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Nicholls-Nixon, Charlene


Associate Professor


BComm, MBA (University of Saskatchewan), PhD (Purdue University)


TRS 3-133


416-979-5000 x 3604

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Charlene L. Nicholls-Nixon

Dr. Charlene Nicholls-Nixon is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy and Director of the Entrepreneurship Research Institute. Prior to joining TRSM, she held faculty appointments at IPADE Business School (Mexico), Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business and the University of Colorado in Boulder. Charlene holds a PhD from Purdue University and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Nicholls-Nixon began her post-MBA career helping to launch a university-based biotech start-up. Subsequently, through her academic research and case writing, she has interacted with senior executives, CEOs, entrepreneurs, scientists and managers at different organization levels to explore issues related to entrepreneurship, innovation and the commercialization of new technology. Her most recent work examines entrepreneurship in emerging economies.

Dr. Nicholls-Nixon’s research has been published in several of the top journals in management and entrepreneurship. She is a member of the editorial boards of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Journal of Management.

Dr. Nicholls-Nixon has taught at all academic levels, including participation in a wide range of international executive education programs.


Entrepreneurship & Strategy

Research Interests:

Corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial orientation, entrepreneurship in emerging economies, managing rapid venture growth, design thinking, innovation, opportunity creation.

Position Currently Held:

Director, Entrepreneurship Research Institute

Select Research and Professional Contributions
Nicholls-Nixon, C. (2017). “Design Thinking’ as a Bridge between Conceptualizations of Dynamic Capabilities and Opportunity Creation,” accepted for presentation at the Strategic Management Society Special Conference on Transforming Entrepreneurial Thinking into Dynamic Capabilities, Banff, Canada, June 2-4, 2017
Nicholls-Nixon, C. (2012). “National Context, Organizational Routines and Absorptive Capacity: A Latin American Perspective,” presented at the Strategic Management Society International Conference on ‘Strategy in Transition,’ Prague, Czech Republic, October 6-9.

Nicholls-Nixon, C. and Davila, J. (2012) “Institutional Voids and the Development of Absorptive Capacity in Emerging Economies,” presented at the Strategic Management Society International Conference on ‘Strategy in Transition,’ Prague, Czech Republic, October 6-9.


Nicholls-Nixon, C. and Davila, J. (2011) “A Multi-level Model of Entrepreneurial Orientation: Explaining Mexico’s Unfilled Potential,” presented at SMS Special Conference on ‘Latin America’s Burgeoning Strategic Role in Global Development,’ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 11-12, 201
Nicholls-Nixon, C., Davila Castilla, J., Sanchez Garcia, J., and Rivera Pasquera, M. (2011) “Latin America Management Research: Review, Synthesis, and Extension,” Journal of Management, 37 (4): 1178-1227
Nicholls-Nixon, C. and Davila, J. (2009) “Environmental Uncertainty and the Global Financial Crisis: Implications for Entrepreneurial Orientation in Latin America,” presented at the Strategic Management Society International Conference, Washington, D.C., October 11 – 14.
ENT 500: New Venture Startup
ENT 56: Entrepreneurial Skills Development
ENT 78: Advanced Entrepreneurship
Honours and Awards
2016 - 2017                                  TRSM-FB PolyU Research Collaboration grant ($15,000) for "Entrepreneurial Orientation in Family Businesses: A Comparative Study of Canada and China” (principal investigator)

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