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Professor Catherine Wang
Divisional Lead – Strategy and Entrepreneurship/Professor

Eastern Gateway 208a


I am a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Brunel Business School, and the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Sustainability. Previously, I have also held academic posts at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Oxford Brookes University. Prior to joining academia, I worked in industry in the UK and China, in the areas of small business support and consultancy, and international trade and investment. 

I am on the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Management, the International Journal of Management Reviews, and the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research. Previously, I was Co-Editor of the European Journal of Innovation Management. I am a Senior Member of the ESRC Peer Review College, and an Inaugural Fellow of the British Academy of Management Peer Review College. I have served as a Scientific Evaluator of a number of international grant panels in the UK, the US, Finland, Portugal, the Netherlands and Kazakhstan. I have also served as a judge of the European Business Awards and Sage Group Innovation Awards. 

My research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategic management. In particular, I focus on how firms can turn strategic and entrepreneurial resources and capabilities into successful innovation and firm performance in commercial and social enterprises, mainly from the following perspectives:

- The resource-based view of the firm and dynamic capabilities;

- Entrepreneurial orientation;

- Entrepreneurial learning;

- Organisational ambidexterity;

- International entrepreneurship and innovation;

- Socially responsible and sustainable entrepreneurship. 

I was a grant holder of two ESRC-funded projects. One of the projects studied how UK and Chinese high-tech firms can enhance their entrepreneurial capabilities and improve new product success rate either single-handedly or through international collaboration. The other project examined entrepreneurial orientation and growth potential of ethnic minority small firms in London. Through these projects, I have worked with government support agencies, community leaders, the media, and industry partners in both private and public sectors.

Newest selected publications

Tao, XT., Wang, CL., Robson, PJ. and Mathew, H. (2024) 'How does team learning from failure facilitate new product performance? The double-edged moderating effect of collective efficacy'. Small Business Economics: an international journal, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 23. ISSN: 0921-898X Open Access Link

Journal article

Tao, XT., Robson, PJA. and Wang, CL. (2023) 'To learn or not to learn from new product development project failure: The roles of failure experience and error orientation'. Technovation, 127. pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 0166-4972 Open Access Link

Journal article

Gali, N., Hughes, M., Morgan, R. and Wang, C. (2023) 'Entrepreneurial Entropy: A Resource Exhaustion Theory of Firm Failure From Entrepreneurial Orientation'. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 48 (1). pp. 141 - 170. ISSN: 1042-2587 Open Access Link

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Tao, X., Wang, CL. and Robson, PJA. (2023) 'Regulatory Focus, Ambidextrous Learning, and Opportunity Recognition in New Product Development'. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 0018-9391 Open Access Link

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Senaratne, C., Wang, CL. and Sarma, M. (2021) 'Commonalities and specificities of dynamic capabilities: a mixed methods study of UK high-tech SMEs'. R&D Management, 52 (4). pp. 735 - 754. ISSN: 0033-6807 Open Access Link

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