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Dr Yazid Abubakar Abdullahi

PhD, MSc, BSc, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Senior Lecturer
Strategy, Marketing and Innovation

Room Kh Bs 431,
Kingston Hill

Y.Abdullahi@kingston.ac.uk
http://business.kingston.ac.uk

Biography

Yazid is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Kingston Business School, Kingston University London, where I’m also the Programme Director for MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Kingston University, he was a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at the University of Essex, UK and Program Director - BSc Business and Service Industry Management. So he has taught a total of up to 24 MODULES at the University of Essex/Kingston university combined, most of which relate to entrepreneurship and innovation both at the undergrad and postgrad levels. 

Yazid has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, book and presented papers in several leading academic conferences around the world including: USA, South Korea, Canada, Colombia, England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, India, Bahrain, Hungary, Turkey, Latvia, South-Africa, Dubai etc. He is a Fellow of International Entrepreneurship Education Programme (IEEP), National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE), UK.  He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK. Yazid also holds SEDA Award in Leading and Developing Academic Practice, Staff Educational Development Association (SEDA), UK. He is also an Associate member of the Small Business Research Centre (SBRC) at Kingston University, which is one of the leading centres for small business research in Europe. Yazid serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of Globe Management Institute (GMI), Ghana. He has held memberships of Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) Network on Technology Entrepreneurship and Management Institute, Brown University, USA (2010), Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), UK (2008), European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) (2007) and Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) (2002). Yazid also worked on a number of funded projects, such as the British Council Institutional Skills Project (£45,000), Education Partnership for Africa (EPA) (£60,000), Economic Impact of Southend Airport on the Local Economy (£19,000), Regional Disparity in Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Activities (£3,400) etc.

 

Expertise

Entrepreneurship, Small firm innovation and regional dimension of entrepreneurship

Research Interest(s)

1) Small firm growth; 2) Small firm innovation; 3) Entrepreneurship and regional development; 4) National and regional innovation systems; 5) Technology & Entrepreneurship; 6) Entrepreneurship in developing countries (BRICs, Africa etc.)

PhD Supervision

Adeyeye, Mercy (2013), The Influence Of Financial and Knowledge Factors On Smes Kibs (Knowledge intensive business services) New Market Pioneering In Developing Economies, University of Essex (SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED IN 2013) (I was the 1st supervisor and Prof. Jay Mitra was the 2nd Supervisor)

Abrishamkar, M.M. (2015) Workforce Agility in Fast-growing Firms: Mediating role of product innovation, University of Essex (Completion year) (SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED IN 2015) (I was the 1st supervisor and Prof. Jay Mitra was the 2nd Supervisor)

AWARD 

2016 SEDA Award in Leading and Developing Academic Practice, Staff Educational Development Association (SEDA), UK 

2015 BEST PAPER AWARD WINNER at the 14th International Entrepreneurship Forum (14 TH IEF), 16-18 September, 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations

Abubakar, Y. and Hand, C. (2016) The Influence of Internationalisation on SME Innovation in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Innovation and Management (IAM) Conference, 12-15 July 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

Abubakar, Y.A. (2015) Does International Knowledge Influences SME Innovation in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)? 14th International Entrepreneurship Forum (14 th IEF) Conference, Entrepreneurial Institutions and the Entrepreneurial Society: Creating an Inclusive Agenda for Opportunity Creation, 16-18 September, 2015, Cape Town, South Africa (WINNER BEST PAPER AWARD )

Abubakar, Y. (2014) Influence of Mobile Telephony on Entrepreneurship in BRICs and Beyond: The Mediator Role of Education, International Entrepreneurship Forum (13th IEF), 31 July – 2nd Aug 2014, Bogota, Colombia

Abubakar, Y. (2014) The Growth of Small Firms in Non-Cluster Regions: What Knowledge Factors Matter? International Entrepreneurship Forum (13th IEF), 31 July – 2nd Aug 2014, Bogota, Colombia

Adeyeye, M., Mitra, J. and Abubakar, Y. (2014) Strategies for Entrepreneurship and Market Innovation by KIBS in Developing Economies: Inclusive Agenda for opportunity creation, International Entrepreneurship Forum (13th IEF), 31 July – 2nd Aug 2014, Bogota, Colombia

Abubakar, Y. (2012) Entrepreneurship and Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) Markets: The Mediating Role of Human Capital in a Developing Country, “Managing in Uncertain Times” January 13-15, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Abubakar, Y. (2012) Information Technology in Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) Markets: Impact on Entrepreneurship Rates in Developing Countries, “Managing in Uncertain Times” January 13-15, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Abubakar, Y. and Mitra, J. (2011), Small firm Innovation in Non-Clustered Regions: Comparing High and Low Agglomerations, International Council for Small Business 2011, World Conference, June 15-18, 2011, Stockholm, Sweden.

Mitra, J., Abubakar, Y. and Sagagi, M.S. (2011), Education and Entrepreneurship in Africa: Examining Knowledge Creation and Human Capital in Nigeria, “Entrepreneurship in Africa.” The 2nd Annual Conference Syracuse University, Syracuse, May 22-24, 2011, New York, USA.

Mitra, J., Sagagi, M.S., and Abubakar, Y. (2011), Human Capital and the Development Does Graduate Entrepreneurship Education and Training Matter? Does Entrepreneurship Matter? A View from Educators, Researchers, Policy makers and Entrepreneurs, 2011 EFMD Entrepreneurship Conference, 21 - 22 February 2011, Tallinn, Estonia

Abubakar, Y.A. (2011) High impact Entrepreneurship, 10th International Entrepreneurship Forum (10th IEF), Entrepreneurship and Society: Creating Social, Economic, Cultural and Personal Value, 9-11 January 2011, Tamkeen, Bahrain

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2010), Entrepreneurship and High Impact Growth: Comparing Indigenous and Foreign Firms, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), 33rd Annual Conference, Grand Connaught Rooms, 3rd & 4th November 2010, London.

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2010), Entrepreneurial Growth: Comparing Indigenous and International Foreign Firms, International Council for Small Business 2010 World Conference, June 24-27, 2010 - Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2010) Regional and Global Tensions in New Product Development: Comparing High and Low Agglomeration Regions, The Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) 37th Annual Conference, 8-10 April 2010, Dublin, Ireland

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2009) Entrepreneurship, Growth and the High Impact Firm: Comparing Indigenous and Foreign Firms, Paper to be presented at the RENT XXIII – Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Conference, November 19-20, in Budapest, Hungary

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2009) The High Impact Firm: Spatial Dynamics of Human Capital, Entrepreneurship and Growth, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 32nd annual conference to be held in November, Liverpool, UK.

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2009) Spatial Dynamics of High Impact Firm: Human Capital, Entrepreneurship and Growth, Paper presented at the International Entrepreneurship Forum (9th. IEF). 16-18, September 2009, Istanbul, Turkey.  

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra (2009) Sources of Small Firm Innovation in Low Agglomeration: Comparing High and Low Agglomeration Regions, Paper presented at the 2009 International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference, June 21-24, in Seoul, Korea.

Mitra, J. and Abubakar, Y.A. (2009) Entrepreneurial Growth and Labour Market Dynamics: Spatial factors in the consideration of relevant skills and firm growth, Paper presented at the 2009 International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference, June 21-24, in Seoul, Korea.

Abubakar, Y. (2008) Factors influencing Innovation in European Knowledge Regions: Comparing Manufacturing and Services ICT Sub-sectors, Paper to be presented at the 8th International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF), Conference on Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Imperatives for sustainable Global based Knowledge Economy; 17th - 19th December 2008, Ahmedabad, India.

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra J. (2008), Industrial Agglomeration and Small Firm Product Development: Comparing Cambridgeshire Silicon-Fen and Essex, Presented at the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), World Conference June 2008 in Halifax, Canada

Mitra, J. and Abubakar, Y.A. (2007), ‘Seeking Legitimacy: New Technology Firm Behaviour in Nascent and Established Environment’. Refereed paper,  presented at the 30th Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference – International Entrepreneurship, 7 to 9 November 2007 Glasgow, Scotland

 Mitra, J. and Abubakar, Y.A. (2007), ‘Learning To Grow: How New, Small, High Technology Firms Acquire Cognitive and Socio-Political Legitimacy In Their Regions’. Refereed Paper, International Council for Small Business (ICSB), World Conference June 2007 in Turku, Finland

Abubakar, Y.A. (2007), Geography of knowledge and Pioneering Product Development Networks: Comparing Cambridge Silicon Fen and Essex, A Roundtable on Using Local and Regional Networks for New Business, with Entrepreneurs in Essex and Cambridge, Conference on ‘Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture in Thames Gateway South Essex, 29-30th March 2007 at Essex County Hotel, Essex, UK.

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J.  (2006) Geography of Social Networks and the Emergence of Technology Based Firms, Paper presented at the 6th IEF conference will address the theme “New Ventures and the Creative Trajectory”. Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF), , 31 August - 2 September 2006, Riga, Latvia

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J.  (2005), Social Capital and New Firm Formation, Paper Presented at the 28th National Conference held by the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) at Blackpool, UK

 

Teaching

1) Entrepreneurship in an International Context (for MSc students).

2) Entrepreneurship and Innovation (for MBA)

3) Development & Growth of SMEs (for MBA)

 

Consultancy

Yazid has partipated in a number of funded projects, a number of which are consultancy related, such as:

Qatar Development Bank Research-Based Training in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (with Prof. Jay Mitra and Dr. Yong Yang) (2012)

Regional Disparities in Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Activities (£3,400), Project Conducted by Essex Business School, University of Essex  (with Prof. Jay Mitra) (2011-2012)

Education Partnership for Africa (EPA): Building Capacity for Entrepreneurship Education and Research in Nigerian Universities, Project Conducted by Essex Business School, University of Essex in Partnership with Bayero University, Nigeria. (£60,000) (with Prof. Jay Mitra) (2008-2010)

Economic Impact of Southend Airport Expansion on the Local Economy, Business School, University of Essex (£19,000) (with Prof. Jay Mitra). (2009)

Management Development & Enterprise Research Project, Essex Business School, University of Essex (with Prof. Jay Mitra, Dr Jun Li, Dr Bill Gleave etc.). (2007)

Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture in South Essex, funded by the Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership and the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), University of Essex, (with Prof. Jay Mitra, Dr Jun Li, Dr Bill Gleave etc.) (2005-2007)

Indian (Business) Cluster Project – With Professor Jay Mitra (University of Essex, Southend-on-Sea, UK) (2005)   

European Union – ‘Leonardo Da Vinci Vocational Training Action Programme’. Participating countries: (UK, Belgium, Spain, Slovak Republic, Hungary, France, Germany and Poland).  (with Dr Habte Selasse) (2004)

Building Business Networks, University of Luton, (Bedfordshire University) –Funded by European Social Fund and Learning and Skills Council, UK (With Dr Elly Philport) (2002)

                  

Memberships

Globe Management Institute, Accra, Ghana (2012) 

Brown University – Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) Network on Technology  Entrepreneurship and Management Institute, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA (2010)

European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) (2007)

Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) (2007)

Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) (2002)

 

Recent Publications

Number of items: 32.

Article

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi and Mitra, Jay (2017) Knowledge spillovers and high-impact growth : comparing local and foreign firms in United Kingdom. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 15(2), pp. 145-176. ISSN (print) 1570-7385

Mohammad, Mahdi Abrishamkar and Abdullahi, Yazid Abubakar (2016) The relationship between workforce agility and new product innovation in high-tech. Business Management, 8(2), pp. 245-258. ISSN (print) 2008-5907

Adeyeye, Mercy, Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi and Mitra, Jay (2015) Informal knowledge institutions and market innovation by knowledge-intensive businesses. Nigerian Journal of Technological Research, 10(2), pp. 43-48. ISSN (print) 0795-5111

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2013) Technology in impoverished markets and new business formation rates: spatial analysis of developing countries. Journal of Strategy and Management, 6(2), pp. 139-159. ISSN (print) 1755-425X

Abubakar, Yazid A. and Mitra, Jay (2013) The venturesome poor and entrepreneurial activity in Nigeria: the role of consumption, technology and human capital. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 14(4), pp. 235-254. ISSN (print) 1465-7503

Mitra, Jay, Abubakar, Y.A. and Sagagi, M. (2011) Knowledge creation and human capital for development: the role of graduate entrepreneurship. Education + Training, 53(5), pp. 462-479. ISSN (print) 0040-0912

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi and Mitra, Jay (2010) Innovation performance in European regions: comparing manufacturing and services ICT subsectors. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 11(2), pp. 156-177. ISSN (print) 1368-275X

Abubakar, Yazid and Mitra, Jay (2007) Developing a culture for entrepreneurship in the East of England: the value of social and human capital. Industry and Higher Education, 21(2), pp. 129-143. ISSN (print) 0950-4222

Book

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2013) Agglomeration of high-tech firms and new product innovations. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. 404p. ISBN 9783659382819

Book Section

Mitra, Jay and Abubakar, Yazid A. (2010) Seeking legitimacy: new technology firm behaviour in nascent and established environments. In: Mitra, J. and Sagagi, M.S., (eds.) Readings on African entrepreneurship. Kano, Nigeria : Bayero University Kano and Essex Business School. pp. 109-130. ISBN 9789784958950

Conference or Workshop Item

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi and Hand, Chris (2016) The influence of internationalisation on SME innovation in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). In: International Conference on Innovation and Management (IAM2016 Summer); 12 - 15 Jul 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ISSN (online) 2218-6387 (Unpublished)

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2015) Does International Knowledge influence SME Innovation in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)? In: 14th IEF Conference, Entrepreneurial Institutions and the Entrepreneurial Society: Creating an Inclusive Agenda for Opportunity Creation; 16-18 Sep 2015, Cape Town, South Africa. ISSN (print) 2070-6944 (Unpublished)

Abubakar, Yazid A. (2014) Influence of mobile telephony on entrepreneurship in BRICs and beyond: the mediator role of education. In: 13th International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF): Entrepreneurship and Development: The Idea of Inclusive Opportunity Creation; 31 Jul - 02 Aug 2014, Bogota, Colombia. (Unpublished)

Adeyeye, Mercy Modupe, Mitra, Jay and Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2014) Strategies for entrepreneurship and market innovation by KIBS in developing economies: inclusive agenda for opportunity creation. In: 13th International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF): Entrepreneurship and Development: The Idea of Inclusive Opportunity Creation; 31 Jul - 02 Aug 2014, Bogota, Colombia. (Unpublished)

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2014) The growth of small firms in non-cluster regions: what knowledge factors matter? In: 13th International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF): Entrepreneurship and Development: The Idea of Inclusive Opportunity Creation; 31 Jul - 02 Aug 2014, Bogota, Colombia. (Unpublished)

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2012) Entrepreneurship and bottom of the pyramid (BOP) markets: the mediating role of human capital in a developing country. In: 2nd Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business Middle East North Africa Chapter (AIB-MENA): Managing in Uncertain Times; 13-15 Jan 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ISSN (online) 2220-4547 (Unpublished)

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2012) Information technology in bottom of the pyramid (BOP) markets: impact on entrepreneurship rates in developing countries. In: 2nd Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business Middle East North Africa Chapter (AIB-MENA): Managing in Uncertain Times; 13-15 Jan 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ISSN (online) 2220-4547 (Unpublished)

Trstenjak, Janja, Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi and Mitra, Jay (2012) Regional disparities in entrepreneurial behaviour and activities in the United Kingdom and their impact on regional employment growth rates between 2004 and 2009. In: 35th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Annual Conference: Creating Opportunities through Innovation: Local Energy, Global Vision; 7-8 Nov 2012, Dublin, Ireland. ISBN 9781900862240

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2011) High impact entrepreneurship in developing economies: key factors and relationship with poverty rates in Africa. In: 10th International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF): Creating Social, Economic, Cultural and Personal Value; 9-11 Jan 2011, Bahrain. (Unpublished)

Mitra, Jay, Abubakar, Yazid and Sagagi, Murtala (2011) Human capital and the development: does graduate entrepreneurship education and training matter? In: 2011 European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD): Entrepreneurship Conference: Does entrepreneurship matter? A view from educators, researchers, policy makers and entrepreneurs.; 21-22 Feb 2011, Tallinn, Estonia. (Unpublished)

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi and Mitra, Jay (2011) Small firm innovation in non-clustered regions: comparing high and low agglomerations. In: 56th International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference 2011: Back to the Future: Changes in Perspectives of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation; 15-18 Jun 2011, Stockholm, Sweden. ISBN 9780981902838

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi and Mitra, Jay (2010) Entrepreneurial growth: comparing indigenous and international foreign firms. In: 55th International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference 2010: Entrepreneurship: Bridging Global Boundaries; 24 - 27 Jun 2010, Cincinnati, U.S.. ISBN 9780981902821

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi and Mitra, Jay (2010) Entrepreneurship and high impact growth: comparing indigenous and foreign firms. In: 33rd Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference: Looking to the future: economic and social regeneration through entrepreneurial activity; 2-4 Nov 2010, London, U.K.. ISBN 9781900862219

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi and Mitra, Jay (2010) Regional and global tensions in new product development: comparing high and low agglomeration regions. In: Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) 37th Annual Conference: Regionalism & Globalisation; 8-10 Apr 2010, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished)

Mitra, Jay and Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2009) Entrepreneurial growth and labour market dynamics: spatial factors in the consideration of relevant skills and firm growth in the creative industries. In: 54th International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference 2009: The Dynamism of Small Business: Theory, Practice, and Policy; 21-24 Jun 2009, Seoul, Korea.

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi and Mitra, Jay (2009) Entrepreneurship, growth and the high impact firm: comparing indigenous and foreign firms. In: RENT XXVIII: Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business: Entrepreneurial Growth of the Firm; 19-20 Nov 2009, Budapest, Hungary.

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi and Mitra, Jay (2009) Sources of small firm innovation in low agglomeration: comparing high and low agglomeration regions. In: 54th International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference 2009: The Dynamism of Small Business: Theory, Practice, and Policy; 21-24 Jun 2009, Seoul, Korea.

Abubakar, Yazid A. and Mitra, Jay (2009) Spatial dynamics of high impact firm: human capital, entrepreneurship and growth. In: 9th International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF): Technology and Entrepreneurship: New Ventures and the Creative Use of Technologies; 16-18 Sep 2009, Istanbul, Turkey. (Unpublished)

Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2008) Factors influencing innovation in European knowledge regions: comparing manufacturing and services ICT sub-sectors. In: 8th International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF): Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Imperatives for Sustainable Global Based Knowledge Economy; 17-19 Dec 2008, Ahmedabad, India. (Unpublished)

Mitra, Jay and Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2007) Learning to grow: how new, small, high technology firms acquire cognitive and socio-political legitimacy in their regions. In: 52nd International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference 2007: At the Crossroads of East and West: New Opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Small Business; 13-15 Jun 2007, Turku, Finland.

Mitra, Jay and Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2007) Seeking legitimacy: new technology firm behaviour in nascent and established environments. In: 30th Institute for Small Business and Entreprenuership (ISBE) Conference: International Entrepreneurship; 7-9 Nov 2007, Glasgow, U.K. ISBN 9781900862035

Monograph

Mitra, Jay, William, Gleave, Jun, Li and Abubakar, Yazid Abdullahi (2007) Developing an entrepreneurial culture in Thames Gateway South Essex. Entrepreneurship Research Project report summary. (Project Report) Southend on Sea, U.K. : Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, School of Entrepreneurship and Business, University of Essex. 42 p. (Unpublished)

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