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Andrew Hird

Dr Andrew Hird


Chief Examiner - Institute of Chartered Secretaries

I am a Principal Lecturer in Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. I have been working in academia for 11 years. Previously I worked in industry mainly in marketing roles within insurance, engineering and design. I ran my own successful business producing video and audio training products for 10 years before joining the academic community. My principal research interests are in nascent entrepreneurship especially business start-up, opportunity identification and entrepreneurial cognition. This research focus is augmented by consultancy and business engagement activities. I undertook a PhD at the University of Hull and completed in 2007. As well as teaching and researching I am the programme leader for taught masters courses in the Department of Management.

Research Interests:

Nascent Entrepreneurship, Opportunity Recognition, New Business Venturing, Cognitive Style

  • About


    • 2007: PhD Management - 'A Psychometric Analysis of Nascent Entrepreneurs', University of Hull, United Kingdom
    • 1992: BA Business Studies, Other, United Kingdom
    • 1988: HND Business and Finance, Other, United Kingdom

    Member of professional body


    • 2011 to 2017: Chief Examiner, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), United Kingdom

    PG External Examiner


    • 2012 to 2015: , University of Hull, United Kingdom

    UG External Examiner


    • 2011 to 2016: External Examiner, Kingston University, United Kingdom

    Teaching expertise

    • Strategic Management; Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Business Planning; Consultancy

  • Teaching

    Department of Management

    Sheffield Business School

    Strategic Management

    2007 to present: BA Management; BA Business Studies; MSc International Business Management; MBA, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Hird, A.P. (2012). The Impact of Entrepreneurial Cognition on the Founding and Survival of New Small Businesses. Industry and Higher Education, 26 (6), 453-460.

    Armstrong, S.J., & Hird, A. (2009). Cognitive Style and Entrepreneurial Drive of New and Mature Business Owner-Managers. Journal of Business and Psychology, 24 (4), 419-430.

    Conference papers

    Hird, A. (2019). Belief and Regret: The Influence of Self-Efficacy and Counterfactual and Regretful Thinking in Nascent Entrepreneurship. Conference Proceedings.

    Hird, A. (2015). Proactive Personality Disposition and its Effects on the Start-Up Actions of Nascent Entrepreneurs. In Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, Glasgow, UK, 11 November 2015 - 12 November 2015. Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference:

    Hird, A. (2011). The impact of entrepreneurial cognition on the founding and survival of new small businesses.


    Hird, A. (2012). Business Management and Practice.

  • Other activities

    External Responsibilities

    • 2011: Conference Chair, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), United Kingdom

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Completed supervisions

    • 2009:PhD supervision (1 student)

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