Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Meet Timur Absalyamov!

Published: 2018-03-29

Our guest PhD student from Kazan, Russia, looks forward to new entrepreneurship knowledge and experience during his three months stay at the Center.

Timur Absalyamov, guest PhD student from Kazan, Russia.

What brought you to Lund University and Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship?

Currently I am a PhD student at Kazan Federal University and to improve my research I decided to have a research visit to a decent European institution. Then I heard about the opportunity to apply for The Sverker Åström Foundation Scholarship, which promotes relationships between Russia and Sweden and funds research visits and internships for young scholars or specialists.

Having this opportunity in mind, I started to carefully explore the websites of Swedish Universities and their fields of study. It shouldn’t be a surprise that such renowned University as Lund was number one on my list. 

Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship attracted me because it is a center devoted specially to entrepreneurship, researching it different aspects and sides. I really wanted to see how it works and so I wrote an email with my CV and proposal to Marie Löwegren, who, fortunately, replied positively. I want to say my great thanks to Lund University and Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship and The Sverker Åström Foundation for making my visit happen!

How long will you stay in Lund?

My visit is three months in total, so I arrived in the beginning of March and will be here until the end of May. 

What is your topic of interest for your stay?

In general, I study entrepreneurship in my region (Tatarstan) and the research consists of three different parts. The first one is devoted to the historical analysis of entrepreneurial processes in the region and how it has influenced modern entrepreneurship there. The second part should be an analysis of what practices from the developed countries could be applied for the improvement of entrepreneurship policy and development in Tatarstan. And, finally, the third part is a cross-regional study of Volga regions of Russia in regard of their institutions, traditions and other conditions and how these factors influence entrepreneurship.

At Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship I want to get advices on the first two parts of my research and also to receive some suggestions on the readings and literature. Moreover, as I mentioned above, I want to get familiar with how the Center works and organizes its research and study processes.

What is your home University?

I came from the Institute of Management, Economics and Finance at Kazan Federal University, which is located in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan Republic in Russia. The University is the second oldest in Russia and was founded in 1804 as Kazan Imperial University.

A lot of famous persons studied or worked in the University: the developer of non-Euclidean geometry Nikolai Lobachevsky, classic writer Leo Tolstoy, communist leader Vladimir Lenin, the creator of theory of chemical structure of organic compounds Aleksandr Butlerov and many others, especially in the sphere of natural sciences.

Nowadays the University hosts around 44,000 students and offers courses in a large amount of disciplines, has one of the most modern students’ accommodations in Russia (the so-called Universiade village, left as a heritage of World Summer Universiade 2013 held in Kazan) and pays a special attention to international cooperation.

What will you bring back to your home University?

First of all – new knowledge and experience. In my opinion, it is a valuable thing for the one who just starts his career in academia to see how prominent foreign institution operates. Moreover, being in a completely new environment can emerge a lot of new ideas both the research and in general. And, of course, I hope that friendships and connections that I establish here can lead us to joint projects in the future!

Tell us something surprising about yourself!

The first thing that comes to my mind is the documentary about the history of Football Club Rubin Kazan, which I made in 2015 while working there in the marketing department. That was a unique experience of being a screenwriter, a director and an anchorman at the same time. It took a lot of time and effort from me and I nearly hated it during the process… But when the full cinema hall came to see the premiere I realized that it was a hundred percent worth it!

I can mention that I travel a lot and once I’ve been with the expedition to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. This heritage of one of the biggest disasters of 20th century can’t leave anybody indifferent and reminds people about the consequences of human recklessness…