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Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan PhD, MBA, BA

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Head of Research, Department of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Professsor Mine Karatas-Ozkan is a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship within the Southampton Business School at the University.

She is currently the Head of Research for the Department of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Previously, she held various leadership roles including Associate Dean Research (for the Faculty of Business, Law and Art); Director of the Faculty Graduate School and Founding Director of the Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Southampton. Her research focuses on sustainability and diversity dimensions of entrepreneurship from social inclusion and relational perspectives. Underpinned by a community-based approach and human-centred design techniques, her research aims to make an impact in addressing grand societal challenges by offering concrete solutions and intervention programmes. Her strong ideological conviction in the values and principles of equality, diversity, inclusion, thoughtful and engaged scholarship, and emphasis on relevance with rigour underpins all her academic practice.

She teaches Social Entrepreneurship (with emphasis on social sustainability i.e. diversity and equality) on MSc programmes and Research Methods on PhD/DBA programmes.

She has (1) co-authored and (6) edited several books, which were published by highly prestigious international publishers (Routledge and Edward Elgar Publishing). Her (32) journal articles have appeared in leading academic outlets, such as Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society; European Management Review; Entrepreneurship and Regional Development; Journal of Small Business Management; British Journal of Management; Small Business Economics; R&D Management; Corporate Governance; International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism Management ; Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, and International Journal of Management Reviews. She has also published (18) book chapters.

She has had 14 PhD completions. She supervises and mentors a cohort of doctoral candidates pursuing programmes of research on sustainability, inclusive entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystems and digital entrepreneurship, diversity management, gender studies and entrepreneurship, immigrant entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and SMEs, non-governmental organizations and institutional change, and strategy and institutional change in higher education, taking mainly critical approaches i.e. Bourdieusian and institutional theory perspectives to inclusive entrepreneurship. Some of her PhD students were internationally funded/co-supervised by colleagues in institutions such as University of Alberta (Canada), Jonkoping International Business School (Sweden), Institute of Management Sciences (IMS-Pakistan) and Institute of Business Administration (IBA-Pakistan).

She has been awarded research funding of over £1,000,000 from several national and international funding organisations including, European Social Fund, European Union 7th Framework, EU INTERREG funding, ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), Arts Council England, British Academy Newton Fund Advanced Fellowship and British Council Newton Fund Institutional Links. Her project details are included in research projects tab.

She has been actively involved in a number of international academic associations, such as EURAM (European Academy of Management), EGOS (European Group of Organisation Studies), Academy of Management (AoM), and British Academy of Management (BAM). Her dedication to EURAM and committed collaboration with EURAM colleagues, have led to taking the role of the Lead Chair of EURAM Doctoral Colloquium (building on her role as a Co-Chair since 2015).  In 2019, she was awarded EURAM Fellowship status for her extra-ordinary contributions to her research community and to the EURAM family. She is the first female UK scholar, who became a EURAM fellow. 

Research interests

  • Inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion and leadership in organisations
  • Compassionate leadership
  • Disability and entrepreneurship
  • Gender and entrepreneurship
  • Immigrant entrepreneurship/Refugee entrepreneurship
  • NGOs and institutional change
  • Leadership and strategic change in universities
  • Female leadership, transformation and empowerment in art and design
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems and strategic drivers for entrepreneurial universities

Internationally funded (and co-supervised) PhD supervisees:

Dr. Cağla Yavuz Özgören:

Organisational responses to institutional complexities in higher education: The role of organizational habitus

Funded by WUN International Exchange Scheme; co-supervised by Professor Trish Reay (during the exchange period at the University of Alberta, Canada)

Supervisory team: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan, Jeremy Howells (University of Portsmouth, UK) and Sibel Yamak (University of Wolverhampton, UK)

Dr. Huriye Aygören Yeröz

Entrepreneurial identity formation-in-practice

Immigrant women entrepreneurs' lived practices and experiences within gender, ethnicity and class relations

Funded by Swedish HE PhD Scholarship, Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Sweden.

Supervisory team: Professors Mattias Nordqvist, Freiderike Welter, and Mine Karatas-Ozkan.

Dr. Javed Iqbal

Managing organizational legitimacies in times of institutional change – a case of humanitarian development NGOs in Pakistan

Funded by the British Council (INSPIRE) funding scheme.

Supervisory team: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan and Laura Costanzo.

Dr. Lalarukh Ejaz

Informal Women Entrepreneurship Through the Lens of Institutional Logics and Institutional Voids

Funded by the Institute of Business Administration, (IBA) Karachi, Pakistan. 

Supervisory team: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan and Vadim Grinevich

Other (nationally)funded/self-funded PhD supervisees:

Dr. Shahnaz Ibrahim

Corporate Social Responsibility in SMEs: A Social Capital Perspective

Funded by the School of Management, UoS; Full PGR Scholarship.

Supervisory team: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan and Dima Jamali (American University of Beirut, Lebanon).

Dr. Sarah Chahine

Interconnectedness in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Social Capital Perspective

Funded by the University of Southampton Presidential Scholarship.

Supervisory team: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan, Vadim Grinevich, Julia Bennell, and Yuan Huang.

Dr. Linda Baines

Exploring responsible knowledge exchange.

Supervisory team: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan and Jeremy Howells (University of Portsmouth, UK).

Dr. Iain Lucas

Strategy formulation in social enterprises: Emergent strategies.

Supervisory team: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan and Edgar Meyer (University of Leeds, UK).

Dr. Shah Bano

Sea changes in Pakistani higher education

Supervisory team: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan and John Taylor (University of Liverpool, UK).

Dr. Muhammad Atiq

Sustainable Corporate Entrepreneurship in Pakistan.

Supervisor: Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan

Dr. Bylon Bamfo

Capacity building for entrepreneurship in Ghana.

Supervisor: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan and John Taylor (University of Liverpool, UK).

Dr. Rashid Al-Mataani:

Hidden entrepreneurship in Oman  

Supervisors: Professors Pelin Demirel, Thomas Wainwright and Mine Karatas-Ozkan

Dr. Hien Nguyen

Sustainable entrepreneurship in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) within the Vietnamese Marine Protected Areas- The Intersection of Macro, Meso, and Micro Levels of Analysis.

Funded by the Faculty (FBLA) PGR Scholarship, University of Southampton.

Supervisory team: Professors Laura Costanzo and Mine Karatas-Ozkan

Dr. Salim Al Rashdi

Religion and entrepreneurial opportunities

Supervisory team: Professors Stratos Ramoglou, Vadim Grinevich and Mine Karatas-Ozkan.

Current (ongoing) PhD supervision:

Foteini Papadopoulou

Entrepreneurship, diversity, and non-opportunity:

A scientific approach to disadvantaged individuals’ exclusion from entrepreneurial opportunities

Supervisory team: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan and Laura Costanzo

Melike Tunalioglu

Socially inclusive approach to academic entrepreneurship

Supervisory team: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan, Laura Costanzo and Yehuda Baruch.

Joseph Kimaro

Sustainable entrepreneurship and its impact for community empowerment as mediated by Tanzanian social enterprises

Supervisory team: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan, Shahnaz Ibrahim, Vadim Grinevich and Pelin Demirel (Imperial Business School, UK).

Catherine Guest

Female entrepreneurship, emancipation and pathway to freedom

Supervisory team: Professors Laura Costanzo and Mine Karatas-Ozkan.

PhD research 

Her PhD was on nascent (student) entrepreneurship in art and design, underpinned by Bourdieuan theory and multi-layered approach (macro-meso-micro level insights and implications for theory, policy and practice).

Supervisor: Professor Elizabeth Chell (Kingston University, UK)

Funding: Funded by the Institute for Entrepreneurship, School of Management, University of Southampton.

Affiliate research groups

Entrepreneurship Research Group, Strategy and Innovation Research Group

Academic leadership experience:

Her major academic leadership experience spans over 8 years, at senior-level positions:

Associate Dean Research (Faculty of Business, Law and Art, 2013-2018)

Formulated and implemented high-level strategic plan, framework and action plans for the Faculty. Overseen their implantation by managing budgets and leading people.

Provided leadership to develop and oversee the REF strategy and process by co-ordinating and managing three directors of research of three Schools, Business School, School of Law and Winchester School of Art, with 155 FTE research active staff.

Facilitated connections with the key stakeholders in the local, national and international communities to generate opportunities for research.

Director of Faculty Graduate School (Faculty of Business, Law and Art, 2010-2013)

Led the Graduate School for the Faculty consisting of three Schools with 225 doctoral students.

Responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the Graduate School, including identifying strategic areas for doctoral research and developing PGR scholarships accordingly.

Programme Director, BSc Management with Entrepreneurship (2008-2011)

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She teaches Social Entrepreneurship (with emphasis on social sustainability i.e. diversity and equality) on MSc programmes and Research Methods on PhD/DBA programmes.

Previously she taught the following courses at the University of Southampton:

  • Preparing for your viva (PhD)
  • Strategy and Leadership in Entrepreneurial Ventures (MSc)
  • Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing (MSc)
  • Corporate Venturing (MSc)
  • Creating Entrepreneurial Ventures (MSc)
  • International Entrepreneurship (BSc-Third year)
  • Entrepreneurial Management (BSc-Second year)
  • Small Business Management (BSc-Second Year)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (BSc-First Year)

EURAM (European Academy of Management)

Lead Chair of Doctoral Colloquium

Scientific Council member

Grants Committee member

Member of the Organising Committee of the EURAM 2013, Annual Conference, Istanbul, Turkey


INTERREG-MSN Cross-Channel project between UK and France

Chair of two international conferences:

1st International Conference on Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Innovation, 3-4 Nov 2011, Caen, France; Co-chaired by Roland Condor (EM Normandie, France).

2nd International Conference on Socially Responsible and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation, to be held on 1-2 Nov 2012, Southampton, UK; Co-chaired by Katerina Nicolopoulou (University of Southampton); Roland Condor, Dorra Yahiaoui, Khaled Saadaoui (EM Normandie, France).


Visiting Professor at Galatasaray University, Istanbul Turkey (2011)

Her funded (nationally/internationally) research and engagement projects include:

1. Female leadership, empowerment and social inclusion in art and design. Funded by the Arts Council England (ACE), (£585,000). (2019-2021)            Principal Investigator: Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan

Co-Investigator: Professor Yehuda Baruch

Collaborator: Louise Coysh (Associate Director, Art and Design, University of Southampton)

The project focuses on developing women leaders in art and design by taking a social inclusion approach. The research is underpinned by community-based action research and human-centred design techniques. It is a multi-partner collaboration, involving The Point, SBS and seven cultural and diversity organisations from Dorset, Bournemouth, Gloucestershire, Devon and Hampshire. It is a two-year community intervention programme with the objective to create a new framework for leadership in art and design and legacy-driven work placements for 16 talented emergent women leaders in art and design from disadvantaged backgrounds. Drawing on the insights from the action-research component of the project, the focus is on removing barriers for those who may otherwise struggle to find a way into leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities.


2. Diversity and academic entrepreneurship in STEMM Research Base. Funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), Institutional Sponsorship Scheme. (£20,000) (2016-2019)

Principal investigator: Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan

Co-Investigators: Professor Yehuda Baruch and Laura Costanzo.

This project has focused on the opportunities for, and barriers to, academic entrepreneurship in the UK universities by exploring experiences of academics with diverse profiles. The outcomes of the study have informed diversity, equality and inclusion framework and related agenda in the UKRI.


3. Sustainable entrepreneurship in eco-tourism: Case of Turkey. Funded by the British Council-Newton Fund Institutional Links Scheme. (£46,000) (2016-2018)

Principal Investigator: Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan

Co-Investigators: Drs Pelin Demirel and Shahnaz Ibrahim

ECR/Post-Doc Research Fellow: Dr Emir Ozeren

This project was another intervention project that delivered human-centred sustainability solutions for entrepreneurs in the context of tourism in Turkey. Research findings have revealed gender-based differences to sustainable entrepreneurship.


4. Social entrepreneurship, diversity and social inclusion. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Funding scheme.

(£10,000) (2016-2018).

Principal Investigator: Professor Laura Costanzo

Co-Investigators: Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan and Dr Shahnaz Ibrahim.


5. Entrepreneurial universities: role of technology transfer offices (TTOs) in emerging markets. Funded by the British Academy Newton Fund Advanced Fellowship Scheme. (£72,000) (2015-2017).

Principal investigator: Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan

Co-Investigators: Dr Serdal Temel (Ege University, Turkey); Professor Jeremy Howells (University of Portsmouth, UK), Dr Vadim Grinevich, Dr Stratos Ramoglou

ECR/Research Fellow: Dr Cagla Özgören

This project forms the most comprehensive study of TTOs in Turkey drawing on a qualitative study of 32 TTOs (out of 35) across the country combined with a survey of academics and university leaders. The project has informed policy frameworks of the scientific council that determines funding and governance structures of such TTOs.


6. Business and environmental sustainability strategies of Turkish SMEs in agriculture. Funded by the British Council Knowledge Partnership Scheme.

(£25,000) (2012-2014).

Principal Investigator: Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan

Co-Investigators: Professors Jeremy Howells (University of Portsmouth, UK); Tolga Bektas (University of Liverpool, UK), Renan Tunalioglu (Adnan Menderes University, Turkey); Ferit Çobanoğlu (Adnan Menderes University, Turkey).


7. Sustainable entrepreneurship and social responsibility. Funded by the European Union 7th Framework, INTERREG-MSN project with Ecole De Normandie, France (£176, 000: Our share) (2010-2013)

Principal Investigator: Professor Douglas Macbeth

Co-Investigator: Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan


8. Financing needs of gazelles.  Funded by Santander Bank. (£30,000) (2011-2013)

Principal Investigator: Professor Jeremy Howells (University of Portsmouth, UK)

Co-Investigators: Professors Mine Karatas-Ozkan and Simon Wolfe.


9. Nurturing social enterprise: sustainability and growth, with implications for social entrepreneurship education. Funded by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), Higher Education in Entrepreneurship Group (HEEG) scheme. (£8,250) (2009-2010)

Principal Investigator: Mine Karatas-Ozkan

Co-Investigator: Dr Graham Manville


10. Entrepreneurial leadership for the sustainable growth of technology firms in India and the UK. Funded by the Internationalisation Funding Scheme of the University of Southampton. (£4,340) (2009-2011)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Mine Karatas-Ozkan.


11. Knowledge workers in the age of digital economy. Funded by the LASS Faculty Seminar Series Funding Scheme, University of Southampton. (£2,500) (2008-2009).

Principal Investigator: Dr. Mine Karatas-Ozkan.

Co-Investigators: Professors Susan Halford (University of Bristol, UK) and John Taylor (University of Liverpool, UK).


12. Women in SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Employment and Entrepreneurship. Funded by the ESF (European Social Fund), ESRC and EPSRC

(£7,680) (2006).

Project Lead: Professor Pooran Wynarczyk

(University of Newcastle)

Principal Investigator: Mine Karatas-Ozkan


13. Collaborative partnerships in enterprise and innovation in higher education. Funded by the SET Squared Partnership. (£25,000) (2006-2007)

Principal Investigator: Professor Elizabeth Chell

Co-Investigators: Katerina Nicolopoulou and Mine Karatas-Ozkan


14. Gender and academic enterprise and innovation in the UK universities. Funded by the Institute of Physics. (£14,800) (2004-2005)

Principal Investigator: Professor Elizabeth Chell

Co-Investigator: Mine Karatas-Ozkan

Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

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