Dr Thomas Wainwright

Personal profile

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Tom is Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Management, Economics and Law, and is Director for Teaching and Learning in the School of Management. 


His ESRC funded PhD (University of Nottingham) investigated the development of new strategies and innovations in the financial services sector. Tom then worked at the University of Nottingham on projects that examined wholesale-retail bank linkages and wealth management. 

He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Small Business Research Centre at Kingston University, where he worked on consultancy projects for Barclays Bank and other stakeholders including the EU. Tom then worked as Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Director of the Centre for Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Southampton. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is External Examiner at City's Cass Business School and Sheffield University Management School.

Tom’s research has been featured in the media and presented to both policy-makers and practitioners. He has also peer-reviewed papers for international journals, including: Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Small Business Management, Environment and Planning A, Regional Studies, European Management Review, Urban Studies and the International Small Business Journal.

He is also a Research Fellow and accredited Trainer at the Open Data Institute. 

Tom welcomes applications from potential doctoral students on the topics of SMEs, entrepreneurship, innovation, financialization, financial services and digital business





Research interests


His areas of interest are:

  • Entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy
  • Open data, digital business and open innovation
  • ‘Alternative’ and social entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and knowledge exchange
  • Financial services sector and high-net worth individuals
  • SMEs and professional service providers
  • Qualitative research methodologies




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