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Dr Niall MacKenzie

Senior Lecturer

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

I joined the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship in July 2012. I am currently Director of Postgraduate Research in the department, and the Principal Investigator on a European Commission SPIRE2 funded project named SteamBio which works in conjunction with Fraunhofer and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and a number of European SMEs. I have been Co-investigator on several research projects for the Institute for Family Business on Family Business branding and two creative industries projects – the Scottish Universities Insights Institute funded 'New Horizons for the Cultural Industries’ and the NESTA/AHRC/Creative Scotland funded Digital R&D for the Arts in Scotland.

I have worked with a number of different organisations including the Scottish Government, the OECD, Scottish Enterprise, Forfas (Ireland's development agency), the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Northern Ireland (DETINI), the Scottish Family Business Association, the Polish Patent Office, Santander, and Archangels.

I am currently a Research Associate of the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge and the Centre for Business History in Scotland at the University of Glasgow. I served as Treasurer of the Association of Business Historians in the UK for 3 years until July 2016. My work has been covered by The Scotsman, Times Higher Education, Business Insider, BBC Scotland, Campden Family Business, The Daily Telegraph, The Western Mail in Wales, and BBC Radio Cymru.

My research interests lie in the fields of entrepreneurship, family business, business history and innovation.


Has expertise in:

    I have a long standing interest in enterprise and innovation, regional economic development, and business history. My research and knowledge exchange activities have focused around technology commercialisation, family business and policy development working with a wide variety of partners including Fraunhofer, Scottish Enterprise, Nesta and the Institute for Family Business, amongst others. I have written advisory reports for government, economic development agencies and charities. 

Prizes and awards


more prizes and awards


Female leadership in contemporary Chinese family firms : a case study
Chen Shihui, Fang Hanqing Chevy, MacKenzie Niall G., Carter Sara, Chen Ling, Wu Bingde
Asia Pacific Journal of Management, pp. 1-31, (2017)
Clio in the business school : historical approaches in strategy, international business and entrepreneurship
Perchard Andrew, MacKenzie Niall G., Decker Stephanie, Favero Giovanni
Business History, pp. 1-24, (2017)
Follow the leader or the pack? Regulatory focus and academic entrepreneurial intentions
Johnson Mark, Monsen Erik W., MacKenzie Niall G.
Journal of Product Innovation Management, (2016)
Tracking the Performance of High Growth Entrepreneurs
MacKenzie Niall, Chalmers Dominic, Matthews Russell
Making ecosystems work : identifying structures and mechanisms for sustainable regional growth
Wurth Bernd, Howick Susan, MacKenzie Niall
XIV International Triple Helix Conference, (2016)
Leveraging knowledge as a competitive asset? : the intensity, performance and structure of entrepreneurial universities and their regional knowledge networks
Zhang Qiantao, MacKenzie Niall G., Jones-Evans Dylan, Huggins Robert
Small Business Economics, (2016)

more publications


I am currently the Third Year Director in our undegraduate programme, having previously served as the Honours Director. I teach Z1310 Venture Management Strategy and Growth, our single Honours only class Z1401 Venture Management in Practice and our elective Honours class Z1400 Family Business: Theory and Practice.  I also deliver lectures on other parts of our undergraduate programme as well as on the Strathclyde MBA. I have and continue to supervise student dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Professional activities

How Family Business Shaped Glasgow
Scottish Government presentation - State-led innovation
Venture Capital (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Great British Family Business Practitioner Conference
Business History (Journal)
Peer reviewer

more professional activities


Tracking research into the performance of 'high growth' entrepreneurs and ventures
MacKenzie, Niall (Principal Investigator)
Period 18-Apr-2016 - 21-Aug-2016
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Croall, Ross
MacKenzie, Niall (Principal Investigator) Levie, Jonathan (Co-investigator) Croall, Ross (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Jan-2018
Evaluation of Santander Breakthrough SME Support Programme
MacKenzie, Niall (Principal Investigator) Matthews, Russell (Co-investigator)
Period 03-Jul-2015 - 03-Jul-2015
Institute for Family Business: Family Business Branding
MacKenzie, Niall (Academic) Levie, Jonathan (Academic) Gannon, Martin Joseph (Post Grad Student)
Period 16-Mar-2014 - 31-Oct-2014
Evaluation of Santander Breakthrough SME Support Programme
MacKenzie, Niall (Academic) Matthews, Russell (Academic)
Period 01-Jul-2014 - 17-Oct-2014
STEAMBIO. Flexible Superheated Steam Torrefaction and Grinding of Indigenous Biomass from Remote Rural Sources to Produce Stable Densified Feedstocks for Chemical and Energy Applications (H2020 LEIT SPIRE)
MacKenzie, Niall (Principal Investigator) Levie, Jonathan (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2015 - 31-Jan-2018

more projects


Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Duncan Wing

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