Dr Ekene Okwechime

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Management

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business Management , Entrepreneurship and technology startups , Strategy

Research Supervision:Yes

Ekene's research centres on early stage startups and entrepreneurship mainly within the growing commercial space industry. He is also interested in technology innovations that drive growth and sustainability. ekene.okwechime@aru.ac.uk

Background

Ekene joined ARU in April 2021. He got his PhD in 2018 from Glasgow Caledonian University. His doctoral thesis explored the impact of big data on problem solving for the creation of smart cities. Prior to joining ARU, he taught at universities such as University of Central Lancashire and Glasgow Caledonian University, where he led and taught on a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He also has some experience in management consulting and has worked in Big4 firms such as Deloitte and KPMG. He is also an Associate Editor in New Space: The Journal of Space Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Research interests

  • New space - space commercialisation and entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship - early stage startups
  • Technology and innovation management - smart cities, open innovation and problem solving
  • History and philosophy of science and technology

Areas of research supervision

  • Entrepreneurship - early stage startups
  • Technology and innovation management

Teaching

  • Undergraduate - play and create, prototype and testing, the reflective and empathetic entrepreneur
  • Postgraduate - entrepreneurial action

Qualifications

  • PhD Management, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • MSc Management, University of Glasgow
  • BA (Hons) History, University of Benin

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Associate Editor, New Space: The Journal of Space Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • Member, British Academy of Management
  • External Examiner, University of Glasgow

Selected recent publications

  • Okwechime, E. and Johnson, D. (2021), "Book review", A Galaxy of Her Own: Amazing Stories of Women in Space.  Journal of Management History, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 598-600. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMH-05-2021-0029
  • Okwechime E., Duncan P.B., Edgar D.A., Magnaghi E., Veglianti E. (2021) Smart Cities: A Response to Wicked Problems. In: Magnaghi E., Flambard V., Mancini D., Jacques J., Gouvy N. (eds) Organizing Smart Buildings and Cities. Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation, vol 36. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-60607-7_2
  • Okwechime E., Duncan P.B., Edgar D.A., Magnaghi E., Veglianti E. (2021) Big Data: An Introduction to Data-Driven Decision Making. In: Magnaghi E., Flambard V., Mancini D., Jacques J., Gouvy N. (eds) Organizing Smart Buildings and Cities. Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation, vol 36. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-60607-7_3
  • Okwechime, E., Duncan, P.B & Edgar, D.A. (2018). Big data and smart cities: a public sector organizational learning perspective. Information Systems and e-Business Management, 16(3), 601-625.
  • Slavova, M. & Okwechime, E. (2016). African smart cities: strategies for agenda 2063. Africa Journal of Management, (2) 2, 210–229.

Recent presentations and conferences

Johnson, D. & Okwechime, E. (2017). Corporate venture adventures in the UK Public Sector: the role of entrepreneurial leadership in organisation learning. Public Service Innovation Conference (PUBSIC), Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer, Norway. November 2017.