Professor Monder Ram OBE

Director, Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), Birmingham University

Monder has extensive experience working with, researching and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses and is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject.

Biography

Professor Monder Ram is Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) and Co-Director of the Enterprise and Diversity Alliance (EDA). He joined Birmingham Business School from De Montfort University in September 2013 which is the new home for both CREME and the EDA.

Monder has extensive experience of working with, researching and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses and  is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject. Monder’s work has been supported by grants from a full range of research funding bodies; including research councils, government departments, regional and local agencies and the private sector.

His work on the dynamics of ethnic minority entrepreneurship, employment relations in small firms, and policy issues has been supported by grants from a full range of research funders, including research councils, government departments, regional and local agencies and the private sector. Monder was PI for the first major study about access to finance and ethnic minority firms which was supported by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA). He has worked on a series of ESRC-funded knowledge exchange projects (with fellow CI Prof Kiran Trehan) on diversity and enterprise, access to finance and access to markets. Monder’s work has been published in a range of journals including: Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Public Administration, Work, Employment and Society and Work Occupations. The co-production of knowledge has been a longstanding feature of Ram’s work. He has launched a number of major research-based interventions for practitioners. The Enterprise and Diversity Alliance (EDA) is the latest example of this approach.

Monder also holds the positions of Visiting Fellow at the Industrial Relations Research Unit (IRRU) at Warwick University, and the Herbert Felix Visiting Professor at Lund University in Sweden. He was named as one of the country’s most influential Asians by the Institute of Asian Professionals and was awarded an OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours List for his services to black and ethnic minority businesses.

 

Research Paper

Entrepreneurship as Ethnic Minority Liberation. Research Paper No 11.

Entrepreneurship has long been seen as a route to socio-economic advancement for disadvantaged communities. This paper explores to what extent ethnic minority entrepreneurship promotes socio-economic advancement and suggests that the context in which the entrepreneurship exists is an important determinant and that entrepreneurship itself cannot be seen as the only or preferred route.

Associated Themes
  • Diversity
White Paper

Diversity and SMEs. White Paper No 3.

This paper explores the existing evidence, complexity and policy tensions that exists for diverse groups operating SMEs in the UK.

Associated Themes
  • Diversity