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Dr Mathew (Mat) Hughes


Dr Mathew Hughes is Reader in Entrepreneurial Management having previously served as Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Nottingham University Business School. Mathew’s areas of expertise are firm-level entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial management and innovation.


Dr Mathew Hughes is Reader in Entrepreneurial Management at Durham University Business School. Prior to taking up his post in September 2012, Mat served as a Lecturer and subsequently Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Nottingham University Business School. Mathew’s areas of expertise are primarily firm-level entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial management, innovation and management change. Within these themes his work has examined the entrepreneurial orientation of firms, firms use of networks and social capital, innovation ambidexterity, and top manager change and its effects on firms.

Mat is a currently-serving member of the editorial board for Journal of Management Studies and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, and is a member of the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of Management

Mat completed his doctorate in entrepreneurship and strategic management at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK. His doctoral thesis focused on strategic and entrepreneurial management mechanisms to drive the strategic growth of young technology-based firms. Mat also has a First Class (Honours) BSc(Econ) degree in Business Studies and an MSc(Econ) with Distinction in Management from University of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 2006, Mat completed the ‘European Entrepreneurship Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning’ programme at Harvard Business School and in 2007 earned a PGCHE in teaching and learning from the University of Nottingham. Mat is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Mat has constructed, convened and taught modules on such themes as entrepreneurial management, corporate entrepreneurship, innovation and building the innovative organisation at undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, and executive levels. In 2008-2009, Mat was nominated and shortlisted for the prestigious Lord Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Nottingham, and many times since including in Durham has been recognized for his dedication to teaching and learning.

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Research Interests

  • Strategic entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Innovation ambidexterity
  • Network behaviour and social capital
  • Entrepreneurial orientation
  • Top management teams and business performance (including in football industries)
  • The entrepreneurial and strategic management of ventures
  • International new ventures

Research Groups


Contact Details

Reader in Entrepreneurial Management/PhD Programme Director
+44 191 3345906

PhD by research