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Role and Responsibilities
Dr Farid Ullah is a lecturer in the department of Management and teaches the Undergraduate modules Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries and Entrepreneurial Studies. He also teaches Launching a New Venture on the Postgraduate programme. Currently, he is supervising several students at the MSc level and has previously supervised BA (Hons) and Masters level students.
Farid Ullah joined the Robert Gordon University in August 2009, having come to the United Kingdom in early 1994. He has worked for local authorities and community organisations in various settings and prior to joining RGU. He taught at the Middlesex University in London. He also worked for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project as a researcher at the University of Glamorgan Business School, Wales and was a visiting scholar to COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Research Interests and Experience
Currently, he is working on a research paper with Professor Alistair Anderson at the Centre for Entrepreneurship at RGU. He is also collaborating with Professor David North at the Middlesex University on the RAKE project. We have secured funding from the Institute for Small Business Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE). Funds granted by the prestigious sponsors such as ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), BIS (Business Innovation and Skills), NCGE (National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship) and Barclays Bank. The project is at the data collection stage, due for completion by June 2011.
He has developed a range of quantitative and qualitative research skills under the supervision of Dr. George Mavrotas and Dr Eric Rowley at the University of Manchester whilst studying for a Masters degree in Economics. Subsequently, he worked under the supervision of Professor Peter Taylor at the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS) on his PhD research. He has also worked on a number of research papers with Dr. Qaisar Abbas at CIIT, Islamabad and Dr. Saeed Akbar at the University of Liverpool on a number of issues around SMEs. He has also worked with colleagues at the GEM project.
He has written a number of papers - mainly coming from his doctoral thesis: ‘Financing of Technology-based Small Firms and the Role of Location: Evidence from the United Kingdom (PhD Thesis, University of Liverpool).
Ullah, F., Akbar, S., and Abbas, Q. (2009) The Relevance of Pecking Order Hypothesis for the Financing of Computer Software and Biotechnology Small Firms: Some UK Evidence. The International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal (first published online 17 January 2009).
Ullah, F., Akbar, S., and Abbas, Q. (2009) The Rationale for Location preferences of Technology-Based Small Firms in the United Kingdom. (Forthcoming: Journal of Global Business Advancement).
Ullah, F., and Taylor, P. J. (2007) Are UK technology-based small firms still finance constrained? The International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 189–203.
Ullah, F., Akbar, S. and Taylor, P. J. (2007) Spin-offs, Stages of Growth and Funding Issues: Some UK Evidence, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol. 7, No. 6, pp. 524-540.
Ullah, F., and Taylor, P. J. (2005) The impact of science park and incubator location on the finance opportunities of technology-based small firms, In W.E. During, R. Oakey, & S. Kauser (Eds.), New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium, Volume IV, Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (2005), Wales Executive Summary Report with Professor David Brooksbank & Professor Dylan Jones-Evans National Entrepreneurship Observatory for Wales.
The IMF Stabilisation Policies in LDCs: Impacts on the Balance of Payments, the Distribution of Income, Investment and Economic Growth in the context of Pakistan (Masters Thesis).
Papers under review:
Ullah, F., Akbar, S. (2008) Capital Structure and Funding Constraints of Spinout and Non-Spinout Technology-based Small Firms: A Comment.
Ullah, F., Thopmson, P., Brooksbank, D., and Jones-Evans, D. (2008) The assimilation of UK ethnic entrepreneurs into the mainstream labour market (GEM, 2005 UK data).
Ullah, F., and Alistair, R. A. (2010) How Smallness Deters Businesses From Getting Bigger?
Ullah, F., Thopmson, P., Kwong, C.C.Y., Brooksbank, D., and Jones-Evans, D. (2007) Liquidity constraints upon start-ups with new products: A study of reasons for failing to access finance using Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM, 2005) UK data.
Ullah, F., Thopmson, P., Brooksbank, D., and Jones-Evans, D. (2007) High-expectation Entrepreneurship in the UK: overconfidence or a measure of growth. (GEM, 2005 UK data).
He enjoys walking, reading poetry both English and Urdu (particularly Iqbal); current affairs; fond of nature and watching natural world. He is very interested in watching comedy in English, Urdu and Pashtu languages and also likes socialising and travelling.