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Research and Publications


Our research supports entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporate partners, educators and students manage more effectively, and contribute actively, to the growth of their current and future organisations. We focus on Enterprise Education, Venture Creation, Business Growth and Innovation Clusters. However, the breadth of research covers a number of distinctive contexts such as:

Academic entrepreneurship; Enterprise education; Entrepreneurship education; Entrepreneurial leadership; Entrepreneurial learning; Entrepreneur definition; Entrepreneurship theory; Open Education Resources for Entrepreneurship Education;  International entrepreneurship; Ideation; New venture creation; Small business development; Enterprise strategy; Startup Marketing; Entrepreneur Resources; Crowdfunding; Private equity and IPOs; business finance, Private equity Finance; Small business finance; Entrepreneurial Finance; Corporate social responsibility; Local government entrepreneurship; Social enterprise; Social entrepreneurs; Migrants entrepreneurship;Technology entrepreneurship; Technology Clustering; Entrepreneurial Networks;

Our academic network is global, and we work closely with colleagues from a wide range of universities. We also collaborate with leading local and international organizations in the public and private sector to advance understanding of Entrepreneurship. Past collaborative partners on our research projects include Beijing Foreign Studies University, EDEM Escuela de Empresarios, and Halmstad University.

For more information see our staff and researchers interests. Link to staff page. If you are interested in postgraduate research training in any area of enterprise and entrepreneurship, please contact Dr. David Bozward on

You will be part of a forward-thinking research environment with opportunities for dynamic interaction with students and faculty members from across the globe.  The WBS research community offers a challenging and vibrant atmosphere that will stimulate your thoughts, focus your work and prepare you for the future.

Journal Articles


Bell, R. (2015) Developing the next generation of entrepreneurs: Giving students the opportunity to gain experience and thrive. The International Journal of Management Education, 13(1), 37-47. doi:10.1016/j.ijme.2014.12.002

Bell, R.S. (2013) The Development of Entrepreneurial Drive during the University Business School Experience, International Business: Innovations, Psychology, Economics, 4 (2), 70-83. Various, including:

Walton, Nigel (2014) New Conglomerates and the Ecosystem Advantage. China-USA Business Review, 13 (7). pp. 431-443. ISSN 1537-1514

Walton, Nigel (2014) Novel `Crowdsourcing` Methods Will Have Global Impact. Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, 17-10-2014.

Walton, Nigel (2013) `Cloud` will be the growth driver in developing economies.  Oxford Analytica, Daily Brief, 5-12-2013

Walton, Nigel (2013) Mobile phones will disrupt global banking industry. Oxford Analytica, Daily Brief, 29-11-2013

Book Chapters

Book Chapters

Oestreicher, Klaus., Walton, Nigel and Newnham, Michael (2014) Produkteinfuhrung im Umfeld des Niedergangs: Die Blu-ray Disk. In: Business Development Management. Symposion Publishing, Dusseldorf. ISBN978-3-86329-613-1

Buxton, Michael and Walton, Nigel (2014) The Internet as a Small Business E-Commerce Ecosystem In: E-Commerce Platform Acceptance: Suppliers, Retailers and Consumers. (79-100). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.

Conference Presentations

Conference Presentations

Bozward D.V.,  Simmons E. (2016) Using Innovative open source approaches to delivery of enterprise education, IEEC, Liverpool, Sept 7-9

Bozward D.V., Walton N., (2016) Educating Entrepreneurs with Open Source Material & the Business Model Canvas, Venturefest West Midlands, June 23.

Bozward D.V. (2016) SFEDI/IOEE Best Practice Event for the Enterprise Community - Worcester June 22.

Bozward D.V. (2016) International Best Practice Enterprise Teaching Workshop, Tianjin Urban Construction Management Vocational Technology College, China,  June 3.

Bozward D.V. (2016) The 4th China-EU Youth Policy Dialogue & Expert Seminar on Youth Issues - Approaches Youth Organisations Reach Young people, Suzhou, China, May 31 - June 1 2016, General Rapporteur

Bozward D.V. (2016) Social Enterprise. Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal, Volume 1, Issue SI-ETC, June 2016

Bozward D.V., Watts H., Bell R. (2016) Educating Entrepreneurs with Open Source Material, Worcester, May 22.

Bell, R. (2015) Mentoring as a Key Facet in the Applied Entrepreneurial Learning Experience: The Impact of Consultant Mentoring on Students’ Entrepreneurial Development, CCSBE Conference: Bridging Pedagogy and Practice, MacEwan University School of Business: Canada, May 27-29th.

Walton, N (2015) Social Media – the Bright Side, University of Worcester, The Hive, Worcester

Bell, R. (2014) Exploring the Success of Student Experiential Learning through Entrepreneurial Opportunities, CCSBE Conference: Roadmaps to Small Business and Entrepreneurship, St Francis Xavier University: Canada, May 22-24th..

Bozward, D (2014) Engaging students and staff with enterprise education: good practice and support” D.V. Bozward, T. Williamson (EEUK), Prof. A. Price (NCGE), HEA Employability Conference 2014

Walton, N (2014) The Internet as a new technology-based ecosystem: beyond industry structures, strategic groups and traditional business models, British Academy of Management E-Commerce and E-government Special Interest Group, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

Bozward, D (2013) Identifying key drivers for growth and development in student-led groups with a focus on enterprise/ entrepreneurship in Higher/ Further Education Institutions, ISBE




Bell, R (2013) The Impact of Applied Enterprise Practice on Business and Marketing Learning and  Entrepreneurialism Tendencies. Academy of Management.

Bozward, D (2013) Engaging the student voice for the development of enterprise support at institutions, NACUE

Walton, N (2013) The New Conglomerates and the Ecosystem Advantage, European Business Research Conference, Rome, Italy.

Walton, N (2013) `The New Conglomerates and the Ecosystem Advantage`.  In: European Business Research Conference, 5-6 September 2013, Rome, Italy. (Unpublished)

External projects

Sing Lun Holdings Ltd, Singapore (Non-Executive Director), 2008-16; Chris Boulton

Project Leader; Objective: Preparation of three investment teams (SEA, Greater China, and South Korea) for face to face due diligence by potential fund investors (e.g. pension funds); Headland Capital Partners, Hong Kong (“HCP”) (Ex HSBC Private Equity), University of Worcester, Chris Boulton, 2013

Project Leader; Objective:  Identify lessons learned from 13 previous Asian acquisitions to  improve future investment performance,  HCP, University of Worcester, Chris Boulton, 2013 Project Leader; Objective: Performance review of Worcestershire-based Social Enterprise providing Café/Bookshop/Counseling services to local community, Lyttleton Well (Malvern), University of Worcester, Chris Boulton, 2013

Orange (Team Manager) 2008-11; Dr Robin Bell Next PLC (Logistics Manager) 2007-8; Dr. Robin Bell Mocondi (Chief Product Officer) 2007-8; Dr David Bozward Zenga (Managing Consultant) 2006-7; Dr. David Bozward Blue Sphere Games (Chairman and Commercial Director/ Co-Founder) 2002-6; Dr. David Bozward Director, Isle of Man International Business School 2009 – 12; Prof. Ged Watts Professor (Part-time) University of Gloucestershire, 2012 - ; Prof. Ged Watts Performances: Walton, N BBC Hereford and Worcester `Drivetime`, Radio Interview: `Apple`s record quarterly profits` (28th January 2015). Walton, N BBC Midlands Today, Small business crowdfunding TV documentary (23rd October 2014).