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Francis Neshamba

Francis Neshamba


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.