Dr Stela Ivanova
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
+44 (0) 1392 723234
Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK
Stela Ivanova joined the Science, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (SITE) department of the Business School in August 2019. She holds a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and a MSc in Organisational Psychology from City University, London in the UK. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled Emotions, Decisions, Actions: ThePsychology of Entrepreneurship, uses psychological perspective to investigate the entrepreneurship phenomena. Stela’ current research interest is on the role of individual psychological constructs such as emotions, motivations and cognitions in the new venture creation process. She is also interested in how being involved in entrepreneurship activity shapes the individial and hopes to start research projects investigating this link. During her PhD, Stela completed a research visit at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she executed a series of laboratory experiments. Stela’s methodological focus is predominantly qunatitative, she has expertise in online and laboratory experiments, panel studies, survey design and questionnaire development. Before embarking on her academic journey, Stela was employed as a Research Project Coordinator at Thomas International in London, the UK, where she was responsible for developing and validating psychometric assessments.
- Ph.D., MSc, BSc
- New venture creation
- Entrepreneurial decision making
- Entrepreneurial emotions
- Entrepreneurial wellbeing and personal life
My research aim is to profoundly examine the complex influences of psychological factors on decisions that individuals make in the context of early stage entrepreneurship (i.e, new venture creation). In particular, my research focuses on the effects of emotions, cognitions and strategic approaches on entrepreneurial decisions. Knowing exactly when, why, and how psychological characteristics such as emotional states or cognitive biases influence decisions will advance our understanding of decisions taken in the context of entrepreneurship and give crucial insights into how decision outcomes can be improved.
Furthermore, I am also interested in investigating the outputs of entrepreneurial work - the range of psychological, social and economic effects on those directly and indirectly involved in entrepreneurial activity. To begin with, the wellbeing, life satisfaction and career trajectories of entrepreneurs are affected by their entrepreneurial experiences and I am interested in better understanding these effects. In addition, I am interested in the question how entrepreneurial activity affects satisfaction and sustainability of personal relationships (i.e., between spouses).
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My teaching interests are focused decision making, idea generation and evaluation during new venture creation.
As a teaching philosophy, I aspire to deliver a combination of research-driven teaching, based on scientific theories and results, and practical teaching, based on learning by doing.