Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Research plays a key role in understanding business success, by providing individuals and teams with critical insights into how to launch a business, or make a new or existing enterprise more successful. Our research focuses on harnessing the innovative strategy of enterprises, in order to produce successful entrepreneurial behaviour.

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship consists of a diverse and interdisciplinary team of researchers with a shared interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. We are well-networked with the academic community across the globe, hosting and attending conferences and workshops, as well as working directly with East London start-up and social enterprise communities.

Our academic team are engaged in cutting-edge research in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation, and draw upon this to deliver high quality research-led teaching to postgraduate students. Our challenging, career-enhancing programmes offer real value to individuals and organisations from around the globe.

The Institute delivers research that is not only academically excellent, but also seek to adds social value by addressing some of the pressing issues facing the world of entrepreneurship and innovation today such as digitization and big data, social inequality and exclusion, and sustainability.

Our research

Our key areas of interest are as follows:

  • New venture creation and entrepreneurial entry
  • Business innovation, governance and sustainability
  • Digital innovation
  • Social science and enterprise

This type of research and associated teaching is relevant for all graduates but particularly for those who are interested in starting a business, innovating within established organizations, or who are interested in an academic career and would like to start a PhD. We have significant expertise in both small and large-scale empirical studies based upon a range of innovative methodologies and the latest data analysis techniques.

As a team we have published in a variety of internationally renowned academic entrepreneurship, management and organisation studies journals such as the British Journal of Management, California Management Review, Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, Gender, Work and Organization, International Small Business Journal, Human Relations, Management Science, Organization, and Small Business Economics. Members of the team serve on editorial boards, as special issue editors, and referees for these and other respected journals.

Inspiring location

London is one of the top cities in the world for business, finance and trade, and provides a unique learning environment for students from the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

There is an agile, creative and entrepreneurial culture on campus, which has enabled students at Loughborough University London to achieve great things: forging new business plans, establishing growing start-ups, and developing innovative solutions to business problems.

Supporting you

By pursuing one of our postgraduate research programmes, you will have the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned researchers and practitioners in your field of study. As a PhD student with us, you will receive a comprehensive package of training and support for your professional development, preparing you for a career in research or a variety of roles with regional, international or multinational organisations and governing bodies.

How to apply

All MPhil and PhD applications must be made online. We strongly recommend contacting your preferred research supervisor(s) in advance of submitting an application to discuss your ideas.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation MRes

Accelerate your career as a researcher with our MRes in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. This is a unique programme combining research training and development with primary data collection and analysis on a topic of your choice, with your dissertation guided by an appropriate supervisor. This programme offers a challenging yet supportive opportunity to gain research skills and understanding of your area of interest while sharpening your critical thinking, analytical, and academic writing skills.

Find out more about this programme