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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, Information Technology, 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 primarily  focus on the intersection of strategic management, international management, and innovation. His current research concerns relationalism and process theory, second-order technology and innovation management, strategy-as-practice, strategic foresight and temporality, discursive practices, and the world 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 innovation and strategy in organizing. He frequently employs microstoria, narratives, and publicly available archival-datasets for his empirical inquiries.

David has authored 140+ 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, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, European Management Review, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management.


  • BA(Hons) PhD


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

Newest selected publications

Botchie, D., Sarpong, D. and Meissner, D. (2022) 'Chain upgrading, technology transfer, and legitimacy: The Schumpeterian character of China in the information and communication technology sector in SSA'. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 183. pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 0040-1625 Open Access Link

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Sarpong, D., Boakye, D., Ofosu, G. and Botchie, D. (2022) 'The three pointers of research and development (R&D) for growth-boosting sustainable innovation system'. Technovation, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 9. ISSN: 0166-4972 Open Access Link

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Ofosu, G. and Sarpong, D. (2022) 'Mineral exhaustion, livelihoods and persistence of vulnerabilities in ASM settings'. Journal of Rural Studies, 92. pp. 154 - 163. ISSN: 0743-0167 Open Access Link

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Li, X., Sarpong, D. and Wang, CL. (2022) 'Collaborative Strategic Foresight and New Product Development in Chinese Pharmaceutical Firms'. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 69 (2). pp. 551 - 563. ISSN: 0018-9391 Open Access Link

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Ofosu, G. and Sarpong, D. (2022) 'China in Africa: On the competing perspectives of the value of Sino-Africa business relationships'. Journal of Economic Issues (JEI), 56 (1). pp. 137 - 157. ISSN: 0021-3624 Open Access Link

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