Professor Jagannadha Pawan Tamvada


Professor Jagannadha Pawan Tamvada leads the Responsible Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship (RISE) research excellence hub at Kingston Business School with a vision to advance scholarship, integrate academic insight with business strategy, and inspire ethical leadership in business and society. 

He is a Research Fellow at the Jackstädt Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Germany, an Expert Fellow at the Southampton India Centre, a Steward at the Council for Inclusive Capitalism, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts. Previously, he has worked at the University of Southampton, Aston Business School, Max Planck Institute of Economics, University of Goettingen, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and held visiting fellowships at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Management.

His interdisciplinary research interests are at the intersection of entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation, AI/digitalisation, and sustainability. He was awarded the Otto-Hahn Medal by the Max Planck Society (Germany), the Inaugural DRUID Best Dissertation Award (Denmark), and the Kauffman Foundation Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management (USA). His research has been supported by grants from the Max Planck Society, British Academy, EPSRC Impact Acceleration, Bracknell Forest Council, and overseas research funding agencies. He has supervised and mentored 10 PhD candidates to completion and acted as an examiner at more than 15 PhD examinations in the UK and abroad.

Professor Pawan has taught a wide range of modules in entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation, and business growth at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and research methods for PhD students. His commitment to education and teaching excellence has consistently led to outstanding student evaluations of around 4.5/5 for more than a decade. He was nominated twice for Vice-Chancellor awards for teaching excellence at Southampton. At Aston, he was nominated for Economic Research Network's outstanding teacher award. 

Committed to making a positive impact, he co-founded iPowerz, a digital social enterprise platform aimed at fast-tracking microentrepreneurship and small business growth reflecting his passion for leveraging technology to drive positive change in communities and economies. He was included as a Steward at the Council for Inclusive Capitalism for this initiative. 

He has a PhD in Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Göttingen, sponsored by a full scholarship of the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Germany. His doctoral advisors were Professors David Audretsch, Clarivate Citation laureate 2021, and the late Stephan Klasen, a former student of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. He is an alumnus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and Narendrapur Rama Krishna Mission, two revered Indian institutions founded on the ancient Advaita philosophy. 

Beyond academia, Professor Pawan actively advises leading businesses and engages in nonprofit work as the founder/trustee of several charitable organisations, including Share-a-Meal, India Knowledge Consortium, and the Sri Sathya Sai Charitable Trust, UK.

Academic responsibilities

Professor of Entrepreneurship


  • Dr rer pol (Goettingen)
  • MSc (Mathematics)
  • BSc (Hons)
  • PG Certificate in Professional Practice

Teaching and learning

Professor Pawan's research-led teaching connects theories with the practicalities of the wider society and economy through interdisciplinary approaches. As a business economist, he has brought analytical reasoning to the design and delivery of the following entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy modules. 

  • Kingston: Development and Growth of SMEs (MBA), Build my Business (BSc).
  • Southampton: Global Strategies for Growth, Enterprise (MSc), Entrepreneurship, and New Business Venturing (MSc), Sustainable and Responsible Innovation (MSc), and Advanced Research Methods (PhD). 
  • Aston: Economics of Business Organizations (BSc), Economics of Entrepreneurship (BSc), Entrepreneurial Management (MSc), Entrepreneurial Strategy (BSc), Introduction to Management (BSc). 


He has published in leading journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing, Regional Studies, Small Business Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, The Journal of Technology Transfer, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Technology in Society, Business & Society, Journal of Business Venturing Insights, International Review of Entrepreneurship, World Development Perspectives, Journal of Management Spirituality and Religion, MethodX, and The Conversation. His books include "Microentrepreneurship in a Developing Country: Evidence for Public Policy" (Palgrave) and "Sustaining Entrepreneurship and economic growth: Lessons in Policy and industry innovations from Germany and India" (Springer). 

He serves as an Associate Editor for Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, a Nature portfolio journal. He has guest-edited Small Business Economics and acted as a referee for ESRC, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, Portugal Science Foundation, international funding bodies, top peer-reviewed journals, and well-respected academic publishers. 

Areas of specialism

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Technology and Digitalisation
  • Sustainability

Research student supervision


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Audretsch, David B., Khurana, Indu, Dutta, Dev K. and Tamvada, Jagannadha Pawan (2024) Creating effective university innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems : a commitment system perspective. The Journal of Technology Transfer, ISSN (print) 0892-9912 (Epub Ahead of Print)

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Business, knowledge transfer and international

Professor Pawan has cofounded the digital social enterprise platform iPowerz to provide a virtual ecosystem to support grassroots entrepreneurs and innovators. iPowerz was the first researcher start-up and the first social enterprise launched by a faculty member at the University of Southampton Business School.

For this novel enterprise initiative, he was inducted as a Steward into the Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican ( in 2021. The Council, formed under the auspices of Pope, brings together the world's foremost leaders to meet the sustainable development goals through a concerted global effort to make the world a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable place. 

He has initiated several knowledge partnership and consulting projects with stakeholders from international governments, businesses, and nonprofits.

Leadership and management


  • Responsible Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship (RISE) research excellence hub lead. 
  • External examiner at the University of Essex Business School, Aston Business School, and the Malta Higher Education Authority.  


  • Deputy Director (Impact and Collaboration), South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) that oversees more than 180 funded PhD students across the Universities of Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton.
  • Program Director, MSc (Global Enterprise and Entrepreneurship) and MSc (Strategy and Innovation), Department of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton.

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