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Professor David Storey is Associate Dean (Research) at Warwick Business School and Director of the Centre for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.  He has a First Class Degree in Economics, a Diploma in Applied Statistics and a PhD in Economics. He also has two honorary Doctorates and currently holds the title of Visiting Professor at Durham Business School, having previously held similar positions at the Universities of Manchester and Reading. He has been an EIM Fellow since 2001.

In 1998 he received the International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research from the Swedish Council. His book, Understanding the Small Business Sector, is the most frequently cited item of writing on small firms and was translated into Japanese in 2003.
Between 2001and 2005 he was appointed by the UK Secretary of State for Trade and Industry as a Member of the Small Business Council which advises the government on small business policy making.
He has undertaken work for many overseas governments and organisations. During 2006, for example, he acted as consultant to the governments of Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and Denmark as well as the World Bank. He has recently completed in 2007 a Handbook on SME policy evaluation for OECD. Currently he is a consultant to the Inter American Development Bank (IADB) for SME policy in Mexico and had previous assignments on micro enterprises in Trinidad and Tobago, and in Jamaica. In Europe he co-ordinated an EU-wide review of new technology based firms for DG XIII, and is the UK partner in the SME Observatory for DG Enterprise.
The Erasmus - EIM - Panteia Entrepreneurship Lectures Series is co-organized by Erasmus Research Institute of Management ( and EIM Business & Policy Research (EIM/Panteia), an independent and international research and consultancy organisation, specialised in SMEs and Entrepreneurship. EIM is part of the Panteia group.
For more research resources visit our joint Entrepreneurship Research Portal
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