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Simon C. Parker

Professor, Entrepreneurship

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

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  • Entrepreneurship As An Occupational Choice
  • Nascent Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship
  • Female Entrepreneurship

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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


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

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Parker, SC, van Praag, M, Hoogendoorn, S, (Forthcoming), "Entrepreneurial team heterogeneity, ability and performance", Organization Science.
  • Gamble, E, Moroz, PW, Branzei, O, Parker, SC, (Forthcoming), "BCorps: A Research Agenda, Special Issue Introduction", Journal of Business Venturing.
  • Branzei, O, Gamble, E, Moroz, PW, Parker, SC, (Forthcoming), "Prosociality in Entrepreneurship: A Research Agenda, Special Issue Introduction", Journal of Business Venturing.
  • van Witteloostuijn, A, Dikova, D, Parker, SC, 2017, "Capability, environment and internationalization fit, and financial and marketing performance of MNEs’ foreign subsidiaries: An abductive contingency approach", Cross Cultural and Strategic Management 24(3): 405 - 435.
  • Hsiao, C, Parker, SC, van Praag, M, 2017, "Risk, Balanced Skills and Entrepreneurship", Small Business Economics 48(2): 287 - 302.
  • Parker, SC, 2016, "Family firms and the willing successor’ problem", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 40(6): 1241 - 1259.
  • Sanchis Llopis, JA, Millán, JM, Baptista, R, Burke, A, Parker, SC, Thurik, R, 2015, "Good times, bad times: entrepreneurship and the business cycle", International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal 11(2): 243 - 251.
  • Parker, SC, 2014, "Crowdfunding, Cascades and Informed Investors", Economics Letters 125(3): 432 - 435.
  • Parker, SC, 2014, "Who become serial and portfolio entrepreneurs?", Small Business Economics 43(4): 887 - 898.
  • Tietz, MA, Parker, SC, 2014, "Charitable Donations by the Self-Employed", Small Business Economics 43(4): 899 - 916.
  • Plourde, Y, Parker, SC, Schaan, JL, 2014, "Expatriation and its Effect on Headquarters Attention in the Multinational Enterprise", Strategic Management Journal 35(6): 938 - 947.
  • Lofstrom, M, Bates, T, Parker, SC, 2014, "Why are some people more likely to become small-businesses owners than others: Entrepreneurship entry and industry-specific barriers ", Journal of Business Venturing 29(2): 232 - 251.
  • Parker, SC, 2013, "Do Serial Entrepreneurs Run Successively Better Performing Businesses?", Journal of Business Venturing 28(5): 652 - 666.
  • Inci, E, Parker, SC, 2013, "Financing Entrepreneurship and the Old-Boy Network", Journal of Economics & Management Strategy 22(2): 232 - 258.
  • Hessels, J, Parker, SC, 2013, "Constraints, Internationalization and Growth: A Cross-Country Analysis of European SMEs", Journal of World Business 48(1): 137 - 148.

For more publications please see our Research Database


  • 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