Ven Sriram, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Professor of Marketing
Dean James Award for Distinguished Teaching
Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Office: Business Center 519
- Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
- M.M.S., University of Bombay
- B.A., University of Madras
Ven Sriram is the chair of the department of marketing and entrepreneurship. He earned his bachelor’s degree is in Economics and his and master’s in Management, both from India. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in the US. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal and Turkey and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge University, UK. His research and consulting interests focus on issues relating to marketing and management in emerging markets, and ethnic and minority entrepreneurship. His co-authored book, Drivers of Global Business Success, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. He has published over 25 articles in leading academic and practitioner journals and has presented his research at several national and international conferences. His current research examines urban business start-ups in the US with a view to developing a comprehensive understanding of the drivers, skills and resources that lead to their success as well as an assessment of the challenges faced by these entrepreneurs. This is part of a global project with parallel efforts already underway in Central America and Africa. It is anticipated that the outcome will be an identification of training and resources needs that will enable motivated small entrepreneurs to transition to medium sized enterprises in regions where the job-creation contributions of such businesses are vitally needed. He is on the roster of the Fulbright program as a Senior Specialist and has consulted with small businesses in the US and abroad on business strategy, marketing and customer relationship development, business planning and problem solving. He has created instructional tools for developing strategic and analytical skills and has trained business owners, managers and executives in Nepal, Turkey, Argentina, Mexico, Ghana and elsewhere globally.
Marketing Strategy Business in Emerging Markets Global Entrepreneurship
Global Marketing Global Business Environment Marketing Management
Mehmood, A., Jamal, A., & Sriram, V. (2015). Ethnic Marketing, Ethnic Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. Routledge. 84-96.
Mersha, T., Sriram, V., & Elliott, R. (2015). Africa’s Third Sector: Assessing the Impact of Africa’s Social Enterprises. Routledge. 102-116.
Refereed Journal Articles
Mersha, T., & Sriram, V. (2019). Gender, Entrepreneurial Characteristics and Success: Evidence from Ethiopia. Thunderbird International Business Review. 61(2), 157-167.
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. (2017). Entrepreneurial Drivers and Performance: An Exploratory Study of Urban Minority and Women Entrepreneurs. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. 31(4), 515-533.
Lingelbach, D., Sriram, V., Mersha, T., & Saffu, K. (2015). The Innovation Process in Emerging Economies: An Effectuation Perspective. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 16(1), 5-17.
Pitta, D. A., Patino, A., Kaltcheva, V. D., Sriram, V., Winsor, R. D., & . (2014). How important are different socially responsible marketing practices? An exploratory study of gender, race, and income differences. Journal of Consumer Marketing. 31(1), 2-12.
Mersha, T., Nielsen, C., Sriram, V., & Weiss, J. C. (2014). Transforming Peoples Lives: The Vehicles for Change Story. Case Research Journal. 34(1 ), 139-156.
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. 4th. Academy of Business and Emerging Markets Conference, "Gender and Entrepreneurship in Ethiopia," ABEM, Manila, Philippines. (2018).
Sriram, V., & Lingelbach, D. 3rd Academy of Business and Emerging Markets Conference, "Entrepreneurial Research in Emerging Markets: New Theoretical Approaches," Academy of Business and Emerging Markets, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (2017).
Mersha, T., & Sriram, V. 3rd Academy of Business and Emerging Markets Conference, "The Implications of Increasing Operations Management Content in Entrepreneurship Training in Africa," Academy of Business and Emerging Markets, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (2017).
Sriram, V. 2nd Academy of Business and Emerging Markets Conference, "Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets," Academy of Business and Emerging Markets, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (2016).
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. Academy of Business and Emerging Markets, "Social Enterprise Impact Assessment in Emerging Markets," Windhoek, Namibia. (2015).
Mersha, T., & Sriram, V. Academy of Business and Emerging Markets, "Women Entrepreneurs in Africa: Motivations, Constraints and Performance," Windhoek, Namibia. (2015).
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. 14th Eurasia Business and Economic Society Conference, "“A Proposed Framework for Measuring Social Enterprise Performance," Eurasia Business and Economic Society, Lisbon, Portugal. (2015).
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. 13th Eurasia Business and Economic Society Conference, "Fostering SME Success in Emerging Market Environments," Eurasia Business and Economic Society, Istanbul, Turkey. (2014).
Lingelbach, D., Sriram, V., Mersha, T., & Saffu, K. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, "How Does Financial Innovation Emerge in Resource-Constrained Environments?," Babson College, London, Ontario. (2014).
Lingelbach, D., Sriram, V., Mersha, T., & Saffu, K. African Academy of Management 2nd Biennial Conference, "Creating New Mechanisms of Sustainable Entrepreneurial Action: Evidence from Uncertain Institutional Contexts," African Academy of Management, Gaborone, Botswana. (2014).
Research in Progress
"Cross-national Research on the Role of Various Factors that Impact Entrepreneurial Success" (On-Going)
"Entrepreneurship in Africa" (On-Going)
Co-written textbook. Contract signed with Routledge in June 2018. Scheduled to be completed by December 2019.
"Entrepreneurship in Africa" (On-Going)
Editing a series of scholarly work on entrepreneurship in Africa.
"Social Enterprise Impact Assessment" (On-Going)
Developing a framework and hypotheses regarding social enterprise performance assessment. Paper ready for journal submission.
"Theory of African Entrepreneurship Versus an African Theory of Entrepreneurship" (Writing Results)
Paper being readied for journal submission.