Magnus GeorgeSenior Teaching Fellow
An enterprise educator, I work with students from all disciplines, and at the interface between the academic department, our business clients and our funders. My research and consultancy focus on workplace health and well-being issues, stress, and its relationship to performance in SMEs. Formerly, in the 1990s, I was a marine fisheries ecologist, specialising in sub-Antarctic deep-water squid and fish trophic ecology and population dynamics.
Leadership, governance and growth in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); stress, coping mechanisms and well-being issues relevant to small business owner managers.
Workplace stress and well-being in SMEs; the potential role of non-executive directors in SMEs; entrepreneurs in residence as a tool for knowledge exchange, trust building, and curriculum development; evaluation of knowledge exchange initiatives and making the case for excellent impact.
Senior Teaching Fellow. Until 08/2018, Programme Director for the BBA International Business Management; the BA Management Studies and European Languages; and the BSc International Management.
North West Doctoral Training Centre ESRC CASE PhD Studentship, Creating an innovation ecosystem around an SME: a case study exploring an open innovation initiative for the fire risk assessment industry in the United Kingdom involving SMEs, corporations, the third sector and arms of government (2013-).
ESRC Follow-on-Fund award - Non-executive directors in UK SMEs: having one and being one (RES-189-25-0245, award £70,768).
ESRC Business Placement Fellowships, under which we have hosted an Entrepreneur in Residence (RES-186-27-0003, award £32,902) and an Innovator in Residence (RES-186-27-0016, award £24,761.37).
European Outdoor Group, An economic evaluation of the value of the UK outdoor sector.
LUMS pump-priming award to investigate stress among small business owner managers (£1,450).
Also awards related to knowledge exchange and business support, impact generation and related activities. Including large European Regional Development Fund awards (typically seven figures); the Northern Leadership Academy (£5m); funds for a new building (£4.5m from the Northwest Regional Development Agency); the roll-out of LEAD across the NW of England (£10m) and into Wales (£5m). Many of these were collective efforts, my role typically being as major contributor or chief bid editor. Most recently, contributed to securing and launching the £32m Regional Growth Fund financed Wave 2 Growth Hubs programme, which works across 16 English city regions.
I wrote the applications which won us an ESRC Celebrating Impact Award (Business) and an EFMD Excellence in Practice Award in 2013; provided knowledge exchange content to our successful bid for THE Business School of the Year 2012; and normally have a number of research grant and award applications under review.
Undergraduate and postgraduate entrepreneurship modules; business and management dissertation research projects.
Module convenor for:
ENSI101 - Entrepreneurship: Key Debates and Concepts
MNGT160 - Enterprise theme leader
ENSI211 - Business Startup
ENSI309 - New Venture Planning
EMBA577 and GHEMBA577 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Formerly, convenor of MBA527 - Entrepreneirial Challenge. The LUMS MBA was named by the 2018 FT global MBA ranking as #4 in the world (and #1 outside the USA) for entrepreneurship.
MBA (Lancaster University - distinction) 2000
BSc (Edinburgh University) 1989 Ecological Science - Wildlife & Fisheries Management (2.i)
Selected Publications Show all 11 publications
What is (the point of) an entrepreneur in residence? A description of the Lancaster University experience, plus some worldwide comparisons.
George, M., Gordon, I., Hamilton, E.E. 2010 In: Industry and Higher Education. 24, 6
Development of entrepreneurship in demobilization areas
14/08/2018 → 13/08/2019
Creating an innovation ecosystem around an SME: a case study exploring an open innovation initiative for the fire risk assessment industry in the United Kingdom involving SMEs, corporations, the third sector and arms of government
01/10/2013 → 01/10/2017
Non-executive directors in UK SMEs: having one and being one
01/05/2011 → 30/04/2012
Entrepreneur in Residence
21/07/2008 → 20/07/2009
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Micro Businesses (External organisation)
Membership of committee
House of Lords Select Commitee on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (External organisation)
Membership of committee
ESRC Celebrating Impact Award - impact on business
Prize (including medals and awards)