Dr Ignatius Ekanem joined Middlesex University in 2000. He holds the following qualifications:
His research interests are in the area of economic regeneration, small business development and business support needs of ethnic minority businesses, with a particular focus on the financial management practices of small businesses.
He has worked on a series of research projects including several studies for the Small Business Service on social enterprise, ethnic minority owned businesses and rural enterprises.
He has also worked on the demand and supply of finance and business support for ethnic minority businesses commissioned by the British Bankers Association, the Bank of England and the Small Business Service.
His most recent projects include 'The impact of perceived access to finance difficulties' commissioned by the Small Business Service; 'Access to Bank Finance for Scottish SMEs' (for The Scottish Government); and an assessment of the government's equity finance initiatives for SMEs with growth potential (for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills).
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Institute of Cost and Executive Accountants
Dr. Ekanem's teaching interests include: Managing Small and Medium Sized Enterprises; Business Start-up, and Managing Finance in SMEs.
He has a wealth of experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and PhD supervision.
He is currently teaching Financial and Strategic Management module for postgraduates, Enterprise and Small Business module; and Small Business Going Global module both for undergraduates.
He is currently the Programme Leader for BA Business Management (Innovation) and the Module Leader for Enterprise and Small Business and for Small Business Going Global.
He has been a Director of Undergraduate Programmes in the department of International Management and Innovation from 2013-2014.He has been a Programme Leader for BA Business Top Up; BA Entrepreneurship and Business Enterprise and a Module Leader for Business Planning and New Venture Development.
Refereed Journal Articles
Ekanem, I. (2018) ‘Understanding Internationalisation Approaches and Mechanisms Of Diaspora Entrepreneurs In Emerging Economies As A Learning Process’, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-02-2018-0068.
Ekanem, Ignatius U. and Abiade, Gbolahan Emeka (2018) Factors influencing the use of e-commerce by small enterprises in Nigeria. International Journal of ICT Research in Africa and the Middle East (IJICTRAME), 7 (1). pp. 37-43. ISSN 2472-3126 http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/22949/
Ekanem, I. and Alrossais. L. (2017) "Succession challenges facing family businesses in Saudi Arabia" in Zgheib, P. W. (ed.) Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation in the Middle East, IGI Global, London.
Ekanem, I. and Uwajeh, N. J. (2017) “Transnational Entrepreneurs and their Global Market Entry Modes” in Ojo, S. (ed.) Diasporas and Transnational Entrepreneurship in Global Contexts, IGI Global, London.
De Moraes, A. J., Ekanem, I. and Osabutey, E. L. C. (2017) “New Perspectives on the internationalisation of micro businesses” in Ojo, S. (ed.) Diasporas and Transnational Entrepreneurship in Global Contexts, IGI Global, London.
Ekanem, I. (2018) “Institutional Environment And E-Commerce Development In SMEs In Developing Countries: Evidence From Nigeria”, Paper presented at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Birmingham, 7-8 November 2018.
Ekanem, I. (2017) “Diaspora Entrepreneurship and International Market Entry Strategies in
Emerging Economies: A Learning Process”, Paper presented at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Belfast, 8-9 November 2017.
Ekanem, I and Munasuonyo, A. (2016) “The Impact of Militancy on SMEs in Developing Countries: A Case of the Niger Delta of Nigeria”, Paper presented at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Paris, 27-28 October 2016.
Ekanem, I., Cardoso, A. and Baldock, R. (2015) “Beyond The Global Financial Crisis: Challenges Facing Venture Capitalists Operating In An Emerging Economy such as Nigeria”, Paper presented at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Glasgow, 10—12 November, 2015.
Dr Ekanem has been involved in various funded projects commissioned by industries and government departments including:
The Department for Communities and Local Government (formally the ODPM)
The former Small Business Service (now the Department for Business Innovations Skills)
The Bank of England
The British Banking Association
Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The Scottish Government
The European Commission
Regional Development Agencies
Joseph Rowantree Foundation
The Insolvency Service
South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA)
Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SEMEDA)The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Research Grants and Awards:
Best Paper Awards:
Nominated for the Best Paper Award for Technology Entrepreneurship Track – ISBE 2018 Conference: “Institutional Environment And E-Commerce Development In SMEs In Developing Countries: Evidence From Nigeria” by Ignatius Ekanem.
Nominated for the Award of: Outstanding Commitment to Student Development; and Most Inspiring Teacher by the Student-Led Teaching Awards 2018 at Middlesex University, London.
Nominated for the Award of Academic Staff Member of the Year for Innovative Teaching by the Student-Led Teaching Awards 2017 at Middlesex University, London. (http://www.mdxsu.com/articles/the-results-student-led-teaching-awards-2017)