Professor, Entrepreneurship

  • Director, Entrepreneurship Cross-Enterprise Centre
  • Faculty Scholar, Western University
  • J. Allyn Taylor/Arthur H. Mingay Chair in Entrepreneurship


Originally from the UK, Dr. Parker is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Ivey Business School, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour, IZA, in Bonn, Germany. He is a Field Editor at the Journal of Business Venturing and a Co-Editor at the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in economics, entrepreneurship and management journals, and is the author of The Economics of Entrepreneurship (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He was as advisor to the OECD on entrepreneurship and SME public policy in Italy in 2013 and Canada in 2015, and is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and workshops. He also regularly leads doctoral training seminars at universities in the US, UK and Europe.

Dr. Parker writes cases on entrepreneurship, with a particular interest in the challenges and strategies associated with Internet-based start-ups, including their use of social media. His recent cases include a crowdfunded venture, Devium's Dash; a corporate venture, Luminar; intrapreneurship at Alcatel-Lucent; and a new sustainable environmental start-up, Ten Tree International.


  • EMBA New Venture Creation

Programs Taught

  • PhD


  • BSc, Economics - Wales
  • PhD, Economics - Durham

Selected Publications

  • “Crowdfunding, cascades and informed investors”, Economics Letters, Vol. 125(3), 432-435, 2014
  • “Expatriation and its effects on headquarters attention in the multinational enterprise” (with Y. Plourde and J.-L. Schaan), Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 35(6), 938-947, 2014
  • “Financing entrepreneurship and the old boy network incentive” (with Erin Inci),Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Vol. 22(2), 232-258, 2013
  • “Do serial entrepreneurs run successively better businesses? Evidence from the PSID”,Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 28(5), 652-666, 2013
  • “Constraints, internationalisation and growth: a cross country analysis of European SMEs” (with Jolanda Hessels), Journal of World Business, Vol. 48(1), 137-148, 2013


  • Judge of the Entrepreneurship Division NFIB Dissertation Award, Academy of Management
  • Member of DRUID's International Scientific Advisory Committee
  • External contributor to University of Louisville, KY, PhD in Entrepreneurship program
  • Co-Director of the 2014 Babson conference held at London, ON

Research/Course Development

  • The economics of entrepreneurship