Dr Sreevas Sahasranamam

Senior Lecturer

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship. My research predominantly focuses on understanding the strategic and ecosystem enablers of innovations/start-ups tackling UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). I am co-lead for the doctoral training center in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde and co-lead of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK.

My research on ecosystems and social entrepreneurship has been published in leading management journals including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of World Business, and British Journal of Management. I also regularly write blogs for the World Economic Forum and was shortlisted for the Financial Times - McKinsey Bracken Bowen Prize in 2018. I am a co-editor for the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (an ABS 3 ranking journal).

I am a co-creator of an open social movement - SDGZero - that envisions creating bottom-up approaches to solving SDG challenges by enabling local communities. I am also a board member and one of the Directors of Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS), the UK's largest and most experienced social enterprise support agency.

I completed my Ph.D. at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. This research, which was supported by Strategic Management Society's (SMS) Strategic Research Foundation (SRF) dissertation fellowship, explored the role of the institutional context in social entrepreneurship. Before joining Strathclyde, I was a post-doctoral visiting research fellow at the University of Liverpool Management School.


Has expertise in:

    • Entrepreneurship and innovation in/from emerging markets
    • Social innovation and entrepreneurship
    • Innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem building
    • Quantitative research methods

Prizes and awards

Top 5 Best Published Paper in Journal of World Business for 2021
Shortlisted for FT-McKinsey Bracken Bowen Prize 2018
Best paper award in the ‘SME growth and performance: Quantitative perspectives’ track - ISBE 2018
Strategic Management Society (SMS) - Dissertation Fellowship
Strathclyde Business School Publication Prize
2017 Emerald/INDAM Indian Management Research Fund Award

More prizes and awards


Innovation ecosystems : what makes them responsive during emergencies?
Sahasranamam Sreevas, Soundararajan Vivek
British Journal of Management Vol 33, pp. 369-389 (2022)
Act or wait-and-see? Adversity, agility, and entrepreneur wellbeing across countries during the Covid-19 pandemic
Stephan Ute, Zbierowski Przemyslaw, Pérez-Luño Ana, Wach Dominika, Wiklund Johan, Cabañas Marisleidy Alba, Barki Edgard, Benzari Alexandre, Bernhard-Oettel Claudia, Boekhorst Janet A, Dash Arobindu, Efendic Adnan, Eib Constanze, Hanard Pierre-Jean, Iakovleva Tatiana, Kawakatsu Satoshi, Khalid Saddam, Leatherbee Michael, Li Jun, Parker Sharon, Qu Jingjing, Rosati Francesco, Sahasranamam Sreevas, Salusse Marcus Alexandre Yshikawa, Sekiguchi Tomoki, Thomas Nicola, Torrès Olivier, Tran Mi Hoang, Ward MK, Williamson Amanda, Zahid Muhammad Mohsin
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2022)
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2021/2022 Global Report : Opportunity Amid Disruption
Hill Stephen, Ionescu-Somers Aileen, Coduras Alicia, Guerrero Maribel, Roomi Muhammad Azam, Bosma Niels, Sahasranamam Sreevas, Shay Jeffrey
Multinational enterprises and the governance of sustainability practices in emerging market supply chains : an agile governance perspective
Soundararajan Vivek, Sahasranamam Sreevas, Khan Zaheer, Jain Tanusree
Journal of World Business Vol 56 (2021)
Frugal innovations : a multidisciplinary review & agenda for future research
Dabić Marina, Obradović Tena, Vlačić Božidar, Sahasranamam Sreevas, Paul Justin
Journal of Business Research Vol 142, pp. 914-929 (2022)
Individual capital and social entrepreneurship : role of formal institutions
Sahasranamam Sreevas, Nandakumar M K
Journal of Business Research Vol 107, pp. 104-117 (2020)

More publications


My teaching interests are at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and social impact.

  • At the undergraduate level, I lead the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) course within the Business School which involves cross-disciplinary teams working on commercialization of technologies and developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Strathclyde. These projects are aimed at addressing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the postgraduate level, I teach Disruptive Technologies Lab and Global Innovation Lab.

  • Disruptive Technologies Lab explores the influence of prominent foundational and multi-application technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and 3D printing on business and develops future scoping scenarios for startups.
  • Global Innovation Lab focuses on developing skills for innovation at a global scale when social and sustainability-driven priorities with potential for impact are considered by organisations

Research interests

My research explores entrepreneurs and innovations tackling UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) at the multidisciplinary intersection of business, technology, and society, understanding the strategic and ecosystem enablers of technology-based innovations/start-ups for tackling global grand challenges.

Professional activities

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (Journal)
Associate Editor
Which are the best countries in the world for entrepreneurs in 2022?
6 trends in global entrepreneurship
South Asian Journal of Business Studies (Journal)
Associate Editor
Review of International Business and Strategy (Journal)
Editorial board member
AIB India Research and Paper Development Workshop

More professional activities


Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Principal Investigator) Riccardi, Annalisa (Academic) Rodrigues Loncan, Tiago (Academic) Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Academic) Minisci, Edmondo (Academic) Kalin, Robert (Academic)
This is a interdisciplinary centre for doctoral training led by Chancellor's Fellows. The projects will focus on studying research questions in social entrepreneurship and social innovation aimed at addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through market-based mechanisms and theory linked interventions.
Barriers to business growth in the South of Scotland
Levie, Jonathan (Principal Investigator) Mwaura, Samuel (Co-investigator) Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem ? Benchmark Research
Levie, Jonathan (Principal Investigator) Mwaura, Samuel (Co-investigator) Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Co-investigator)
05-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018
Building digital ecosystems in bottom-of-the-pyramid communities
Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
GERA - GEM database enhancement project
Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Principal Investigator)
13-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
Understanding the development of micro-entrepreneurship business model in bottom-of-the-pyramid (BoP) contexts
Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Principal Investigator) Gupta, Kamini (Co-investigator) Soundararajan, Vivek (Co-investigator)
Funding from Scottish Funding Council Global Challenges Research Fund pump priming grant worth GBP 26400
08-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020

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Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Stenhouse Wing

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