Dr Mike Kennard

Senior Lecturer: Strategy and Innovation

The Department of Strategy and International Business


Contact details

Room 217
Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT


Mike joined the University of Birmingham in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Innovation. As part of this role his remit is to develop the Business School’s Executive Education programme.

He started his career in 1995 with Rolls-Royce plc where he worked for 11 years in various technology management positions. In 2006 Mike was awarded a scholarship to study for an MBA at Nottingham University Business School, where he graduated with distinction.

After his MBA, Mike joined the University of Nottingham, first as a Business Development Executive and then as an Innovation Fellow. He then joined Aston Business School in 2010 as MBA Course Director, before taking up his current position.


  • BEng (Hons), University of Birmingham
  • PhD Aerospace Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • MBA, University of Nottingham
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (MIET)


Mike's teaching focus is Strategy and Innovation Management on BSc, MSc, MBA and Executive programmes.

He is also a visiting professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



  • Identifying and overcoming organisational barriers to innovation
  • Developing innovation processes, capabilities, and culture
  • Developing innovation driven growth strategies
  • Delivering innovation and strategy training and executive development

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