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



  • 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


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


Journal articles

Hird, A.P. (2020). Redefining the learning space: Developing peer mentoring in the enterprise curriculum. Industry and Higher Education, 095042222098126.

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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