David Johnson

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Dr David Johnson

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship


Dr David Johnson, MBA, PhD is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship within the Marketing, Sales and Entrepreneurship Group.

David's research explores entrepreneurial ecosystems, science-based entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and academic entrepreneurs. Broadly speaking, David studies the relationship between uncertainty and entrepreneurial cognition, entrepreneurial behaviour, and venturing. More specifically, his research examines commercialization activities in high-technology sectors (e.g. regenerative medicine) to understand how micro- and meso-level factors influence both the generation and development of entrepreneurial ecosystems. This research has lead David to Visiting Scholar positions at The Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison (US) and The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Moscow, Russia).

Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University Business School, David spent over a decade working within the biopharmaceutical sector within Commercial and Strategy Consulting roles. He was a Commercial Director for a start-up biopharmaceutical strategy consultancy and health data analytics firm. David led on the organization's commercial activity, including strategy consulting to university spin-outs and early-stage life science organizations. He also led the firm's health data compliance consulting, advising US clients on the risks associated with personal health information (PHI) disclosure and anonymity. Having joined this start-up at founding, David played a key role in the rapid growth of the organization. Additionally, David has worked for leading global pharmaceutical companies with Sales and Business Development.

David holds Science-based Undergraduate and Masters Degrees from the University of Leeds (UK) and The University of Edinburgh (UK), which included research at the Roslin Institute. Furthermore, he holds an MBA from the Adam Smith School of Business, University of Glasgow (UK). David obtained his PhD in Management (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) from the University of Edinburgh Business School (UK).

David is particularly interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

Technology entrepreneurship, with a focus on the relationship between micro-level factors and venturing;

Academic entrepreneurship and technology transfer;

Business models in high-technology sectors; and

Entrepreneurial ecosystem generation and development.

Research Areas


Invited Speaker

  • University of Oslo - Translating Regenerative Medicine: Uncertainty, Entrepreneurial Behaviour and the Development of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems


Fellowships and Awards

  • Visiting Scholar - The Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Visiting Scholar - The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia