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Dr Anlan Chen

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Fellow, UK HEA

Dr Anlan Chen Photo


  • Firm Growth, 
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, 
  • Inclusive Innovation, 
  • Strategic Adaptation


Edith Morley building room 270, Whiteknights campus

Dr Anlan Chen is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School and a member of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies and Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Anlan's research interests lie at the intersection between entrepreneurship and sustainable innovation. Her earlier research has primarily focused on the role of innovation in firms' sustainable operations and their adaptations to the external environment. Her recent research shifted towards investigating firm growth at different stages of entrepreneurship, such as the growth trajectories of international start-ups operating within the University Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, the value proposition of SMEs and value creation in social enterprises in cultural and creative industries.

She has published in academic journals such as the Journal of Technology Transfer, the International Journal of Operations and Production Management and the International Journal of Production Economics. She has also been successful in securing research funding and served as Principal Investigator (PI) on multiple research projects.

Anlan works closely with business practitioners and values cross-disciplinary research collaboration. She is committed to producing high-quality research with visible impact, influencing policy and shaping future practices.

Reference: Chen, A. , Lin, Y., Mariani, M. , Shou, Y. and Zhang, Y. (2023) Entrepreneurial growth in digital business ecosystems: an integrated framework blending the knowledge-based view of the firm and business ecosystems. Journal of Technology Transfer, 48 (5). pp. 1628-1653. ISSN 1573-7047 doi:
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Anlan Chen - Professor Marcello Mariani
Reference: Lin, Y., Chen, A. , Yin, Y., Li, Q., Zhu, Q. and Luo, J. (2021) A framework for sustainable management of the platform service supply chain: an empirical study of the logistics sector in China. International Journal of Production Economics, 235. 108112. ISSN 0925-5273 doi:
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Anlan Chen
Reference: Lin, Y., Chen, A. , Zhong, S., Giannikas, V., Lomas, C. and Worth, T. (2023) Service supply chain resilience: a social-ecological perspective on last-mile delivery operations. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 43 (1). pp. 140-165. ISSN 0144-3577 doi:
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Anlan Chen
Reference: Shou, Y., Shao, J. and Chen, A. (2017) Relational resources and performance of Chinese third-party logistics providers: The mediating role of innovation capability. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 47 (9). pp. 864-883. ISSN 0960-0035 doi:
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Anlan Chen
Reference: Shou, Y., Shan, S., Chen, A. , Cheng, Y. and Boer, H. (2020) Aspirations and environmental performance feedback: A behavioral perspective for green supply chain management. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 40 (6). pp. 729-751. ISSN 0144-3577 doi:
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Anlan Chen

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