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Dr Natalia Vershinina

Job: Principal Lecturer, Subject Chair PG Business, Programme Leader MSc IB Suite

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

Research group(s): CREME

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2577436




Personal profile

Natalia’s core teaching lies in the areas of entrepreneurship, management, innovation and creativity across undergraduate and postgraduate courses.  She is also supervising MSc dissertations and MBA in-company projects, as well as undertakes PhD supervision in the area of entrepreneurship.

Research group affiliations

CREME - Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship

Publications and outputs 


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Research interests/expertise

General entrepreneurship theory

Ethnic minority entrepreneurship

New arrivals from Eastern Europe and their entrepreneurial activity

Legal and illegal entrepreneurship and link to informal economy

Entrepreneurial Decision Making

General management theory

Contemporary approaches to leadership

Areas of teaching

Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation  


PhD in Business Relationships, MBA (Distinction), D Eng (Distinction)

Courses taught

ENTE3522 Perspectives on Creative Leadership – 3rd Year UG; CORP5040 Critical Perspectives in Global Management -  MSc level; CORP5042Creative Action in International Organisations  - MSc level; Dissertation Study Support -  MSc level    

Honours and awards

Early Career Researcher - BAL Faculty away and teaching buy-out.  Oct 2009 - July 2010.

Best Paper in “Entrepreneurship in Minority” Track at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, November 2011

Emerald Literati award for Highly Commended Paper from International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 2011

Membership of external committees

Periodic Review for Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, external Examiner, 2008.

Judge for New Business category for Leicestershire Business Awards 2012.

Membership of professional associations and societies

The Higher Education Academy, Fellow, since 9 March 2007.

Forthcoming events

ISBE 2012 in Dublin November 2012

RENT 2012 in Lyon November 2012

Conference attendance

Vershinina, N. and Barrett, R. (2011) “Building the Base for Cross National Comparisons of Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Understanding Polish Entrepreneurs in Western Australia”, 34th International Small Business Conference, London, UK (9-11 November, 2011) (Best Paper in Track: Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups).

Vershinina, N. and Rodionova,Y. (2010) “Process and Dynamics of self-employment of legal and illegal Ukrainian immigrants in London” 33rd International Small Business Conference, London, UK (3-4 November, 2010).

Vershinina, N. and Rodionova,Y.(2010) “Issues in studying hidden populations: legal and illegal self-employed Ukrainian immigrants in LondonEIASM RENT XXIV - Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Conference, Maastricht, Netherlands (17-19 November 2010).

McHardy, P. and Vershinina, N. (2010) “The role of auto-catalysis in creativity in human networks at the edge of chaos” EDINEB conference, Crossing borders between disciplines track, TVU, London.


Vershinina, N., Barrett, R., Meyer, M. (2009) “'Researching Immigrant Entrepreneurial Development: An Ethnographic Study of Polish Entrepreneurs in Leicester”, EIASM RENT XXIII - Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Conference, Budapest, Hungary (19-20 November 2009).

Vershinina, N., Barrett, R., McHardy, P.(2009) “Entrepreneurial decision making - exploration into entrepreneurial logic”, Celebrating 3 decades of excellence in education, research and practice:  at the cutting edge of international entrepreneurship,  32nd International Small Business Conference, Liverpool, UK (3-6 November, 2009).

Vershinina, N. and Meyer, M. (2008) “Polish Entrepreneurs and Social Capital”, International Entrepreneurship - promoting excellence in education, research & practice, 31st International Small Business Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Vershinina, N., McHardy, P., Berg, P. And Watson-Regan, L. (2008) “Learning to Work at the ‘Edge of Chaos’ Using Simulations and Role-Plays in Creative Management Education: Testing the boundaries of learning in the UK and Denmark”, presented at Advances in Business Education and Training 15th EDINEB Conference, Malaga, Spain.

Consultancy work

Over the past few years I have been involved in Corporate Development as I have delivered taught programmes for NHS; NPower; Office Depot; Norfolk Suffolk and Hertfordshire Constabularies, and Nottingham City Council. 

Current research students

Peter McHardy, P/t, 1st Supervisor

Peter Savoni, P/t, 6 week rule, 1st supervisor

Bart Wasik, P/t, 6 week rule, 1st supervisor

Mifra Sadikeen, P/t, 6 week rule, 1st supervisor

Muhhamad parvez, F/t, 1st Supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

“Polish Entrepreneurship in Western Australia”, Australian Social Sciences Association, Oct 2010 – Aug 2011, CI with Prof. Rowena Barrett, Edith Cowan University.

Internally funded research project information

2006-2008 “Polish Entrepreneurship in East Midlands” with Dr. Michael Meyer, Dept. of HRM, sponsored by CRÈME.

2007- 2008 “Entrepreneurial Logic” with Peter McHardy, Dept. of Strategy and Management sponsored by SBERG.

2009-2010 “Ukrainian illegal entrepreneurs in London” with Yulia Rodionova, Dept. of Accounting and Finance sponsored through Faculty Seed Corn Funding.

2009-2010 – holder of the Early Career Research Award at Leicester Business School, De Montfort University. – “Russian entrepreneurs in London” funded project.


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