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Dr Aparna Venugopal B.Tech, MBA, FPM

Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship Strategy, IB and Entrepreneurship


Personal Statement

Aparna has an undergraduate degree in mechanical (production) engineering, a master’s in business, and a doctorate in management. She was a licensed professional engineer (P. Eng) from the Association for Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (2019-20).

Prior to joining ULMS, she was a research associate at the Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, University of New Brunswick (UNB), Fredericton, Canada. In 2017, she had received the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) post-doctoral fellowship at UNB.

During her post-doctoral studies, she received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship as well. She has secured esteemed research grants such as the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant. She has published in the Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Business Strategy and the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Management Decision among others.

Her research interest revolves around organisational ambidexterity, stakeholder engagements in entrepreneurial opportunity realisations, and the influence of othering in entrepreneurial standpoints within grand challenges. Additionally, Aparna fosters an active interest in pedagogical research with an emphasis on reflexive practices in entrepreneurship education.

Aparna is actively involved in the practical side of business- in her role as the Academic Programme Director for the Help to Grow Programme at the Univerisity of Liverpool and as she mentors and coaches entrepreneurial teams (mostly involved with engineering solutions) on the organizational designs of innovation and research methods. She has been a member of the Academy of Management since 2015 and an ad hoc reviewer for Ecological Economics, Journal of Knowledge Management, Organization and Environment, Management Decision, Business Strategy, and the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Journal of Strategy and Management.

Prizes or Honours

  • Teaching and Student Experience Early Career Award (University of Liverpool Management School, 2022)
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence (University of Liverpool Management School, 2022)