Dr Niall Mackenzie

  • Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship (Management)

Biography

Dr Niall G MacKenzie FRSA is a three-time graduate of the University of Glasgow. Prior to re-joining the University, he worked at the universities of Cambridge, Wales, and Strathclyde in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge, the Centre for Business History in Scotland, and a member of the University of Cambridge Policy Fellows Network. A former Treasurer of the Association of Business Historians in the UK, his research interests lie in the fields of business history, entrepreneurship, innovation, and regional development. His research has been funded by a number of organisations including the ESRC, AHRC, European Commission H2020, Nesta, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the OECD, Forfas (Ireland's development agency), the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Northern Ireland (DETINI), Creative Scotland, and the Institute for Family Business. His work has been published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Harvard Business History Review (forthcoming), Business History, Small Business Economics, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and Regional Studies, amongst others.


Research interests

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

Areas of expertise:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business history
  • Regional development
  • Innovation

Grants

Principal Investigator

  • 2016: Carnegie Trust, Carnegie Vacation Scholarship (for undergraduate student Shannon Harris) – ‘Entrepreneurial opportunity recognition and religion’, 2016 (£1,350)
  • 2016: ‘Entrepreneurial Tracking – towards a better understanding of entrepreneurial growth’ with Chalmers, D and Matthews, R. Report to Scottish Enterprise, September 2016, (£40,000)
  • 2015: Commercialisation Work Package 10, Flexible Superheated Steam Torrefaction and Grinding of Indigenous Biomass from Remote Rural Sources to Produce Stable Densified Feedstocks for Chemical and Energy Applications – SteamBIO SPIRE EU Project, 2015-2018. (£284,707). Total project value of €6m
  • 2015: Archangel Informal Investments: Impact Evaluation of Activities 1992-2015, 2015 (£25,000)
  • 2014: Santander UK Breakthrough SME support programme evaluation, 2014 (£25,000)
  • 2014: ESRC/Scottish Government PhD project ‘Firm productivity, skills and growth: rebalancing supply and demand in the Scottish innovation system.’ 2014-2017 (£60,000)
  • 2014: ESRC Scottish DTC 1+3 PhD Studentship project ‘Crowdfunding, Female Entrepreneurship and Access to Finance’. 2014-2017 (£60,000)
  • 2017: University of Strathclyde PhD studentship ‘Christian values and entrepreneurial opportunity recognition and exploitation’, 2017-2020 (£60,000)
  • 2014: Strathclyde Business School Studentship Funding for PhD Studentship project joint with European Policies Research Centre ‘A Performance Framework for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Financial Instruments for SMEs’. 2014-2017 (£60,000)

Co-Investigator

  • 2017: Global Challenges Research Fund, “Supporting vulnerable small local farmers in Brazil distribute their products and improve their standard of living” (£21,983)
  • 2014: Strathclyde Business School Funding for PhD Studentship project ‘Rethinking the University-Industry Technology Transfer: Insights from System Dynamics and Agent-Based Modelling’. 2014-2017 (£60,000)
  • 2014: Institute for Family Business Branding Research Grant (£5,700)
  • 2013: AHRC/Nesta/Creative Scotland, Digital R&D, CREATES Project (£15,000)
  • 2010: Nesta, Innovation in Weaker Regions Grant, 2010-2013 (£200,000)

Supervision

University of Glasgow

Shannon Harris
Topic: Entrepreneurial opportunities and religious beliefs

Trenton Staehli
Topic: From start up to scale up - the role of weekend competitions

External Supervision

Martin Gannon
Topic: An exploratory study of family foundations and philanthropic giving

Alistair Beckett
Topic: Externalising Trust: an analysis of family business advising’

Ross Croall
Topic: Rebalancing supply and demand in the Scottish innovation system – understanding the skills gap

Mark Johnson
Topic: Exploring the antecedents of academic entrepreneurship

Margaret Coughtrie
Topic: The efficacy of financial instruments for supporting SME

Bernd Wurth
Topic: Rethinking the university-industry technology transfer process: Insights from system dynamics and agent-based modelling

Konrad Heimpold
Topic: Comparing innovation systems in East Germany and Scotland

Completed

Johan de Borst
“How the solo self-employed mitigate lower income with their personality in order to manifest well-being”, University of Strathclyde, 2018.

Stephen Knox
“Identity Change and the Entrepreneurial Journey: A Case of Art-School Graduates”, University of Strathclyde, 2018.

Moritz Fehrer
‘Understanding Succession Processes in Family Businesses: Case Studies in the German Mittelstand’, University of Strathclyde, 2017.

Qiantao Zhang
‘Universities, Knowledge Networks, and Regional Competitiveness: Evidence from the UK’, Cardiff University, 2016.

Rhiannon Pugh
‘Regional Innovation Policy and Economic Development: the case of Wales’, Cardiff University, 2014

PhD examinations

  • PhD Thesis Examiner, Kristin Stanwick Barnas, University of Strathclyde 2018.
  • PhD Thesis Examiner, Heriot Watt University, Jaydeep Pancholi, 2018.
  • PhD Thesis Examiner, Tobias Pret University of Strathclyde, 2017.
  • PhD Thesis Examiner, Carolyn Macmillan University of Strathclyde, 2017.
  • PhD Thesis Examiner, Adlah Alessah University of Strathclyde, 2013.

Teaching

Interests:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business History
  • Family Business
  • Innovation

Courses currently taught:

  • Social and Community Entrepreneurship

Additional information

Conference presentations

Invited

Academic

  • Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. ‘Innovation through tradition: an exploration of the Scotch Whisky Industry, 1945-99’, September 2018.
  • Italian ASSI (Italian Association of Business Historians) conference, Bocconi University, Milan, Roundtable participant on entrepreneurial biographies, October 2017.
  • Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, ‘Clio and the Business School: towards a framework for advancing the use of history in entrepreneurship’, June, 2017
  • EU Cohesion Policy Conference, ‘From Techniums to Emptiums: the failure of innovation policy in a weaker EU region’, Riga, Latvia, February 2015.
  • European Policies Research Centre Seminar, ‘Policy support measures for high growth firms in Europe: a comparison of Scotland, the Basque region and Sweden’, Strathclyde, October 2014.
  • Invited seminar, ‘Reconstituting the State as Entrepreneur: Fast Reactor technology in the UK’, Business History Unit, London School of Economics, February 2014.
  • Invited Speaker, ‘Technology Transfer in Weaker Regions: the case of Wales’, Polish Patent Office International Symposium, Krakow, Sept 2011
  • Invited Panellist, ‘Universities, Skills and Entrepreneurship’, OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance, Trento, Italy Oct 2010

Public Speaking

  • Greenock Philosophical Society, ‘The Development of the Second City and Family Business: Yarrow’s, John Lawrence and AG Barr’, February 2017.
  • Invited speaker, Great British Family Business Conference, ‘The family factor in developing a family business brand’, London, March 2015.
  • Invited Speaker, Saltire Society Talk, ‘Family business in Scotland’, November 2014.
  • Workshop host, Institute for Family Business, London, September 2014.
  • Invited Speaker, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Glasgow Business Embassy Commonwealth Games Event, ‘Business ownership rates in Glasgow and the Commonwealth’, July 2014.
  • ‘What’s in a name? How Paisley wove a pattern of history and place’, Paisley Museum, March 2014.
  • ‘The business economics of Scottish independence’, Fort William Chamber of Commerce, May 2013.
  • Invited Speaker, People’s Palace Staff Development Lectures, ‘The Development of the Second City and Family Business’, July 2013.
  • People’s Palace, Glasgow, ‘The Development of the Second City and Family Business’, February 2013.

Refereed Academic Conference Papers given (since 2012)

MacKenzie, NG, Past Futurology and Entrepreneurial Failure: the Bennie Railplane, Association of Business Historians Conference, Milton Keynes, 2018

MacKenzie, NG & Hannon, M, Historical hype cycles and innovation failure: a comparison of nuclear and wave energy technologies from 1945 to present, Association of Business Historians Conference, Milton Keynes, 2018

MacKenzie, NG & Perchard, A, Methodologies for the Dictionary of Scottish Business Biography, vol. 3. Association of Business Historians Conference, Glasgow, 2017.

MacKenzie, NG, Gannon, M, Shaw, E. “It's what Granpa would have wanted”? History & heritage in philanthropic family foundation giving. Association of Business Historians Conference, Glasgow, 2017.

MacKenzie, NG, Gordon, J, Gannon, M. Taxes, death and trouble: exploring the antecedents and philanthropic activities of the Edrington Group. Association of Business Historians Conference, Glasgow, 2017.

Mackay, D, Perchard, A, MacKenzie, NG, Burt, G, ‘Against the Grain: Examining Negative Capability as an Antecedent of Dynamic Capability in the Scotch Whisky Industry, 1960-85’. British Academy of Management Conference, 2017

Wurth, B, Howick, S, MacKenzie, N. 'Making ecosystems work: identifying structures and mechanisms for sustainable regional growth' XIV International Triple Helix Conference, Heidelberg, Germany, 2016.

Gkikas, A, Jones-Evans, D, Rhisiart, M, MacKenzie, NG. ‘Open innovation, SMEs and Regional Development – evidence from the UK.’ ISPIM Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016.

MacKenzie, NG, Gannon, M, Shaw, E. ‘Get Back: Philanthropic family foundations, business giving and capital theory’, ISBE Conference, Glasgow, 2015. Best in track, Business Ethics. Best overall conference paper winner.

Gkikas, A, Jones-Evans, D, Rhisiart, M, MacKenzie, NG. ‘Open innovation, SMEs and Regional Development – evidence from the UK.’ ISBE Conference, Glasgow, 2015.

MacKenzie, NG, Matthews, R, Chalmers, D, Shaw, E.‘Growing up is hard to do – exploring early stage entrepreneurial growth dimensions’. ISBE Conference, Glasgow, 2015.

MacKenzie, NG, Millar, F, Eikhof, DR, Beech, N. ‘Three is a crowd: tension and confusion in creative collaborations’ Critical Management Studies conference, Leicester, July 2015.

Wurth, B, MacKenzie, NG, Howick, S. ‘Research for research's sake?  A critical reflection on the unintended consequences of academic entrepreneurship’, University-Industry Interaction Conference, Berlin, June 2015.

Wurth, B, Howick, S, MacKenzie, N, 'The dynamics of academic entrepreneurship: connecting universities and the ecosystem', Technology Transfer Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2015.

Wurth, B, Howick, S, MacKenzie, N , 'Exploring the dynamic interplay between entrepreneurial universities and their ecosystems: a hybrid simulation framework' 27th European Conference on Operational Research (EURO XXVII), Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2015.

Suhartanto, E, Monsen, E, & MacKenzie, NG. ‘The effects of professional corporate entrepreneurship practices on listed and non-listed family firms in developing economics’, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Boston, June 2015.

MacKenzie, NG, Zhang, Q, Jones-Evans, D, Huggins, R. ‘Entrepreneurial universities and the region: an analysis of UK HIEs’, Institute of Small Business and Enterprise conference, November 2014.

MacKenzie, NG, Gannon, M, Shaw, E. ‘Success, Succession and Legacy in Philanthropic Family Foundations’, Institute of Small Business and Enterprise conference, November 2014. Shortlisted for best in track, Family Business.

MacKenzie, NG, Perchard, A, Decker, S, Favero, G. ‘Clio in the Business School: Historical Approaches in Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship.’ EGOS, July 2014.

MacKenzie, NG, Chen, S, Carter, S. ‘Female leadership and family cohesion: the emergence of Neoglory as a Chinese multinational.’, Association of Business Historians Annual Conference, Newcastle University Business School, Birmingham, July 2014.

MacKenzie, NG. ‘Entrepreneurship as a collective achievement’ – can governments act entrepreneurially? The Wilson government, 1964-70’, Association of Business Historians Annual Conference, UCLAN Business School, July 2013.

MacKenzie, NG, Perchard, A, Decker, S, Favero, G. ‘Clio in the business school: history and business’. Higher Education Academy 15th Teaching History in Higher Education Conference, London.

Workshop co-host, SUII New horizons for the cultural industries: Internationalisation, leadership and diversity, March-May 2013.

MacKenzie, NG. ‘Revisiting the State as Entrepreneur: Fast ‘Reactor Technology and the UK State’, Association of Business Historians Annual Conference, Aston Business School, Birmingham, July 2012.

External positions held

  • Research Associate, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, 2011-present
  • Research Associate, Centre for Business History in Scotland, University of Glasgow, 2008-present
  • Research Associate, UK Enterprise Research Centre, 2013-present
  • External Examiner, Business & Management undergraduate programme, Durham Business School, University of Durham, 2017-present
  • External Examiner, Business & Management undergraduate programme, Henley Business School, University of Reading, 2016-present

ESRC Peer Review College

  • ESRC Peer Review College Examiner – Doctoral Training Partnerships, 2016.

Awards

  • Best overall conference paper award, Institute for Small Business and Enterprise 2015 Conference
  • Best paper in Business Ethics track, Institute for Small Business and Enterprise 2015 Conference
  • Shortlisted best paper nomination Family Business track, Institute for Small Business and Enterprise 2014 Conference
  • Selected participant in the Scottish Crucible Leadership Development Programme 2014
  • Finalist for best new dissertation in business history by the European Business History Association 2008
  • Finalist for the Coleman Prize for the best new dissertation in business history by the Association of Business Historians (UK) 2008
  • Harvard Business School Alfred D Chandler Jr. Travelling Fellowship 2006
  • Selected participant in European Business History Association Summer School 2005
  • Open Competition ESRC Studentship for Masters and Doctoral research (1+3 years), research award number PTA-030-2002-0201. 2002-2007

Teaching awards

  • Nominated for Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
  • Shortlisted for Best Teacher in Strathclyde Business School, 2016-17, 2017-2018

Memberships

Learned Societies

  • Association of Business Historians UK:
    • Treasurer, 2013-2016
    • Coleman Prize examiner for Best PhD dissertation in Business History, 2015
    • Communications Officer, 2012-2013
  • Member of University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy Fellows Network
  • Institute for Small Business and Enterprise

Knowledge Exchange

  • Expert academic advisor, Scottish Government Strategic Review Board on Enterprise and Skills Policy, 2018.
  • Member of the Institute for Family Business Academic Advisory Board, 2014-present.
  • Judge, Scottish EDGE, 2016.
  • Judge, Corporate Scotland Environmental Awards, 2015.
  • Evaluator for Scientific Panel for International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), 2012-2018.

Continued Professional Development

  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators, Strathclyde, September 2017.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and Teaching and Learning, University of Strathclyde, 2017.
  • Selected participant in the Scottish Crucible Leadership Development Programme 2014.

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