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Jay Mitra

Biography Professor Jay Mitra (UK).
Professor Jay Mitra
Professor Jay Mitra

Professor Jay Mitra is the Founding Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at the University of Essex, and Head of the School of Entrepreneurship and Business, at the University of Essex, Southend, UK. He is also the Director of the Scientific Committee on Entrepreneurship for the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and its LEED (Local Economic and Employment) Programme, in Paris, France, and in Trento, Italy. Professor Mitra has held Visiting Professorships and Fellowships at the Universities of Bologna, Italy, Bari, Italy, and Kuopio, Finland, and in China. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the School of Management at Fudan University in China and The Centre for China Public Sector Economy Research at Jilin University. He also contributes to programmes at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Educated in India and in the UK, Professor Mitra has written and published widely on entrepreneurship, innovation, small firm growth and internationalisation, technology and knowledge transfer between universities and small firms for international refereed journals, international conferences and seminars. Professor Mitra has over 20 years of experience relating to entrepreneurship in large and small firms, small businesses and local economic development, gained while working for a firm of consultants and accountants, in local government, as head of an innovation centre, as an academic, and through two new business ventures of his own in London.

Professor Mitra has taught and lectured in numerous countries in Europe, Asia, the USA, Latin America, at seminars, workshops and conferences for corporate executives, owner managers of small firms, entrepreneurs, policy makers and educators. He has worked with UNIDO, the OECD, the European Commission, and a range of universities in various countries. His particular interests are in the areas of innovation management, creativity, new venture creation, entrepreneurship and economic regeneration. Professor Mitra is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK.

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MODULE – Entrepreneurship Policy, Entrepreneurship Culture, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

Course outline

sustainability of an entrepreneurial culture, and the relationship between entrepreneurship and regional development, in an international context. The course will examine the contribution that new venture creation, development and growth, make to the economic and social lives of different regions in various countries, how regional strategies for innovation and entrepreneurship are formed,social attitudes to entrepreneurship, the propensity for entrepreneurial activities in different regions across the world, the evolution of public policy for entrepreneurship and innovation, and associated themes. The module will draw on material from the literature on institutional economics, small firm policy, economic geography, innovation, systems, and organisational learning, to provide a basis for the critical understanding of the value of entrepreneurship for economic and social policy.


The main aim of the unit is to enable students to acquire a critical understanding of the impact of entrepreneurship and its contribution to policy making, the influence of culture,and the relationship between entrepreneurship, innovation and regional economic development.

Learning outcomes and objectives

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of contextual and conceptual issues related to regional enterprise, regional innovation, and regional economic development; 
  • acquire specific policy formulation competencies and a critical understanding of how policies for entrepreneurship are made and implemented; 
  • acquire a critical understanding of the features and key aspects of network development, cluster formation, spatial agglomeration from a wide variety of relevant literature and research on public policy making; 
  • evaluate and differentiate between various locational-specific learning strategies and their application in networks and clusters of entrepreneurial firms; 
  • acquire a critical understanding of the influence of culture, stakeholding and social dynamics on enterprise development in a region; 
  • appraise and differentiate between different regional innovation strategies in different countries, using International case material.

Indicative content

Definitional and Conceptual Issues

  • Definitional,issues of regions, regional enterprise and innovation;
  • The evolution of regional economic development theory and its relevance to entrepreneurship;
  • Entrepreneurship and government policy – national and regional policies.


Culture and Context

  • The cultural and economic context for enterprise development;
  • National innovation systems;
  • Regional innovation strategies;
  • Attitudes to entrepreneurship;
  • The Social and Economic Framework for Entrepreneurship;
  • The Entrepreneurial Society.


Strategies and Forms

  • Regional learning and small, medium and large organisations;
  • Theory and Practice of collective and inter-organisational learning;
  • Regional networks and supply chains;
  • Clusters;
  • E-Infrastructure for enterprise development.

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