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?
2019. How to be more resilient as a creative professional in a precarious environment. Keynote Lecture, Creative backslash: From precarious individuals to resilient organisations (Conference). Belgrade Serbia.
2018. A framework for small business recovery following a crisis. Seminar, University of Surrey.
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.
Rising from the Ashes: Turning Crisis into Opportunity (15/04/20)
How to Manage Anxiety When You Work for Yourself (10/09/19)
Innovation Insight: Be Crisis Prepared, Not Crisis Prone (08/05/17)
Anticipate, Prepare and Adapt to Crises (03/05/17)
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 was done for riot victims 06/08/13.
London Riots Still Affecting Businesses Emotionally and Financially (2013).
Small businesses still picking up the pieces from last year's riots (2012).
Thomas Holloway Entrepreneurship Lecture Q&A podcast (2011). With Nick Wheeler (Charles Tyrwhitt) and David Hathirami (A Suit that Fits) 01/27/11.
City AM (2009). For your next job, you too can become an entrepreneur (T. Barber) 19/02/09.