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Hien Tran

Tran, Hien
Associate Professor
Associate Professor in Strategy
B.A. (Foreign Trade University), MBA (Maastricht University), Ph.D. (Trento University)
DMS 6163
613-562-5800 x 8832
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Dr. Hien Tran is Associate Professor at the Telfer School of Management in the area of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. She has published widely in the fields of Entrepreneurship, Management and Industrial Economics in high-impact academic journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Industrial and Corporate Change, Small Business Economics, etc. In her previous capacity, as a lecturer at RMIT University (Australia) and a senior lecturer at Edge Hill University (UK), she taught and coordinated various courses across the management and entrepreneurship discipline. As a researcher, two years of experience as a post-doctoral research fellow at Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy and four years of PhD research at School of Social Science, University of Trento, Italy enabled her to possess a solid theoretical background in economics and management and master empirical analyses of strategies, markets and industrial sectors. As a practitioner, she was involved in several international projects (sponsored by NUFFIC, JICA) on training women entrepreneurs and managers of SMEs, and building research capacity for universities in Vietnam.

Her current research is concerned with innovation and entrepreneurship in transition countries, and how entrepreneurial knowledge spillover can facilitate trading activities between developed markets and emerging markets.

Publications during the last 7 years

Chapters in Books

  • Santarelli, E. and Tran, H.T. The interaction of institutional quality and human capital in shaping the dynamics of capital structure in Vietnam. In Rand, J. and Tarp, F.. Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Carbonara, E., Tran, H.T. and Santarelli, E. 2020. Determinants of novice, portfolio, and serial entrepreneurship: an occupational choice approach. Small Business Economics, 55: 123-151.
  • Tran, H.T. and Santarelli, E. 2020. Successful transition to a market economy: an interpretation from organizational ecology theory and institutional theory. Industrial and Corporate Change.
  • Tran, H.T., Santarelli, E. and Wei, W. 2020. Open innovation knowledge management in transition to market economy: integrating dynamic capability and institutional theory. Economics of Innovation and New Technology.
  • Tran, H.T. 2019. Institutional Quality and Market Selection in the Transition to Market Economy. Journal of Business Venturing, 34(5): 105890.
  • Carbonara, E., Santarelli, E., Tran, H.T., Obschonka, M. and Gosling, S.D. 2018. Agency culture, constitutional provisions and entrepreneurship: a cross-country analysis. Industrial and Corporate Change, 27(3): 507-524.
  • Tran, H.T. and Santarelli, E. 2017. Spatial Heterogeneity, Industry Heterogeneity, and Entrepreneurship. Annals of Regional Science, 59(1): 69-100.
  • Santarelli, E. and Tran, H.T. 2017. Young innovative companies: Are they high performers in transition economies? Evidence for Vietnam. Journal of Technology Transfer, 42(5): 1052-1076.
  • Santarelli, E. and Tran, H.T. 2016. Diversification Strategies and Firm Performance: A Sample Selection Approach. Economics of Transition, 24(1): 31-68.
  • Carbonara, E., Santarelli, E. and Tran, H.T. 2016. De Jure Determinants of New Firm Formation: How the Pillars of Constitutions Influence Entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics, 47(1): 139-162.
  • Tran, H.T., Santarelli, E. and Zaninotto, E. 2015. Efficiency or bounded rationality? Drivers of firm diversification strategies in Vietnam. Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 25(5): 983-1010.
  • Tran, H.T. and Santarelli, E. 2014. Capital Constraints and the Performance of Entrepreneurial Firms in Vietnam. Industrial and Corporate Change, 23(3): 827-864.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2021-2023 SSHRC Understanding the consequences of entrepreneurship as an episodic phenomenon R C PI $ 86,667
2021 Institute for Human Studies at George Mason University Reform policy and economic growth in transition economies R O PI $ 4,000
2020-2021 Telfer School of Management Research grant R I PI $ 10,000
2018-2019 Telfer School of Management Start-up grant O I PI $ 10,000
2017-2018 United Nations University Structural Transformation and Inclusive Growth in Viet Nam R O Co-PI $ 10,583
2016 University of Trento Determinants of Serial and Portfolio Entrepreneurship: Theory and Application R O PI $ 7,559
2013-2014 University of Bologna Institution, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Performance of Transition Countries R O Co-PI $ 54,426


C: Contract (R and D) | E: Equipment Grant | R: Research Grant | S: Support Award | P: Pedagogical Grant | O: Other, U: Unknown

C: Granting Councils | G: Government | F: Foundations | I: UO Internal Funding | O: Other | U: Unknown

PI = Principal Investigator | Co-I = Co-Investigator | Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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