Simon Gee

Simon Gee

Position: Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

College: College of Business

Department: Derby Business School

Subject area: Business and Management

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I have substantial experience in teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students and also working with post-experience enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes, as well as working with students and graduates who are developing new business ventures. I am also active in making new connections between enterprise learning, career development and employability. 

I believe very strongly in taking a practiced based approach to learning formulated around my own business experience and theoretical understanding.

Teaching responsibilities


  • Enterprise Management
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • SME Growth & Development
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Creating Business Opportunity
  • International Business


  • New Business Ventures
  • SME Mentoring

Research interests

My area of research is mainly based around Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and its application; not just within a business context, but how this can be applied within an educational environment, developing an enterprise culture is vitally important in today's competitive world. More recently I have become more interested in how SMEs move from a national to international context.


Postgraduate qualifications

  • MBA, Nottingham Trent University

Recent publications

  • 2010: Handbook of Research in Entrepreneurship Education, Volume 3,Contributing Paper on Entrepreneurial Learning
  • 2009: SPEEDing to Success - A review of Graduates start-ups
  • 2008: An Alternative Solution for developing SME's
  • 2007: Entrepreneurial Student Experience at the University of Derby
  • 2006: The role of an entrepreneurial learning team in creating an enterprise culture - Best Paper Award @ International Conference
  • Moon, R Gee, S. 2011 Creating Business Opportunity. Palgrave.

Additional interests and activities

As module leader for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship I am responsible for developing the modules in Enterprise for the undergraduate and post graduate programmers'. I take a very practice based approach to that development based upon his own business experience and theoretical understanding.

Being proactive, I seek to actively encourage entrepreneurial thinking and its development not just from within the Business School but also across other faculties within the University and with businesses.

Experience in industry

I have work experience in managing and owning small businesses and I have been involved in the development of several over the years. I have worked for larger companies in the past but I prefer to work with SMEs as I feels a sense of ownership.

I continue with my business interests and feels this to be vital in the development and practical application to the modules and their content.

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