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Entrepreneurship at Durham

We have a tradition of pioneering, influential research. Our researchers, led by Professor Paul Westhead, have an outstanding record for delivery of high quality academic research, and Professor Ian Stone focuses on applied enterprise and small business policy research for government and other agencies. Our doctoral programme, led by Dr Mat Hughes, offers a range of research study opportunities integrated with staff interests.

Nurturing an enterprise culture

These activities inform the teaching at DUBS. Our ‘mini-programme’ in entrepreneurship, open to all Durham undergraduates, was featured as a case study in Lord Young's report 'Enterprise for All'. At the postgraduate level, we offer MSc Management (Entrepreneurship), to supplement the modules (Entrepreneurship, New Venture Creation, and Small Business Management) already available as part of the Online MBA. Our full-time MBA features an Entrepreneurship pathway.

The re-designed courses are taught through a mix of case study and experiential methods and interaction with entrepreneurs. Students are encouraged to participate in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ competition, and external sponsorship has been agreed for a programme to allow outstanding student teams to develop their skills and take their ideas forwards. This sponsorship, from successful alumni entrepreneurs Bryan Morton and Graham Smith, includes support for the business StartGrid Accelerator, which provides a facility to student teams to interact, access advice and support, and develop their skills and networks, and provides financial support for taking ideas forward.

Recent Research

Entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial intention: Do female students benefit?

In this study, Westhead and Solesvik explore what they term the “relatively neglected view” that entrepreneurship education does not benefit female students as much as male.

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Short-term Versus Long-term Impact of Managers: Evidence from the Football Industry

Sacking the manager – is it a good thing or not? A team of researchers led by Mathew Hughes examined the difference between the long and short-term impacts of managerial change. 

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Family Business Survival and the Role of Boards

Family firms are the stuff of many a novel or television drama – a world in which they are riven with disagreement and internecine strife. But does this affect their chances of survival? 

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PhD by research

Visiting Academic Programme

Research Seminars