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Francis Neshamba

Francis Neshamba

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Management


My role at NTU is that of teaching and undertaking research. My areas of research interest are strategy and entrepreneurship; small business growth and development; family business including succession planning; community-based development and innovation.

I have also published academic articles in reputable journals.

Career overview

In 2000-2002, I established and led Africa Centre for Growth and Entrepreneurship at NTU but the Centre operated in Kenya under my leadership. I designed and delivered business growth programmes for SMEs in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. I also established collaborative partnerships on research with universities in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

One of my previous roles was that of NTU Internal Verifier or Country Coordinator for 6 years from 2006-2012 during which NTU/NBS delivered an MBA Programme in partnership with Open Learning Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe. I was responsible for staff development and checking of quality of provision on the franchised MBA Programme. NTU produced 1,004 MBA graduates in Zimbabwe during a period of 14 years. Most of these graduates hold very senior positions in the private and public sectors and a good number work overseas in senior and highly responsible positions.

Research areas

I have undertaken limited research on SMEs and Community-based enterprises. I am currently undertaking research which is aimed at help community-based enterprises achieve development and am looking at how these enterprises are led and managed in an African context.

External activity

I am a Fellow and Chartered Manager of the Chartered Management Institute.