Dr Mike Kennard

Dr Mike Kennard

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

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