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Dr Rachel Doern

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Email r.doern (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7296 4220
Dr Rachel Doern

Dr Rachel Doern joined the Institute of Management Studies in January 2014. She previously worked at Royal Holloway University of London, and the Universities of St. Andrews and Essex. She has a PhD in Management, an MSc in International Marketing, a BComm in Marketing and a BA in Economics and Psychology.

Much of Rachel’s research examines the cognitions, emotions and behaviours of entrepreneurs in adverse conditions. Her research is inter-disciplinary in nature, drawing on micro-sociological and psychological approaches to understanding resilience and vulnerability in an entrepreneurial context and how entrepreneurs interact with different stakeholders as they develop their businesses, particularly during times of crisis. Recent research projects look at entrepreneurial diversity, identities and communities. She welcomes PhD applications from students interested in studying any of these topics.

Rachel is Director of the BSc in Management (with Entrepreneurship, Economics or Marketing) in the Institute of Management Studies, Consulting Editor of the International Small Business Journal, and a Committee Member of the Entrepreneurship Division Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management. Rachel is also on the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research and is the Co-Editor of a Special Issue for the journal Entrepreneurship and Regional Development on Entrepreneurship and Crises: Business as Usual?

Recent talks:

2017.  Small business adaptation and resilience following adversity: The experience of small businesses during the London Riots. Seminar, De Montfort University Leicester. 

2017. How do small businesses and their owner-managers adapt to a crisis? The case of the London riots, Seminar, University of Burgos. 

2017. Build Resilience: Make your organisation crisis prepared, not crisis prone, Talk for Knowledge Brief (to members of the public and private sector), London.

2014. Doern, R. ‘Where's my shop?’ Understanding the impact of the London riots on small businesses and owner-managers. Seminar, Kingston Business School, University of Kingston.
 
2013. Small business resilience in a post-riot context. Resilience and Infrastructures Theme, Resilience Workshop, Royal Holloway, University of London.
 
2012. An exploratory study of responses to and recovery from the London riots, August 2011: From the perspective of small business owner-managers. Seminar for research students of the Honours Academy at Radboud University Nijmegen, Royal Holloway, University of London.
 

2012. Cross-cultural research: Reflections on conducting research abroad. PhD Day School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London. 

2011. Entrepreneurship in adverse conditions. Seminar for staff of the Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

2011. Undertaking cross-cultural research. Seminar for research students of the Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

2011. The experience of Russian entrepreneurs: Small business survival and growth, Russian Society Lecture, Royal Holloway, University of London.

2011. Feeling powerless: Barriers to entrepreneurial action in Russia, Centre for Comparative Economics’ Seminar Series, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL.

2010. Barriers, blockages and dead-ends: the growing pains of Russian small businesses, Centre for Comparative Economics’ Seminar Series, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, University of London.

2010. Tips for writing up your PhD. PhD Day School of Management, Royal Holloway.

2010. Workshop on qualitative research methods in entrepreneurship. British Academy of Management Conference, Sheffield (with O. Jones & W. Lam).

2009. Cognitive and affective representations of barriers to growth: Some accounts from owner-managers in Russia, School of Management Seminar Series, Royal Holloway.

2007. Understanding barriers to small business growth:  Examples from Russia. Scottish Entrepreneurship Research Seminar, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde.

Media:

The impact of the London 2011 Riots on small businesses two years on, 06/80/13 -

BBC London News (TV) Interview, lunchtime news (live), 13:30.

BBC London News (TV) Interview, 18:30, Tim Donovan Presenter.

BBC Sussex (Radio) Interview, 16:00, Simon Furber Presenter. 

BBC News (2013). Nothing done for riot victims 06/08/13.  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23585425

London Riots Still Affecting Businesses Emotionally and Financially (2013).

http://www.rhul.ac.uk/aboutus/newsandevents/news/newsarticles/londonriotsstillaffectingbusinessesemotionallyandfinancially.aspx

Small businesses still picking up the pieces from last year's riots (2012). 

http://www.rhul.ac.uk/aboutus/newsandevents/news/newsarticles/smallbusinessesstillpickingupthepiecesfromlastyearsriots.aspx

Thomas Holloway Entrepreneurship Lecture Q&A podcast (2011). With Nick Wheeler (Charles Tyrwhitt) and David Hathirami (A Suit that Fits) 01/27/11. 

http://www.royalhollowayentrepreneurs.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Thomas-Holloway-27.01.11.mp3

City AM (2009). For your next job, you too can become an entrepreneur (T. Barber) 19/02/09.

 

Research Interests

Entrepreneurs and adversity

Cognitions and emotions of the entrepreneur

Qualitative, Interpretive-phenomenological approaches to entrepreneurship

Interdisciplinary approaches to entrepreneurship research

Small business growth, barriers to growth

Enterprise development in emerging and transition economies

Institutional influences on enterprise development

Corruption and organizational deviance

Female entrepreneurs, ethnic-minority entrepreneurs

Publications

Book Section

Strategies for Resilience in Entrepreneurship: Building Resources for Small Business Survival After a Crisis
Doern, Rachel. 2017. Strategies for Resilience in Entrepreneurship: Building Resources for Small Business Survival After a Crisis. In: T Vorley and N Williams, eds. Creating Resilient Economies: Entrepreneurship, Growth and Development in Uncertain Times. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

A cross-cultural assessment of the e-business opportunities in Russia and Sweden
de Koning, Alice; Fey, Carl and Doern, Rachel. 2006. A cross-cultural assessment of the e-business opportunities in Russia and Sweden. In: E Mrudula, ed. Cultural Framework and Challenges: Web Adoption and Practice. Hyderabad, India: ICFAI Press. ISBN 9788131404652

Article

Entrepreneurship and Crisis Management: The Experiences of Small Businesses during the London 2011 Riots
Doern, Rachel. 2016. Entrepreneurship and Crisis Management: The Experiences of Small Businesses during the London 2011 Riots. International Small Business Journal, 34(3), pp. 276-302. ISSN 0266-2426

The Role of Friendship in the Formation and Development of Entrepreneurial Teams and Ventures
D'Hont, L; Doern, Rachel and Delgado Garcia, J. 2016. The Role of Friendship in the Formation and Development of Entrepreneurial Teams and Ventures. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 23(2), pp. 528-561. ISSN 1462-6004

The role of negative emotions in the social processes of entrepreneurship: Power rituals and shame-related appeasement behaviors
Doern, Rachel and Goss, David. 2014. The role of negative emotions in the social processes of entrepreneurship: Power rituals and shame-related appeasement behaviors. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 38(4), pp. 863-890. ISSN 1042-2587

From barriers to barring: Why emotion matters for entrepreneurial development (ISBJ Best Paper Prize)
Doern, Rachel and Goss, David. 2013. From barriers to barring: Why emotion matters for entrepreneurial development (ISBJ Best Paper Prize). International Small Business Journal, 31(5), pp. 496-519. ISSN 0266-2426

SME Performance: Separating Myth from Reality. J. Watson. MA: Edward Elgar (book review)
Doern, Rachel. 2011. SME Performance: Separating Myth from Reality. J. Watson. MA: Edward Elgar (book review). International Small Business Journal, 29(5), pp. 580-581. ISSN 0266-2426

Understanding how perceived barriers influence growth intentions and behaviours: Accounts from small business owner-managers in Russia
Doern, Rachel. 2011. Understanding how perceived barriers influence growth intentions and behaviours: Accounts from small business owner-managers in Russia. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 17(5), pp. 488-514. ISSN 1355-2554

Investigating barriers to SME growth and development in transition environments: A critique and suggestions for developing the methodology
Doern, Rachel. 2009. Investigating barriers to SME growth and development in transition environments: A critique and suggestions for developing the methodology. International Small Business Journal, 27(3), pp. 275-305. ISSN 0266-2426

International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship. L. Dana & R. B. Anderson. MA: Edward Elgar (book review)
Doern, Rachel. 2009. International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship. L. Dana & R. B. Anderson. MA: Edward Elgar (book review). International Small Business Journal, 27, pp. 525-527. ISSN 0266-2426

E-Commerce developments and strategies for value creation in Russia
Doern, Rachel and Fey, Carl. 2006. E-Commerce developments and strategies for value creation in Russia. Journal of World Business, 41(4), pp. 315-327. ISSN 1090-9516

Conference or Workshop Item

Entrepreneurship, Crises and Resilience
Doern, Rachel; Vorley, T and Williams, N. 2016. 'Entrepreneurship, Crises and Resilience'. In: Professional Development Workshop, British Academy of Management. Newcastle, United Kingdom 6-8 September 2016.

Family firms, socioemotional wealth and entrepreneurial orientation: Evidence from Saudi Arabia
Alrubaishi, D; Haugh, H; Robson, P and Doern, Rachel. 2015. 'Family firms, socioemotional wealth and entrepreneurial orientation: Evidence from Saudi Arabia'. In: Babson College Entrepreneurship Conference. Natick, United States 10-13 June 2015.

Sensemaking and emotion in the London riots: A small business perspective
Doern, Rachel. 2014. 'Sensemaking and emotion in the London riots: A small business perspective'. In: British Academy of Management. Belfast.

The dynamic approach to understanding the role of friendship ties in entrepreneurial teams and business development
D'Hont, L and Doern, Rachel. 2014. 'The dynamic approach to understanding the role of friendship ties in entrepreneurial teams and business development'. In: European Academy of Management. Valencia.

On riots, response and resilience: The London riots from the small business perspective (Best Paper Business Support, Policy and Practice Track)
Doern, Rachel. 2013. 'On riots, response and resilience: The London riots from the small business perspective (Best Paper Business Support, Policy and Practice Track)'. In: Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Cardiff.

A qualitative assessment of culture and opportunity recognition in Sweden and Russia
de Koning, Alice; Doern, Rachel and Fey, Carl. 2010. 'A qualitative assessment of culture and opportunity recognition in Sweden and Russia'. In: Academy of International Business Conference. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Power, emotion and barriers to business growth: Accounts from Russia without love
Doern, Rachel and Goss, David. 2010. 'Power, emotion and barriers to business growth: Accounts from Russia without love'. In: Academy of Management Conference. Montreal, Canada 6-10 August.

How and why do small business owner-managers in a transition economy resist and comply with institutional pressures?
Doern, Rachel. 2009. 'How and why do small business owner-managers in a transition economy resist and comply with institutional pressures?'. In: British Academy of Management Conference. Brighton, United Kingdom 15-19 September.

Power and emotion: A reinterpretation of barriers to small business growth
Doern, Rachel and Goss, David. 2009. 'Power and emotion: A reinterpretation of barriers to small business growth'. In: British Academy of Management Conference. Brighton, United Kingdom 15-19 September.

How do perceived barriers affect SME growth? A conceptual and empirical analysis
Doern, Rachel. 2006. 'How do perceived barriers affect SME growth? A conceptual and empirical analysis'. In: Western Academy of Management. Long Beach, United States.

Understanding how owner/managers perceive and experience barriers to small business growth: A cognitive approach to barriers research
Doern, Rachel. 2006. 'Understanding how owner/managers perceive and experience barriers to small business growth: A cognitive approach to barriers research'. In: RENT XX - RESEARCH IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS. Brussels, Belgium 22-24 November.

Barriers to small business growth and development: A critique
Doern, Rachel. 2005. 'Barriers to small business growth and development: A critique'. In: European Academy of Management - EURAM - 5th Annual Conference "Responsible Management in an Uncertain World". Munich, Germany 5-7 May.

Perceived barriers to small business development: A critique of research conducted in the transition context
Doern, Rachel. 2005. 'Perceived barriers to small business development: A critique of research conducted in the transition context'. In: Western Academy of Management. Las Vegas, United States.

Report

Managing pibrex Russia (Case A): New Crises, Old Grievances
Doern, Rachel and Fey, Carl. 2001. Managing pibrex Russia (Case A): New Crises, Old Grievances. Discussion Paper. Ivey Publishing, Canada.

Managing pibrex Russia (Case B): Developing Strategies and an Organization to Ensure Sustainable Profitability
Doern, Rachel and Fey, Carl. 2001. Managing pibrex Russia (Case B): Developing Strategies and an Organization to Ensure Sustainable Profitability. Discussion Paper. Ivey Publishing, Canada.