Dr Mike Kennard

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Mike Kennard is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Executive Education Programme Director at Alliance Manchester Business School. Mike’s teaching, research and consulting interests centre on innovation management capabilities, organisational barriers to innovation and developing entrepreneurial growth strategies. He is author of The A to Z of Innovation Management and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Mike has worked with a wide range of organisations including Airbus, Alliance Boots, Amey, Arriva, BAE Systems, the Civil Service, KPMG, General Electric, GKN, Intouch Group, Nat West, the NHS, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens. He is a regularly invited speaker on innovation, including events held by The Royal Aeronautical Society, Marketing Week, International Society for Professional Innovation Management, Institute of Materials, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Previously Mike was Programme Director for the MSc Management and MSc Advanced Engineering Management programmes at the University of Birmingham, MBA Director at Aston Business School, and an Innovation Research Fellow at Nottingham University Business School. Mike also worked for over 10 years in various senior technology management positions at Rolls-Royce plc, including Programme Manager for the Global Research and Technology Programme, and Programme Manager for the Trent 1000 Fan Module designed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Mike holds a BEng and PhD from the University of Birmingham, and an MBA from Nottingham University Business School. Mike is also a Chartered Engineer, Member of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, Member of the British Academy of Management, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Teaching and Learning, and Distinguished Fellow of the Teaching Academy. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Certified Management and Business Educator, Chartered Association of Business Schools (2022)

Founder and Co-Chair British Academy of Management Post-Experience Education Working Group (2020)

Member British Academy of Management (2019)           

Member International Society for Professional Innovation Management (2013)

Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council (2000)

Member Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2000)

External positions

Visiting Fellow, Roffey Park Institute

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External Examiner, University of Surrey


External Examiner, Cardiff University


External Examiner, Nottingham Trent University


Visiting Lecturer, Singapore Institute of Management


External Assessor, University College - Cork


Visiting Lecturer, Grenoble Ecole de Management


Education / academic qualifications

  • 2007 - Master of Business Administration University of Nottingham (2006 - 2007)
  • 1997 - Doctor of Engineering University of Birmingham (1992 - 1995)
  • 1992 - Bachelor of Engineering University of Birmingham (1989 - 1992)