Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Economics
Originally from the United Kingdom, Simon 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 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 United States, United Kingdom, and Europe.
Simon 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.
Simon has worked with Agricultural Bank of China, BDC, and CIBC on executive education programs and simulations. He was the program director and teaching faculty on an executive education program sponsored by the European Commission called Transformation.doc, a program designed to equip European PhD students with entrepreneurial skills.