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Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CREI)

The Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CREI) is the specialist research centre at Bath focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.

The CREI brings together world-renowned researchers and PhD students from the School of Management.

Highly regarded for its work on innovation, the centre shows its research strength through:

  • exceptional publication and citation rates
  • growing grant acquisition
  • diverse international collaborations with preeminent academics.

CREI's members have held editorial positions in prestigious international journals. Many of these are the top journals in their field.


    • Dr Stefano Baruffaldi
      Research interests: economics and management of innovation, diffusion of knowledge, human capital mobility, scientific productivity, university-industry links

    • Dr Daniela Defazio
      Research interests: innovation, entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, social networks, strategic management, economics of science

    • Dr Panos Desyllas
      Research interests: competitive and corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, intellectual property management, service innovation, business models

    • Prof Dimo Dimov
      Research interests: (social) entrepreneurship, (social) innovation, venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, microfinance, design science

    • Dr Virgilio Failla
      Research interests: entrepreneurship, labour market, employment mobility, parenthood effects, innovation, applied microeconometrics

    • Dr Richard Fairchild
      Research interests: behavioural and neuro-economics, behavioural game-theory and applications to organisations, social enterprise, financial contracting between (social) investors and (social) entrepreneurs, conflicts between organisations' economic and social incentives, international environmental agreements

    • Dr Winifred Huang
      Research interests: corporate finance, dividend policy, corporate liquidity, alternative finance, SME finance, entrepreneurial finance

    • Dr Cornelia Lawson
      Research interests: knowledge transfer, university-industry collaboration, research productivity, research collaboration, research funding, intellectual property, academic entrepreneurship, knowledge spillovers, scientist mobility, gender bias, migration

    • Dr Weixi Liu
      Research interests: Entrepreneurial and small business finance, venture capital and private equity, behavioural finance, government support on financing innovation and entrepreneurship, small business growth dynamics and internationalisation

    • Prof Orietta Marsili, Director
      Research interests: innovation, new firm survival, entry and exit strategies, human resources, mergers and acquisitions

    • Dr Fei Qin
      Research interests: global talent mobility, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, work organisation, human resources, and innovation, networks and entrepreneurship, returnee entrepreneurship

    • Dr Melanie Richards
      Research interests: family firms, entrepreneurship, innovation, corporate social entrepreneurship

    • Dr Rossella Salandra
      Research interests: science policy, scientific misconduct, publication bias, evaluation of scientific research

    • Prof Ammon Salter
      Research interests: technology and innovation management, open and distributed innovation, social networks and innovation, university-industry collaboration

    • Dr Chenjian Zhang
      Research interests: strategic management, entrepreneurship, organisational change & innovation, trust research, neo-institutional theory, social networks, corporate social responsibility

PhD students

    • Norah Alshaikmubarak
    • Muhamed Alsharmen
    • Stephanie Christianty
    • Zehan Hou
    • Huma Javaid
    • Angeliki Karvasili
    • Athanasia Lampraki
    • Yuhao Li
    • Jinfeng Lu
    • Alessandro Lucini Paioni
    • Ahmed Mansour
    • Riccardo Nucci
    • Robert Pearce
    • Athina Petropoulous
    • Ivan Rodriguez-Hernandez
    • Michael Willis