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Ven Sriram, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Professor of Marketing

Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Office: Business Center 519
Phone: 410.837.5081


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.M.S., University of Bombay
  • B.A., University of Madras
  • Bio

    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.

  • Research Interests

    Marketing Strategy Business in Emerging Markets Global Entrepreneurship

  • Teaching Interests

    Global Marketing Global Business Environment Marketing Management

  • Recent Publications

    Intellectual Contributions

    Book Chapters

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.


    Sriram, V. Academy of Business and Emerging Markets, "Entrepreneurship in 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).

    Mersha, T., Sriram, V., & . 10th Eurasia Business and Economic Society Conference, "Impact Assessment of Social Enterprises," Istanbul, Turkey. (2013).

    Lingelbach, D., Mersha, T., & Sriram, V. 10th. EBES Conference, "Understanding Indigenous Financial Innovation: How does it Occur?," Eurasia Business and Economics Society, Istanbul, Turkey. (2013).

    Research in Progress

    "An Empirical Assessment of Excel PivotTables and PivotCharts as Effective Marketing Information Literacy Tools." (Writing Results)

    "Cross-national Research on the Role of Various Factors that Impact Entrepreneurial Success" (On-Going)

    "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.

    "Women Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia" (On-Going)
    Study on the challenges, opportunities and performance of Ethiopian women entrepreneurs.