Dr Nick Williams
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Nick is a lecturer in entrepreneurship. He has a PhD from the University of Sheffield, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Nick is a member of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) and his primary research interest is in entrepreneurship and economic development.
Nick is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:
- Regional and local economic development
- Economic resilience
Nick is committed to developing his teaching through research, so that student learning is based on cutting edge concepts and evidence. He encourages students to think critically and facilitates independent learning by empowering student engagement. Nick believes in learning that is theoretically and conceptually grounded with a clear empirical focus that is both accessible and relevant to students.
Nick has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Nick is currently convening two MSc modules:
- MGT6104: European Business
This module introduces the main features of European economic integration most relevant to business, including the Single Currency. It sets out the main characteristics of the different national economic systems of the main countries of Europe – Germany, Britain, France and Italy. It explains the challenges the ‘transition’ (ex-communist) economies of Central and Eastern Europe have faced, and the way these economies are changing. It explores how European businesses are responding to the threats and opportunities of emergent economies in China, India and Russia.
- MGT697: Managing Regional and Local Economies
This module provides students with a critical appreciation of the competing approaches towards managing local and regional economies. Reviewing the dominant perspectives on local and regional economic development as well as the diverse range of policy interventions available, this module seeks to evaluate critically the applicability of these approaches. The outcome will be a critical appreciation of the full range of approaches to local and regional economic development.
Selected Journal Articles
Williams, N., Vorley, T. and Ketikidis, P. (2013) Economic resilience and entrepreneurship: A case study of the Thessaloniki City Region. Local economy, forthcoming
Williams N., (2013) Entrepreneurship and the role of policy. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(1) 1 – 4 Guest editorial
Williams, N. and Huggins, R. (2013) Supporting entrepreneurship in deprived communities: a vision too far? Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 20(1) 165 – 180
Williams, N. and Williams, C.C. (2012) Evaluating the socio-spatial contingency of entrepreneurial motivations: a case study of English deprived urban neighbourhoods. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 24(7/8), 661-684.
Huggins, R. and Williams, N. (2011) Entrepreneurship and Regional Competitiveness: The Role and Progression of Policy. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 23(9/10), 907-932.
Williams, N. and Williams, C.C. (2011) Beyond necessity versus opportunity entrepreneurship: some lessons from English deprived urban neighbourhoods. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, forthcoming
Williams, N. and Williams, C.C. (2010) Tackling barriers to entrepreneurship in a Deprived Urban Neighbourhood. Local Economy, 26(1), 30-42
Huggins, R. and Williams, N. (2009) Enterprise and public policy: a review of Labour government intervention in the United Kingdom. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27(1), 19 – 41
Chapters in books
Williams, N. and Huggins, R. (2013) Enterprise Support in Deprived Urban Neighbourhoods: Some Challenges and Lessons for Government Intervention. In: C. Karlsson, B. Johansson & R. Stough. (Eds.) Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Technology and the Transformation of Regions. Routledge, London, forthcoming
Huggins, R. and Williams, N. (2011) Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. In: S. Carter and D. Jones-Evans (Eds) Enterprise and Small Business: Principles, Practice and Policy. Addison Wesley Longman: London.