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Dr Dorrie Y Chao PhD, MSc (Distinction), BBA

Teaching Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Dr Dorrie Chao is a Teaching Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Southampton Business School (SBS) at the University of Southampton.

Prior to this (2014-2016), Dorrie was a visiting lecturer at SBS, where she now lectures in the subject areas of innovation, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and management research methods at both UG and PG levels.

She holds a PhD in Management and an MSc degree in Strategic Entrepreneurship with Distinction, both from the University of Southampton. Her PhD thesis focused on the contribution that the evolving academic entrepreneur/technology transfer manager relationship make to the absorptive capacity of university spin-out companies. Her research interests include academic entrepreneurship, green entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy, absorptive capacity, sense making, university knowledge/technology transfer, and university spin-out companies.

Before pursuing her PhD, she worked as a research fellow at a research institution in Taiwan and was involved in various public funded projects including a study on the entrepreneurial environment of Taiwanese IT Start-ups.



Research interests

Dr Chao’s research interests include:

• Academic entrepreneurship
• Absorptive capacity
• Green entrepreneurship
• Innovation management
• Sense making
• University knowledge/technology transfer
• University spin-out companies

She is willing to supervise PhD theses in these subject areas and discuss topics with potential candidates.

Current PhD Students:

Samuel Redgrave – ‘University-industry Knowledge Transfer: A Comparison of Business Schools and their Interactions with Industry in Developed and Developing Countries’ (2018 ~)
Rom Pairsuwan – ‘Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development: A comparative Study of University-based Science Parks in Thailand’ (2018 ~)

Affiliate research group

Strategy Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Personal Academic Tutor for UG & PG students
UG Link Tutor Business Management (Year 2)

Module Leader:

ENTR2004 Innovation, Technology and the Environment
MANG3072 Technological Innovation
ENTR6037 Innovation and Technology Transfer


MANG3046 Managing Innovation
MANG6279 Service Innovation Management


MANG1018 Technologies that Shaped the Business World 1: Mechanical Age
MANG3069 Service and Organisational Innovation
MANG3075 Future Horizons for Enterprise


MSc & BSc dissertations
Doctoral research

Dr Chao also gives guest lectures in schools/universities in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.


Dr Dorrie Y Chao
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number: 2/3061

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