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David Paulson


  • Room 01.036 - Riddel Hall Block 1

    United Kingdom

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As a Professor of Practice in Management, I am responsible for business engagement activities, and welcome the chance to work with external organisations who are interested in collaborating with Queen's Management School.

Research Interests

My professional background includes both business leadership and academic research and teaching, and my research focuses on various aspects of leadership within family businesses and SMEs.  My PhD considered the differences between family-owned firms in West Germany and England after the Second World War, and the extent to which values and practices visible in that period are still influential today. 

My current 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 would welcome the chance to work with companies willing to collaborate in the writing of case studies for management teaching.  


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


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leadership Social Sciences
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Arts & Humanities
firm Social Sciences
family business Social Sciences
Small and medium-sized enterprises Business & Economics
small and medium-sized enterprise Social Sciences
research interest Social Sciences
Teaching Social Sciences

Research Output 2014 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)

British and German SMEs and the memory of war: a comparative approach

Paulson, D. W., 04 Dec 2018, In : Management and Organizational History. 13, 4, p. 404-429 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Organizational culture

Memories of War and the Reorientation of Postwar Business, 1945-1960

Paulson, D., 2018, (Accepted).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Social groups
Business growth
Local government
Family firms
Economic growth
Small and medium-sized enterprises
1 Citation (Scopus)
Family business
Family Business
Small companies

British and German SMEs and their memories of war: a comparative approach

Paulson, D., 12 Dec 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Second World War
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Activities 2014 2020

Exploring Entrepreneurial Ventures, Family Firms, and Hidden Champions

David Paulson (Contributor)
24 May 202026 May 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

History and Economics Workshop

Chris Colvin (Invited speaker), Michael Aldous (Contributor), David Paulson (Contributor)
24 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Future for Family Business Conference

David Paulson (Participant)
08 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce

David Paulson (Participant)
24 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

University of Sarajevo

David Paulson (Organiser), Joanne Murphy (Organiser)
07 Jul 201914 Jul 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution