Working Papers Series

The Working Papers Series

The Working Papers Series at the Sobey School of Business makes available recent research output by researchers and faculty. This space is designed to promote and stimulate the discussion of work-in-progress, share ideas and elicit feedback about a topic.


Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Vibrant and Globally Aspiring

Final report delivered to Atlantic Policy Research Initiative December 30, 2018. Ellen Farrell PhD, Principal Researcher and Author. Due to the size of the plotted network maps and images, they have been converted to lower resolution jpegs in these files. If you would like to access the full size document, you can download the file from here.

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Participating Researchers

The scholars participating in the research span six universities and seven campuses. The students participating in the research included graduate and undergraduates. Three specialists in design, network visualization, and plotting were also key to the project’s success. They are enumerated in the list below.

  • Ellen Farrell, PhD Principal Researcher, Professor, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Nathan Dennison, MBA, MA, ICT Sector Specialist, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Dannie Brown, DBA, Professor, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Izold Guihur, PhD,Professor, Department of Management, University of Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Stephanie Gilbert, PhD Assistant Professor, Cape Breton University Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Basu Sharma, PhD, Professor of Organization Studies, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Kevin McKague, PhD, Associate Professor, Strategy/Entrepreneurship, Cape Breton University
  • Nancy Mathis, PhD, Executive Director, Wallace McCain Institute, Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Ken Carter, MPhil, MBA, Director, Office of Engagement, MUN, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
  • Blair Winsor, PhD, Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship, Memorial University, Saint John’s, Newfoundland
  • Greg Baker, Research Instrument Technician, Saint Mary’s University
  • Andrea MacDonald, Owner & Designer, Lupin Design Studio, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Student Researchers:

  • Jiaen Yu, SMU
  • Manish Shaw, CBU
  • Abhishek Dwivedi, UNB
  • Jill MacPherson, CBU
  • Ramandeep Singh, SMU
  • Kevin Therrien, UdeM
  • Pallav Parikh, SMU
  • Jennifer Harbin, SMU
  • Avinash Chandrapati, SMU
  • Dana Feltham, MUN
  • Sandra Cook, MUN
  • Alex Guest, MUN
  • David McCarthy, MUN


The Role of Mature Firms in an Entrepreneurial EcosystemDr. Ellen Farrell, 2017
Presented at University-Industry Innovation Network conference. Dublin, June 7-9, 2017.This paper is an abbreviated version of a larger manuscript in progress.

Opportunities for Syndication in a Government Venture Capital Entrepreneurial Ec
Dr. Ellen Farrell,
Presented at Business and Economics Society International, July 9-12, Portugal, 2015 Accepted for publication in 2015 Global Business and Economics Anthology

Quantitative Analysis of the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem’s Innovation Act [PDF]
Dr. Ellen Farrell, Nathan Dennison

November 7, 2016

Weak Ties and Global Reach: Network Theory and the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem [PDF]
Dr. Ellen Farrell
July 28, 2016

Determinants of innovation and productivity in Mexican firms: An analysis under the synthesis approach [PDF]
Claudia De Fuentes, Gabriela Dutrenit, Natalia Gras, Fernando Santiago
July 28, 2016

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