Staff

I. (Raja) Singaram

Raja Singaram

I. Singaram, MSc (Raja)
PhD Candidate

Office: RA 2208
T: 053 489 2352
F: 053 489 2159
E: i.singaram@utwente.nl

BACKGROUND

Raja Singaram is a PhD candidate at the department of NIKOS and a researcher at VentureLab International, an incubator/accelerator run by NIKOS. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Organizational Behavior and Strategy and a B.Eng. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

He worked as a research assistant in the School of Brain and Behavioral Sciences in the area of Applied Cognition and Neuroscience and later at the Leadership Center of School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. Before his PhD, Raja worked for several years in the Enterprise Software Industry in the Bay Area, California, USA.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Raja’s thesis deals with various Organizational Archetypes among Social Enterprises – their legitimation strategies during nascent stages, business models and the possible exit strategies for their founders. Many of these ventures bring low-cost cleantech innovations to the emerging markets. He performed content analysis using computer aided text analysis software on business plans and incorporation documents of nascent social ventures. He is also interested in researching Entrepreneurial Cognition, Behavioral Strategy and Organizational Neuroscience.

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

Lectures on Sustainability as Strategy, Business Models and Networks at the Master’s level classes in the following courses:

  1. Organizations and Strategy in Industrial Engineering and Management
  2. Global Strategic Marketing in Business Administration

Supervision of Master thesis assignments for Business Administration students in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and International Management tracks.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  • Singaram, R., Kraaijenbrink, J. (2014). Legitimation Strategies of Nascent Social Ventures: A Textual Analysis of Incorporation Documents of Community Interest Companies. 34th Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, June 4-7, London, ON, Canada.
  • Kaffka, G., Singaram, R., Kraaijenbrink, J. (2014). Making and Breaking Sense: About the Intersubjective Nature of Entrepreneurial Opportunity Development. SMS Special Conference on Micro-Foundations for Strategic Management Research: Embracing Individuals, June 13-15, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Singaram, R., Kraaijenbrink, J., Groen, A. (2013). In search of hybrid business models for social ventures: Archetypal differences and their consequences. Oikos Young Scholars Entrepreneurship Academy on Creating Hybrid Ventures: Legitimacy and Sustainability Challenges in Social Entrepreneurship, Switzerland.
  • Singaram, R., Bijleveld, P. (2012). New Venture Co-creation: A Study of Early Stakeholders and their Influence. 32nd Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, June 6-9, Fort Worth, TX, USA.
  • Engelse, N.d., Singaram, R., Ettlie, J. (2012). Cognitive Roots of Causal and Effectual Interplay during Venture Development. 32nd Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, June 6-9, Fort Worth, TX, USA.
  • Singaram, R., Kraaijenbrink, J., Groen, A. (2012). Born Hybrid Enterprises: Clean Energy for Base of the Pyramid Markets. 9th Annual NYU Stern Conference on Social Entrepreneurship. November 7-8, New York, USA.
  • Kafkka, G., Singaram, R., Kraaijenbrink, J. (2012). Making and Breaking Sense: About the Intersubjective Nature of Entrepreneurial Judgment. RENT XXVI Conference, November 21-23, Lyon, France. Nominated as one of the 3 best paper entries at the conference.
  • Singaram R., Kraaijenbrink, J. (2012). Co-creation of Social Enterprises: Lessons from Clean Energy Solutions in Emerging Economies. Oikos Young Scholars Entrepreneurship Academy on Collaborative Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Switzerland.