Kingsley is a scholar and course developer, an entrepreneur, and an advisor to business leaders. He maintains research in the fields of entrepreneurship and economic sociology. His work on trust is focused on organisational contexts (particularly building and repairing trust, developing trust across cultures and trust measurement), as well as cross border trade. As an academic, Kingsley champions the concept of student entrepreneurship and his ‘Entrepreneurship Partnership Initiative’ serves as a launch pad for promoting entrepreneurship across schools in the UK and Africa. Prior to joining Napier University, Kingsley was a faculty member at the University of the West of Scotland’s School of Business. During this time he assumed a number of leadership roles, serving as an administrator for the Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development, and as a member of the Doctoral College Board.
Kingsley’s contribution to entrepreneurship studies relies on the use of institutional logics to critically analyse complex entrepreneurial behaviour in society. He has published articles in international peer-reviewed journals, in addition to ongoing authored books, as well as chapter contributions. Much of this work is centrally concerned with understanding how entrepreneurial meaning is interpreted across contexts. Previous projects have focused on understanding the importance of gender nuances and how cultural dimensions of institutions enable and constrain social behaviour. A commitment to qualitative inquiry runs throughout this research.
A key area of Kingsley’s ongoing work concerns the development of research methodology in the UK and internationally. He is also regularly invited to speak to groups of PhD students in the UK on topics focusing on the doctoral journey. This work is complemented by wider institutional roles through which Kingsley seeks to influence his profession and the development of his field. This includes serving as co-Chair of the Professional Development Workshop of the British Academy of Management, elected Council Member (2017-2018), Member of the Special Interest Committee on Leadership and Leadership Development (2017-present), Co-Chair of the Professional Development Workshop (2018-present), Member of the Sub-committee of Academic Affairs on Conference and Capacity Building (2017-2018), Member of the Awards Committee (2018-present) and Co-founder/Chair of the African Studies track (2019-present). In banking and financial services, Kingsley worked with Standard Chartered Bank, Zenith Bank, Access Bank and Standard Bank.
Kingsley earned his BSc in Economics from the Lagos State University, Diploma in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, MBA from the University of Aberdeen and PhD in Entrepreneurship from the University of the West of Scotland.