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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 8154
613-562-5800 x 8832
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Hien Tran is an associate professor at the Telfer School of Management who specializes in 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; Corporate Governance: An International Review; and Small Business Economics, among others. 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, her two years’ experience as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Economics, University of Bologna (Italy) and four years of doctoral research at the School of Social Science, University of Trento (Italy) have given her a solid theoretical background in economics and management, as well as a mastery of empirical analyses of strategies, markets, and industrial sectors. As a practitioner, she has been involved in several international projects (sponsored by NUFFIC and JICA) that focus on training women entrepreneurs and SME managers and on building the research capacity of universities in developing countries.

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

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Tran, H.T. and Freel, M. 2023. Ownership, Innovation and Variable Institutional Quality. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 31(2): 285-306.
  • Tran, H.T., Santarelli, E. and Wei, W. 2022. Open innovation knowledge management in transition to market economy: integrating dynamic capability and institutional theory. Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 31(7): 575-603.
  • Tran, H.T. and Santarelli, E. 2021. Successful transition to a market economy: an interpretation from organizational ecology theory and institutional theory. Industrial and Corporate Change, 30(3): 652-677.
  • Carbonara, E., Tran, H.T. and Santarelli, E. 2020. Determinants of novice, portfolio, and serial entrepreneurship: an occupational choice approach. Small Business Economics, 55(1): 123-151.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tran, H.T. and Santarelli, E. 2017. Spatial Heterogeneity, Industry Heterogeneity, and Entrepreneurship. Annals of Regional Science, 59(1): 69-100.

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, (In Press).

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2022-2023 Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) Understanding the drivers and strategies of entrepreneurial exit R G PI $ 10,000
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


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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