HOW DO GREAT IDEAS MATERIALIZE? SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS AMONG EXTREMELY CHALLENGED ENTREPRENEURS

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A very warm welcome to the research & personal website of Prof. Wilson Ng! 

I am a Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship & Family Business at Regent’s University London. I was appointed in June 2018 principally to lead the launch and development of the University’s Entrepreneurship and Family Business Centre. I am also contracted by Regent’s to contribute my entrepreneurship 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.

In addition to my role at Regent’s, from October 2019 I have been 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:

  1. To present my personal and research profiles, with weblinks to a number of my recent publications on challenged enterprises and entrepreneurs, &
  2. 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 presented in the following sections on:

  1. Opportunity formation processes among physically-challenged entrepreneurs [See “Disabled” Entrepreneurs Section],
  2. The nature and practices of family-owned and/or controlled enterprises [See Family Businesses Section], &
  3. Environmentally and/or technologically-challenged organizations [See Large Technology Organizations Section].

My research publications, including all of my research work-in-progress, are posted here: [See Publications].

My most recent, invited research presentations have been given, or will be given, at:

  1. The Organization Science Winter Conference (February 28 to March 2, 2019) in Phoenix AZ, USA, an invitation-only meeting hosted by the journal Organization Science, where I presented my paper on “Venture Creation among Visually-impaired Entrepreneurs“.
  2. Deggendorf Institute of Technology (April 8) in Bavaria, Germany, where I presented my body of research on visually-impaired entrepreneurship to staff & students of the School of Management, &
  3. Wilfrid Laurier University (August 7) in Waterloo ON, Canada, where I presented my recent journal article on “Leveraging Extreme Challenges for Successful Venture Creation“, which was published in the June edition of the Journal of Business Venturing Insights, to faculty members and students of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, &
  4. The 2019 British Academy of Management Annual Conference (September 3 to 5) in Birmingham, UK, where I presented the same Journal of Business Venturing Insights article. 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.

The photograph at the top left of this webpage shows the paper’s co-author, Félix Arndt (De Montfort University), & 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> & <wilson.ng@ext.emlyon.com>. My Skype address is: <kangtzu1>.

MY RESEARCH PROJECTS

Challenge-based Social and Commercial Entrepreneurs: Strategic Development of Family and Kin-owned and/or Controlled Enterprises, Opportunity Formation in Ethnic Minority Ventures, Social and Environmental Challenges of Technology-dependent Organizations, Processes of Venture Creation among Physically and Mentally-impaired Entrepreneurs.

Blind-Entrepreneurs

New Venture Creation among ``Disabled`` Entrepreneurs

Most of my current research is about building knowledge of opportunity formation processes among physically and/or mentally impaired entrepreneurs…

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Family Businesses
Family Businesses & Other Closely-controlled Enterprises

My doctoral research (2000-2003) explored the persistence of family-controlled enterprises in several fast-developing economies of Southeast Asia…

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Environmental
Environmental & Social Challenges of Large Technology-dependent Organizations

Despite media interest in Britain’s nuclear industry, a key issue of public concern has been missing from discussion on and about issues in this industry..

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New-Venture-Development
New Venture Development among ``Disabled`` Entrepreneurs

My venture development activities for physically and mentally-impaired entrepreneurs will be channelled through an enterprise and research center…

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Professor Wilson NG
Doctoral Supervision and PG & UG Teaching

I supervise six PhD students who are at various stages of completion in the fields of small business studies, strategic management, and organization studies, including a University…

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MY RESEARCH PROJECTS

Challenge-based Social and Commercial Entrepreneurs: Strategic Development of Family and Kin-owned and/or Controlled Enterprises, Opportunity Formation in Ethnic Minority Ventures, Social and Environmental Challenges of Technology-dependent Organizations, Processes of Venture Creation among Physically and Mentally-impaired Entrepreneurs.

Blind-Entrepreneurs

New Venture Creation among ``Disabled`` Entrepreneurs

Most of my current research is about building knowledge of opportunity formation processes among physically and/or mentally impaired entrepreneurs…

Read More »

Family Businesses
Family Businesses & Other Closely-controlled Enterprises

My doctoral research (2000-2003) explored the persistence of family-controlled enterprises in several fast-developing economies of Southeast Asia…

Read More »

Environmental
Environmental & Social Challenges of Large Technology-dependent Organizations

Despite media interest in Britain’s nuclear industry, a key issue of public concern has been missing from discussion on and about issues in this industry..

Read More »

New-Venture-Development
New Venture Development among ``Disabled`` Entrepreneurs

My venture development activities for physically and mentally-impaired entrepreneurs will be channelled through an enterprise and research center…

Read More »

Professor Wilson NG
Doctoral Supervision and PG & UG Teaching

I supervise six PhD students who are at various stages of completion in the fields of small business studies, strategic management, and organization studies, including a University…

Read More »

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