Dr David Johnson
- Lecturer in Entrepreneurship (Management)
Dr David Johnson is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow.
David's research explores entrepreneurial ecosystems, science-based entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and academic entrepreneurs. Broadly speaking, David studies the relationship between uncertainty and entrepreneurial cognition, entrepreneurial behaviour, and venturing. More specifically, his research examines commercialization activities in high-technology sectors (e.g. regenerative medicine) to understand how micro- and meso-level factors influence both the generation and development of entrepreneurial ecosystems. This research has led David to Visiting Scholar positions at The Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison (US) and The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Moscow, Russia).
Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, David was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Entrepreneurship at Edinburgh Napier University. Prior to this, David spent over a decade working within the biopharmaceutical sector within Commercial and Strategy Consulting roles. He was a Commercial Director for a start-up biopharmaceutical strategy consultancy and health data analytics firm. David led on the organization's commercial activity, including strategy consulting to university spin-outs and early-stage life science organizations. He also led the firm's health data compliance consulting, advising US clients on the risks associated with personal health information (PHI) disclosure and anonymity. Additionally, David has worked for leading global pharmaceutical companies within Sales and Business Development.
David holds Science-based Undergraduate and Masters Degrees from the University of Leeds (UK) and The University of Edinburgh (UK), which included research at the Roslin Institute. Furthermore, he holds an MBA from the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow (UK). He also holds an MSc. by Research (in Entrepreneurship) from the University of Edinburgh Business School (UK). David obtained his PhD in Management (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) from the University of Edinburgh Business School (UK). David is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
David is the Adam Smith Business School liaison for the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS). Additionally, David is a Visiting Research Fellow at 'Interface - The Knowledge Connection for Business.' Additionally, he is a Non-Executive Director and Trustee at the Board of Management at Borders College.
David is a member of the School's Entrepreneurship, Development and Political Economy research cluster.
Areas of expertise:
Academic Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer
Business models in high-technology sectors
- 2020: Carnegie Trust, Research Incentive Grant (£14,996)
- 2013: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Grant Number - ES/J500136/1 (£57, 048)
David is particularly interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:
Technology entrepreneurship, with a focus on the relationship between micro-level factors and venturing;
Academic entrepreneurship and technology transfer;
Business models in high-technology sectors; and
Entrepreneurial ecosystem generation and development.
Courses currently taught:
- Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- New Venture Planning
- 2019: Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Presenter: “Not in my Job Description: Academic Research Contracting as Positive Entrepreneurial Deviance.”
- 2018: Technology-led Emergence and Transformation of Markets, Edinburgh, Scotland. Presenter: “Culture, Context and Cognition at the University-Industry Boundary.”
- 2017: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. Co-Author: “Regenerative Medicine Ecosystems and the Built Environment at Entrepreneurial Universities.”
- 2015: RENT 2015, Zagreb, Croatia. Presenter: “Venturing in the Dark: Entrepreneurial Universities and Regenerative Medicine Ecosystems.”
- 2015: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC. Presenter: “Regenerative Medicine Translation: Cross-National Analysis of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development.” Also, Presenter: “Sensemaking at Entrepreneurial Firms: Acknowledgement Practice Under Uncertainty.”
- 2014: Technology Transfer Conference, Baltimore, MD. Presenter: “Translating Regenerative Medicine: A Cross-National Study of Business Model Development Under Uncertainty.”
- 2014: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Presenter: “Coping with Unresolvable Uncertainty: A Situational Analysis of Regenerative Medicine Venturing Activity.”
- 2014: International Network of Business and Management Journals Conference, Barcelona, Spain. Presenter: “Entrepreneurial Sensemaking in Regenerative Medicine Venturing.”
- 2013: British Academy of Management Conference, Liverpool, UK. Presenter: “Regenerative Medicine Venturing: The Development of Collaborative Capabilities Under Uncertainty.”
Invited Talks and Consortia:
- University of Edinburgh Business School Paper Development Workshop, sponsored by Academy of Management. Talk: “Acknowledgment Practice at Entrepreneurial Firms.”
- Academy of Management Journal Paper Development Workshop, ESSEC Business School, Paris. Talk: “Institutional Maintenance and Survival: Freemasonry and Masonic Ritual.”
- The University of Oslo, Centre for Entrepreneurship. Talk: “Translating Regenerative Medicine: Uncertainty, Entrepreneurial Behaviour and the Development of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems."
- Imperial College Business School, London, UK. Invited participant: Conversation on the role of universities in entrepreneurial ecosystems.
- Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C. Invited participant: Entrepreneurship Doctoral Consortium.
- Currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Interface: The Knowledge Connection for Business.
Fellowships and Awards
- 2015: Visiting Scholar - The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia.
- 2014: Visiting Scholar - The Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.