Dr Beldina Owalla
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Sheffield University Management School
I am a Research Associate at the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) at the Sheffield University Management School. Before joining Sheffield University, I was a Visiting Researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden, where I also completed my PhD in Business Administration in November 2017.
Prior to pursing the doctoral degree, I worked for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Kenya and Italy, where I was involved in the financial and operational management of various food security projects.
- Research interests
My research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, SMEs growth and venture financing, and primarily focuses on issues of identity, gender and culture in developed and developing countries contexts.
My PhD dissertation focused on understanding women’s entrepreneurial identities in different socio-cultural contexts. I assumed a comparative stance by analyzing women entrepreneurs participating in entrepreneurship programs in Sweden and Tanzania.
Currently I am working with colleagues at CREED on a number of projects looking at SMEs innovation and productivity, evaluating the wider social/societal impacts of projects, and exploring the potential of innovators with disabilities, as well as those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
This builds on my previous research by looking at the impact of gender and cultural diversity on innovation, and building knowledge on socio-cultural factors influencing entrepreneurial ecosystems.
- Absent or overlooked? Promoting diversity among entrepreneurs with public support needs. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 13(3), 231-261.
- "Bitten by the entrepreneur bug" - critiquing discourses on women owner-managers/entrepreneurs in the Kenyan and Omani newspapers. Gender in Management: An International Journal. View this article in WRRO
- Intersections of Gender, Ethnicity, Place and Innovation: Mapping the Diversity of Women–led SMEs in the UK. International Small Business Journal.
- Mapping SME Productivity Research: A Systematic Review of Empirical Evidence and Future Research Agenda. Small Business Economics.
Conference proceedings papers
- Factors affecting SME productivity : a systematic review and research agenda. Academy of Management Proceedings, Vol. 2019(1). Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 9 August 2019 - 13 August 2019. View this article in WRRO
- Understanding the ""woman entrepreneur"" identity construction in different socio-cultural contexts. Academy of Management Proceedings, Vol. 2017(1) (pp 13952-13952). Atlanta, GA, USA, 4 August 2017 - 8 August 2017. View this article in WRRO
- UNDERSTANDING THE “WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR” IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION: EVIDENCE FROM TWO DIFFERENT SOCIO-CULTURAL CONTEXTS (INTERACTIVE PAPER). Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 37(7), 7 June 2017 - 10 June 2017.
- HOW MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS INFLUENCE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS’IDENTITY: EVIDENCE FROM THE TANZANIAN PRESS (SUMMARY). Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 36(7), 8 June 2016 - 11 June 2016.
- HOW ARE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS PORTRAYED IN MEDIA? FOCUS ON KENYAN AND OMANI NEWSPAPERS (SUMMARY). Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 35(7), 10 June 2015 - 13 June 2015.
Theses / Dissertations
- Research group
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:
- Women’s entrepreneurship
- Social entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship education
- Entrepreneurship in emerging/developing economies
- SME growth and innovation
- Micro/rural finance, venture financing