Thanaphol Virasa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Area: Entrepreneurship
Specializations: Entrepreneurship and innovation management, Public policy on research and technology management, and innovation system

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Dr. Virasa is Associate Professor in the College of Management at Mahidol University, Thailand. He graduated in Economics from Thammasat University, earned a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management, and received his Ph.D. in Management of Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Dr. Virasa administrates faculty and student research and conducts the College-wide research projects. He participated as a project manager of the Thailand team in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2005-2007 research project, led by Babson College and London Business School.

He teaches Master of Management courses in management of technology and innovation, foundation of new ventures, and research methodology and thesis seminars. His articles have appeared in refereed journals, including the International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship, Journal of Technology Innovation and the Journal of High Technology Management Research. His research areas are on firms' dynamic capabilities and innovation system and science, technology and innovation policy in developing countries.

Dr. Virasa gained his business experience in dealership management at the Siam Cement Plc. and in business development from the state-owned Krungthai Bank. He joined the Thailand Development Research Institute and National Science and Technology Development Agency as a policy researcher. Currently, he serves on several strategic planning working committees, including the Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology, National Center of Nanotechnology, and Mahidol University. He also serves on several government policy research projects including Ministry of Science and Technology, National Science and Technology Development Agency, National Innovation Agency, Thailand Research Fund, and the Office of SMEs Promotion as a project manager and a research consultant of World Bank.
    1. Virasa, T., Sukavejworakit, K., and Promsiri, T. (2022). Predicting entrepreneurial intention and economic development: A cross-national study of its policy implications for six ASEAN economies. Heliyon, 8-5, e09435. (SCOPUS-Q1)
    3. Koottatep, T., Sukavejworakit, K., and Virasa, T. (2021). Roadmap for innovators in the process of innovation for development. Sustainability, 13(1), 84.
    4. (SCOPUS-Q1)
    5. Sukavejworakit, K., Promsiri, T., and Virasa, T. (2018). “OETEL: An innovative teaching model for entrepreneurship education.” Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 21(2), 1-11.
    6. Sukavejworakit, K., Promsiri, T., Virasa, T. (2018). Increasing entrepreneurial intention with the application of Experiential Learning Theory: An innovative learning method and empirical test. Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, 18(2), 1-15.
    7. Promsiri, T., Sukavejworakit, K., Virasa, T. (2018). Developing business ideas through the application of design process: An empirical study of would-be entrepreneurs in a transition from resource-based to value-based economy. Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, 18(2), 49-64.
    8. Virasa, T. and Hunt, B. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor: Thailand 2007 Executive Report. Bangkok: College of Management, Mahidol University. (
    9. Virasa, T. (2007). A gap-analysis model for identifying effective government support for new technology-based firms in Thailand. International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship, 1(2), 168-182.
    10. Virasa, T. Managing university-industry linkage mechanisms in the Triple Helix nexus: A good practice of industrial internship scheme in Thailand, The 6th International Triple Helix Conference on University-Government-Industry Links, Singapore, 16-18 May 2007. (refereed)
    11. Virasa, T. Entrepreneurship policy in Thailand: Focus, direction, and critical success factors, a paper presented at the 3rd International Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Exchange, Auckland, NZ., 8-10 February 2006. (refereed)
    12. Virasa, T. (2005) Technological Innovation, in Thailand Competitive Innovation Strategies. Emery, S.L., Ellis, W., Chulawatnatol, M. (Eds), Bangkok: National Innovation Agency, 89-111.
    13. Intarakamnerd, P. and Virasa, T. (2004) Taxonomy of government policies and measures in supporting technological capability development of latecomer firms. Journal of Technology Innovation, 12 (2), 1-19.
    14. Frederick, H., Virasa, T., Chua, B.L. (2003) Increasing the supply of entrepreneurship in APEC: A scorecard approach. Frontier of Entrepreneurship Research. Babson, 557.

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