Dr Beldina Owalla

Management School

Research Associate

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Dr Beldina Owalla
Management School
Room E006
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

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.


Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Owalla B, Gherhes C, Vorley T & Brooks C (2019) 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Owalla B & Holmquist C (2017) 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Owalla B & Holmquist C () 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Owalla B () 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Owalla B, Al-Ghafri A, Holmquist C & Brown T () 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. RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Owalla B (2017) Women's Entrepreneurial Identities: A typology based on insights from entrepreneurship programs in two different contexts. RIS download Bibtex download
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