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Dr Stephanie Scott

Associate Professor in Management, Director of the BA (Hons) Business and Management Programme


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Associate Professor in Management, Director of the BA (Hons) Business and Management Programme in the Business School  


Dr Stephanie Scott is an Assistant Professor in Innovation and Strategic Management. She holds a PhD in Management Degree from Durham University Business School, which was recognized as an Outstanding Thesis during the 2017 congregation ceremony. She also possesses a Master in Science in Management (International Business) degree (Merit-level honours) and Bachelors of Business Administration (International Business). She is currently a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. 

Dr Scott's research focuses on the micro-level processes, social structures, and managerial aspects of knowledge-based communications for innovation emergence. She is particularly interested in the exploration of formal and informal relational governance mechanisms, business model designs, and the enabling/constraining factors of coupled process open innovation network performance. Her research projects have been focused on the transfer of highly specialised technical knowledge and communication with the new product development process context. She regularly disseminates the findings of her work and expertise to benefit a broad range of stakeholders; including several multi-national organizations, SMEs, and local and national policy-makers. 

Dr Scott teaches across the different management programmes on offer at Durham University Business School. Her undergraduate Strategic Management is a core module for Management, Marketing, Economics, and Finance/Accounting students. Additionally, this is an optional module available to the broader university as well. It attracts students from the STEM disciplines, who are keen to learn more about the business environment. The module has been well recieved by the students for its practical focus, industrial applicability, and the unique learning community that it provides. She also teaches a masters level Innovation and Technology Management module, in which she uses research-led methods to equip students with an understanding of the process and complexities of managing R&D/Technology Development.

In addition to her modules, she supervises research projects within the UG, MBA, MSc, DBA, and PhD level programmes. She is particularly interested in supervising students who are keen to explore Innovation Performance, Agile Manufacturing, R&D Processes, and/or Strategic Partnerships/Open Innovation Networks. Additionally, she is interested in supervising projects with a context set in FinTech, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Engineering/STEM Management, etc. She is very drawn to the use of social network methodologies, but is skilled in a using a broad range of qualitative and quantitative methods, approaches, and analysis. 

Prior to her life in Academia, Stephanie worked within the supply chain functions within the food and beverage industry and was also a marketing operations executive within the online gaming industry. She has been trained in a broad range of industrial technologies; including Red Prairie, Oracle, SAP, TMW, AS/400, SPSS, UCInet, Pajek, Office, Visual Basic, nVivo, Qualtrics, Qualcomm BREW, Netdraw. 

Mini Biography

Stephanie is an Assistant Professor in Management. Her research focuses on the management and strategic planning of University-Business Open Innovation Relationships built for New Product Development.

Research interests

  • Social and Relational Capital
  • Networks and Innovation
  • Institutions and Research Policy
  • Open Innovation and Strategic Partnerships
  • Knowledge Management/Psychology of Learning
  • University-Business Strategy Planning
  • New Product Development

Esteem Indicators

  • 2017: Outstanding Thesis Award: Durham University Business School
  • 2016: Outstanding Contribution to Life: Ustinov College, Durham University
  • 2015: Dean's Award for Excellence: Postgraduate Teaching: Durham University Business School
  • 0000: Editorial Board Member - World Open Innovation Conference (UC Berkeley) :
  • 0000: Governor - Monkseaton High School, North Tyneside:
  • 0000: Invited Speaker - Career Advice for Women, Ustinov Success Series:
  • 0000: Regional Transport Plan Steering Group, Northeast, UK:


Conference Paper

Journal Article

Working Paper

  • Scott, S. A., Hughes, P. & Hodgkinson, I. (Planned). Uncovering the psychological antecedents of online gambling intention: A cross-cultural examination of the US/UK online gambler.
  • Scott, S. A., Hughes, M. & Ellis, N. (Planned). Open Innovation Partnerships as Complex Adaptive Systems.
  • Yang, W., Scott, S. A. & Small, L. (Planned). The social impact of university-business new product development research collaborations.

Supervision students

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