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 overseeing our large and growing postgraduate research community of over 40 doctoral researchers. I am currrently also Principal Investigator on a European Commission SPIRE2 funded project named SteamBio working in conjunction with Fraunhofer and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and a number of European SMEs. I have been both Principal and Co-investigator on various research projects for a range of external partners including Scottish Enterprise, Archangels, Santander Bank, the Institute for Family Business on Family Business, 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.

My work has been funded by a number of different organisations including the ESRC, AHRC, the Scottish Government, the OECD, 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), Creative Scotland, and the Institute for Family Business. I have held fellowships at the Universities of Cambridge, Wales, and Harvard.

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, and a member of the University of Cambridge Policy Fellows Network. 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, The Herald, 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 business history, entrepreneurship and innovationfamily business, and economic policy.


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

Best overall conference paper
Best paper in track (Social, Ethical, and Environmental)

more prizes and awards


Exploring the antecedents of sustainable tourism development
MacKenzie Niall, Gannon Martin Joseph
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management , pp. 1-26 (2018)
Measuring open innovation in SMEs
Jones Evans Dylan, Gkikas Aineias, Rhisiart Martin, MacKenzie Niall G
Researching Open Innovation in SMEs (2018) (2018)
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 Vol 35, pp. 181-211 (2018)
From “Techniums” to “Emptiums” : the failure of a flagship innovation policy in Wales
MacKenzie Niall, Jones Evans Dylan, Pugh Rhiannon
Regional Studies (2018)
Complex events and feedback within and between different levels of aggregation : implications for the development of hybrid SD/ABM simulations
Wurth Bernd, Howick Susan, MacKenzie Niall
Operational Research Society Conference (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)

more publications


I am currently the course leader for our MSc in Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership and the Honours Director in our undegraduate programme, having previously served as the Third Year Director. In addition to these, I teach 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 and classes on other parts of our undergraduate programme as well as on the Strathclyde MBA, including New Venture Creation, Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership, and Strategic Consulting in Practice, and on the Executive Education-focused MBA 25. I have and continue to supervise student dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Professional activities

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

more professional activities


SFC-GCRF: Developing evidence on leveraging ethical sourcing for improving small holder farmer livelihoods in developing countries
Rentizelas, Athanasios (Principal Investigator) MacKenzie, Niall (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2018 - 31-Jul-2018
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

more projects


Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Duncan Wing

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