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Professor Nigel Lockett

Formerly at Lancaster University


Nigel Lockett is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School. To raise awareness he blogs as The Dyslexic Professor. He is a senior academic, experienced manager, entrepreneur and community leader. Nigel is Co-Investigator on the £6.7m GCRF RECIRCULATE project. He is also a Fellow and past President of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Before joining Lancaster University, he previously worked as Professor at the Leeds University Business School, Senior Lecturer at Bradford University School of Management and Brunel University Business School, Business Development Manager at InfoLab21 and Lecturer at Lancaster University Management School. Nigel also has more than 25 years experience as a company director, with a track record in managing start-up, joint venture and social enterprises. His current research interests include knowledge exchange between universities and industry, academic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial learning and the use of CRM technologies by SMEs.

Nigel is the co-author, with Prof Richard Blundel and Prof Catherine Wang, of the major textbook Exploring Entrepreneurship (2nd Edition published by SAGE Publishing in November 2017).

Research overview

Current innovation, networking and knowledge exchange focused research interests include academic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial learning and adoption of CRM technologies by SMEs. Current research projects include: GCRF: RECIRCULATE Driving eco-innovation in Africa: capacity-building for a safe circular water economyCo-I £6.7m (2017-2021). Past research projects include: ESRC: Sharing and building university and business perspectives of how to enable high growth in small firms, Co-I £64K (2012-13); ESRC: Knowledge and technology transfer, innovation and competitive advantage: Past and present, Co-I £267K (2007-10).

High quality journal publications in Business History, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Information & Management, International Small Business Journal and Regional Studies

Current Teaching

Successfully designed and delivered innovative programmes in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology enterprise. Worked with small business owners and executives of global companies. Academic Lead on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative for Yorkshire (2010-2015) and Starting a Business MOOC (2015). Awarded National Teaching Fellowship (2015).

2017/18 ENSI211: Business Start-up (Part II module)

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