Professor David Douglas, Professor

Professor David Douglas


David is Professor of Business and Management at Leeds Business School. He currently, inter alia, leads on externally focused research funding opportunities.And, until recently he was the Director of the Business School’s professional doctorate award (DBA), and School's PhDs.  David completed his PhD in entrepreneurial cognition and decision making, and has over twenty five years’ experience as an academic.

David has research interest in evaluation studies in the broad field of innovation, and innovation policy. He has a particular research interest on the lesser researched areas of non-technological innovations, and ‘additionality effects’ of policy support measures on R&D and innovation set within business and organisational contexts. He has undertaken research and evaluation contracts for a number of public and private sector organisations.

David's research seeks to establish rigorous depths of inquiry whether it be a single unit of analysis, an entrepreneur or an individual small business for example, or large inquiries that may encompass multiple actors and large complex datasets. He particularly researches in the fields of innovation, innovation policy, evaluation and impact studies, small and Medium-sized enterprise, and Entrepreneurship.

Current Teaching

  • PhD
  • DBA
  • MBA awards

Research Interests

David has recently published a number of internationally recognised papers. They all focus on evaluation studies, where he and colleagues have been, inter alia, assessing the 'additionality effects' of policy measures on innovation support, especially in the small and medium sized business sectors. See ORCID for further details and opportunity to read some of these outputs.

Professor David Douglas, Professor

Ask Me About

  1. Innovation

Selected Outputs

  • Douglas D; Radicic D; Pugh G; Jackson I (2015) Cooperation for innovation: impact evidence for European manufacturing SMEs.

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  • Douglas D (2010) Enterprise Acquisition - A Grounded Theory Analysis.

  • Douglas D (2009) An Exploration of a Mixed Modalities Approach Within Entrepreneurial Decision Making.

  • Douglas D (2008) A Critical Examination of Mixing Methods for Developing Business and Management Theories.