Dr Stephen King

Dr Stephen King


Dr Stephen King is a senior academic and experienced manager. Before joining the University of Leeds he worked as a business analyst for Rover cars and a Senior Research Fellow at the Advanced Technology Centre, University of Warwick. Even further back he has worked as a programmer for large software houses on banking and communications systems and as a lecturer in Computer Science at Bradford University where he developed a taste for teaching and research. So he is a techie turned manager and academic with a passion for programme design and connecting students to practice and practitioners. Stephen has held a number of senior roles in the Business School in recent years most notably as Head of Management Division (the largest division) and as Director for both the Full-time and Executive MBAs.  As MBA Director he introduced many innovations including team-based Business Challenges, International Study Tours, Business Simulations, Business Awareness programmes, and re-vitalised the network of firms offering company-based summer projects. He created the first MBA in Information Management in the UK which uniquely was supported by the global software giant SAP providing students not only with a world-class MBA education but also a parallel consultancy education run by SAP. In 2007 Stephen founded the Leeds MSc in Business Management run in conjunction with the German Graduate School of Management and Law in Heilbronn, near Stuttgart in Southern Germany. This prestige programme attracts aspiring managers from all over Germany and from major firms including IBM, VW, Audi, KPMG, Bosch, Siemens and many more. Stephen considers himself an academic entrepreneur and was once described as an impresario for his innovative work on the MBA. He is passionate about engaging students with exciting new developments relevant to their careers and their growth as entrepreneurs, professionals and managers. He is a firm believer in the mantra of MBA pioneer Professor Srikant Datar at Harvard that education should be about three things: Knowing, Doing, and Being. He strives to ensure that all students that work with him grow in all three dimensions.  More recently he has led the successful MSc in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship at the Centre for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Studies at LUBS.  He also has experience in healthcare innovation and teaches innovation to Medical School students at Leeds. 


Associate Professor in Enterprise & Innovation, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds

Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Information Management, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
Senior Research Fellow & Business Analyst, Rover Advanced Technology Centre, University of Warwick.
Lecturer in Computer Science, School of Computing, University of Bradford.
Software Engineer, Systems Designers Ltd., Fleet, Hampshire.


Director of the MSc Enterprise & Entrepreneurship programme

Director of the MSc Business Management programme delivered at the German Graduate School of Management & Law, Heilbronn, Germany

External Examining

External examiner on the MBA programme at Exeter University Business School, 2014 – 2018. 

External examiner on the undergraduate Management programmes at Hull University Business School, 2007-2011.  


  • Programme Director MSc Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
  • Programme Director MSc Business Management (GGS Germany)

Research interests

My research interests are concerned with the adoption of new technology by organisations and the impacts therein. Specifically, in recent years, projects have looked at large-scale IT system implementation (ERP and CRM), e-government, and e-health. The e-health work focused on telecare and involved the evaluation of the UK’s largest telecare system showing both benefits to patients and the many barriers to more widespread adoption. Alongside this work, there has been a stream of work looking more broadly at co-production and its potential to improve patient care. The e-government work included social network analysis of local government projects and the use of social media to improve local government services. This work was presented at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and led to my chairing two major international conferences on citizen-centric public services: in Johannesburg, and in London. New work includes exploring the adoption and impact of social media in SMEs; founding a successful start-up social network business; and student engagement with practice-based entrepreneurship education.


  • PhD in Information Systems, University of Warwick
  • MPhil in Artificial Intelligence, University of Bradford
  • BTech (Hons) in Computing, University of Bradford

Student education

I teach in the areas new venture creation, small business growth, and healthcare innovation at undergraduate and masters levels.   I design and lead masters programmes in enterprise and in general management, always paying strong attention to connecting students to practice and practitioners so that they can grow both academically and professionally.  I supervise undergraduate and masters dissertations in these areas as well as PhD students.

Current postgraduate researchers