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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, S. C.; Gamble, E.; Moroz, P. W.; Branzei, O., 2019, "The Impact of B Lab Certification on Firm Growth", Academy of Management Discoveries, March 5(1): 55 - 77.
  • Branzei, O.; Parker, S. C.; Moroz, P. W.; Gamble, E., 2018, "Going pro-social: Extending the individual-venture nexus to the collective level", Journal of Business Venturing, September 33(5): 551 - 565.
  • Parker, S. C., 2018, "Entrepreneurship and economic theory", Oxford Review of Economic Policy, September 34(4): 540 - 564.
  • Moroz, P. W.; Branzei, O.; Parker, S. C.; Gamble, E., 2018, "Imprinting with purpose: new pro-social opportunities and B Corp certification", Journal of Business Venturing, March 33(2): 117 - 129.
  • Hoogendoorn, S.; Parker, S. C.; van Praag, M., 2017, "Smart or diverse start-up teams? Evidence from a field experiment", Organization Science, November 28(6): 1010 - 1028.
  • van Witteloostuijn, A.; Dikova, D.; Parker, S. C., 2017, "Capability, environment and internationalization fit, and financial and marketing performance of MNEs’ foreign subsidiaries: An abductive contingency approach", Cross Cultural and Strategic Management, September 24(3): 405 - 435.
  • Hsiao, C.; Parker, S. C.; van Praag, M., 2017, "Risk, Balanced Skills and Entrepreneurship", Small Business Economics, February 48(2): 287 - 302.
  • Parker, S. C., 2016, "Family firms and the willing successor’ problem", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, November 40(6): 1241 - 1259.
  • Sanchis Llopis, J. A.; Millán, J. M.; Baptista, R.; Burke, A.; Parker, S. C.; Thurik, R., 2015, "Good times, bad times: entrepreneurship and the business cycle", International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, June 11(2): 243 - 251.
  • Parker, S. C., 2014, "Crowdfunding, Cascades and Informed Investors", Economics Letters, December 125(3): 432 - 435.
  • Parker, S. C., 2014, "Who become serial and portfolio entrepreneurs?", Small Business Economics, December 43(4): 887 - 898.
  • Tietz, M. A.; Parker, S. C., 2014, "Charitable Donations by the Self-Employed", Small Business Economics, December 43(4): 899 - 916.
  • Plourde, Y.; Parker, S. C.; Schaan, J-L., 2014, "Expatriation and its Effect on Headquarters Attention in the Multinational Enterprise", Strategic Management Journal, June 35(6): 938 - 947.
  • Lofstrom, M.; Bates, T.; Parker, S. C., 2014, "Why are some people more likely to become small-businesses owners than others: Entrepreneurship entry and industry-specific barriers ", Journal of Business Venturing, March 29(2): 232 - 251.
  • Parker, S. C., 2013, "Do Serial Entrepreneurs Run Successively Better Performing Businesses?", Journal of Business Venturing, September 28(5): 652 - 666.

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  • 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