Dr Mike Kennard

Dr Mike Kennard

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Senior Lecturer: Strategy and Innovation

Contact details

Room 238
Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Mike Kennard is a Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Innovation at Birmingham Business School.  Mike’s teaching, research and consulting interests centre on innovation management capabilities, organisational barriers to innovation and the development of innovation led strategies for growth.

Previously Mike was MBA Director at Aston Business School, an Innovation Research Fellow at Nottingham University Business School, and worked for over 10 years in various technology management positions at Rolls-Royce plc, including programme manager for the company’s global research and technology programme.

Mike holds an honours degree and PhD in engineering from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from Nottingham University Business School. Mike is also a Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a HEFI Scholar.


  • 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)


Innovation ManagementMike's teaching focus is on Strategic Innovation Management for MSc, MBA and Executive programmes.

Mike is Programme Director for the MSc Advanced Engineering Management, an interdisciplinary programme delivered jointly by the Business School and the School of Engineering.

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



  • 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