Dr Alex Kevill



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.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

Social enterprise

Social exclusion and entrepreneurship

Dynamic capabilities in entrepreneurial businesses

My expertise is in qualitative research approaches.



Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Journal Articles

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


Book Chapters

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


Conference Papers

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