links between national culture and entrepreneu...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the logics that expert entrepreneurs use when faced with a critical incident threat. Design/methodology/approach Attempts have been made to define “entrepreneurial logic”. This paper is influenced by Sarasvathy’s work on high-performance entrepreneurs, which finds that when faced with uncertainty ent...
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An understanding of ethnic and immigrant entrepreneurship is developed in this paper by exploring how ethnic and entrepreneurial identities intersect. Bourdieu's concept of habitus frames the analysis of narratives of five post-war Polish entrepreneurs in Leicester. The narrative analysis illuminates the multilayered and nuanced nature of identitie...
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Call for Papers - EURAM 2017. Family Business in Emerging, Developing, and Transitional Economies.
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The importance of entrepreneur credibility, that is, a sense of belief or trust in the individual’s ability to fulfil the entrepreneurial role and create and sustain a viable venture, as perceived by key stakeholders, is attracting increasing attention within contemporary entrepreneurship literature (Tornikoski and Newbert, 2007; Wry et al., 2011)....
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In this chapter, using a large representative panel dataset of 8,637 large firms in the European part of Russia and their balance sheet information over the period 2000–2004, we investigate the extent to which Russian firms and in particular a smaller sample of family firms are liquidity constrained in their investment behaviour and how ownership s...
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Power microelectronics plays an important role in many of the consumer and industrial applications today. With increase in demand for energy savings and efficient systems, the requirements for rapid advancement in MOS controlled power semiconductor device concepts and technologies are becoming more crucial than ever before. This puts a considerable...
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In today's competitive market where technology is developed at an accelerating pace and customers and markets' needs are constantly changing, the ability of a company to generate and sustain competitive advantage has become a matter of increasing importance. Moreover, generating competitive advantage is no longer sufficient to guarantee success. Th...
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An overview of the recent developments in high-voltage power semiconductor MOS-controlled bipolar devices is presented. The Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) technology is explored from its initial stage up to the latest state-of-the-art developments, in terms of cathode engineering, drift design and anode engineering to highlight the differ...
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Many modern organizations involved in manufacturing and new product development activities now realise that among numerous critical success factors in rapid product commercialisation the human factor is one of the key factors to differentiate firms. This paper tests this hypothesis on the basis of the current literature and discusses the means, whi...
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Technological innovation is one of the most important aspects of a company's competitiveness. The dynamics of market and technological changes require a company to focus on creativity and innovation to support technological developments and sustain competitive advantage. A new model is introduced in this paper to illustrate the relationship between...
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Power microelectronics plays a pivotal role in many of the consumer and industrial applications today. With increase in demand for energy savings and efficient systems, the requirements for rapid advancement in MOS controlled power semiconductor device concepts and technologies is becoming more crucial than ever before. This puts a considerable pre...
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In this paper, the current progress and factors limiting the performance of silicon RF Power device technologies are reviewed. Silicon VDMOSFETs have high linearity but the gain is low at frequencies in excess of 1 GHz. LDMOSFETs have higher gain and can operate up to 2.4 GHz. However, the linearity and reliability of LDMOSFETs is poor in compariso...
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There has been a remarkable increase in mergers and acquisitions in many industries worldwide. In 1999-2002 there were at least 20 spin-offs, acquisitions, or mergers specifically relating to the power semiconductor industry. This paper investigates whether mergers and acquisitions are still the best strategy for power semiconductor companies to ga...
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In this paper we report a study of 10 Polish immigrant entrepreneurs operating in Leicester, UK. Like Ram, Theodorakopoulos and Jones (2008) we take a forms-ofcapital approach but use Bourdieu’s (1983) social, cultural and economic capitals as the lens through which to explore their pathways to entrepreneurship. This allows us to look beyond studie...

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This track organized during the 15th congress of the RIODD - Réseau International de Recherche sur les Orgsanisations et le Développement Durable - International Research Network on Organization and Sustainable Development. It will take place in Montpellier - France - 1st and 2nd October http://entrepreneuriat.com/j-15-d-15-riodd-2020-submission-soumission-montpellier-30-sept-2-oct-track-entrepreneurship-growth-and-or-sustainable-scaling-an-oxymoron-track-entrepreneuriat-croissance-et-ou-scalabili/ Anticipating or living (high) growth and scalability of new ventures or new organizations is one of the least studied elements of the entrepreneurial process, especially if you focus on: how do new ventures grow? (Gilbert, McDougall, and Audretsch 2006). Taking this element into account adopting a CSR and/or sustainable development perspective would however be crucial. Indeed, it is by developing and implementing that sustainability and responsibility are practiced within the new venture/organization. If at a startup level, taking CSR into account is a real creative catalyst in the design of an entrepreneurial project (Lefebvre and Radu-Lefebvre 2012), what about the growth stage? How do entrepreneurs deal with it? The literature on entrepreneurship offers different trends. When it comes to taking into account corporate social responsibility or sustainable development in the field of entrepreneurship, the outcome of the new venture/organization used to prevail on taking into account the whole dimensions of CSR or Sustainable Development in the overall entrepreneurial process. Social entrepreneurship is thus defined more in opposition to traditional entrepreneurship, the economic outcome vs the social one (Peredo and McLean 2006). For its part, “sustainable entrepreneurship is focused on the preservation of nature, life support, and community in the pursuit of perceived opportunities to bring into existence future products, processes, and services for gain, where gain is broadly construed to include economic and non-economic gains to individuals, the economy, and society” (Shepherd and Patzelt 2011, 137). However, the concept is still emerging, but it received more interest from the sustainability community that from the entrepreneurship one (Sarango-Lalangui, Santos, and Hormiga 2018). We suggest to authors wishing to fully engage in the theoretical integration of CSR and sustainable development in entrepreneurship to take it into account across the entire entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial process by focusing on the most counter-intuitive level: growth and scalability with a sustainable vocation (Bergin 2001). 3 main questions can be addressed for this session: – What is (high) sustainable growth / scalability in entrepreneurship? – Are ecosystems adapted to (high) sustainable growth / scalability carried by entrepreneurs? – What is / are the processes and specific practices involved? And, how can these processes and practices be supported?
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This special issue of the Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy examines the inter-phase of migrant entrepreneurship and family across contexts. It includes empirical and theoretical contributions that broaden our understanding of (a) how the roles of family span borders and contexts in supporting/hindering migrant entrepreneurship, (b) how place and space are intertwined within this process and (c) how the geographical context (emerging economies and developing countries) adds to our understanding of the influence of family on the migrant's entrepreneurial process. The Special Issue adds conceptual and empirical understandings of family across borders and migrant entrepreneurship according to context. http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=8733
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The United Nations (2017) reported that more than 257 million people lived outside of their home countries. Remarkably, these numbers of migrants have increased three times more than the numbers reported in 1990. Given this global migration phenomenon, scholars have contributed with insights across different disciplines but mainly focused on the mobility of individuals from emerging economies into developed countries (Dheer, 2018; Mawson and Kasem, 2019). Anecdotal evidence suggests the impact on value creation, job creation, and innovation generated by the migrants from emerging economies in transitional economies (Huang, 2012; Skeldon, 2012; Liu et al., 2019; Rodríguez-Gutiérrez et al., 2019). The aims of this project are: (i) to legitimize the relevance of this under-represented collective in the entrepreneurship community; (ii) to offer a more inclusive research space for a better understanding of determinants and consequences of migration from/in emerging economies; (iii) to share ideas and opportunities for agents involved in host entrepreneurship ecosystems (policy makers, universities, labour market, technology transfer infrastructures, ONGs, and among others). To achieve these objectives, (a) We are organizing a PDW at the 2019 AOM Conference (August 10, 2019). Further information: https://my.aom.org/program2019/SessionDetails.aspx?sid=12862 (b) We have prepared a call for extended abstracts for the SI (September 30, 2019). Further information: http://www.springer.com/cda/content/document/cda_downloaddocument/CFP+-+Entrepreneurial+Migrants+from+and+in+emerging+economies.pdf?SGWID=0-0-45-1656914-p45083423 If you are interested to participate, please contact us. Best wishes, Research team