Professor Erno Tornikoski
Professor of Entrepreneurship, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship
+44 (0) 1392 723231
Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK
Erno Tornikoski joined the University of Exeter in March 2019. Previously, he has held the posts of Professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management between 2011-2018, the Dean of Faculty and Research at ESC Saint-Etienne, and Associate Professor at EMLYON Business School. He received his Ph.D. is Management (Entrepreneurship) from ESSEC Business School (France) and Vaasa University (Finland). His research focuses on New venture creation (legitimacy, personal networks, lean start-up, decision-making logics, gender perspective); Effectual entrepreneurial process; Sustainable venturing; and Sustainability and technology-based entrepreneurship. His research has appeared in Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, and International Small Business Journal, among others.
- New venture creation
- Effectual entrepreneurial process
- Sustainablity and technology-based entrepreneurship
I focus on the new business creation process, and especially the nascent activities of individuals who are in the process of starting new businesses. I use several theoretical approaches to investigate and understand this crucial period of new business creation, such as Effectuation, Legitimacy, Personal networks, and Initial conditions. Empirically I have been generalist in entrepreneurship, and more recently starting to direct my research more and more towards technology-based startups and especially energy and sustainable related projects. Methodologically I have been using variance models (theory testing), more recently I have built an interest and curiosity towards qualitative process studies (theory generation), which I intend to focus more and more during the coming years.
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- Associate Editor, Journal of Small Business Management
- Consulting Editor, International Small Business Journal
- Member of the Research Committee, Entrepreneurship Division, AOM
- Member of the Board of Reviewers, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC)
In my teaching (undergraduate, graduate) I encourage participants to become active learners. I prefer asking the participants to work on real life start-up projects to make them experience some of the central the entrepreneurial challenges. I also use cases (printed, videos, etc.) to illustrate conceptual points and to engage the participants in discussions. Topic wise majority of my teaching has been concerned with entrepreneurship/new business creation (Opportunity identification & Evaluation; Customer Insights; Value Proposition Design; Business Model Design; Resource Acquisitions; Business Planning; Entrepreneurial Storytelling & Pitching, etc.).
During the past four years I have been training a diverse set of managers/cadres of Schneider Electric in France in Lean Innovation Discovery and Unique Value Proposition Design.