Dr Phil Smith

Dr Phil Smith

BRI Academic Staff
Core Module Leader Dr Smith is a practitioner-turned-educator. His past career experience, to Managing Director level of Multinationals, is grounded in many different consumer focussed environments where he gained first-hand international experience across varied cultures. Dr Smith’s significant business experience complements his proven academic know how and success in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and supporting PhD researchers.An accomplished senior executive who tirelessly works to include practical insights within a robust academic framework, Dr Smith passionately including his real-world understanding within academic teaching to enhance classroom engagement and student learning. Dr Smith’s decision to complete the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme has further crystallised his extensive practitioner experience and proven academic know how. His earlier career includes involvement in major research projects that shaped the strategic direction of the…
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Sen Yang

Sen Yang

BRI Academic Staff, PhD Students
International Programme Director Mr. Sen Yang is responsible for developing bespoke international programmes and managing partnerships for the university. Outside of his work for the university, he is a self-made serial entrepreneur and runs businesses including a software development start-up focusing on introducing disruptive technologies into higher education, as well as a consultancy businesses to connect higher educations and other stakeholders between the UK and China. Inspired by his own entrepreneurial journey, Sen is working towards his doctoral degree in the Business Research Institute at the University of Chester. His research topic is to investigate the interplay between immigration entrepreneurship, social context, entrepreneurial capital and entrepreneurial learning. He holds a first degree in Economics and Trade and a Master degree in Management. Teaching Entrepreneurship and Career Development Qualifications BSc, MSc Research Interests  Immigration…
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Professor Gary Davies

Professor Gary Davies

BRI Academic Staff
Gary Joined the BRI from Manchester Business School in 2017. His links with Chester date from 2015 when he was appointed as a visiting professor. His academic career has involved sponsorships from Tesco, Asda and the Post Office. Before his academic career he worked with the Mars Group and British Aluminium. He also acts as a consultant in business strategy and reputation management. Professor Gary Davies Professor of Business Strategy BSc, PhD (London), PhD (Manchester), DIC, ARSM.Research:Gary’s current research interests include: the image benefits of being a family business; personal branding; how consumer trust and distrust of brands develops; how brand image should be measured; investor decision-making; the globalisation of retailing and; the role of public relations in the marketing of luxury brands. Publications Books: G Davies with R Chun,…
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Dr Wing Lam

Dr Wing Lam

BRI Academic Staff
Dr Lam is an entrepreneur-turned academic.  Before pursuing an academic career, she spent nearly ten years in commerce (international trading, consultancy and internal auditing) in her native Hong Kong. Dr Lam’s international industrial and academic background helps to shape her research areas and thus her academic career. Dr Wing Lam 林颖博士 Director, China CentreDeputy Director, Business Research Institute ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP BA, MBA, MEd, PhD, FHEA Passionate about bridging the gap between the academic community and the business world, Dr Lam has been actively involved in research and outreach activities which emphasise both the practical and theoretical values.  In particular, she has been working on several cross-national research projects in entrepreneurship, family business, female entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, ethnic minority entrepreneurship and cross-cultural management.  Dr Lam is widely published in top…
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Professor Phil Harris

Professor Phil Harris

BRI Academic Staff, symposium
Professor Phil Harris is the Executive Director of the Business Research Institute (BRI) and Westminster Chair of Marketing at the University of Chester.  Professor Phil Harris Executive Director - Business Research Institute Westminster Chair of Marketing - University of Chester BA(Hons), CertEd, PhD, FAM, FAMS, FCIM, FIPR, FRSA.Phil was previously Co-Director of the Centre for Corporate and Public Affairs at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Is a past chairman of the UK based Academy of Marketing, member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Academic Senate and is a member of the International Board of Trustees and Global Marketing Board of the American Marketing Association. Phil was previously Professor of Marketing at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand and was a past chair of the Department. Phil has taught across the marketing and…
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