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-chair of the G20 Startup20 taskforce on sustainability which is developing a startup ecosystem policy communique to offer to G20 leaders at the G20 summit in 2023. 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.

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Area of Expertise

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

Prize 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

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Founding team entrepreneurial experience, external financing and social enterprise performance
Sahasranamam Sreevas, Lall Saurabh, Nicolopoulou Katerina, Shaw Eleanor
British Journal of Management, pp. 1-21 (2023)
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 Vol 47, pp. 682-723 (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)
Individual capital and social entrepreneurship : role of formal institutions
Sahasranamam Sreevas, Nandakumar M K
Journal of Business Research Vol 107, pp. 104-117 (2020)

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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

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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
MSMEs and Delivery of Services in the Bottom-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) Context
Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Principal Investigator) Rose, Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Galande, Ashish (Principal Investigator)
Funded by SPARC grant from Government of India, a two year research funding which involves both research and research capacity bulding activities at IIM Udaipur in India as visiting researcher. Overall project funding worth GBP 70,000.
28-Jan-2023 - 28-Jan-2025
Certificate Programme in Technology-based Social Entrepreneurship
Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Principal Investigator)
20-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2023
Building digital ecosystems in bottom-of-the-pyramid communities
Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024

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Dr Sreevas Sahasranamam
Senior Lecturer
Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Email: sreevas.sahasranamam@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 4345