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Professor in Digital Economy (Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

Surrey Business School

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  Competitive Salary
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Monday 16 August 2021
Closing Date:  Sunday 26 September 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  046821

We are the University of Surrey, a leading University located in Guildford, Surrey. We are Research-focussed, and our Research focusses on the things that matter, like Sustainability, and AI.  


With the launch of a revised University strategy, forward thinking, and doing. We are continuing to drive forward our research in key strategic areas across our world class Faculties. 


Working at the university of surrey means working out of our beautiful Stag Hill campus, and we also have a great benefits package including pension scheme, child care assistance and discounted membership to our world-renowned Surrey Sports Park. But most importantly, a collaborative and diverse culture which brings out the best in our teams across the University.  


Surrey Business School is a mid-sized business school with over 100 academic staff members from around the globe, and a highly cohesive and collegial atmosphere. The School is accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and AMBA (the Association of MBAs). With a strong Senior Management Team led by its Dean, Professor Steve Wood, the School is ambitious in building a world-class interdisciplinary business school where innovative thinking is accelerated into action. It is growing strongly both in terms of its size and the quality and impact of the work. A heavy emphasis is placed on research excellence, with faculty member’s regularly publishing research in the top journals in their fields of expertise. The School comprises of colleagues joining from prestigious universities and business schools worldwide, with recent appointments including individuals who earnt their PhD at institutions including Stanford, MIT, LSE and elsewhere. Surrey Business School co-organised and hosted the first Academy of Management Specialized Conference on “Big Data and Managing in a Digital Economy”, which attracted over 400 scholars from 37 countries. Based in Guildford just outside of London, the University of Surrey is an outstanding international University with an enterprising spirit. 


Professor of Digital Economy (Innovation and Entrepreneurship) 


We are seeking a Professor of Digital Economy, this is a senior appointment and will be a key appointment in the future of the department for Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 


The Department of Department for Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation is led by Professor Glenn Parry. Members of the Department are engaged in interdisciplinary, collaborative research on how the digital economy transforms the organisation of entrepreneurial ventures, changes the nature of competition, alters the innovation process, stimulates the emergence of innovation ecosystems, impacts social innovation and related areas. The Department also offers two degree programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and is involved in the provision of the School’s doctoral programme.


The Centre of Digital Economy (, led by Professor Annabelle Gawer, is a multidisciplinary centre dedicated to understanding the social, technological, economic, managerial, organisational, political and ethical implications of the digital economy. Examples of research include work on digital platforms, innovation ecosystems, e-government, the internet of things, new forms of media, and related topic areas. Members of the team come from the fields of Strategy, Information Systems, Organisation Theory, and Sociology. Through the Business Insights Lab, they work closely with companies and other partner organisations. In particular, they have strong links with many technology-oriented start-ups and established firms in London, Surrey, and the South-East of England in general. 


In line with their ambitious plans for growth of the Department and Centre, integrating further capabilities in the area of the digital innovation, digital entrepreneurship, and technology management, the School is looking to appoint a strongly research-active academic with an excellent track record of publications in top international journals. Individuals whose work focuses on entrepreneurship in the digital economy, business model innovation, digital transformation, disruptive technologies, and the economics and management of innovation processes will present as particularly interesting for this role. The ideal candidate will have experience in managing a growing academic unit. You will play a strong role in leading and developing the research, teaching and collaboration agenda of the Department and the Centre for Digital Economy: Supervising PhD students, collaborating with early career researchers, and attracting and managing externally funded research programmes. There will be ample opportunities for you to become active in business engagement and executive education. The School will also expect you to become engaged in teaching and leading on the degree programmes in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation management. 


Applications must consist of a full academic CV and, ideally, a covering letter. Alongside this a statement outlining research plans would be desirable. 


This is a senior appointment, and the position is equivalent to a Full Professor (with tenure) at other institutions. Conditions and compensation will be at internationally competitive standards and be commensurate with the appointee’s experience and expertise. 

To apply, or for more information contact William Kirby in our Resourcing team (

Good luck from everyone here at the University of Surrey.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.




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