By Rania Nasrallah-Massaad
Anoosheh Rostamkalaei received a Telfer School of Management Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Support Grant in January 2020 to pursue her research interests and contribute to the Telfer School’s Area of Strategic Impact Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategic Management. She is a Telfer alumna, having received her M.Sc. in Management at Telfer in 2013. Anoosheh has been actively involved in exploring the financing practices of SMEs and innovative firms and has published in high ranked journals in her field, including Small Business Economics and Journal of Small Business Management. She was also a recipient of SSHRC and Statistics Canada postdoctoral fellowships.
Understanding the driving forces for firm growth
Growing firms require several resources that support their growth process including financial resources. Lack of financing is one of the major limitations to their growth. Therefore, it is essential to understand the sources of difficulties, such as conditions for securing financing, the psychological pressure of seeking credit, or the expectations of entrepreneurs from the entire process.
In her postdoctoral work, Anoosheh concentrates on new forms of financing of small firms, specifically crowdfunding. Crowdfunding platforms allow small firms to collect money, from ordinary individuals, through the Internet to fund their innovative ideas. Anoosheh’s postdoctoral work examines crowdfunding financing through several lenses:
- the spatial characteristics of investors
- the networks of investors and their preferences in financing innovation
- the rationality of investment in crowdfunding projects.
When asked about the importance of her postdoctoral research, Anoosheh says:
“Internet-based financing networks such as the crowdfunding platform create online ecologies that are yet to be understood. These studies contribute to the investigations of the viability of crowdfunding and the extent to which crowdfunding could offer open and egalitarian access to finance.”
Congratulations Anoosheh on securing the SMRG Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Support Grant! Your contribution to the growth and recognition of the Telfer School is appreciated.