Charles Wilson Professor in Entrepreneurship MGMT22-12

21 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
16 Jan 2022
Durham University
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Management & Marketing

The Department of Management and Marketing at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Professor. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a focus on any of the following themes:

  • Start-ups; The role of incubators; Digital business models; Corporate entrepreneurship; and Family firms.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. The post as attached to it a fully funded PhD scholarship and PDRA, as well as discretionary research funding

For more information on the department's business school's and research centres' activities, please visit our pages at www.dur.ac.uk/business.

The Charles Wilson 'Smart & Scale Up' (S&S) SME Programme

Durham University Business School (DUBS) was successful in obtaining £3.5 Million from Charles Wilson (until recently CEO of Booker Group) and his partner Dr Rowena Olegario to support a regional SME initiative called 'Smart & Scale Up' (S&S). This aim of this nine-year funding (starting from 2021) S&S initiative is to 1) Increase in innovation activities across the region, and 2) Support and development of new business models to support digital growth. To address these challenges, the project has identified 4 themes research themes: Emerging Technology adoption in SMEs; Supply Chains; Leadership; New Business Models. These four themes happen to be existing areas of expertise within the Department of Management & Marketing. Additional aims of the programme (which will eventually extend over 2021-2029) are to:

  1. Provide insightful and practical support through rigorous and relevant research and professional development to regional and small businesses to underpin long-term economic recovery, redevelopment and resilience in the North East's SME sector.
  2. Inspire and further develop a sense of purpose across the School to make a difference to people's lives and businesses through research, learning and deeper engagement.
  3. Support Durham University Business School's ambition as a top European Business School.
  4. Accelerate plans to recruit up to 10 FTE academic posts around Small Business Research, including joint appointments with other departments and provide a platform for a multi-disciplinary cluster of expertise focused on SMEs.
  5. Provide a strong foundation to position the School as an international centre of excellence in Small Business Research focused on technology, innovation and economic development, productivity and leadership.
  6. Galvanise action in the North-East to smart and scale up for economic recovery and resilience and development.

Charles Wilson Professor in Small Business/Entrepreneurship

The appointed candidate will be responsible for the academic leadership of the S&S initiative. Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in one of the identified 4 themes research themes or the field of Entrepreneurship. It is expected that the successful candidate will have a strong track record of working with industry in general and SMEs in particular. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the ability to take a leading role in the development of the Department's research and teaching, and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

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