Dr Anica Zeyen

Personal profile

I have been a full-time academic staff member at the School of Management since January 2015.

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Background: Prior to this position, I held a 2-year full-time academic position at the Chair for Corporate Sustainability Management at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany) as well as a 4-year position at the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) at Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany).

I received my PhD with summa cum laude from the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) at Leuphana University Lüneburg in June 2014.

Academic Service outside Royal Holloway: I teach regularly at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg as well as in the distance learning programme at Leuphana University Lueneburg. I review for various journals and conferences including the Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Research Review, and the British Journal of Management.

Teaching: During the academic year 2018/19 I teach and lead MN3745 Responsible Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3rd year). I  also co-teach on MN3915 Business in Context (3rd year).

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE).

I was awarded with the College Excellence in Teaching Award 2016 for the course MN3745 on Responsible Entrepreneurship.

Research Interests: I am an active member of the Centre for Research Into Sustainability (CRIS). My research interests revolve around the idea of responsibility and sustainability. My core research area is social entrepreneurship. Here, I am particularly interested in inherent ambivalences of social entrepreneurship i.e. understanding how negative repercussion of positively intended action can be avoided or mitigated. I am further interested in understanding on which “softer” elements social ventures or other pro-social organisations build their business model (e.g., stewardship behaviour or calling of their staff and volunteers). Here again, I aim to understand the potential “dark side” of these phenomena for both the people and organisations involved.

I have recently become more interested in the general topic of inclusion, particularly as it relates to disability. To this end, I’m currently conducting research into democratising consumption for visually impaired customers (especially consumption of culture). I am further interested in disability entrepreneurship and the intersection between disability and social entrepreneurship in developing country contexts.

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