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Professor Kurt Allman

Kurt Allman

Associate Dean for Enterprise & Engagement, College of Business & Law

Kurt has significant experience in enterprise in the UK and Europe, principally at some of the UK’s leading universities and international consultancy businesses. His engagement and research interests have particularly focused on technology and science SMEs.

Over the last decade Kurt has worked with over 300 companies. He has worked with some of the region’s most dynamic start-up businesses within his role as director of Knowledge Exchange through the IDEAS collaboration (a collaboration between the business and management schools of Lancaster, Manchester and Liverpool universities, together with Lancaster University's creative research lab ImaginationLancaster and the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus).

Kurt has written and contributed to numerous publications and regularly referees journals in enterprise, entrepreneurship and the role of emergent technology in transforming business practice. His teaching promotes synoptic learning through the use of live company projects, a technique which has won accolade from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

He has extensive experience of international collaborative projects aimed at supporting social cohesion and regional economic development. Kurt’s areas of interest and expertise are early stage entrepreneurship and pre-incubation strategies; regional economic policy and indicator development; SME engagement and knowledge exchange; and organisational capabilities and business model development.

Kurt has experience of managing over 10,000 square feet of pre-incubator space, both on and off campus. His work, primarily for early stage business support, has resulted in over 80 new business formations and numerous spin-ins. He has also initiated, developed or supported a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships across the north west of England.

Kurt is a panel member looking at the A-level Business Studies syllabus reform and is part of the Rolls Royce Excellence Through Project Management graduate training programme, to which he has contributed for over 7 years.

Prior to his academic career, Kurt undertook consultancy projects for Databank and CRISP consultancy practices. Building on his PhD research insights, Kurt examined the impact of national and EU legislation on technology deployment across utility infrastructures. These transnational projects, focussing on the EU’s largest industrial nations and new member states, provided new perspectives on the EU’s future legislative and competitive challenges across a number of crucial industrial groups. The total value of the consultancy projects was approximately €6.8 million.