David Paulson

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As a Professor of Practice in Management, I work with external organisations who are interested in collaborating with Queen's Management School.  We appreciate opportunities for our students to conduct projects which deliver tangible benefits to client organisations, and we welcome the chance to work alongside practising managers in the classroom.

My teaching combines relevant theory with current insights into the challenges faced by businesses and other organisations, to enhance our students' employability and to offer executive-course participants new perspectives on their own experience. 

As a qualified Executive Coach, I work with senior executives and entrepreneurs to help them address current challenges and realise their full potential.

Research Interests

My professional background includes both business leadership and academic research and teaching. My PhD was completed while I was leading internationally-focused SMEs.  It considered the relative competitive advantages of family-owned firms in West Germany and England, and the extent to which historic values and practices are still influential today. 

My research interests are in leadership, particularly in adverse conditions, and the management of small- and medium-sized enterprises, especially family firms.  In all of these areas I am interested in both historic and current issues.    

I am currently researching the development of leadership and management skills at the supervisory level as well as among executives. 

I would like to collaborate with companies in research that addresses current business challenges, through creating case studies for management teaching or writing for academic and practitioner audiences.


I teach undergraduate, MBA and executive classes.   My current areas of interest are in Leadership, at all levels of the organisation, Resilience, and student-company management consultancy projects. 

During this academic year I will be

  • Module Coordinator for MBA Operations Management
  • Module Coordinator for MBA Consultancy Projects
  • Module Coordinator for the Contemporary & Emerging Issues module of the Postgraduate Certificate in Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Module Teacher for Undergraduate Consultancy Projects 
  • Module Coordinator for the Leadership Development Project in the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership & Management
  • Programme Director for the Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Programme



I am the interim Subject Leader / Head of Department for the Management group within Queen's Management School,  leading on staff deployment and workload, recruitment, and group reorganisation.

I am an external examiner for the University of Glasgow's MSc Global Economy and International Master's in Global Markets, Local Creativities (GLOCAL).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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