Professor Dimo Dimov has joined the University’s School of Management to lead the development of a new research group in entrepreneurship.
His appointment will bring together existing entrepreneurship research at Bath and oversee the recruitment of four new posts.
Professor Dimov is interested in the early stages of the entrepreneurial process: how an idea becomes an established venture and what happens in between. In his latest project he explores how chance events become meaningful and instrumental, taking entrepreneurs to a different place to where they started.
At Bath he will begin new research designed to overcome the difficulties of sourcing large numbers of people in the process of starting a business. He will be speaking to recent entrepreneurs to retrace their story and plans to use insights from complexity science to show how simple interactions over time can accumulate to meaningful outcomes.
He said: “You realise how much success and failure hangs on one or two things along the way that can make or break the business. The interest is not so much in explaining why one succeeds or fails but to capture the path they follow, and go from explaining variation to process.
“The media encourages us to believe that successful entrepreneurs are extraordinary people but the reality is that they are not very different from many of those who fail, we just tend to perceive them that way.”
Speaking about his appointment at Bath, Professor Dimov said: “I’m very impressed with Bath, by the quality of the School of Management and its research, and its ambitions to build up the entrepreneurship area of research.
“I’m looking forward to engaging with activities across the University not just on the research side but in practice, through teaching MBA students, working with the University’s Innovation Centre and the Students’ Union’s enterprise initiatives.
“Being in close contact with students, and having the opportunity to get close to some of the issues that student entrepreneurs are facing when starting up a business, will inspire new research questions. I hope my involvement will bring a broader perspective on entrepreneurship.”
Professor Dimov joins Bath from the University of Newcastle. He was previously based at the University of Connecticut and at IE Business School in Madrid. He completed his PhD in Entrepreneurship at London Business School (University of London) in 2004.
He began his working career in the hospitality industry, with Marriott International, and became finance director for two hotel businesses in Budapest, Hungary.
Professor Dimov is from Bulgaria. He has lived in the USA and across Europe and is fluent in six languages.
He is one of 12 leading academics joining the University as part of a strategic investment in research and teaching excellence across all faculties and disciplines.