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Professor David Spicer

Professor of Small Business Development and Organisation Studies
University of Bradford
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David is Professor of Small Business Development and Organisational Studies and Director of Business and Community Engagement in the School of Management at the University of Bradford, UK. As such he leads on the development of the School’s programme and portfolio in respect of support for small business support and in developing business engagement. David has over 20 years of experience in higher education and returned to Bradford (where he began his academic career) in 2019, having previously led the Business School at the University of Salford, UK.

David’s research interests include strategic learning, change and leadership, with a particular interest small forms and entrepreneurship. He is currently leading a major longitudinal study looking at small firm resilience. He is a member of the academic steering group for Y-PERN (the Yorkshire Policy and Engagement Research Network), a cross-institutional collaboration seeking to drive research informed policy making within the Yorkshire region. He has undertaken research and consultancy and delivered executive education for both SMEs and large firms.

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