Dr Zeineb Cox
Academic and research departmentsDepartment of Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Dr. Zeineb Cox is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship and Management at the Surrey Business School (SBS), University of Surrey. Currently she is the Educational Departmental Lead (Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship & Innovation); Lead for Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability (ERS PRME) and Co-Director of SBS Summer School. Prior to joining SBS, Zeineb held a number of roles in banking and not-for profit sector, and set up her business ventures both in the UK and overseas.
In June 2018, Zeineb was awarded the First Innovation Prize at the European Conference on Teaching Research Methods (ECRM) ‘An Integrative approach to teaching research methodology to large groups’. Research interests includes social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation, including research methods (qualitative) and pedagogical research.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship & Management
- Surrey Business School Lead for Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability
- Co-Director SBS Summer School
- MSc & MBA Dissertation Supervision
- Personal Tutor (UG and MSc)
- Professional Training Personal Tutor
Dr. Zeineb Cox research interests include social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation/business modelling, pedagogical research and research methods (qualitative).
Postgraduate research supervision
Entrepreneurship and Innovation: A Business Model Approach (UG Level 6)
Entrepreneurship and Business Planning (Module Leader: UG Level 6)
Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise (Module Leader: UG Level 5)
International Business Strategy (UG Level 6)
MBA Integrative Applied Project (Module Leader)
MSC Final Projects (Module Leader)
Supervision: MSc and MBA
Despite a growing literature on entrepreneurial intentions, there remain gaps in the understanding of how these are affected by the age of later working-life social entrepreneurs. This research examined ‘over-50s’ social entrepreneurs’ understandings of age as an antecedent of their social entrepreneurial intentions. In-depth interviews were conducted with 28 UK-based social entrepreneurs. Our findings demonstrate that social entrepreneurial intentions in later working-life are influenced by an interplay of necessity, fulfilment, and experienced later life, age being perceived as a positive construct rather than as a barrier. Our research contributesto the social entrepreneurship and small business literature by enhancing and advancing current knowledge and theorisation of over 50s’ social entrepreneurial intentions. We reveal firstly how social entrepreneurs make sense of their older age and the influence of their social entrepreneurial intentions; and secondly how these social entrepreneurial intentions are formed by the intertwining of necessity, fulfilment and experienced later life.
Cox (Djebali) Z. (2019). ‘Preparing and Defending my Thesis’, in Townsend K, Saunders MNK, Louden R and Morrison E (2019, forthcoming) How to keep your Doctorate on Track: Insights from when things go wrong, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Cox (DJebali), Z. (2019). 'Case 7: Starting up not slowing down: social entrepreneurs in an aging society’ in Saunders MNK, Lewis, P and Thornhill, A (ed) Research Methods for Business Students (8th edition), Harlow: Pearson.
Cox (DJebali), Z and Saunders, MNK (2018) ‘An Integrative Approach to ‘Teaching’ Research Methodology to Large Groups’, in Remenyi, D (ed) Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards 2018: An Anthology of Case Histories, Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, pp.33-46.