David Kirk

Honorary Research Fellow


David has held a life-long interest in the renewal of urban economies. His research activities reflect this, and he has examined both entrepreneurial and knowledge transfer processes in local economies under-going the economic restructuring.


Now retired, David Kirk was head of Town and Regional Planning and also programme leader of the post-graduate Spatial Planning programmes offered by Town and Regional Planning until 2010. Previously he has worked in various policy planning and project management positions in a range of public organisations. On entering university teaching in 1993, David led a series of collaborative projects with technical universities and national industrial companies in Poland. In 2002, he received the award of the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit from the Polish Government. David has more recently been actively involved in a knowledge-sharing European network of institutions engaged in the development of biotech clusters.

After graduating in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Glasgow in 1972, David followed a professional career working in policy planning and project management roles, initially in Motherwell and Wishaw, then with the Central Lancashire Development Corporation, the City of Dundee, Community Projects Foundation, Tayside Regional Council, the Scottish Development Agency and with Halcrow Fox. In 1993 David began a university career, first with the then Dundee Institute of Technology later to become the University of Abertay Dundee. He transferred to the University of Dundee in 2003, initially as senior lecturer in the University's Centre for Enterprise Management, joining Town and Regional Planning at the start of 2008. David is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


1970 - MA (Honours) Sociology, (Upper Second), University of Aberdeen

1972 - M.Phil. Town & Regional Planning, University of Glasgow

1983 - Diploma in Management Studies, Dundee Institute of Technology


Refereed Journals

Environmental Context and Entrepreneurial Behaviour in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Vol.4, No.2, 1998, pp 88-100

Best Practice Diffusion in a Polish National Investment Fund: a comparative study from an institutional theory perspective, Journal of Eastern European Management, Vol.5, No. 4, 2000, pp324-340, (with C. Malone)

Factors affecting entrepreneurship in transition economies: an evaluation of the development cycles of Polish MBOs, International Journal of Applied Management, Vol.2 No.1, 2001, pp534-64, (with D. Pollard)

Systemic influences upon the operation of innovation and technology transfer intermediaries, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol.2, No.11, April 2002, pp47-59 (with D. Pollard)

University-Industry Collaboration: Grafting the Entrepreneurial Paradigm onto Academic Structures, European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 10, Issue, 2007, pp316-332 (with L. Dooley)

Project Report

Contributor to "Do's and don'ts for biotech cluster development: the results of NetBioClue", Europe Innova - Innovation and Clusters, NetBioClue Project, 2008, EC FP6- innova-6 Contract No. 022484

Professional Journals

Conference Papers

Management Education and the Development of SMEs in Poland. SMEs in a Learning Society Conference, University of North London, June 1996.

Entrepreneurial Context and Behaviour in SMEs. University of Paisley, September 1997.

The Use of Bench-Marking to Promote Competitive Change in SMEs - Polish Manufacturing SMEs Learning from Scottish SMEs. The 1st International SMESME Conference, University of Sheffield, April 1998.

Start-up Enterprise Training: What do the Participants Want? Enterprise and Learning Conference, University of Aberdeen, September 1998. (with Bell, S. & Pate, J.).

Best Practice Diffusion in a Polish National Investment Fund (NIF): a comparative study from an institutional theory perspective. Irish Academy of Management Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, September 1998. (with Malone, C.)

Performance Reporting in Local Government and the Paradox of Compliance and Innovation. International Labour Management Conference, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, October 1999.

Sustaining Competitive Advantage through E-Business: The Implications for Manager Development in a Regional Economy. International Conference of the Higher School of Social Sciences in Tychy, Poland, October 1999.

European Quality Management Systems in Manufacturing SMEs: Obtaining SME Manager 'Buy in' to Change Management. 22nd ISBA National Small Firms Policy & Research Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, November 1999. (with Paterson, J.)

Embreonix: A Programme for Graduate Enterprise. 23rd ISBA National Small Firms Policy & Research Conference, University of Aberdeen, November 2000.

Graduate Enterprise - Experience of Education Provisions for Student Entrepreneurs. VII International Science Conference, Management of Economic Organisations in Radical Change Conditions, Technical University of Lodz, December 2001.

Managing the growth process: a case study of a small Scottish food manufacturing firm. 33rd EISB Conference, SDA Boccini, Milan, September 2003

Sustaining Innovation through Rites of Passage. 35th EISB Conference, IESE Business School, Barcelona, September 2005

Biotechnology Innovation: Managing university-industry collaboration for effective knowledge creation and innovation. Irish Academy of Management, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, September 2006 (with Dr. L. Dooley)

Structuring Successful R&D Collaborations. 30th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Glasgow, November 2007

Other publications

Procedure of creation and introduction of new modules, Quality Assurance in Higher Education, (ed. K. Zoldiewicz), University of Gdansk, 2000, pp105-111 Start Up Enterprise Training: What Do the Participants Want?, Enterprise and Learning, A.R. Anderson and S. L. Jack ed., University of Aberdeen, 2001, pp305 - 331, (with S. Bell and J. Pate)