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Professor David Pickernell

Professor in Small Business and Enterprise Development Policy, Business

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker
Office 225 - 225
Second Floor
School of Management
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


David is Professor of Small Business and Enterprise Development Policy at the Swansea University School of Management, a member of the Regional Studies Association, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He has undertaken work for the Federation of Small Businesses, OECD, Welsh Assembly Government, Queensland Government, Victorian Government (Australia), Welsh Development Agency, Cardiff Council, Isle of Wight Council, Fareham Borough Council, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Associated British Ports, Shaw Trust, Colegau Cymru and Enterprise Educators UK.

His 2018 work for the Federation of Small Businesses, in conjunction with colleagues at Portsmouth University and Women’s Enterprise Scotland, highlighted the growing importance of women owned and managed small businesses to the UK, and received widespread media coverage.

He has written over 100 refereed journal articles related to small business and enterprise development, and economic development policy more generally, and supported doctoral students on topics including the entrepreneurial university, the resource curse and the internal colony paradigms in the Welsh economy context, and the role of University-Business interactions in knowledge systems and effects on firm growth and innovation.

I am a highly experienced doctoral supervisor with nearly 20 completions. I am available for doctoral supervision in areas related to small business management, and enterprise development policy. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Small Business Resilience
  • Small Business Finance
  • Enterprise Development Policy
  • Entrepreneurial Universities
  • Foreign Direct Investment Strategies
  • Regional Economic Development Ecosystems
  • Innovation networks
  • Female Entrepreneurship
  • Clustering

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Enterprise Management
  • Economic Development
Research Award Highlights