A very warm welcome to the research website of Professor Wilson Ng!
I’m a researcher and teacher of entrepreneurial processes in creating and developing extremely challenged enterprises. A topical example of these enterprises is “disabled ventures”, which are formed by physically or mentally impaired entrepreneurs to exploit social or commercial opportunities. I research how disabled entrepreneurs create and develop successful ventures based on their ideas, leadership, and enterprise.
My current research explores comparative processes of opportunity formation among visually impaired entrepreneurs (who are registered as blind people) in the USA, UK, and European Union.
What may be learned from this research? A crucial outcome of my disabled research is for businesses, social organizations, entrepreneurs, and students to understand how they may launch successful ventures without having to endure the typical experience of failure when they first bring new ideas to the marketplace. In our world that disabled entrepreneurs inhabit, they have very little room for failure! How then can non-disabled entrepreneurs also cut down and cut out failure? Impossible? One of my first lessons is how disabled entrepreneurs have to cut out failure just in order to survive. In my publications I report on how visually-impaired entrepreneurs have created a series of successful ventures because of their disabilities [See “Disabled” Entrepreneurs Section],
A further example of my interest in challenged enterprises is in my continuing research of long-lived businesses that were formed out of extreme social and economic challenges faced by their founding families. Most of the family businesses that I have written about remain owned and or controlled by their founding families. My interest here is in understanding the persistence of family ownership and/or control of long-lived businesses that no longer face the extreme challenges of their founders.
I am a Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship & Family Business at Regent’s University London. I was appointed in June 2018 mainly to lead the launch and development of Regent’s Entrepreneurship and Family Business Centre. I am also contracted by the University to contribute my research and publications to the Research Centre. Furthermore, I continue to supervise five PhD students, including students I brought over to Regent’s from my previous university employer.
In addition to my role at Regent’s, from October 2019 I was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Corporate Finance at Emlyon Business School in Écully, France. My principal responsibility at Emlyon is to teach a core module in corporate finance to graduate students on the International MBA program.
This personal website has two, equal purposes:
- To present my personal and research profiles, with weblinks to a number of my recent publications on challenged enterprises and entrepreneurs, &
- To offer novice researchers a convenient, preliminary guide in conceiving, developing, and operationalizing their research, from scratch.
My personal profile is posted here: See Profile.
My principal research projects are set out in the following sections on:
- Opportunity formation processes among physically-challenged entrepreneurs [See “Disabled” Entrepreneurs Section],
- The nature and practices of family-owned and/or controlled enterprises [See Family Businesses Section], &
- Environmentally and/or technologically-challenged organizations [See Large Technology Organizations Section].
My research publications and my work-in-progress for publications are posted here: [See Publications].
I will be presenting my research, & have recently made research presentations, at the following events:
- March 6, 2020: Digital Transformation & Circular Entrepreneurship Conference (Co-sponsored by the University of Falmouth & the British Academy of Management), University of Falmouth, Cornwall, England, where I will present my journal article titled “Do-It-Yourself Laboratories as Enablers and Beneficiaries of Social Change: A Multi-dimensional Perspective” (co-authored by Félix Arndt & Tori Huang). This article is under review for a Special Issue of an innovation journal.
- September 3 to 5, 2019: British Academy of Management Annual Conference in Birmingham, UK, where I presented my June 2019 Journal of Business Venturing Insights (JBVI) article on visually impaired entrepreneurs. An earlier version of the article was accepted as a full paper for presentation at this Conference. The paper won the 2019 Best Paper Award in the Entrepreneurship Track of the Conference.
- August 7, 2019: Seminar at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where I presented my JBVI article on “Leveraging Extreme Challenges for Successful Venture Creation” to faculty members and students of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics.
- April 8, 2019: Seminar at Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Bavaria, Germany, where I presented my body of research on visually-impaired entrepreneurship to staff & students of the School of Management.
- February 28 to March 2, 2019: The Organization Science Winter Conference in Phoenix AZ, USA, where I presented my working paper on “Venture Creation among Visually-impaired Entrepreneurs” at this invitation-only meeting hosted by the journal Organization Science.
The photograph at the top left of this webpage shows the paper’s co-author, Professor Félix Arndt (University of Guelph, Canada), & me at BAM 2019 in Birmingham with our Best Paper Award in the Entrepreneurship Track.
At the BAM 2019 conference, I also presented a developmental paper on “The Nature and Effects of ‘Soft’ Family Influence in the Success of an Iconic, Long-lived Enterprise”. This paper, which will be submitted soon to a US entrepreneurship journal, is based on original data gained from deep access to family and non-family stakeholders of one of Britain’s oldest firms, Cadbury. This firm with an iconic brand-name was owned and/or controlled by founding family members for almost 180 years.
The Cadbury paper is co-researched & co-authored with Prof. Natalia Vershinina (Audencia Business School) & Dr Matthew Cadbury (University of Hertfordshire). Matthew is a member of the fifth generation of the founding Cadbury family and worked for over 11 years as a senior manager in the formerly family-owned firm.
Data for this paper were also obtained from Cadbury family and corporate archives. Further information on the paper is set out below [See Family Businesses & Other Closely-controlled Enterprises Section].
My teaching experience at PhD, Postgraduate, and Undergraduate levels are set out in my profile [See Profile] and in the following Section [See Supervision and Teaching Section].
Please feel free to email me with questions & comments on my research & teaching at: <NgW@regents.ac.uk> & <email@example.com>. My Skype address is: <kangtzu1>.