Dr Ian Pownall

Programme Leader of Business and Management


  • Diploma in Industrial Studies from Loughborough University
  • Bachelor of Science (Physics) from Loughborough University
  • MA in European Integration from Limerick University, Eire
  • Phd from Staffordshire University (EU Small Business Policy)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Prior to joining the University, I have worked for 20+ years in Higher Education across various levels of study with students (from Foundation to Doctoral Level) and at both an operational and strategic level in various institutions, most recently as Director of Teaching and Learning and latterly as Undergraduate Director at a large UK Business School.  My Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy was secured through working on and leading, a number of faculty and institutionally wide projects. I have also acted as an external examiner and consultant on a number of programme approval events at varying institutions since 2005.


From Foundation Year to Postgraduate Study, I have taught a variety of Business Management modules and topics that have included the following (but are not exclusive too): Business Politics, International Political Economy, Decision Making, Strategic Management, Change Management and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I have also supervised three PhD students to completion (two as second supervisor and 1 as Lead supervisor).


I maintain eclectic research interests but with a consistent focus upon the student experience and pedagogy and in particular how the two factors relate. I also maintain interests in strategy, scenario forecasting and small business policy and practice which have an input into my teaching.

Published work

  • ‘How to Learn and Learning Techniques’ – textbook in development, due for publication January 2017

 Collaborative Scholarship work:

  • Collaborative project work with John Wiley Ltd on gaps in the teaching materials for strategic management (2015)
  • Lecturer’s support guide (video and case material) for John Wiley Ltd (for use with Robert Grant’s (2010) 7th edition of Contemporary Strategy Analysis).

 In Print:

  • ‘Securing good marks: A guide for International students and their tutors’ (2015), Ventus Publishing , ISBN: 978-87-403-0927-0.
  • ‘Student identity and teaching mode as factors shaping intention to attend a class’, (2012) , International Journal of Management Education,Vol.10, Issue 2, pp.61-74.
  • ‘Effective Management Decision Making (2012), Ventus Publishing, ISBN 978-87-7681-993-4
  • ‘Network Analysis and Tourism – from Theory to Practice’, (2010) Book Review, Tourism Analysis – An Interdisciplinary Journal, 14,3,pp.417-418
  • “Strategic Change” in “Organizational Change: Themes and Issues”, Grieves J.,(ed), Oxford University Press. (2010)
  • “Economic development in Oman” with F. Khan, International Professional Managers Association, 3,1, March 2008
  • “Sustainability and policy development in Oman” published by International Professional Managers Association,2,4, Sept 2007
  • “A Regional Entrepreneurial Orientation (REO) model for A Northern English Town?”, with Valerie Lawson, Journal of Entrepreneurial Culture (JEC), 13,4, December  2005.
  • “The region and the smaller enterprise: a discussion of appropriate investigative methodologies”, New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, Volume 6, No.2, pp.25-37, 2003
  • “ Human resource management in SMEs: Case Studies from the North East of England’, with J. Skinner,Human Resource Development International – Volume 6, Issue 4,  December 2003
  • "Some social , educational and political impacts of biotechnology', in 'Biological and Medical Sciences', edited by Prof. H. Doelle (Honorary Theme editor), in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the auspices of the UNESCO Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK, [Http://www.eolss.net], February 2002