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Dr Heli Helanummi-Cole DPhil, MBA, MSc

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

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Dr. Heli Helanummi-Cole is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton.

Heli holds a doctoral degree in management from the University of Oxford where she was a ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow prior to joining Southampton in 2020. Her doctoral research that explores post-redundancy entrepreneurship was sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council, Saïd Business School Foundation and Balliol College Oxford. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Heli held various management positions in high technology in the UK, Finland and Japan and acted as a board advisor for a London-based 3D printing company. She holds an MBA from London Business School and an MSc from the Tampere University of Technology in Finland.

Heli's research interests include entrepreneurial systems, innovation, technology strategy and venture failure. Her research is motivated by the desire to understand the new ways in which works get organised. As such, she is interested in the platform economy, networked forms of organising and the role that these assume in labour policy. She regularly presents her work at global conferences.

At the Southampton Business School, Heli leads the postgraduate Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing and the MBA Entrepreneurship and New Venture Design modules. She also teaches some of the undergraduate International Entrepreneurship module.

Research interests

You could include small-scale or past research activities Entrepreneurship, innovation, technology strategy, venture failure, systems change, platform economy, networked forms of organising, business ethics.

Research group

Strategy and Innovation Research Group

  • International Entrepreneurship ENTR3005 – contributing lecturer
  • Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing ENTR6033 – module lead
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Design MBA_MANG6350 – module lead
Dr Heli Helanummi-Cole
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
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