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PhD, MSc & BSc


Paul is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Business at the University of South Wales, Faculty of Business & Society where he has responsibility for teaching and leading modules across Entrepreneurship, International Business & Economics.

Paul’s research interest includes – SMEs innovation and business strategies, Ethnic/Cultural/Gender issues in entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise and entrepreneurship in the developing economies.


Paul started his academic career at Plymouth University Business School where he undertook Post-doctorate position combining research and teaching between 2013 and 2016. During that period he undertook several funded research projects for Plymouth University which include African Enterprise Project, the Rural Business School project, ‘YouWin’ Nigerian Enterprise Project, DFID/AFCAP Transport and Entrepreneurship Project and European Union €1.8 million INTERREG SMEs Competitiveness Project.

His previous teaching at Plymouth University include modules in Entrepreneurship, International Business, Business Strategy and Economics.

Paul also has 6 years commercial industrial experience as operations assistant between 2006 and 2012.


Teaching, Research and Module Leadership in the filed of Entrepreneurship, International Business & Economics.


Recent Publications:
Igwe, P., Newbery, R., Icha-Ituma, A. (2017). Entrepreneurship challenges and gender issues in the African informal rural economy. Book Title: Knowledge, learning and innovation, Research insights into cross sector collaboration. Editors: Vanessa Ratten, Carla Marques and Vitor Braga. Publisher: Springer. 2017 – Accepted.

Igwe, P. (2017). Keeping it in the family: Exploring tribal entrepreneurial behaviour in Nigeria. The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference Paper, 7 – 8 November 2017, Belfast, UK – Accepted.

Xiaodong, L., Howell, E.K., Igwe, P., et al. (2016). A Decision Support System for strategic maintenance planning in offshore wind farms: Renewable Energy Journal & Expert Systems Applications, Renewable Energy, 99(784–799), Oct. 2015, Published by Elsevier, July 2016.

Igwe, P. and Icha-Ituma, A. (2016). Financial and Social Capital sustainability approach to rural livelihood in the Sub-Saharan African economy. Global Journal of Business and Management, [S.l.], Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 68-90, Oct. 2016.

Igwe, P. and Icha-Ituma, A. (2016). Fostering Scale-up and ecosystem for entrepreneurship growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Global Journal of Business and Management, [S.l.], Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 108-123, Oct. 2016.

Igwe, P. (2016). Entrepreneurial Ecosystems & the role of Government in promoting Entrepreneurship; Book Chapter in the Festschrift Textbook on Building Entrepreneurial Universities in a Developing Economy, Issues, Challenges and Prospects. Published December 2016.

Igwe, P. A. (2015). The UK offshore wind job creation capacity, O&M costs and content analysis: Design & Operation of Wind Farm Support Vessels Conference, 28-29 January 2015, London.

Mishra, A., Iqwe, P., Lean J. and P. Megicks (2014). Book Chapter on Supporting Micro and Small Enterprises, The Routledge Companion to Financial Services Marketing, Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). Published December 2014.

Working papers submitted for reviews and publication:

Exploring the Institutional voids and norms of the Marwari Business Community in India. (IJEBR-06-2017-0182) submitted to “Institutional Influences on Entrepreneurial Behaviours of Business Families, Family Businesses, and Family Business Groups” special issue, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, Submitted 01-06-2017.

The Marwari Business Community: An Effectuation Theory Approach to understanding the influence of social context upon Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Decision on Manuscript ID IEI-17-0027

Ethnic and Community Entrepreneurship, Creating Entrepreneurial Space: Talking through Multi voices, reflections on emerging debates. Call for book contributions: Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research.

Keeping it in the family: An effectuation theory approach to understanding Igbo tribe entrepreneurial behaviour.

Analysing the new models of social value practices amongst social and commercial enterprises. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. ISSN: 1462:6004.

Women’s Entrepreneurship and the Nigerian National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS): Issues and Policies in Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research and Sustainable Development Goals.

Managing stakeholders in multi-cultural diverse organizations – A Review of contemporary issues.


• Fellow – Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
• Associate Fellow – The Higher Education Academy
• Member – British Academy of Management
• Member – Enterprise Educators UK
• Member – Royal Economic Society


• External Examiner Business Programmes – North Wales Business School, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom


• Mentoring and Coaching – Chartered Management Institute


Entrepreneurship and Negative development in the fragile Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

An evaluation of entrepreneurial competencies in the higher education – the educator’s perspective: A Survey of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Educators in Higher Education.

SME productivity and competitiveness in the developing context: Enterprise survey on Business Environment, Innovation and Strategic Management.

Consumption and Saving Behaviour among UK Households: Modelling recent Trends.

Are businesses and start-ups in Nigeria being redefined in the face of globalization?

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurship, International Business and Business Economics

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