Vidhula Venugopal

Associate Professor, Strategy

Vidhula Venugopal is Associate Professor, Strategy at SPJIMR. She holds a doctoral degree in Corporate Strategy and Policy from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and a Master of Public Policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). Previously, she was Assistant Professor, Strategy & Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIMN), a Postdoctoral Fellow in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at RMIT University, Melbourne, and a Visiting Research Fellow (Entrepreneurship) at Griffith Business School, Brisbane. She was also an Urban Scholar with the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme.

Her research interest spans the areas of entrepreneurship, strategy, gender, public policy, and migration. She has published her work in top-tier peer-reviewed journals in her area and has presented her work at leading international conferences. She has taught courses in entrepreneurship as well as strategy with a focus on the future of work. In her previous roles, she has led, designed, and implemented various research, incubation, and skill development projects in multiple geographies with multi-stakeholder engagement, including academic institutions, government bodies, and the private sector. She has also mentored start-ups in various sectors and is particularly passionate about enabling social and financial inclusion of all through education and entrepreneurship.

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EDUCATION

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Ph.D 2015
Focus: Corporate Strategy & Policy

London School of Economics & Political Science

Master of Public Policy, 2023
Major/Specialisation: Public Policy

Master of Science, Mangalore University

Masters year: 2007
Major/Specialisation: Mathematics

Bachelor of Science, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore University

Bachelors year: 2005
Major/Specialisation: Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics

  • RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Entrepreneurship

    Gender

    Public Policy

    Strategy

    Migration

  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    Douglas, E. J., Shepherd, D. A., & Venugopal, V. (2021). A multi-motivational general model of entrepreneurial intention. Journal of Business Venturing, 36(4), 106107.

    Venugopal, V., & Huq, A. (2022). Migrant trailing spouses: Career adaptability and occupational downshifting. International Migration, 60(2), 143-159.

    Huq, A., & Venugopal, V. (2021). DIY Entrepreneurship–Self‐reliance for Women Refugees in Australia. International Migration, 59(1), 126-142.

    Huq, A., Tan, C. S. L., & Venugopal, V. (2020). How do women entrepreneurs strategize growth? An investigation using the social feminist theory lens. Journal of Small Business Management, 58(2), 259-287.

    Delaney, A., Ng, Y. F., & Venugopal, V. (2018). Comparing Australian garment and childcare homeworkers’ experience of regulation and representation. The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 29(3), 346-364.

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  • BOOKS/BOOK CHAPTERS

    Venugopal, V., & Rituraj, V. (2022). “Beyond Siri and Alexa: gender and AI policy”. In “Gender, Diversity and Innovation”, edited by Owalla, B., Vorley, T., & Lawton Smith, H., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022,125-147.

  • CONFERENCES

    Venugopal, V. (Presenter), & Tomer, G., European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 2020 Colloquium, “No Worries? A Study of Refugee Women Entrepreneurs and Acculturative Stress in Australia”, EGOS, University of Hamburg, Germany.

    Huq, A.; Tan, C. & Venugopal, V (Author)., Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference 2017, “Women in Australian Fast Growth SMEs: How do they approach growth as a deliberate choice?”, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Melbourne, Australia.

    Venugopal, V. (Presenter), & Huq, A., “Conforming to be or not to be – Gendered Work Role Choices of Migrant Women in Australia”, Gender, Work & Organisation Conference 2016, Gender, Work, & Organisation, Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

    Venugopal, V. (Presenter); Douglas, E; Weaven, S; & Wright, O., Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference 2016, “Sex, Gender, and Androgyny as Antecedents of Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy”, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Gold Coast, Australia.

  • PERIODICALS

    Gouda, S.K. & Venugopal, V. (28 May 2022). “Sustainable fashion for the post COVID world” in Business World India

    Venugopal, V., Delaney, A., & Ng, YF. (26 July 2018). “Childcare shake-up neglects family day care workers, but we can learn from garment workers’ experience” in The Conversation Australia

  • COURSES

    Understanding Entrepreneurship

    Future of Work & Strategy

  • AWARDS & HONOURS

    Developing Research Leaders Best Proposal Award 2016 for project titled “Migrant Women and Precarious Work: Mapping the Regulatory Field of Migrant Women Homeworkers in Australia” (RMIT University; Prize amount: AUD 10,000)

    Teaching excellence award 2017, 2018, RMIT University

    Prof Pradip Khandwalla Award at IIMB Management Review Doctoral Conference 2012 for the paper “Growth Aspirations of Women Entrepreneurs” (with Prof R Srinivasan, IIMB)

    Awarded the Deustscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Scholarship by Government of Germany for a research stay at the University of Cologne, Germany from January to March 2011.

    Prof K A Krishnamoorthy Gold Medal for securing highest marks in the university examinations of April 2005

    Ganapathy Bhat Memorial Prize for outstanding performance in curricular and extra-curricular activities, leadership and constructive activities during the years 2002-‘05

  • WORK EXPERIENCE

    Academic Faculty

    Assistant Professor, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (2019-2022)

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, RMIT University, Melbourne (2015-2018)

    Visiting Research Fellow, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Brisbane (2014-2015)

    Administrative Assignments 

    Programme Director, Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship, Indian Institute of Management Nagpur

    Programme Director, Women Start-Up Programme, Indian Institute of Management Nagpur

    Executive Director, IIM Nagpur Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development (InFED), Indian Institute of Management Nagpur

    Chairperson, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Management Nagpur

  • PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

    Tata Ltd (May 2023 – June 2023)

    Government & Corporate Affairs Intern

    NeevJivan Foundation (2020 – 2022)

    Advisor

    United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme (2015 – 2021)

    Cities Programme Urban Scholar, Ambassador to Cities Programme

  • MDPS/FDPS

    ‘Design Thinking & Entrepreneurial Opportunity’ for Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme conducted by IIM Nagpur Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development in partnership with Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, January-February 2021

    ‘How to Pitch – Art of Storytelling’ for Women Start-Up Programme at IIM Nagpur Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development, May 2021

    Faculty Development Workshop on Social Enterprise Management funded by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy, October 2020

    Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Capacity Building Programme on Urban Resilience and Liveability by UN Global Compact Cities Programme and AECOM: Workshop on migration and economy, June 2017

  • REVIEWER EXPERIENCE

    Academy of Management

    International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship

    Journal of Advances in Management Research

    International Journal of Training and Development

  • SOCIAL IMPACT

    Pro bono consulting for women led start-ups.

  • TEACHING INTEREST

    Entrepreneurship

    Strategy

    Future of Work

    Public Policy

  • CONTRACTS, GRANTS AND SPONSORED RESEARCH

    Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship Programme, Grant from Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship under World Bank assisted SANKALP scheme

    AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy Grant 2020 for Faculty Development Workshop on Social Enterprise Management )

    Developing Research Leaders Best Proposal Award Grant 2016 for project titled “Migrant Women and Precarious Work: Mapping the Regulatory Field of Migrant Women Homeworkers in Australia”

    RMIT College of Business Research Grant 2016 for project titled “New Hopes on New Shores – Women Entrepreneurship among Refugees in Australia”.

    RMIT School of Management Research Grant 2016 for project titled “Conforming to be or not to be – Gendered Work Role Choices among Migrant Women in Australia”.

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