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University of Stirling


Professor David Mackay

Professor of Strategy and Innovation

Centre for Advanced Management Education Stirling,

Professor David Mackay

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David is professor of Strategy and Innovation and Director of Executive Education at the University of Stirling Management School. Previously, he was an owner/director in a successful consultancy start-up, an academic at the Strathclyde Business School and held production engineering and department management roles in Procter and Gamble's Product Supply division.

David completed his PhD in Strategic Management based on research exploring practices of dynamic managerial capabilities (i.e. how managers might influence strategic renewal, organisational innovation and change processes). David’s continuing research interest is in the potential and pitfalls of strategy and innovation work.

David has a keen interest in supporting management practitioners. In recent years, David has engaged with a range of corporate clients such as Royal Bank of Scotland, William Grant and Sons, Standard Life, DC Thomson, Denso, Babcock International Group, Manchester City FC, Weir Group, Clydesdale Bank, Morgan Stanley, Johnson and Johnson, Craneware, Webhelp TSC and V.Group in executive education and consultancy activities.

He has also supported numerous SMEs, public sector organisations and charitable bodies through strategy and innovation workshopping and management education activities. Working with a range of universities such as Strathclyde, Lancaster, Stirling and Edinburgh, he has experience teaching and consulting internationally, completing assignments in a range of locations including the USA, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Oman, Jordan, Bahrain and the UAE. David sits on the board of C-Change, an assisted living charity doing fantastic work throughout Scotland, improving lives and championing the cause of inclusivity. For organisations seeking to improve their performance, David specialises in facilitating fast and effective strategy and innovation processes, and building managerial capabilities in these areas. He is happy to discuss potential collaborator's needs of any scope, from delivering a primer talk to long term partnerships or customised executive education programmes.

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