Michael joined The Open University as Lecturer in Management in July 2013. He is on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD) and a member of the Curriculum Internationalisation Project of the Faculty of Business and Law. Prior to joining the OU, he was part of the academic team that launched Coventry University London Campus in October 2010. His varied roles there included academic coordination of the BA Global business, BA Global marketing (top-ups) and MBA oil and gas management. Between 2007 and 2009 he held teaching posts in international business at Nottingham Trent and Sheffield Hallam universities. Michael studied in Cameroon (BSc Economics), Sweden (MSc Economics, MA Leadership in International Management and MA in STS) before completing a PhD at University of Nottingham.
Michael’s research has a particular focus on linkages between entrepreneurship and development. His most recent publications include women as vectors of social entrepreneurship, informal microfinance institutions and development-led tourism entrepreneurship and impact investing and inclusive business development in Africa. Michael also has a long-standing interest in the study of how global partnerships and initiatives shape local practices in developing countries. He has examined the implementation of global initiatives/strategies in a variety of settings, including tourism development, petroleum local content and access to HIV/AIDS and malaria medication. Recent publications include how international oil and gas companies respond to local content policies in petroleum-producing developing countries. His work has been published in leading journals such as Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Social Science & Medicine, Health Policy & Planning, Energy Policy and Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance.
Michael has more than 8 years’ experience of teaching and learning in higher education. He is a member of a team of Open University Business School academics producing a new undergraduate degree specialism Innovation and Enterprise, where he is Module Team Chair of B327 Creating Futures: Sustainable Enterprise and Innovation, a new 30 point module currently being designed and Module Team Member of B205 Exploring Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a new 60 point module currently in production (first presentation October 2016). He is also Chair of B325 Managing across Organisational and Cultural Boundaries, a module currently in presentation. Michael has previously chaired B322 Investigating Entrepreneurial Opportunities and served as a member of B847 Management Beyond the Mainstream (MBA elective) presentation team.
Michael supervises and examines research students working in the fields of impact financing, entrepreneurship and development. He is also an external examiner for business and management modules at School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham. He is co-author of a book chapter: (with Donal O’Neill), Using complex behavioral simulations to enrich students' learning experiences on a conventional MBA (2015).
Michael is Co-investigator with Dr Albert Kimbu (PI – University of Surrey) on a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant project, Women as Vectors of Social Entrepreneurship in Hospitality & Tourism (May 2014 - October 2015). The main aim of the project is to explore the nature, motivations and extent to which women entrepreneurs in hospitality and tourism related sectors use their businesses as platforms for engagement in various forms of social entrepreneurship leading to value (co)creation, economic and community development in emerging tourism destinations of Sub-Saharan Africa such as Cameroon. Findings from the project will be presented at a half day academic workshop at School of Hospitality and Tourism, University of Surrey (24 September 2015) and a practitioner workshop at American Language Centre in Douala, Cameroon (7 September 2015).
Michael is developing an engaged research project (with Rob Paton, Alex Korda and Albert Kimbu) on impact investing and inclusive business development in African countries. He co-organised a Roundtable Discussion at Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya (July 2014) on the policy implications of impact investing in Kenya. This research has also been presented at the International Development Seminar Series, IKD-OU. (15 October 2014) and featured as Guest Editorial, International Development @ The Open University monthly newsletter (February 2015). Michael has been an academic adviser on the Open University Entrepreneurship Competition and sits on the judging panel.