Professor David Mackay

Professor Of Practice

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

Dave Mackay is a Professor of Strategy and Digital Transformation in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship. He has taught, consulted and researched managerial practice and organisational processes - particularly in strategy, innovation and technology - for the last 17 years. In 2022, he has delivered strategy, digital transformation, sustainability practice and international business modules on the Strathclyde MBA home and abroad. From 2019 to 2022, Dave was the MBA Academic Director in SBS, joining from the Stirling Management School where he served as Associate Dean Internationalisation from 2017 to 2019. In addition to his academic career, Dave has experience as an owner/director of a successful consultancy start-up, and held production engineering and management roles in Procter and Gamble. In 2010, Dave completed a PhD in Dynamic Managerial Capabilities based on research exploring managerial practices of strategic change. He has published in a range of international journals including Organizational Research Methods, IJMR, IJOPM, Management Learning, Business History, TFSC and ICC. He is co-author of the textbook “Strategy: Theory, Practice and Implementation” published by OUP, and the forthcoming Cambridge Element “Strategy-In-Practices” with Robert Chia. Dave is a fellow of the Higher Academy of Education and a previous winner of the ‘Best Overall Lecturer’ at the Strathclyde teaching awards. As an engaged scholar, Dave has also facilitated education and consultancy assignments with a range of corporate clients, SMEs, public sector and charitable organisations in locations including the UK, USA, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan and the UAE. In 2018, he designed and facilitated two phases of Oman 2040, working with stakeholders from across the country in setting national objectives for the Sultanate. Dave is always interested in new conversations, collaborations and supervision opportunities!


Unlocking dynamic capabilities in the Scotch whisky industry, 1945–present
MacKenzie Niall G, Perchard Andrew, Mackay David, Burt George
Business History, pp. 1-21 (2022)
Overcoming multi-stakeholder fragmented narratives in land use, woodland and forestry policy : the role scenario planning and 'dissociative jolts
Burt George, Mackay David, Mendibil Kepa
Technological Forecasting and Social Change Vol 166 (2021)
Between the bridge and the door : exploring liminal spaces of identity formation through video diaries
Zundel Mike, Mackay David, MacIntosh Robert, Mackenzie Clarie
The Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations (2020) (2020)
The influence of managerial attention on the deployment of dynamic capability : a case study of Internet platform firms in China
Zeng Jing, Mackay David
Industrial and Corporate Change Vol 28, pp. 1173-1192 (2019)
The utility of video diaries for organizational research
Zundel Mike, MacIntosh Robert, Mackay David
Organizational Research Methods Vol 21, pp. 386-411 (2018)
Openness disposition : readiness characteristics that influence participant benefits from scenario planning as strategic conversation
Burt George, Mackay David J, van der Heijden Kees, Verheijdt Charlotte
Technological Forecasting and Social Change Vol 124, pp. 16-25 (2017)

More publications


KTP - SHE Transmission. The project will embed engaging work practices, flexible management processes and systemic capacity for the effective implementation of strategy and innovation initiatives.(2 associates)
Mackay, David (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator) Smith, Marisa (Co-investigator)
18-Jan-2021 - 04-Jan-2024
KTP - CYBG plc
Mendibil, Kepa (Principal Investigator) Mackay, David (Co-investigator)
28-Jan-2019 - 27-Jan-2021
Industry Strategy Workshops
Mackay, David (Principal Investigator)
29-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2014

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Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Stenhouse Wing

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