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    Nicholas is Professor in Strategy at Aston Business School. After completing his Phd in Strategy and Leadership at Middlesex University, he has held appointments as Professor of Strategy at Middlesex University, Professor of Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation at Bristol Business School and until 2019 was Associate Dean - Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol.

    He is an experienced strategist, bridge builder, business broker and entrepreneur, comfortable in both academic and business environments and with a depth of experience of operating in a fluid, complex and challenging environment.

    Throughout his career, he has inspired, led and managed teams of all types and sizes. He is adept at working with all levels of management and able to upload and download information key to the smooth running of an organisation with discretion, understanding and gravitas.


    Throughout he has adhered to a constant objective; to be a catalyst for revelation, actions and results through finding solutions and thinking laterally. Combine that with enthusiasm, energy and a completely different way of working and it demonstrates continual adding value at each stage.

    Research Interests

    Nicholas's research interests are mainly strategy related and fall into the following areas:

    • strategic thinking and practice

    • technology and innovation

    • enterprise



    • 2007-2019 UWE Bristol - Professor and Associate Dean [Research and Innovation]
    • 2007-2019 UWE Bristol - Professor and Associate Dean [Research and Innovation]

    • 2004–2007 Middlesex University - Professor of Strategic Management 

    • 1997-2004 Middlesex University, Doctoral studies, Senior Lecturer and Principal Lecturer

    • 1988-1997 Senior and Chief Officer positions – UK Local Government

    • 1979-1987 Town Clerk & Chief Executive  - Irish Local Government


    • 2001: PGCHE [Middlesex University]

    • 2000: PhD [Middlesex University]

    • 1997: MBA [University of North London]

    • 1988: MSc (Public Sector Management) [University of Aston, Birmingham]

    • 1978: BA [Dublin]


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    Research Output 2006 2020

    A framework to explore the functioning and sustainability of business models

    Bradley, P., Parry, G. & O'Regan, N., 1 Jan 2020, In : Sustainable Production and Consumption. 21, p. 57-77 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Sustainable development
    sustainable development

    Architectural correspondence, architectural misting, and innovation: New perspectives

    Burton, N., Sarpong, D. & O'Regan, N., 7 Jan 2020, In : Strategic Change. 29, 1, p. 5-11 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Product design

    Business model design–performance relationship under external and internal contingencies: Evidence from SMEs in an emerging economy

    Pati, R. K., Nandakumar, M. K., Ghobadian, A., Ireland, R. D. & O'Regan, N., 1 Oct 2018, In : Long Range Planning. 51, 5, p. 750-769 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    business relationship

    Cloud resource adaptation: A resource based perspective on value creation for corporate growth

    Mitra, A., O'Regan, N. & Sarpong, D., 1 May 2018, In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 130, p. 28-38 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Cloud computing
    Information Management
    Cost Savings
    Information management

    Internationalization of product-service systems: Global, regional or national strategy?

    Parry, G., Bustinza, O., Vendrell-Herrero, F. & O'Regan, N., 1 Jan 2016, In : Foresight and STI Governance. 10, 1, p. 16-29 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    national strategy