Dr Rachel Doern

Research interests


Entrepreneurs and adversity

Small business growth, barriers to growth

Enterprise development in emerging and transition economies

Institutional influences on enterprise development in Russia

Corruption and organizational deviance

Female entrepreneurs, ethnic-minority entrepreneurs

Cognitions and emotions of the entrepreneur

Interpretive-phenomenological approaches to entrepreneurship

Interdisciplinary approaches to entrepreneurship research



Personal profile


Rachel is Director of the MSc in Entrepreneurship programme and teaches on courses in Small Business Management and Growth [MN3605], Business Opportunities, Ideas and Planning [MN5561], and International and Comparative Entrepreneurship [MN5565]. She joined Royal Holloway in 2008 after completing her PhD in Management at the University of St. Andrews. She also holds an MSc in International Marketing, a BComm in Marketing and a BA in Economics and Psychology. Prior to coming to Royal Holloway she worked at the Universities of St. Andrews and Essex where she taught undergraduate and master’s courses in International Business, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing.


Other work


Recent talks:


2012. An exploratory study of responses to and recovery from the London riots, August 2011: From the perspective of small business owner-managers. Seminar for research students of the Honours Academy at Radboud University Nijmegen, Royal Holloway, University of London.

2012. Cross-cultural research: Reflections on conducting research abroad. PhD Day School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London. 

2011. Entrepreneurship in adverse conditions. Seminar for staff of the Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

2011. Undertaking cross-cultural research. Seminar for research students of the Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

2011. The experience of Russian entrepreneurs: Small business survival and growth, Russian Society Lecture, Royal Holloway, University of London.

2011. Feeling powerless: Barriers to entrepreneurial action in Russia, Centre for Comparative Economics’ Seminar Series, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL.

2010. Barriers, blockages and dead-ends: the growing pains of Russian small businesses, Centre for Comparative Economics’ Seminar Series, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, University of London.

2010. Tips for writing up your PhD. PhD Day School of Management, Royal Holloway.

2010. Workshop on qualitative research methods in entrepreneurship. British Academy of Management Conference, Sheffield (with O. Jones & W. Lam).

2009. Cognitive and affective representations of barriers to growth: Some accounts from owner-managers in Russia, School of Management Seminar Series, Royal Holloway.

2007. Understanding barriers to small business growth:  Examples from Russia. Scottish Entrepreneurship Research Seminar, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde.



The impact of the London 2011 Riots on small businesses two years on, 06/80/13 -

BBC London News (TV) Interview, lunchtime news (live), 13:30.

BBC London News (TV) Interview, 18:30, Tim Donovan Presenter.

BBC Sussex (Radio) Interview, 16:00, Simon Furber Presenter. 

BBC News (2013). Nothing done for riot victims 06/08/13.  


London Riots Still Affecting Businesses Emotionally and Financially (2013).


Small businesses still picking up the pieces from last year's riots (2012). 


Thomas Holloway Entrepreneurship Lecture Q&A podcast (2011). With Nick Wheeler (Charles Tyrwhitt) and David Hathirami (A Suit that Fits) 01/27/11. 


City AM (2009). For your next job, you too can become an entrepreneur (T. Barber) 19/02/09.

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