Simon Teasdale is a Professor at Queen’s University Belfast and Head of Department for International Business, Entrepreneurship and Marketing within Queen’s Management School.
Simon’s teaching and research sit within the area of entrepreneurship as social change. Focusing on the interface between public policies and organisational behaviour, he investigates the collaborative contexts from which new forms of social innovation emerge. Methodologically he combines innovative combinations of ethnographic, network analysis and discourse analysis techniques. His research draws upon a range of qualitative and quantitative methods. His quantitative work with Steve Mckay, Domenico Moro, Dennis Young and Janelle Kerlin explores the relationship between different organisational revenue sources over time. In his qualitative work with Pascal Dey he focuses on the intersection between policy discourses of social enterprise and the day to day realities faced by practitioners.
His article “What’s in a name” won the best paper award at the 2010 Public Administration Committee conference and since publication in Public Policy and Administration has been among the most cited articles in the world on social enterprise. In 2013 Simon won the best paper award at the EMES Social Enterprise Research Conference for “Playing with numbers: A methodological critique of the social enterprise growth myth. He is interested in supervising PhD students conducting research on the third sector and / or social enterprise / entrepreneurship / innovation.
Before joining QUB, Simon was a Professor of Public Policy and Organisations at Glasgow Caledonian University. Prior to this he worked at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham and has had visiting fellowships at the Universities of New South Wales and Georgia State. He has a BA in Economics and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester.
Simon is also Associate Editor of the Social Enterprise Journal. He has sat on a number of government committees at national and European level. He is a reviewer for the ESRC and various academic journals. He has published in a wide range of academic journals, including Economy and Society, Housing Studies, Public Money and Management, Voluntary Sector Review and the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. His research has been funded by bodies such as the ESRC, Medical Research Council and the OECD.