Dr Alex Kevill
- Job title: Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- Email: A.M.Kevill@leeds.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0) 113 343 0584
- Faculty: Leeds University Business School
- School: Management Division
- Location: G.24, Charles Thackrah
PGCHE, University of Huddersfield
PhD in Management Learning and Leadership, Lancaster University
MA in Human Resource Development and Consulting, Lancaster University
PGCE (Post Compulsory), University of Central Lancashire
BSc (Hons) Business Studies, Lancaster University
Dr Alex Kevill joined the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies in 2017, having previously been a senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. He completed an ESRC funded PhD at Lancaster University in 2015, investigating the micro-foundations of dynamic capabilities in micro-enterprises. He has also been lead author on publications in internationally renowned journals and is guest editor for a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Alex has taught on various modules and courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in different UK higher education institutions. He has also taught internationally as part of a large-scale Erasmus funded research project. His teaching focusses on enterprise, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship but he has also taught a wide range of other subject areas including management, consulting, employability, learning, and research methods. Alex has experience supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation students and also doctoral research students.
Prior to commencing his PhD studies, Alex worked in the financial services sector undertaking a range of business and human resources related roles. During this time he was involved in numerous organisational development projects. He also has experience working and consulting for a number of small and micro-enterprises.
Alex has a keen interest in understanding the micro-foundations of dynamic capabilities in micro-enterprises and entrepreneurial organisations. He is particularly keen to investigate the role that individuals’ psychological and affective states play in such capabilities. He is also passionate about undertaking research into social entrepreneurship, and is currently focussing on the role that social entrepreneurship education can play in transnational higher education programmes. Alex is also interested in how different research methods could help to advance entrepreneurship and small business research. Other research interests include entrepreneurship amongst socially excluded individuals and groups, and knowledge management in entrepreneurial organisations.
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:
Social exclusion and entrepreneurship
Dynamic capabilities in entrepreneurial businesses
My expertise is in qualitative research approaches.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Kevill, A., Trehan, K. and Easterby-Smith, M. (2017) ‘Perceiving ‘capability’ within dynamic capabilities: the role of owner-manager self-efficacy’, International Small Business Journal. ISSN 0266-2426
Kevill, A., Trehan, K., Easterby-Smith, M. and Higgins, D. (2015) ‘Stick or Twist? The Practice of Undertaking Life Story Interviews In-The-Moment’, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, ISSN 1355-2554
Trehan, K., Kevill, A. and Glover, J. (2018) Grasping Roses or Nettles? Losing and Finding Ourselves in Research Projects, in K. Townsend and M. Saunders (Eds) How to Keep your Research Project on Track: Insights from When Things Go Wrong, Edward Elgar Publishing
Kevill, A. and Analoui, B. D. (2018) An Exploration of Knowledge Sharing Practices, Barriers and Enablers in Small and Micro-Organisations, in J. Syed, P. Murray, D. Hislop and D. Mouzughi (Eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Knowledge Management, Palgrave Macmillan
Davies, J., Herath, D. and Kevill, A. (2017) ‘Growing a ‘dying’ SME: HR Professionalisation to Enhance Hospice Employee-Volunteer Synergies’, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, Belfast, 8-9 November
Kars-Unluoglu, S. and Kevill, A. (2017) ‘Affective Foundations of Capability Development: An Exploration in an SME Context’, 33rd European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark, 6-8 July
Wilson, K. and Kevill, A. (2017) ‘Understanding the Role of Dynamic Capabilities within Rural Micro-Enterprises: The Case for the Development of a Research Agenda’, Rural Entrepreneurship Conference, Newcastle, United Kingdom, 14-16 June
Kevill, A. and Trehan, K. (2016) ‘Qualitative Shadowing: Chasing Pavements or Advancing Research Methods in Entrepreneurial Learning?’, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, Paris, France, 27th-28th October
Shah, U. and Kevill, A. (2015) ‘Bringing the Local into Focus: The Case for Researching Social Entrepreneurship within Transnational Higher Education’, International Conference on Organization and Management, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 22nd – 23rd November
Kevill, A., Trehan, K. and Easterby-Smith, M. (2014) ‘Gazing at my Reflection: Owner-Managerial Self-Concept and Dynamic Capabilities’, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 5th – 6th November
Kevill, A., Trehan, K. and Easterby-Smith, M. (2013) ‘Leadership Development as a Micro-foundation of Dynamic Capability: A Critical Consideration’, The 8th International Conference in Critical Management Studies, Manchester, United Kingdom, 10th-12th July
Kevill, A., Trehan, K. and Easterby-Smith, M. (2013) ‘Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership in Action: A Fertile Ground for the Development of Dynamic Capabilities?’, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, Cardiff, United Kingdom, November
Kevill, A., Trehan, K. and Easterby-Smith, M. (2012) ‘Leadership Development as a Vehicle for Evolving Dynamic Capability: A Path into the Future for Micro Firms?’, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 7th-8th November