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Prof. Simon Denny

  • Job title: Executive Dean of Research, Impact & Enterprise
  • Department: Research, Impact & Enterprise

General information

​Education and qualifications

BA, MA, PhD, FRSA, Holder of The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion

Employment

Simon is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of Research, Impact and Enterprise at the University of Northampton. He is responsible for the University’s research strategy; for developing and delivering the social enterprise and commercial strategies of the University; and for ensuring that the University makes a strong and positive contribution to both people and the environment. He is also responsible for devising and implementing the University’s Advancement plan.

He has been at the University since 1992, following 10 years in the Army and six years with Tesco. In his time at Northampton he has been responsible for accredited corporate management development, the management of large-scale funded projects, the development of enterprise support systems, and the transformation of the University to be recognised as the leading higher education supporter of social enterprise. He has been Professor of Entrepreneurship since 2007. In 2006 he was awarded the University's Court Award for services to enterprise. In 2010 he was granted The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion.

He is a director of Goodwill Solutions CIC and NESE CIC, two social enterprises successfully trading in very competitive market places. He is also a trustee of Northampton Leisure Trust.

Simon is heavily involved with the University’s local LEP (Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership). He helped write the County’s Strategic Economic Plan and the Northamptonshire Enterprise Strategy. He sits on the LEP’s Business and Innovation, and ESIF boards and attends the LEP main board meetings. He has been involved in EU funded projects since 2002 and has travelled to Brussels to meet with European Commission staff to discuss the effective deployment of funding on numerous occasions. His directorate is responsible for coordinating University bids for EU funding.

Simon has degrees from Exeter, Warwick and the Open universities. He has published a wide range of academic articles on social enterprise and is the joint editor of the book, ‘Social Enterprise : Accountability and Evaluation around the World’, published by Routledge in July 2013.

He directs the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact in the University of Northampton. This team has developed an international reputation for its research into social impact measurement and social innovation and advises local authorities and central government ministries in the UK.​

Teaching

Simon is director of the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact. His main research interests are in how public, private and third sector organisations can work together in partnership to deliver social impact; and in how social impact can be integrated with procurement strategies.​

Publications

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2016

  1. Hazenberg, R., Lashley, J. G. and Denny, S. (2016) Enhancing youth employability in the Caribbean: lessons from UK NEET programmes. Paper presented to: 17th Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) Conference: Revolution, Socio-Economic Change and Freedoms, The University of the West Indies, Barbados, 30 March - 01 April 2016. (Unpublished)

2015

  1. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2015) The role of institutional partnerships, external funding and empathy in the development of negative leadership behaviour. Journal of Corporate Citizenship. 59, pp. 128-147. 2051-4700.

2014

  1. Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2014) An on-going assessment of the state of the spin-out sector in England. Paper presented to: International Research Society for Public Management 16th Conference (IRSPM XVIII), University of Carleton, Ottawa, 09-11 April 2014. (Unpublished)
  2. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2014) Empathic social enterprise: the role of empathy and shared intentionality. Paper presented to: International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) 11th International Conference: Civil Society and the Citizen, University of Muenster, Germany, 22-25 July 2014. (Unpublished)
  3. Hazenberg, R., Seddon, F. A. and Denny, S. (2014) Intermediary perceptions of investment readiness in the UK social investment market. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 0957-8765. (In Press)
  4. Hazenberg, R., Seddon, F. A. and Denny, S. (2014) Programme recruitment and evaluation: the effect of an employability enhancement programme on the general self-efficacy levels of unemployed graduates. Journal of Education and Work. 1363-9080. (In Press)
  5. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2014) Reintegrating socially excluded individuals through a social enterprise intervention. Social Enterprise Journal. 10(3) 1750-8614.

2013

  1. Hazenberg, R., Seddon, F. A. and Denny, S. (2013) Assessing the state of the spin-out sector in England. Paper presented to: 5th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), Oxford, 02-04 September 2013. (Unpublished)
  2. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2013) Effects of an employment enhancement programme on participant NEETs. Journal of Youth Studies. 16(4), pp. 503-520. 1367-6261.
  3. Hazenberg, R., Seddon, F. A. and Denny, S. (2013) Intermediary perceptions of investment readiness in the social investment market. Paper presented to: Seventeenth Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM XVII), Prague, Czech Republic, 10-12 April 2013. (Unpublished)
  4. Hazenberg, R., Seddon, F. A. and Denny, S. (2013) Investigating the outcome performance of work-integration social enterprises (WISEs): do WISEs offer ‘added value’ to NEETs? Public Management Review. 1471-9037. (In Press)
  5. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2013) Reintegrating socially excluded individuals through a social enterprise intervention. Paper presented to: Seventeenth Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM XVII), Prague, Czech Republic, 10-12 April 2013. (Unpublished)
  6. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2013) The UK’s first professional symphony orchestra cooperative: social enterprise? Paper presented to: 5th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), Oxford, 02-04 September 2013. Also presented at: 4th EMES European Research Network International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, University of Liege, Belgium, 01-04 July 2013 (Unpublished)
  7. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2013) What are the barriers to investing in social enterprises? An investigation into the attitudes and experiences of social entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom. Paper presented to: 4th EMES European Research Network International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, University of Liege, Belgium, 01-04 July 2013. (Unpublished)

2012

  1. Denny, S., Durkin, C., Irwin, W., Moore, C. and Toyer, B. (2012) Developing a socially entrepreneurial university. Invited Presentation presented to: 2012 Conference on Entrepreneurial Universities, Munster, Germany, 25-27 April 2012. (Unpublished)
  2. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2012) Evaluating the partnership between a university and a social enterprise development agency engaged in the set-up and development of a social enterprise. Paper presented to: United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 12-15 January 2012. (Unpublished)
  3. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2012) Investigating an ‘institutional partnership’ collaborating to develop a funded project into a sustainable work-integration social enterprise (WISE). Paper presented to: International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM XVI) 16th Conference, University of Rome, 11-13 April 2012. (Unpublished)
  4. Hazenberg, R., Seddon, F. A. and Denny, S. (2012) Investigating the outcome performance of work-integration social enterprises (WISEs): do WISEs offer ‘added value’ to NEETs? Paper presented to: International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM XVI) 16th Conference, University of Rome, 11-13 April 2012. (Unpublished)
  5. Hazenberg, R., Seddon, F. A. and Denny, S. (2012) Investigating the ‘outcome’ performance of WISEs delivering employability programmes to the unemployed. Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics. 9(6), pp. 40-50. 1913-8059.
  6. Hazenberg, R., Seddon, F. A. and Denny, S. (2012) Investigating the ‘outcome’ performance of WISEs delivering employability programmes to the unemployed. Paper presented to: United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Conference 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana, 12-15 January 2012. (Unpublished)
  7. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2012) Lack of entrepreneurial management leads to failure of social enterprise governed by an institutional partnership. Paper presented to: 35th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, Dublin, 07-08 November 2012. (Unpublished)
  8. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2012) Testing a team-development model: partnership in creating a work-integration social enterprise. Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics. 9(5), pp. 47-64. 1913-8059.
  9. Seddon, F. A., Hazenberg, R. and Denny, S. (2012) Testing an institutional partnership in social enterprise governance. Paper presented to: 4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), University of Birmingham, 12-14 September 2012. (Unpublished)
  10. Hazenberg, R., Seddon, F. A. and Denny, S. (2012) WISEs: an Anglo-Swedish comparison. Paper presented to: 4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), University of Birmingham, 12-14 September 2012. (Unpublished)

2011

  1. Denny, S., Hazenberg, R. and Seddon, F. A. (2011) Evaluating the outcome of employment enhancement programmes for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET): does organisational type affect delivery? Paper presented to: 3rd International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), South Bank University, London, 12-13 September 2011. (Unpublished)
  2. Denny, S., Hazenberg, R., Irwin, W. and Seddon, F. A. (2011) Social enterprise and the individual: an examination of a work-integration social enterprise (WISE) and its impact upon unemployed university graduate’s self-efficacy and attitudes to enterprise. Paper presented to: Fifteenth Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM XV), Trinity College, Dublin, 11-13 April 2011. (Unpublished)
  3. Denny, S., Hazenberg, R., Irwin, W. and Seddon, F. A. (2011) Social enterprise: evaluation of an enterprise skills programme. Social Enterprise Journal. 7(2), pp. 150-172. 1750-8614.

2010

  1. Denny, S., Hazenberg, R. and Seddon, F. A. (2010) Social enterprises and NEETs: ethical and effective entrepreneurial skills programmes? Seminar Presentation presented to: Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference London, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, 02 - 04 November 2010. (Unpublished)

2009

  1. Rozell, E., Scroggins, W., Elenurm, T., Alas, R., Guo, A., Denny, S. and Velo, V. (2009) Cultural prototypes of the successful entrepreneur: a cross-cultural comparison of Estonia, the United Kingdom and China. Paper presented to: Eastern Academy of Management - International (EAM-I 2009) Conference on Managing in a Global Economy XIII: Management Challenges for a New World, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21-25 June 2009. (Unpublished)

2008

  1. Fathulla, K., Denny, S. and Christopher, C. (2008) Understanding diagrams: a non-reductionist underpinning. Seminar Presentation presented to: International Conference on Critical Literacy in Visual Culture: From Power to Empowerment, Universities Centre, Dallas, USA, 6-7 June 2008. (Unpublished)

2007

  1. Denny, S. (2007) Empowerment through enterprise. Paper presented to: Equal Round 2 Theme Development Partnership Dissemination Conference, Northampton, UK, 19 September 2007. (Unpublished)
  2. Denny, S. (2007) Evaluating the impact of the Business Creation Partnership. Paper presented to: Equal Works, Birmingham, 11 September 2007. (Unpublished)
  3. Montasser, W., Phillips, P. S., Denny, S. and Crockett, R. G. M. (2007) Making the business case for advanced waste management technology, for MSW in England: issues relating to data requirements for a material recovery facility (MRF). Paper presented to: Congress of the International Solid Waste Management Association (ISWA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 24-27 September 2007. (Unpublished)
  4. Montasser, W., Phillips, P. S., Denny, S. and Crockett, R. G. M. (2007) Making the business case for advanced waste management technology, for MSW in England: issues relating to data requirements for a material recovery facility (MRF). Paper presented to: Waste and Resource Management Network (WARMNET): Tackling waste 2007, Nottingham, 4-5 July 2007. (Unpublished)

1999

  1. Denny, S. (1999) The effects of cultural, institutional and parent company influences upon training and development in British and French subsidiaries of a Swedish multinational corporation: a comparative international study. Doctoral thesis. Open University, Milton Keynes.
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