University of Birmingham
Kiran is Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development at the University of Birmingham. She is a leading expert on enterprise, and diversity in ethnic minority entrepreneurship. She has been instrumental in shaping policy on work on supply chain relationships, access to finance and access to markets in ethnic minority businesses.
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Professor Kiran Trehan is a leading expert on enterprise, and diversity in ethnic minority entrepreneurship. Trehan has been instrumental in shaping policy on work on supply chain relationships, access to finance and access to markets in ethnic minority businesses. Trehan’s work has been supported by grants from research councils (ESRC), government departments, regional development agencies, and the private sector. The research has led to high quality research outputs casting new light on academic debates on diversity and entrepreneurship amongst disadvantaged groups and is having policy impact in terms of business policy and knowledge transfer. Trehan has worked on a series of ESRC-funded knowledge exchange projects (with fellow CI Prof Monder Ram) on diversity and enterprise, running through these distinct but complementary domains is a concern with impact in relation to research, policy, and practice. He has published in a range of leading international journals: including Management Learning, and Government and Policy (Environment and Planning C). In addition to achieving ‘research impact’ successfully through the conventional medium of academic publications, Trehan’s work has achieved research impact within regional and national enterprise policy, For example , the two ESRC awards (2007-08) led to the creation of action learning networks within groups of African-Caribbean and Bangladeshi entrepreneurs. These networks are self-sustaining and continue to thrive and have been promoted as examples of ‘best practice’ in regional and national policy arenas. Recent projects include: 2012-2013 ESRC Knowledge Exchange – The Enterprise and Diversity Alliance: Promoting Knowledge Exchange in the New Era of Business Support with Professor Monder Ram (De Montfort University) ES/J020699; 2011-2012 ESRC Follow-up Award. Facilitating Impact: Making Entrepreneurship and Diversity “Everyone’s Business” with Professor Monder Ram (De Montfort University) RES-189-25-0194.
A Review of Assumptions Underlying Women’s Enterprise Policy Initiatives. SOTA Review No 38
Published: 13 March 2020
In this review, we present evidence on the assumptions that underlie women’s enterprise policy. Critical policy reviews consistently question attempts to unleash women’s entrepreneurial potential by changing women themselves or making them more able to manage inequality. They suggest that enterprise policy should address gender inequality more directly and challenge the masculine norms on which enterprise policy is founded. Moreover, we present new argument that the real policy problems to which enterprise policy should respond is the poor quality of much women’s self-employment and an associated dearth of choice in terms of quality, flexible employment. We set out the policy implications for these challenges and recommendations to shape diverse enterprise ecosystems and ‘good work’ for women.
Diversity and SMEs. White Paper No 3.
Published: 3 April 2013
This paper explores the existing evidence, complexity and policy tensions that exists for diverse groups operating SMEs in the UK.