Entrepreneurial Motivation, 1st Edition
Authors: Dr Shai Vyakarnam, Adam J Bock
Reviewer: Professor Gerard George
Group: Entrepreneurship in the Research Context
Published: Jan 2009
Cat. number: ENT 01
Length: 240 minutes
- Entrepreneurship in the academic context
- Entrepreneurial motivation
- Characteristics of a successful entrepreneur
- Entrepreneurship and you
Author - Dr Shai Vyakarnam, Cambridge University
Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam is Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has extensive experience in business and in business education, most recently at Cambridge, where he has initiated a number of courses designed for science, engineering and technology students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
He founded a consulting business, Transitions, through which he has invested in and initiated a number of start-ups, all of which are technology dependent. His other affiliations include a visiting professorship at the University of Reading and Nottingham Business School. He is on the advisory board of ArcLabs, a telecoms-oriented incubation centre in Ireland, and the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship. He is a fellow of the RSA and trustee of a charity that works in rural India (GEN Initiative).
His present research interests focus on gaining a better understanding of how social networks operate in high-tech clusters. And for fun he runs a blog www.shaivyakarnam.blogspot.com on entrepreneurship education and related issues.
Author - Adam J Bock, Imperial College London
Adam J Bock is a doctoral student in innovation and entrepreneurship studies at the Business School, Imperial College London. Adam has led, advised, and financed numerous technology ventures. He also has experience teaching and researching entrepreneurship topics.
Adam has co-founded two medical device companies spun out of university research programmes and served as chief executive of a third. He spent four years facilitating private funds into start-up technology companies on behalf of angel investors. He has consulted on more than a dozen early-stage ventures on technology transfer, recruitment, financing, business plan writing, product development and exit. He has taught entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and served as a coach and mentor for DesignLondon and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center.
He is the co-author (with Imperial College Professor Gerry George) of Inventing Entrepreneurs (Prentice-Hall, 2008), a book that describes the entrepreneurial journeys of academic entrepreneurs.
Adam lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin with his wife Lynn and his children, Taran and Kenna.
Expert Reviewer - Professor Gerard George, Imperial College London
Gerry George is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and serves as the Director of the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Centre facilitates Imperial College's strategic commitments in India for joint research initiatives, technology commercialisation, and educational programmes in innovation and entrepreneurship. He serves on the boards of high technology companies and is actively engaged in guiding start-ups and large companies on technology venturing and entrepreneurship.
Professor George is AIM Innovation Fellow of the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) fellowship supports his research on entrepreneurship and technology commercialisation in the UK and elsewhere.
His book (with Adam Bock) titled Inventing Entrepreneurs: Technology Innovators and their Entrepreneurial Journey (Prentice Hall, 2008) addresses the human side of innovation and technology transfer. In October 2007, he completed a special report for the European Venture Capital Association titled 'Scaling Current Boundaries' on the early stage venture capital and fundraising environment in Europe. He serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.