• Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Business finance
  • Programme Leader for BA Business Management (Innovation)
  • Module Leader For MGT 3180 Enterprise and Small Business
  • Module Leader for MGT4750 Venture Development
  • Published in reputable journals, including The British Accounting Review, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development and International Journal of Consumer Studies.
  • Author of a book chapter
  • Co-author of over 20 official reports.
  • Written and presented many conference papers both in the UK and internationally, including the USA, Canada, Australia and South Korea.

Selected Publications:

  • Ekanem, I.U. (2013) “Influences on the behaviour of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities towards debt and bankruptcy”, International Journal of Consumer Studies, 37 (2013), 199-205, ISSN 1470-6423
  • Ekanem, I U, (2010) "Liquidity Management In Small Firms: A Learning Perspective", Journal of Small Business & Enterprise Development, Vol. 17: Issue 1.
  • Ekanem, I U,(2007), "'Insider Accounts': A Qualitative Research Method For Small Firms", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 14 (1), 105-117, ISSN: 1462-6004.
  • Ekanem, I U and Smallbone, D,(2007), "Learning in Small Manufacturing Firms: The Case of Investment Decision-making Behaviour",International Small Business Journal, 25 (2), 107-127, ISSN: 0266-2426.
  • Ekanem, I U andWyer, P,(2007), "A fresh start and the learning experience of ethnic minority enterpreneurs", International Journal of Consumer Studies, 31 (2), 144-151, ISSN: 14706431.
  • Ekanem, I U, (2005), "Bootstrapping': The Investment Decision-making Process in Small Firms",The British Accounting Review, 37 (3), 229-318, ISSN: 1095-8347.

Other Publications:

  • North, D., Baldock, R., & Ekanem, I. (2010) 'Is there a debt finance gap relating to Scottish SMEs? A demand-side perspective', Venture Capital, Vol.12, No.2.
  • Smallbone, D., Bertotti, M. & Ekanem, I. (2005)'Diversification In Ethnic Minority Business: The Case Of Asians In London's Creative Industries, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol.12 (1): 41-56.

Book Chapter:

  • Ekanem, I. & Smallbone, D. (2008)'The Investment Decision-Making Process in Small Manufacturing Firms: A Learning Approach', in Harrison, R. and Leitch, C. (eds) Entrepreneurial Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Applications, Routledge, London. (with Smallbone, D.).

Conference Papers:

  • (2010)‘The impact of the Government’s Equity Funds in addressing the finance gap facing SMEs with growth potential’. Paper presented at the Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference, London, November 2010. (with North, D., and Baldock, R.)
  • (2009) "Is there a finance gap for SMEs? Some evidence from recent studies in Scotland and London", Paper presented to ICSB World Conference, Seoul, Korea, 21-24 June 2009. (with North, D., and Deakins, D.)
  • (2008) 'Liquidity Management In Small Firms: A Learning Perspective', Paper presented to the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 22-25 June 2008.
  • (2006) 'A Fresh Start and the Learning Experience of Black and Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs', Paper presented to the 51st World Conference of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Melbourne, Australia, 18th - 21st June 2006 (with Wyer, P).
  • (2005) 'The Investment Decision-Making Process in Small Manufacturing Enterprises: The case of Printing and Clothing Industries in the UK', Paper presented to the 50th ICSB World Conference - Golden Opportunities for Entrepreneurship, Washington DC, June 15-18.
  • (2004) 'The Investment Decision-making in Small Manufacturing Firms: A Learning Approach', Paper presented to the 27th ISBA National Entrepreneurship & SME Development Conference, Newcastle- Gateshead, November. (with Smallbone, D.).

Official Reports:

  • (2010) ‘Early assessment of the impact of BIS equity fund initiatives’, for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 78pages http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/enterprise/docs/e/10-1037-early-assessment-bis-equity-fund-initiatives(with North, D., Baldock, R. Ekanem, I., & Lewis, A.).
  • (2008) Access to Bank Finance for Scottish SMEs, Study commissioned by the Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Directorate, Scottish Government (with North, D., Baldock, R., Ekanem, I., Deakins, D., Whittam, G. & Wyper, J).
  • (2008) Mapping the regional social enterprise sector: Final Report for South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA) (With Fergus Lyon, Leandro Sepulveda, Rob Baldock, Anne Humbert, Ignatius Ekanem, Patrick McVeigh, Martin Green, Ekanem, I. and Will Youngman).
  • (2007) Types and Impacts of BME Businesses in the South East of England: A Final Report to SEMEDA (with Lyon, F.; Ellis, C.; Ekanem, I McPherson
  • (2007) Ethnic Minority and the Bankruptcy Process: A Final Report to the Insolvency Service (with Wyer, P.; North, D., Ekanem, I and Ellis, C.)
  • (2007) 'The Impact of Perceived Access to Finance Difficulties on the Demand for External Finance - Literature Review for the Small Business Service, commissioned by Small Business Service (with Wyer, P.; North, D. Ekanem, I and Deakins, D.).
  • (2005)'An Evaluation of The Fresh Start in Business Programme, commissioned by Brent Business Venture, (North, D., Ekanem, I).
  • (2003) Play it right: Asian Creative Industries in London, GLA (with Smallbone, D and Bertotti, M. & Ekanem, I.)
  • (2003) Cultural influences on health and safety attitudes and behaviour in small businesses, Health and Safety Executive (with Dr Ian Vickers, Dr Robert Baldock, Professor David Smallbone, Professor Philip James, Dr Ignatius Ekanem, and Marcello Bertotti) Unpublished

Research Grants and Awards:

  • Middlesex University Business School 'Seedcorn' Research Grant (£1343): to enable the publication of at least 2 articles from PhD thesis between July and September 2003.Research Publications Initiative Funding.
  • Awarded £3250 funding under the publications initiative 2006.

Best Paper Awards:

  • 'Best Paper on General Under-represented Groups'- ISBA 2003 Conference: 'Diversification in Ethnic Minority Business: The Case of Asians in London's Creative Industries', by David Smallbone, Marcello Bertotti and Ignatius Ekanem.
  • International Small Business Journal Award for'Best Paper for academic rigour - ISBA 2004 Conference: 'Investment Decision-making in Small Manufacturing Firms: A learning Approach', by Ignatius Ekanem & David Smallbone.

Professional Membership:

Fellow of the Institute of Cost and Executive Accountants

  • Managing Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Business Start-up
  • Managing Finance in SMEs
  • Programme Leader for BA Business Management (Innovation)
  • Module Leader for MGT 3180 Enterprise and Small Business
  • Module Leader for MGT4750 Venture Development
  • Financial Management of SMEs
  • Small Business Research
  • Small Business Development
  • Economic Regeneration
  • Business Support needs of Ethnic Minority Businesses