Dr Natalia A. Vershinina

Dr Natalia A. Vershinina

Department of Management
Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Natalia is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of Birmingham Business School and the Department of Management.


  • PhD in Business Relationships, De Montfort University (2006)
  • MBA with Distinction, De Montfort University, Leicester Business School (1999)
  • D Eng in Foreign Economic Relations, St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design (1997). 


In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision, Natalia’s main teaching responsibilities are in entrepreneurship and small firms at Masters level. 

She is the Module leader for MSc Management modules ( in Birmingham and Singapore)         

  • Advanced Topics in Entrepreneurship
  • Business Start-up

She is a Module Leader for the MBA Module:

  • Enterprise: New Firm Growth

Other activities

  • Institute for Small Business and Enterprise (ISBE) – Family and Community Enterprise track - Track Co-Chair
  • Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) – Committee member
  • British Academy of Management – elected Board member 2016-2018
  • British Academy of Management (BAM) – Entrepreneurship SIG – Vice Chair for Entrepreneurship special interest group and BAM Conference track 2014-2018
  • Enterprise Research Centre sponsored by ESRC, based at Warwick Business School and Aston Business School - Research Associate
  • British Council - Sudanese Young Business Association - Participation in Mashrouy Project


Recent publications


Afreh, B, Rodgers, P, Vershinina, N & Williams, CC 2019, 'Varieties of context and informal entrepreneurship: entrepreneurial activities of migrant youths in rural Ghana', International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-02-2018-0109

Vershinina, N, Rodgers, P, McAdam, M & Clinton, E 2019, 'Transnational migrant entrepreneurship, gender and family business', Global Networks (Oxford), vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 238-260. https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12225

Murithi, W, Vershinina, N & Rodgers, P 2019, 'Where less is more: institutional voids and business families in Sub-Saharan Africa', International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-07-2017-0239

Vershinina, N, Rodgers, P, Khan, Z, Tarba, S & Stokes, P 2019, 'Gaining legitimacy through proactive stakeholder management: the Experiences of high-tech women entrepreneurs in Russia', Journal of Business Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2018.12.063

Sally, J, Martinez Dy, A & Vershinina, N 2018, '“We were fighting for our place”: Resisting gender and knowledge regimes through feminist knowledge network formation', Gender, Work and Organization. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12288

Vershinina, N, Woldesenbet Beta, K & Murithi, W 2018, 'How does national culture enable or constrain entrepreneurship? Exploring the role of Harambee in Kenya', Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 687-704. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSBED-03-2017-0143

Rodgers, P, Vershinina, N, Williams, CC & Theodorakopoulos, N 2018, 'Leveraging symbolic capital: The use of ‘blat’ networks across transnational spaces', Global Networks (Oxford). https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12188

Vershinina, N, Rodgers, P, Ram, M, Theodorakopoulos, N & Rodionova, Y 2018, 'False self-employment: The case of Ukrainian migrants in London’s construction sector', Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 2-18. https://doi.org/10.1111/irj.12199

Vershinina, N, Barrett, R & McHardy, P 2017, 'Logics and Rationalisations Underpinning Entrepreneurial Decision Making', Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, vol. 24, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSBED-06-2016-0092


Hashimzade, N & Vershinina, N 2017, Symptoms and Causes: Gender Effects and Institutional Failures. in ifo DICE Report 2/2017 (Summer): The Gender Pay Gap. 2017 edn, vol. 2 /15, Ifo institute for Economic Research e.V., Munich, pp. 22-25.


Vershinina, N & Phillips, N 2016, 'Mumpreneurship matters: In search of alternative conceptualisation and contextualisation'.

Gast, A, Vershinina, N & Woldesenbet, K 2016, 'Beyond the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Mixed Embeddedness Approaches: a Review and Research Agenda'.

Vershinina, N & Phillips, N 2016, 'Mumpreneurship matters: In search of alternative conceptualisation and contextualisation'.

Gast, A, Vershinina, N & Woldesenbet, K 2016, '“Mixed embeddedness” and entrepreneurial ecosystem, same or different?'.

Working paper

Gazanchan, N, Hashimzade, N, Rodionova, Y & Vershinina, N 2017 'Gender, Access to Finance, Occupational Choice, and Business Performance' CESifo Working Paper Series, vol. 6353, CESifo, Munich.

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