Professor of Marketing
Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Office: Business Center 519
Ven Sriram’s bachelor’s degree is in Economics and his and master’s in Management, both from India. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in the US. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal and Turkey and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge University, UK. His research and consulting interests focus on issues relating to marketing and management in emerging markets, and ethnic and minority entrepreneurship. His co-authored book, Drivers of Global Business Success, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. He has published over 25 articles in leading academic and practitioner journals and has presented his research at several national and international conferences. His current research examines urban business start-ups in the US with a view to developing a comprehensive understanding of the drivers, skills and resources that lead to their success as well as an assessment of the challenges faced by these entrepreneurs. This is part of a global project with parallel efforts already underway in Central America and Africa. It is anticipated that the outcome will be an identification of training and resources needs that will enable motivated small entrepreneurs to transition to medium sized enterprises in regions where the job-creation contributions of such businesses are vitally needed. He is on the roster of the Fulbright program as a Senior Specialist and has consulted with small businesses in the US and abroad on business strategy, marketing and customer relationship development, business planning and problem solving. He has created instructional tools for developing strategic and analytical skills and has trained business owners, managers and executives in Nepal, Turkey, Argentina, Mexico, Ghana and elsewhere globally.
Refereed Journal Articles
Mersha, T., Sriram, V., Yeshanew, H., & Gebre, Y. (2012). Perceived Service Quality in Ethiopian Retail Banks. Thunderbird International Business Review, Wiley. 54(4), pp. 551-565.
Mersha, T., & Sriram, V. (2010). Nurturing Opportunity Entrepreneurs in Africa: Some Lessons from Ethiopia. Journal for Global Business Advancement. 3(2), 155-175.
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. (2010). Stimulating Entrepreneurship in Africa. World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development. 6(4), 257-272.
Mersha, T., & Sriram, V. (2009). The Impact of TQM Implementation in a Human Service Agency. International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management. 4(1), 1-19.
Sriram, V., & Anikeeff, M. (2008). Construction Management Strategy and Developer Performance. Engineering, Construction, and Architectural Management. 15(6), 504-513.
Lingelbach, D., Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. (2012). Financial Innovation in Desperately Poor Economies: Some Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa. International Council for Small Business.
Sriram, V., & Harper, K. D. (2012). View From the Ground: Does South Asia Matter?". South Asian Journal of Global Business Research. 1(1), 22-27.
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. Yes "Success Factors of African Small Business: Some exploratory Findings from Ethiopia and Ghana," International Academy of African Business and Development, El Jadida, Morocco. (2012).
Mersha, T., & Sriram, V. Yes "Promoting Social Mission through Entrepreneurship," International Academy of African Business and Development, El Jadida, Morocco. (2012).
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. Yes "Skills, Resources and Entrepreneurial Performance: A Preliminary Study from Ethiopia," Ethiopian Economics Association, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (2011).
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. Yes "Social Entrepreneurship as a Vehicle of Social Change," Ethiopian Economics Association, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (2011).
Mersha, T., Sriram, V., Yeshanew, H., & Gebre, Y. Yes "Customer Perceived Quality of Ethiopian Banks: A Preliminary Study," Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (2011).
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. Yes "Entrepreneurial Drivers and Performance: An Exploratory Study," Eurasia Business and Economic Society, Istanbul, Turkey. (2009).
Sriram, V., & Anikeeff, M. Yes "The Management of Construction in Real Estate Development: Strategic Consistency and Performance," American Real Estate Society, Monterey, CA. (2009).
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. Yes "Advancing African Entrepreneurship: Nurturing Opportunity Entrepreneurs," Society for the Advancement of Management, Las Vegas, NV. (2009).
Sriram, V., & Anikeeff, M. Yes "Construction management and developer performance," American Real Estate Society, Captiva, FL. (2008).
Sriram, V., & Mersha, T. Yes "Entrepreneurial Competency and Success in Africa," The Clute Institute For Academic Research, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (2008).
"Cross-national Research on the Role of Various Factors that Impact Entrepreneurial Success" (On-Going)
"Entrepreneurial Drivers and Performance: An Exploratory Study of Urban Entrepreneurs" (Writing Results)
Empirical research on urban entrepreneurship in the US.
"Social Enterprises in Africa" (On-Going)
"Vehicles for Change" (Writing Results)
A social enterprise case.