Prof Gary Packham

Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean; Professor of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Location: Chelmsford, Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management, leadership and law

Prof Gary Packham is Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Lord Ashcroft International Business School.

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Prof. Gary Packham is currently Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. He leads a team of over 100 academic and 30 administrative staff who are responsible for delivering world class business, management, leadership and finance research and education to 4,000 on campus students and a further 6,000 students studying at one of the Business school’s UK or International Associate Colleges.


Previously Prof. Gary Packham led the research, third stream and engagement agenda for the Faculty as Deputy Dean (Research and Enterprise) leading the dramatic transformation of the Business School’s research and external engagement activities over the past two years. Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin University he was Head of the Glamorgan Business School and Head of Research for the Faculty of Business and Society at the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales). He also acted as director of the Centre for Enterprise. He has led and managed a wide range of research and business engagement projects working for organisations such as the European Commission, Belgian Science and Policy Office, Welsh Government, Sector Skills Council and the Federation of Small Businesses. He has published widely in international peer reviewed journals in subjects such as economic development policy, small business management and strategy, technology transfer and commercialisation. Prof. Packham is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Higher Education Academy and a member of the SFEDI advisory Council (IoEE). He also holds visiting professorship positions at the Moscow International Higher Business School (MIRBIS), University of South Wales and University of Plymouth. 

Research interests

  • Small business management and growth
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship education
  • Knowledge transfer and exchange
  • IP commercialisation
  • E-commerce and SMEs
  • Internationalisation and SMEs
  • Construction management
  • E-learning and e-moderation
  • Peer assisted learning and support

Gary's main research interests concern small business development and growth examining role of entrepreneurs in developing organisations as well as the impact of entrepreneurship education on graduate start-ups and small business survival and growth. Other work has focused on peer-assisted learning and online learning in relation to effective moderation, pedagogy and student engagement.

Areas of research supervision


  • Women Entrepreneurship and gender segregation
  • Internationalisation and cultural characteristics of SMEs in the EU
  • Entrepreneurship Education
  • Success factors related to the incubation and start-up of fast growing medical enterprises


  • Entrepreneurial universities and commercialisation
  • Role of entrepreneurship education in developing entrepreneurial graduates
  • Meta-cognitive analysis of key entrepreneurial traits and behaviours
  • Effective use of strategic information in technology SMEs
  • Identification and measurement of key success factors of growth SMEs
  • E-commerce adoption in micro-enterprises
  • Management development in fast growing small firms


Small business management, entrepreneurship and strategy


  • PhD Small Business Management, The University of Glamorgan, South Wales, 2001
  • BA Business Studies (1st) with Hons, The University of Glamorgan, South Wales, 1997

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (FIoEE)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI)
  • Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM)
  • Member of the European Council for Small Business (ECSB)
  • Member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)
  • Member of the Academy of Management (Entrepreneurship Division)
  • Member of the British Academy of Management
  • Member of the Advisory Council – Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (SFEDI – UK Sector Body for Enterprise)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Innovation and Impact Measurement Project (2013) Essex County Council, £73,000 (with Little, J and Selmanovic, S)
  • Social Return on Investment Measurement – Veterans Project (2013), Ixion £30,000 (with Willis, R and MacDonald, P)
  • IP commercialisation and social enterprises – knowledge exchange pilot (2012), Intellectual Property Office £60,000 (with Willis, R and Arkel, D)
  • Women Adding Value to the Economy (WAVE), (2012), European Structural Funds (ESF), £5m (with Atkinson C, Cardiff University and the Women’s Workshop)
  • Elevate Cymru (2011), European Structural Funds (ESF), £6m (with Colebourne, D, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Newport University, Swansea University and Trinity St David’s University)
  • Business Enterprise Pathways (2010), European Structural Funds (ESF), circa £1.3m (with Colebourne, D, Jones, W.P and Newport University)

Selected recent publications

Beynon, M., Jones, P., Pickernell, D. and Packham, G. (2015) A NCaRBS Analysis of SME Intended Innovation: Learning about the Don’t Knows, Omega, 59(A): pp. 97–112

Beynon, M, Jones, P, Pickernell, D and Packham, G (2014) Investigating the impact of training influence on employee retention in small and medium enterprises; a regression type classification and ranking believe simplex analysis on sparse data, Expert Systems, doi. 10.1111/exsy12067

Jones, P, Scherle, J, Pickernell, D, Packham, G, Skinner, H and Peisl, T (2014) Fools Gold? The value of business awards to small business, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 15(2), pp. 89-100.

Jones, P, Simmons, G, Packham, G, Beynon-Davies, P and Pickernell, D (2014) An exploration of the attitudes and strategic responses of sole-proprietor micro-enterprises in adapting ICT, International Small Business Journal, Vol. 22(3), pp. 285-306.

Pickernell, D, Jones, P, Packham, G, Thomas, B, White, G and Willis, R (2013) E-commerce trading activity and the small business sector: a FSB perspective, Journal of Small Business Enterprise and Development, Vol. 20(4), pp. 866-888.

Jones, P, Jones, A, Skinner, H and Packham, G (2013) Embedding enterprise : a business school undergraduate course enterprise focus, Industry and Higher Education, Vol. 27(3), pp. 203-213.

Pickernell, D, Senyard, J, Jones, P, Packham, G and Rmsey, E (2013) New and young firms; entrepreneurship policy and the role of government –evidence from the Federation of Small Businesses survey, Journal of Small Business Enterprise and Development, Vol. 20(2), pp. 358-382.

Jones, P, Beynon M, Pickernell, D and Packham, G (2013) Evaluating the impact of different training methods on SME business performance, Government and Policy: Environment and Planning C, Vol. 31(1), pp. 56-69.

Pickernell D, Kay A, Packham G and Miller C (2011) Competing agendas in public procurement: an empirical analysis of opportunities and limits in the UK for SMEs, Government and Policy Environment and Planning: C, Vol. 29, pp. 641-658

Jones P, Miller C, Pickernell D and Packham G (2011) The role of education, training and skills development in social inclusion: The University of the Heads of the Valley Case Study, Education and Training, Vol. 53(7), pp 638-651

Pickernell D, Packham G, Jones P, Miller C and Thomas B (2011), Graduates entrepreneurs are different: they access more resources, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Vol.17(2), pp. 183-202

Packham G, Jones P, Miller C, Pickernell D and Thomas B (2010), Attitudes towards entrepreneurship education: a comparative analysis, Education and Training, Vol. 52(8/9), pp. 568-586.

Pickernell, D, Packham, G and Brooksbank, D (2010), A starter for ten: the changing role of Universities in knowledge creation, dissemination and commercialisation, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 11(4), pp. 265-272

Pickernell, D, Packham, G, Brooksbank, D and Jones, P (2010), A Recipe for What? UK Universities, Enterprise, and Knowledge Transfer - Evidence from the Federation of Small Businesses 2008 Survey, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation,Vol. 11(4), pp.51-62

Thomas, B, Simmons G, Packham G and Miller C (2010) Innovation and pet food SMEs in the United Kingdom, Journal of Food Products Marketing, Vol. 16(3)

Book Chapters and Monograghs

McCathy, S.D, Packham, G.A and Pickernell D.G (2014) The potential of and framework for promoting a business angel university and intellectual property exploitation: a case study from Wales in Fayolle, A and Redford, D.T (2014) The Handbook on the Entrepreneurial University, Edward Elgar Publishing: Massachusetts (USA) and Cheltenham (UK).

Recent presentations and conferences

Prof. Gary Packham has presented over 60 papers at UK and International conferences in the field of entrepreneurship and small business management. In addition he has undertaken many key note addresses, presentations and/or chaired tracks at leading international conferences in the UK and Europe.

Media experience

To date Prof. Gary Packham has provided expert comment on small business policy, entrepreneurship, economic development, IP commercialisation and small business management for local and national media (TV, Radio and Newspapers). He has also written several academic/business articles for the media reporting on growth firms in UK regions and entrepreneurship more generally.