Networks - International and Local

We are actively engaged with a network of international institutions and academics to foster our research, teaching and outreach activities. These include research and education programmes in China, India, Vietnam and Cambodia, and across Europe.

EDNA - Entrepreneurship Development Network Asia

The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Vietnam National University's University of Economics & Business, and The University of Sydney Business School through its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Group are founding members of EDNA.

These founding members will be complemented by appropriate universities in the region. Future members will include those with a strong focus on teaching entrepreneurship, a desire and ability to be leading research institutions, an interest in significant engagement with industry (such as enterprise incubators, train-the-trainer programmes, student competitions etc.), and will be recognised as leading institutions in their country.

LEED Knowledge Partner

In 2009 the EIRG formally became recognized as a LEED Knowledge Partner. The LEED (Local Economic and Employment Development) Programme is an OECD initiative that aims to identify, analyse and disseminate innovative ideas for local development, governance and the social economy. Governments from OECD member and non-member economies look to LEED and work through it to generate innovative guidance on policies to support employment creation and economic development through locally based initiatives.

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

IIMB consistently figures among the top business schools in India in domestic and international surveys. In October 2010, a survey by Eduniversal, a unit of Paris-based SMBG, ranked IIMB as the # 1 Business School in Central Asia and South Asia for the third consecutive year.

The Nadathur S. Raghavan Center for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) was set up in March 2002 to synergise with IIMB's focus on entrepreneurial studies. The Centre facilitates business growth by combining academic research with practical experiences. Entrepreneurial energy is facilitated by the IIMB's academic community and industry interfaces thus channelising the growth of small business ideas to implementation.

The NSRCEL not only trains and promotes entrepreneurship but also acts as an Incubator Cell for start-up companies. The NSRCEL has a rich faculty of mentors who have diverse experience of handling various Industries and have built over the years many an enterprise. Such talent grooms the nascent business person and helps him to establish a growing business enterprise.

The NSRCEL has a team of esteemed resources from where mentorship can be drawn. Situated in the hub of the IIM Bangalore the NSRCEL boasts of some of the leading professors who have helped some of the top Indian Companies to reach their current status. The NSRCEL is managed by three eminent personalities - Prof Kumar K Chairperson, Suresh Bhagavatula Faculty, Suryanarayanan A Chief Operating Officer.

University of Battambang, Cambodia and the University of Economics & Business, Vietnam National University

The Vietnam National University, Hanoi, was the first modern university established in Vietnam and is one of two national universities in Vietnam. VNU holds a special position in Vietnam?s higher education system, and along with Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh, it is considered to be the top university in Vietnam. It enjoys a high level of autonomy and reports directly to the Prime Minister. VNU is also the country?s key scientific research centre, and its system of research institutes and centres play a key role in the research on important fields within various national development strategies. The University of Business and Economics is the premier business school in Vietnam, and is a member of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools.

University of Battambang is a centre of excellence in education and research in Cambodia. It was founded by H.E. Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in 2007. UBB?s goal is to educate the leaders of tomorrow in a wide range of fields through a balance of theory and practice, and the integration of real world experiences into academic education.


CEMS is a global alliance of academic and corporate institutions dedicated to educating and preparing future generations of international business leaders. The CEMS academic and corporate members work collectively to develop knowledge and provide education that is essential in the multilingual, multicultural and interconnected business world.

Common to all activities is the aim of promoting global citizenship, with particular emphasis placed upon the following values:

  • The pursuit of excellence with high standards of performance and ethical conduct;
  • Understanding and drawing upon cultural diversity with respect and empathy;
  • Professional responsibility and accountability in relation to society as a whole.

The Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Faculty Group constitutes an opportunity for academics from CEMS schools to work with peers on the issues that they are focusing on in their personal research. They function within the framework of the CEMS MIM programme.


In 2009 ICE was pleased to host a number of visitors:

  • Professor Robert Burgelman from Stanford - participated in the Asia Pacific Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • Professor Rebecca Piekkari from the Helsinki School of Economics, Discipline of International business, Finland - Collaborative research
  • Associate Professor Brigitte Levy from the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada - Collaborative research
  • Professor Matthias Kipping from the Schulich School of Business, Canada - Collaborative research/seminar
  • Professor Kumar from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore - participated in the Asia Pacific Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • Professor & Associate Dean (research) David Storey from the Business School, University of Warwick, UK - Collaborative research and guest lecture/seminar
  • Professor Gang Zhang from the School of Management, Zhejiang University, China - Collaborative research and participated in the Asia Pacific Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • Mr Erik Lundmark from the Linkoping University, Sweden Collaborative - research
  • Professor Garry Bruton from The Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, USA - Guest lectures/seminars
  • Professor Shaker Zahra from the Department of Strategic Management and Organization, University of Minnesota, USA - Guest lectures/seminars
  • Professor Zhongming Wang from Zhejiang University, China - participated in the Asia Pacific Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

In 2010 our international guests included:

  • Dr. Tony Kang from Oklahoma State University, USA - collaborative research
  • Betina Szkudlarck from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands - collaborative research and PhD support
  • Rosalie L. Tung from the Simon Fraser University, Canada - presentation at the ANZIBA conference, seminar presentation
  • Ravi Sarathy from the Northeastern University, Boston, USA - collaborative research and seminar presentation
  • Preetmohinder S. Aulakh from the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada - collaborative research and seminar presentation
  • Dr. Eriikka Paavilainen-M?ntym?ki from the Turku University School of Economics, Finland - collaborative research and seminar presentation
  • James R Lincoln from the University of California, Berkeley, USA - collaborative research and seminar presentation
  • Gary Bruton from the Texas Christian University, USA - collaborative research

The International Entrepreneurship Research & Education Programme

The Global Entrepreneurship Research Center of Zhejiang University and The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Research Group of The University of Sydney have established a programme of research, education and outreach activities in international entrepreneurship that will complement and strengthen their respective activities. The Programme focuses on research and postgraduate student education.

The Programme is initially proposed as a bilateral activity, with the intention of growing the membership to include the top entrepreneurship-focussed Universities globally. This Programme is a joint initiative by the respective entrepreneurship groups, and falls under the MOU signed between both institutions at the University level in May 2008.

This initiative has received initial funding from the Business School, The University of Sydney.

The Zhejiang University Global Entrepreneurship Research Centre integrates global multi-disciplinary research expertise and academic teams, based upon the Centre for HR and Strategic Development, Zhejiang University. The Centre has three features:

  1. Talent development,
  2. Entrepreneurship research, and
  3. Global strategy

It has three research concentrations:

  1. Innovative talent and global leadership,
  2. Venturing resources and enterprise growth,
  3. Innovation policy and regional competitiveness.

To enhance frontier disciplines and develop innovative talents focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship, the ZJU-GERC was dedicated to multi-disciplinary research on entrepreneurship theory building, strategy development, integrative innovation of university-industry-government, regional and national innovation systems development, and cultivates high-level academic research teams and entrepreneurship programs of undergraduate, master-level and PhDs with international vision, innovative mindset, social responsibility and global leadership competence. In 2005, through a ?Zero Distance Strategy? with the Hangzhou High-Tech Industrial Development Zone, the Zhejiang University Global Entrepreneurship Research Center moved to the Paradise Silicon Valley.