Dr Helen Mullen

  • Lecturer in Entrepreneurship (Management)

telephone: 01413305426
email: Helen.Mullen@glasgow.ac.uk

Adam Smith Business School, Room 607D, Main Building, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5031-0865

Biography

Dr Helen Mullen is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Adam Smith Business School. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with a PhD in Management (Entrepreneurship), supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, has a PgDip and MRes (Research Methodology in Business and Management), and a First-Class BA (Hons) in Marketing, with awards in marketing and international marketing,  from the University of Strathclyde.

She is the Depute Programme Leader for MSc Financial Technology, the Convenor for the MSc Financial Technology Pathway Projects, Academic Lead (Management) for Programme Design and Development and Assurance of Learning, a member of the Business School's Responsible Sustainable Management Group, and a member of the Connections with Practice Committee.

Helen teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level with a focus on enterprise and entrepreneurship, where she has a particular interest in experiential learning, employability, and games-based learning. Helen has initiated a number of activities to support student engagement with industry and third sector organisations including work-based projects, mentoring, and specialist masterclasses.

Helen's research relates to small business and entrepreneurship, especially business growth, innovation, and business models within the creative and digital industries. Her Masters research examined the cluster evolution and entrepreneurial genealogy of the videogame industry in Scotland; while her doctoral studies investigated the experiences of videogame development studios transitioning from a subcontractor business models to one of proprietary intellectual property creation and commercialisation.

Throughout her academic activities, Helen has continued to engage with industry. This has included an ESRC-funded internship with Creative England, a publicly funded organisation supporting Film, Television, Games and Digital & Creative Services in the English regions outside London; the videogame-based Creative Territories network of industry and academia; and several specialist consultancy projects relating to business and sector development.  

Prior to returning to academia, Helen was a management consultant for over 20 years including as part of the early-stage management teams in two specialist consultancy companies where she held senior business development and consultancy roles. She was involved in innovation, technology transfer, and company development across a range of sectors, managing projects for Scottish Enterprise, the European Commission, Scottish Government and various private companies. She latterly specialised in the creative and digital industries, leading projects to support company and sector development including entrepreneurial networks, skills development, pre-investment diligence, and sector evaluations. 

 

Research interests

Helen is a member of the School's Entrepreneurship, Development and Political Economy research cluster.

Areas of expertise:

  • Creative and digital industries.
  • Business models and business model change.
  • Small business growth.
  • Industry clusters and ecosystems.
  • Enterprise, entrepreneurship and employability-related education.

Publications

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Number of items: 22.

2022

Offord, M. , Honeychurch, S. , Quinn, N. , Barr, M. and Mullen, H. (2022) The escape room: using a simple text-based game to promote business undergraduates’ digital self reliance. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 23, (doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi23.855)

Quinn, N. and Mullen, H. (2022) Consulting for Change: SDGs in Scottish Social Enterprise. Learning Design and Education for Sustainable Development Bootcamp 2022, 24 March-20 June 2022.

2021

Beaverstock, J., Chambers, D., Meiklejohn, G., Mullen, H. and Welters, R. (2021) FinTech Voices: Career opportunities. [Audio]

Beaverstock, J., Chambers, D., Meiklejohn, G., Mullen, H. and Welters, R. (2021) FinTech Voices: FinTech Founders. [Audio]

Beaverstock, J., Chambers, D., Meiklejohn, G., Mullen, H. and Welters, R. (2021) Fintech Voices: The value and challenges of University collaboration. [Audio]

Beaverstock, J., Chambers, D., Meiklejohn, G., Mullen, H. and Welters, R. (2021) Fintech Voices: What can the social sciences offer? [Audio]

Beaverstock, J., Chambers, D., Meiklejohn, G., Mullen, H. and Welters, R. (2021) FinTech Deep Dive Report: To Unlock the True Potential of Fintech we Need More Social Scientist Engagement. Project Report. Aspect.

Hunter, P., Mullen, H. , Offord, M. , Quinn, N. and Thompson, K. (2021) Early adoption in an agile online teaching environment: an intrapreneurial perspective. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 9(2), pp. 127-136. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v9i2.476)

Nicol, D. , Mullen, H. and Quinn, N. (2021) Using Comparison-based Feedback to Develop Students’ Entrepreneurial Mindset. Chartered Association of Business Schools Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE) 2021, 29-30 Jun 2021.

Mullen, H. , Quinn, N. , Offord, M. and Tasler, N. (2021) SoTLcast Podcast: Transitioning into HE from Private Sector. [Audio]

Honeychurch, S. , Offord, M. , Quinn, N. , Barr, M. and Mullen, H. (2021) The Co-Creation of a Digital Escape Room Designed to Develop Students’ Digital Confidence. SocMedHE21, 14 Dec 2021.

Igglesden, K., MacLeod, M. , Mullen, H. and Reboud, J. (2021) UofGEngage 1 - Digital Engagement. University of Glasgow Public Engagement Forum, Glasgow, UK, 05 Feb 2021.

Mullen, H. (2021) Avoiding Work-for-Hire: An Empirical Study of Independent Videogame Developers and their Search for Higher Value Models. 2021 SCMS Annual Conference, Virtual, 17-21 Mar 2021. (Accepted for Publication)

Nicol, D. , Quinn, N. , Kushwah, L. and Mullen, H. (2021) Helping Learners Activate Productive Inner Feedback: Using Resource and Dialogic Comparisons. In: Learning, Teaching and Student Experience 2021 (LTSE 2021) Conference Proceedings, Online, 29 - 30 June 2021, pp. 44-48.

2020

Currie, C., Martin, J., Mullen, H. and Eadie, W. (2020) Gender In/Equality in a post-Covid Economy: Lessons from the Digital Sector in Scotland. Coming through Covid Sustainably: An Adam Smith Business School Webinar Series, 19 August 2020.

2019

Masi, D., Mullen, H. , Clegg, B., MacBryde, J., Smart, P., Ball, P. and Despoudi, S. (2019) A Firm-Level Analysis of the Interaction Between Productivity Antecedents. In: British Academy of Management Conference (BAM 2019), Birmingham, UK, 3-5 Sept 2019, ISBN 9780995641327

MacBryde, J., Mullen, H. , Ball, P., Smart, P., Clegg, B., Despoudi, S. and Masi, D. (2019) Let’s talk productivity. [Website]

MacBryde, J., Mullen, H. , Ball, P., Smart, P., Clegg, B., Despoudi, S. and Masi, D. (2019) Unpicking the Productivity Narrative in UK Manufacturers. Pioneer Project Report - July 2019. Project Report. Productivity Insights Network.

Mullen, H. , Barr, M. and Mason, C. (2019) Data provision in the games industry in Scotland. Project Report. University of Glasgow.

MacBryde, J. and Mullen, H. (2019) Productivity: It isn’t just what economists say it is…. [Website]

MacBryde, J., Mullen, H. , Ball, P., Clegg, B., Smart, P., Despoudi, S. and Masi, D. (2019) Unpacking the Productivity Narrative in Manufacturing Organisations. EurOMA Conference 2019, Helsinki, Finland, 17-19 Jun 2019.

2015

Mullen, H. (2015) Submission of written evidence: How the issues that hinder the growth of the creative industries can be overcome and how to capitalise on the opportunities. Other. Scottish Parliament Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

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Number of items: 22.

Articles

Offord, M. , Honeychurch, S. , Quinn, N. , Barr, M. and Mullen, H. (2022) The escape room: using a simple text-based game to promote business undergraduates’ digital self reliance. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 23, (doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi23.855)

Hunter, P., Mullen, H. , Offord, M. , Quinn, N. and Thompson, K. (2021) Early adoption in an agile online teaching environment: an intrapreneurial perspective. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 9(2), pp. 127-136. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v9i2.476)

Research Reports or Papers

Beaverstock, J., Chambers, D., Meiklejohn, G., Mullen, H. and Welters, R. (2021) FinTech Deep Dive Report: To Unlock the True Potential of Fintech we Need More Social Scientist Engagement. Project Report. Aspect.

MacBryde, J., Mullen, H. , Ball, P., Smart, P., Clegg, B., Despoudi, S. and Masi, D. (2019) Unpicking the Productivity Narrative in UK Manufacturers. Pioneer Project Report - July 2019. Project Report. Productivity Insights Network.

Mullen, H. , Barr, M. and Mason, C. (2019) Data provision in the games industry in Scotland. Project Report. University of Glasgow.

Mullen, H. (2015) Submission of written evidence: How the issues that hinder the growth of the creative industries can be overcome and how to capitalise on the opportunities. Other. Scottish Parliament Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Conference or Workshop Item

Quinn, N. and Mullen, H. (2022) Consulting for Change: SDGs in Scottish Social Enterprise. Learning Design and Education for Sustainable Development Bootcamp 2022, 24 March-20 June 2022.

Nicol, D. , Mullen, H. and Quinn, N. (2021) Using Comparison-based Feedback to Develop Students’ Entrepreneurial Mindset. Chartered Association of Business Schools Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE) 2021, 29-30 Jun 2021.

Honeychurch, S. , Offord, M. , Quinn, N. , Barr, M. and Mullen, H. (2021) The Co-Creation of a Digital Escape Room Designed to Develop Students’ Digital Confidence. SocMedHE21, 14 Dec 2021.

Igglesden, K., MacLeod, M. , Mullen, H. and Reboud, J. (2021) UofGEngage 1 - Digital Engagement. University of Glasgow Public Engagement Forum, Glasgow, UK, 05 Feb 2021.

Mullen, H. (2021) Avoiding Work-for-Hire: An Empirical Study of Independent Videogame Developers and their Search for Higher Value Models. 2021 SCMS Annual Conference, Virtual, 17-21 Mar 2021. (Accepted for Publication)

Currie, C., Martin, J., Mullen, H. and Eadie, W. (2020) Gender In/Equality in a post-Covid Economy: Lessons from the Digital Sector in Scotland. Coming through Covid Sustainably: An Adam Smith Business School Webinar Series, 19 August 2020.

MacBryde, J., Mullen, H. , Ball, P., Clegg, B., Smart, P., Despoudi, S. and Masi, D. (2019) Unpacking the Productivity Narrative in Manufacturing Organisations. EurOMA Conference 2019, Helsinki, Finland, 17-19 Jun 2019.

Conference Proceedings

Nicol, D. , Quinn, N. , Kushwah, L. and Mullen, H. (2021) Helping Learners Activate Productive Inner Feedback: Using Resource and Dialogic Comparisons. In: Learning, Teaching and Student Experience 2021 (LTSE 2021) Conference Proceedings, Online, 29 - 30 June 2021, pp. 44-48.

Masi, D., Mullen, H. , Clegg, B., MacBryde, J., Smart, P., Ball, P. and Despoudi, S. (2019) A Firm-Level Analysis of the Interaction Between Productivity Antecedents. In: British Academy of Management Conference (BAM 2019), Birmingham, UK, 3-5 Sept 2019, ISBN 9780995641327

Audio

Beaverstock, J., Chambers, D., Meiklejohn, G., Mullen, H. and Welters, R. (2021) FinTech Voices: Career opportunities. [Audio]

Beaverstock, J., Chambers, D., Meiklejohn, G., Mullen, H. and Welters, R. (2021) FinTech Voices: FinTech Founders. [Audio]

Beaverstock, J., Chambers, D., Meiklejohn, G., Mullen, H. and Welters, R. (2021) Fintech Voices: The value and challenges of University collaboration. [Audio]

Beaverstock, J., Chambers, D., Meiklejohn, G., Mullen, H. and Welters, R. (2021) Fintech Voices: What can the social sciences offer? [Audio]

Mullen, H. , Quinn, N. , Offord, M. and Tasler, N. (2021) SoTLcast Podcast: Transitioning into HE from Private Sector. [Audio]

Website

MacBryde, J., Mullen, H. , Ball, P., Smart, P., Clegg, B., Despoudi, S. and Masi, D. (2019) Let’s talk productivity. [Website]

MacBryde, J. and Mullen, H. (2019) Productivity: It isn’t just what economists say it is…. [Website]

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Grants

 

2020 - ASPECT award: How can the Social Sciences Support Fintech Innovation (£12,000). A collaboration with the University of Bristol to investigate the role of the social sciences in the FinTech sector, and the opportunities for University engagement in FinTech. Collaborators: Dr Dominic Chalmers and Dr Gordon Meiklejohn. 

2018 - ESRC Impact Accelerator Award (Knowledge Exchange Placement Fund) and Creative Scotland: Data provision in the Games Industry in Scotland (£15,700). A cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Adam Smith Business School and the School of Computing Science to identify data-related issues in Scotland's videogame industry. Collaborators: Dr Matthew Barr and Professor Colin Mason

2018 - ESRC Impact Accelerator Award (User Engagement fund): Business Model change for games development businesses (£4,661). A cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Adam Smith Business School and the School of Computing Science to disseminate business model-related research findings with the videogame industry. Collaborators: Dr Matthew Barr and Professor Colin Mason



 

 

Supervision

Dr Mullen is interested in supervising PhD projects related to entrepreneurship and welcome applications relating to

  • Small business growth and support.
  • Business models in creative and digital industries.
  • Business models in community and social enterprises.
  • Games-based learning.
  • Entrepreneurship and enterprise-related education.

Teaching

 

Current

  • Deputy Programme Leader, MSc Financial Technology
  • Course convenor, MSc Financial Technology Project Pathways
  • Professional Practice 5 (PGT/UG)
  • Introduction to Management: Entrepreneurship (UG)
  • Entrepreneurial Ventures, Management and Growth (UG Hons)
  • Dissertation supervision 

Previous

  • Convenor, Corporate entrepreneurship and innovation (UG)
  • Co-convenor, Integrated Business and Management in Practice (UG)
  • Co-convenor, New Venture Planning
  • Delivering Performance (PGT)
  • Business Start-up (UG Hons)
  • Entrepreneurship (UG Hons)
  • Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation (UG)

External engagement

Industry engagement

  • 2021 (Concluded): Fintech Roundtable: Facilitating equality, diversity and inclusivity in the FinTech Sector - where can industry and academia make a difference

Research datasets

Jump to: 2019
Number of items: 1.

2019

Macbryde, J., Mullen, H. , Ball, P., Clegg, B., Smart, P., Despoudi, S. and Masi, D. (2019) Dataset relating to the ESRC-funded Productivity Insights Network project: "Exploring the productivity narrative in manufacturing organisations". [Data Collection]

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Additional information

Current roles

  • Deputy programme leader MSc Financial Technology
  • Academic Lead (Management subject), Programme Design and Development, and Assurance of Learning.
  • Adam Smith Business School Liaison for the College of Arts
  • Member, Adam Smith Business School Responsible and Sustainable Management Group
  • Committee Member, Adam Smith Business School, Connections with Practice
  • Advisor of Studies, College of Social Sciences
  • Volunteer mentor MCR Pathways 
  • Member, Social and Digital Change group

Previous roles