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Professor David Sarpong

Professor David Sarpong
Professor - Strategic Management


David Sarpong is Professor of Strategic Management and Head of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and International Business (SEIB) Research Group. An elected Vice Chair of the British Academy of Management (BAM), David serves on the BAM Council’s Sub-Committee of Academic Affairs of Conference and Capacity Building (AACCB), and is a former Convenor of the Annual Doctoral Symposium of the Academy. A Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) Laboratory for Economics of Innovation, David has since 2015 conducted research on Russia's Basic Research Program (RBRP) on 'Global Competitiveness’ at the National Research University in Moscow. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Strategy and Management, and currently enjoys a Visiting Professorship at the Bristol Business School, and an Honorary Research Fellowship at the School of Management, IT, and Public Governance, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

David’s research is practice and process-oriented and frequently draws on Heideggerian-Wittgensteinian approaches to social practices to engaging with cross-level management research problems. His research interests lie primarily in the broad areas of strategy and innovation, and his current research concerns second-order technology and innovation management, DiY laboratory science innovation policy and practice, strategy-as-practice, strategic foresight, relationalism and process theory, and the temporality, interconnectedness, and  the making of European cosmopolitan marketplaces. Methodologically, much of his work is qualitative oriented and focuses on theorising organizing repertoires, performative routines, and how activities, dispositions, and choices get ordered over time to shape strategy in organizing. He frequently employs microstoria, narratives, and publicly available archival datasets for his empirical inquiries.

David has authored 120+ articles in refereed academic journals, international conference proceedings, and book chapters. His recent edited book on ‘Strategic foresight and innovation management’ was published by Routledge in 2020, and his very recent papers have appeared in various outlets, including Work, Employment and Society, International Marketing Review, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Journal of Business Research, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, R&D Management, Technovation, International Journal of Production Research,Science and Public Policy, Journal of Technology Transfer, Scandinavian Journal of Management, Production Planning and Control, European Urban and Regional Studies, Environmental Science and Policy, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Intellectual Capital, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management.


  • BA(Hons) PhD


  • Head of Research Group - Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business (SEIB)

Newest selected publications

Beiki, VM., He, Q. and Sarpong, D. (2022) 'Sustainability-driven co-opetition in supply chains as strategic capabilities: Drivers, facilitators, and barriers'. International Journal of Production Research, 0 (in press). ISSN: 0020-7543 Open Access Link

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Fu, P., Sarpong, D. and Meissner, D. (2021) 'Recalibrating, reconfiguring, and appropriating innovation: A semantic network analysis of China’s Mass Innovation and Mass Entrepreneurship (MIME) initiatives'. Journal of Technology Transfer, 0 (in press). ISSN: 0892-9912 Open Access Link

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Appiah, G., Bonsu, S. and Sarpong, D. (2021) 'The 'unpowered' customer: Co-creation as tactics of the weak'. Journal of Business Research, 133. pp. 317 - 326. ISSN: 0148-2963

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Jraisat, L., Upadhyay, A., Ghalia, T., Jresseit, M., Kumar, V. and Sarpong, D. (2021) 'Triads in sustainable supply-chain perspective: why is a collaboration mechanism needed?'. International Journal of Production Research, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 17. ISSN: 0020-7543 Open Access Link

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Ofosu, G. and Sarpong, D. (2021) 'The evolving perspectives on Chinese labour regime in Africa'. Economic and Industrial Democracy. pp. 1 - 30. ISSN: 0143-831X Open Access Link

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