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). 


Natalia is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Birmingham Business School. She has a PhD in Business Relationships and prior to that completed MBA from De Montfort University, and DEng in Foreign Economic Relations from St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham in December 2015, she spent 13 years working for Leicester Business School as a Principal Lecturer in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, undertaking research and teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Her subject knowledge includes Critical Management Studies, Entrepreneurship, Management, Creativity and Leadership Development. She is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. Her research work won multiple awards at BAM, ISBE and INBAM.


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

Postgraduate supervision

Natalia is an experienced PhD supervisor, and additionally supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations for programmes taught at Birmingham and Singapore. She is currently supervising PhD students at University of Birmingham on refugee entrepreneurship, family business in emerging economies context, and gender and entrepreneurship in extreme contexts. 

The following students have completed their PhD studies under Natalia’s supervision:

  • Dr.  Delia Coconete – competed PhD in 2007
  • Dr. Henry Mumbi – Completed PhD in 2014
  • Dr. Peter Savoni – Completed PhD in 2016
  • Dr. Mfon Jeremiah - Completed PhD in 2017
  • Dr. Bart Wasik - Completed PhD in 2018
  • Dr. Peter McHardy - Completed PhD 2018 


PhD Examinations

  • 2018 -  Naeem Albihani - University of Sheffield - External
  • 2018 - Tilahun Mekonnen – Sheffield Hallam University - External
  • 2018 - Luong Thi Ngan – University of Birmingham - Internal
  • 2018 - Marina Polak - University of Sheffield - External
  • 2017 - Khalid Alammari - Portsmouth University - External
  • 2016 - Sophie Mills – University of Birmingham - Internal
  • 2016 - Sandra Schlick - De Montfort University - Internal
  • 2015 - Devi Gill- De Montfort University - Internal
  • 2015 - David Cantliff - De Montfort University - Internal
  • 2014 - Alistair Allan - Nottingham Trent University - External
  • 2012 - Tara Smith - Edith Cowan University, Australia - External
  • 2011 - Huay Jun Poh - Monash University, Australia – External


Natalia’s research cuts across diverse but complementary areas of entrepreneurship, gender, family firms, ethnicity and social class, with latest papers published in Journal of Business Research, Gender, Work and Organization, Global Networks Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, Industrial Relations Journal, Work, Employment and Organization. Her latest research projects are focused on examination of transnational migrant women engaging in entrepreneurial activities and general theorising about the communities that support women in achieving their entrepreneurial aspirations. She has been Co-Chairing Entrepreneurship Track and SIG at British Academy of Management between 2014 and 2018, and currently serves as a Co-Chair for Family and Community Business Track at Institute of Small Business and Enterprise Conference and is an associate chair for ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN).

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


Journal articles

Vershinina, N., Rodgers, P., Khan, Z., Tarba, S. and Stokes, P. (forthcoming) Gaining legitimacy through proactive stakeholder management: The Experiences of high-tech women entrepreneurs in Russia. Journal of Business Research.

Murithi, W., Vershinina, N. and Rodgers, P. (forthcoming) Where Less is More: Institutional Voids and Business Families in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

Vershinina, N., Rodgers, P., McAdam, M. & Clinton, E. (forthcoming) Transnational migrant entrepreneurship, gender and family business.  Global Networks (Oxford).

Jones, S., Martinez Dy, A. and Vershinina, N. (2018) “We were fighting for our place”: Resisting gender knowledge regimes through feminist knowledge network formation. Gender, Work and Organization.

Vershinina, N. A., 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, 49(1), 2-18.

Vershinina, N., Woldesenbet, K. and 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.

Rodgers, P., Vershinina, N., Williams, C. And Theodorakopoulos, N. (2018) Leveraging symbolic capital: the use of ‘boat’ networks across transnational spaces. Global Networks (Oxford).

Hashimzade, N. and Vershinina, N. (2017) “Symptoms and Causes: Gender Effect and Institutional Failures”, info DICE Report, 2/2017(Summer) The Gender Pay Gap, ed. Munich: ifo Institute for Economic Research e.V., Vol. 2/15, pp.22-25.

Ganzanchan, N., Hashimzade, N., Rodionova, Y. and Vershinina N. (2017) “Gender, Access to Finance, Occupational Choice and Business Performance”, CESifo Working Paper Series, Vol 6353, 27 Feb 2017. 

Vershinina, N., Barrett, R. and McHardy, P. (2017) “Logics and Rationalisations Underpinning Entrepreneurial Decision Making”, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 24 (1), pp. 158-175.

Barrett, R. and Vershinina, N. (2016) “Intersectionality of Ethnic and Entrepreneurial Identities: A Study of Post-War Polish Entrepreneurs in an English City”, Journal of Small Business Management, DOI: 10.1111/jsbm.12246.

McHardy, P. and Vershinina, N. (2014) “The Role of Autocatalysis in Learner’s Networks” International Journal of Management Education, 12, pp.271-282.

Vershinina, N., Barrett, R., and Meyer, M. (2011) ‘Forms of capital, intra-ethnic variation and Polish entrepreneurs in Leicester’, Work, Employment and Society, Vol 25, No. 1.

Vershinina, N. and Rodionova, Y. (2011) "Methodological issues in studying hidden populations operating in informal economy", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 31 Iss: 11/12, pp.697 – 716.

Books and book chapters:

Vershinina, N., Rodionova, Y. and Marlow, S. “SME financing and credibility: does entrepreneur’s gender matter?” (April 2015) Chapter 6, Female Entrepreneurship in Transition Economies: Trends and Challenges, Palgrave MacMillan

Buccellato, T., Fazio,G., Rodionova, Y. and Vershinina, N. (XXIV  2015) “Ownership Structure, Cash Constraints and Investment Behaviour in Russian Family Firms”, Chapter 12, Family Businesses in Transition Economies, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland

Daft, R., Kendrick, M. and Vershinina, N. (2010) Management, Cengage Learning

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