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Professor Steven Johnson PhD, PGCHE, BA (Hons)

Assistant Dean (Research)


Professor Steve Johnson combines commercial experience of economic and social research and policy evaluation with academic expertise in this area.

He has undertaken a number of studies for influential organisations such as the Economic and Social Research Council and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and he has published widely in leading journals.



  • 2013: Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), University of Hull, United Kingdom
  • 2007: PhD by Published Work: Public Policy towards SMEs: An Evaluation of the Market Failure Approach, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
  • 1982: BA (Hons) Economics, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Member of professional body


  • 2018: , British Academy of Management (BAM), United Kingdom
  • 2018: , European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Belgium
  • 2018: , UK Evaluation Society (UKES), United Kingdom
  • 2012: , Higher Education Academy (HEA), United Kingdom
  • 2012: , Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), United Kingdom

Membership of external committee

Committee Member

  • 2018: , Chartered Association of Business Schools, United Kingdom

National advisory board member related to business research subject area


  • 2013: , Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

PG External Examiner


  • 2017: , University of Hull, United Kingdom
  • 2017: , Leeds Beckett Univeristy, United Kingdom
  • 2017: , University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Programme or Unit leadership

Module Leader

  • 2011 to 2013: , University of Hull, United Kingdom

Subject Group Leader

  • 2013 to 2016: , University of Hull, United Kingdom

Research coordinating activities


  • 2011 to 2013: , University of Hull, United Kingdom

Validation Panel Member

External Adviser panel member

  • 2016: , Antwerp Management School, Belgium

Assistant Dean


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

Strategic Management


Journal articles

Johnson, S., & Orr, K. (2019). What is business school research for? Academic and stakeholder perspectives, politics and relationality. Studies in Higher Education, 1-22.

Canduela, J., Dutton, M., Johnson, S., Lindsay, C., McQuaid, R.W., & Raeside, R. (2012). Ageing, skills and participation in work-related training in Britain: Assessing the position of older workers. Work, Employment and Society, 26 (1), 42-60.

Webber, D.J., Johnson, S., & Fargher, S. (2010). Sector variations in smes' use of external business advice. Local Economy, 25 (4), 339-355.

Nunn, A., & Johnson, S. (2008). Labouring and learning towards competitiveness: The future of local labour markets after Harker, Leitch and Freud. Local Economy, 23 (2), 122-137.

Johnson, S., Webber, D.J., & Thomas, W. (2007). Which SMEs use external business advice? A multivariate subregional study. Environment and Planning A, 39 (8), 1981-1997.

Watson, D., Johnson, S., & Webb, R. (2006). Employer perceptions of skills deficiencies in the UK labour market: A subregional analysis. Environment and Planning A, 38 (9), 1753-1771.

Watson, D., Webb, R., & Johnson, S. (2006). Influence costs and the reporting of skill deficiencies. Human Relations, 59 (1), 37-59.

Devins, D., Gold, J., Johnson, S., & Holden, R. (2005). A conceptual model of management learning in micro businesses: Implications for research and policy. Education + Training, 47, 540-551.

Devins, D., Johnson, S., & Sutherland, J. (2004). Employer characteristics and employee training outcomes in UK SMEs: A multivariate analysis. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 11 (4), 449-457.

Devins, D., Johnson, S., & Sutherland, J. (2004). Different skills and their different effects on personal development: An investigation of European Social Fund Objective 4 financed training in SMEs in Britain. Journal of European Industrial Training, 28 (1), 103-118.

Devins, D., & Johnson, S. (2003). Training and Development Activities in SMEs: Some Findings from an Evaluation of the ESF Objective 4 Programme in Britain. International Small Business Journal, 21 (2), 213-228.

Devins, D., & Johnson, S. (2002). Engaging SME managers and employees in training: Lessons from an evaluation of the ESF Objective 4 Programme in Great Britain. Education + Training, 44, 370-377.

Johnson, S. (2002). Lifelong learning and SMEs: Issues for research and policy. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 9 (3), 285-295.

Johnson, S. (1992). TECs and the Training of People with Disabilities: Threats and Opportunities. Personnel Review, 21 (6), 5-18.

Storey, D.J., & Johnson, S.G. (1990). A review of small business employment data bases in the United Kingdom. Small Business Economics, 2 (4), 279-299.

Storey, D.J., & Johnson, S. (1987). REGIONAL VARIATIONS IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE U.K.*. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 34 (2), 161-173.

Storey, D.J., & Johnson, S. (1986). Job generation in Britain: A review of recent studies. International Small Business Journal, 4 (4), 29-46.

Amin, A., Johnson, S., & Storey, D. (1986). Small firms and the process of economic development. Journal of Regional Policy (Naples), 6 (4), 493-517.

Book chapters

Johnson, S., & Mukhuty, S. (2021). Entrepreneurship Skills Needs and Policies: Contribution to Decent Work. In Christie, F., Antoniadou, M., Albertson, K., & Crowder, M. (Eds.) Decent Work Opportunities and Challenges. Emerald:

Johnson, S. (2010). Regional approaches to innovation and business support in England: key challenges and opportunities. In Piasecki, B., & Kubiak, K. (Eds.) Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development in the 21st Century. Lodz: Lodz University Press


Johnson, S., & Green, A. (2015). Employment and Skills Strategies in England, United Kingdom. OECD.

Johnson, S., Orr, K., Bettany, S., Sturgeon-Adams, L., Terry, M., & Smith, R.-.M. (2013). Evaluating the Business Impact of Social Science. Report to Economic and Social Research Council. Economic and Social Research Council.

Wells, P., Hanson, S., Darlow, A., Hill, C., Johnson, S., Walton, F., ... Escott, K. (2004). South Yorkshire objective 1 programme mid term evaluation. Policy Research Institute, Leeds Metropolitan University.


Johnson, S. (2013). How can research influence entrepreneurship and SME policies in an age of austerity?

Johnson, S. (2012). Evidence, ideology and pragmatism: SME policy in the UK.

Other publications

Johnson, S., Mukhuty, S., Fletcher, B., Snowden, N., & Williams, T. (2015). Entrepreneurship Skills: Literature and Policy Review. Department for Business Innovation and Skills

Other activities

Competitve Research Award

  • 2015: Valuing the impact of social research; exploratory study, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom
  • 2015: Entrepreneurship skills: literature and policy review, Department of Business Innovation and Skills, United Kingdom
  • 2015: Development of Scarborough Market: economic and market analysis, Scarborough Borough Council, United Kingdom
  • 2015: Understanding Society: Impact Review, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom
  • 2015: Evaluation of Patient Flow Project, The Health Foundation, United Kingdom
  • 2015: Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED): case studies of Hull and Scarborough, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France
  • 2015: Case studies of KTPs with social science input, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom
  • 2015: Social capital and SME internationalisation, isbe, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom
  • 2015: Impact of social science on business: case studies of three UK Business Schools, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom
  • 2015: Employment, training and ill health (joint with University of the West of England), Joseph Rowntree Foundation, United Kingdom
  • 2015: Impact of the Global Uncertainties research programme: scoping study, Research Councils UK, United Kingdom
  • 2015: Survey of non-academic users of human geography research, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom
  • 2015: Impact of social research: case study of Sure Start, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervisions

  • 2017:University of Hull Current Supervisions (7 students)

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