Ignatius Ekanem

Senior Lecturer


Middlesex University, London

Financial management of SMEs, Economic regeneration, Small business development, Business support needs of ethnic minority businesses

Dr Ekanem's research interests are in the area of economic regeneration, small business development and business support needs of ethnic minority businesses, with a particular focus on the financial management practices of small businesses. He has worked on a series of research projects including several studies for the Small Business Service on social enterprise, ethnic minority owned businesses and rural enterprises. He has also worked on the demand and supply of finance and business support for ethnic minority businesses commissioned by the British Bankers Association, the Bank of England and the Small Business Service. His most recent projects include ‘The impact of perceived access to finance difficulties’ commissioned by the Small Business Service; ‘Access to Bank Finance more...

MBA from South Bank University, London in 1995; PhD in Financial Management from Middlesex University, London in 2002; Thesis: “The Investment Decision-making Process in Small Manufacturing Enterprises: With Particular Reference To Printing and Clothing Industries”. PG Cert HE from Middlesex University, London in 2009

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  1. Ekanem, Ignatius U. and Owen, Robyn and Cardoso, Antonio (2018) The influence of institutional environment on venture capital development in emerging economies: the example of Nigeria. Strategic Change . ISSN 1086-1718 (Accepted/In press)
  2. Ekanem, Ignatius U. (2018) Understanding internationalisation approaches and mechanisms of diaspora entrepreneurs in emerging economies as a learning process. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research . ISSN 1355-2554 (Published online first)
  3. Ekanem, Ignatius U. (2017) Diaspora entrepreneurship and international market entry strategies in the emerging economies: a learning process. In: ISBE 2017: 40th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, 08-09 Nov 2017, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  4. Ekanem, Ignatius U. and Abiade, Gbolahan Emeka (2018) Factors influencing the use of e-commerce by small enterprises in Nigeria. International Journal of ICT Research in Africa and the Middle East (IJICTRAME), 7 (1). pp. 37-43. ISSN 2472-3126
  5. Ekanem, Ignatius U., ed. (2017) Understanding Bankruptcy: Global Issues, Perspectives and Challenges. Nova Science Publishers, New York. ISBN 9781536123999
  6. Ekanem, Ignatius U. and Erukusin, Kayode (2017) The emergence of social media and its impact on SME performance. In: Technological Integration as a Catalyst for Industrial Development and Economic Growth. Christiansen, Bryan and Yüksel, Ülkü, eds. IGI Global, pp. 132-150. ISBN 9781522523192
  7. Ekanem, Ignatius U. (2017) Writing a business plan: a practical guide. Routledge Focus on Business and Management . Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138206021
  8. Ekanem, Ignatius U. and Abiade, Gbolahan Emeka (2016) The role of e-commerce in the competitiveness of SMEs in developing economies: evidence from Nigeria. In: AIB-SSA Conference: The 2016 Conference Academy of International Business Sub-Saharan Africa Conference, 17-19 Aug 2016, Lagos Business School, Lagos, Nigeria.
  9. Ekanem, Ignatius U. and Munasunyo, A. (2016) The impact of militancy on SMEs in developing countries: a case of the Niger Delta of Nigeria. In: ISBE 2016: 39th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, 27-28 Oct 2016, Paris, France.
  10. Ekanem, Ignatius U. and Cardoso, Antonio and Baldock, Robert (2015) Beyond the global financial crisis: challenges facing venture capitalists operating in an emerging economy such as Nigeria. In: ISBE 2015: 38th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, 11-12 Nov 2015, Glasgow, Scotland.