Professor Packham takes Research brief

Published: 17 October 2012 at 13:57

New Deputy Dean at Anglia Ruskin’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Anglia Ruskin University has appointed Professor Gary Packham as Deputy Dean (Research and Development) of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. 

Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin, Professor Packham was Head of the Glamorgan Business School at the University of Glamorgan and also Director of the university’s Centre for Enterprise.

Professor Packham began his career in the financial services sector before returning to Higher Education.  In 2001 he completed his doctorate, which examined management practices in fast growing firms.

He has led and managed a wide range of research and business engagement projects over the past 12 years; working for organisations such as the European Commission, Belgian Science and Policy Office, Welsh Government, Sector Skills Council and the Federation of Small Businesses. 

Professor Packham has also been the academic lead on a number of European projects ranging from the use of e-learning to support entrepreneurs and business start-ups, examining key issues surrounding women’s entrepreneurship across the European Union and the early stage commercialisation opportunities associated with university research and intellectual property.

He continues to publish widely in international peer reviewed journals on subjects such as economic development policy, entrepreneurship education, small business management and strategy, technology transfer, innovation management and commercialisation.

Professor Packham currently holds visiting professorships at the Moscow International Higher Business School and the University of Glamorgan. His current research includes examining small business development and performance, ICT use in SMEs, the emergence of entrepreneurial universities and the contribution of women to the economy through self-employment.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, the Higher Education Academy and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IoEE).  He is also a member of the SFEDI advisory Council and on the board of trustees for the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE).

Professor Packham said:

“I am delighting to be joining Anglia Ruskin University at a time when we are making a significant investment to develop research and business engagement within the Business School.
“It is truly an exciting time and as a leading entrepreneurial university I am look forward to working closely with our business community and ensuring that we are delivering research, enterprise and innovation which can contribute directly to both our economy and society.”