Simon Down

  • About Simon

    Prof. Simon Down

    Simon Down is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organization at the University of Birmingham. He is currently a visiting professor at Kristianstad University/Högskolan Kristianstad (HKR) in South Sweden. He has previously worked in the UK at Anglia Ruskin University as Deputy Dean for Research, Newcastle University, Plymouth University, and in Australia at Wollongong University.

    He has published books, articles, policy reports and book chapters on social enterprise in Haiti, social enterprise incubation, small firm policy and regulation, self-identity, indigenous entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education in North Korea, management history and ethnographic methodology in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Environment and Planning A, Human Relations, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Organization and the International Small Business Journal.


    Johannes Kepler University Linz
    Altenberger Straße 69
    4040 Linz, Austria

    Institute of Innovation Management (IFI)
    Managementzentrum, 3rd floor
    Room: MZ 302B



  • Giazitzoglu, A. and Down, S, ‘Performing entrepreneurial masculinity: an ethnographic account’, International Small Business Journal, published online before print August 19, 2015, doi: 10.1177/0266242615599244 (CABS 3).
  • Down, S. (2015) ‘Narratives of Enterprise revisited: methodological appendices in ethnographic books’, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 4(1): 28 – 43 (not ABS listed).
  • Kautonen, T., S. Down and M. Minniti. Ageing and entrepreneurial preferences. Small Business Economics, in press
  • Swail, J., Down, S. and Kautonen, T. (2013) ‘Examining the effect of entre-tainment as a cultural influence on entrepreneurial intentions’, International Small Business Journal, in press.
  • Down, S. (2012) ‘Evaluating the impacts of government policy through the long view of life history’, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 24(7-8): 619-639.
  • Down, S. (2012) ‘A historiographical account of workplace and organizational ethnography’, Journal of Organizational Ethnography 1(1): 72 – 82
  • Badham, R. Claydon, R. and Down, S. (2011) ‘The ambiguity paradox in cultural change’ in D. Boje, B. Burnes and J. Hassard (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Change Management, London: Routledge.
  • Kautonen, T., Down, S., Welter, F., Vainio, P., Althoff, K., Kantola, J. and Kolb, S. (2010) ‘Involuntary Self-employment’ as a public policy issue: A cross-country EU comparison’, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research 16(2): 112-129.
  • Down, S. and Reveley, J. (2009) ‘Between narration and interaction: Situating first-line supervisor identity work’, Human Relations 62(3): 379?401.
  • Down, S. and Hughes, M. (2009) ‘When the ‘subject’ and the ‘researcher’ speak together: Co-producing organizational ethnography’, in S. Ybema, D. Yanow, H. Wels, F. Kamsteeg (Eds.), Organizational Ethnography: Studying the Complexity of Everyday Life, London: Sage.
  • Reveley. J. and Down, S. (2009) ‘Stigmatization and self-presentation in Australian entrepreneurial identity formation’, in Hjorth, D, and Steyaert, C. (eds.) The Politics and Aesthetics of Entrepreneurship. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Down, S. and Warren, L. (2008) ‘Constructing narratives of enterprise: Clichés and entrepreneurial self-identity’, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research 14(1):4-23.
  • Kautonen, T., Down, S. and South, L. (2008) ‘Enterprise support for older entrepreneurs: the case of PRIME in the UK’, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research 14(2): 85-101.
  • Engel, D., T.K. Bauer, K. Brink, S. Down, J. Hartmann, L. Jacobi, T. Kautonen, L. Trettin, F. Welter und J. Wiklund (2007) ‘Unternehmensdynamik und alternde Bevölkerung (Firm dynamics and population ageing)’, RWI : Schriften, Heft 80, Duncker & Humblot: Berlin.
  • Down, S., Garrety, K., and Badham, R. (2006) ‘Fear and loathing in the field: Emotional dissonance and identity work in ethnographic research’ M@n@gement 9(3): 87-107.
  • Reveley, J., Down, S. and Taylor, S. (2004) ‘Beyond the boundaries: An ethnographic analysis of spatially diffuse control in a small firm’ , International Small Business Journal 22(4): 349-367.
  • Down, S. and Reveley, J. (2004) ‘Generational encounters and the social formation of entrepreneurial identity – “young guns” and “old farts” ‘, Organization 11(2): 233-250.
  • Taylor, S., Thorpe, R. and Down, S. (2002) ‘Negotiating managerial legitimacsmaller2organizations:Management education, technical skill and situated competence’, Journal of Management Education 26(5): 550-573.
  • Down, S. (2001) ‘The return of popular social science?’ Human Relations 54(12): 1639-1662.
  • Sadler-Smith, E., Down, S. and Lean, J. (2000) ‘”Modern” learning methods: rhetoric and reality’, Personnel Review 29(4): 474-490.
  • Down, S. (1999) ‘(Yet) another side of HRM?’, Organization 6(3): 543-560.
  • Down, S. (2001) ‘The use of history in business and management, and some implications for management learning.’ Management Learning 32(3): 395-417.
  • Down, S. (1999) ‘Owner-manager learning in small firms’, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 6(3): 1-14.
  • Lean, J., Down, S. and Sadler-Smith, E. (1999) ‘The nature of the client-Personal Business Advisor relationship within Business Link’, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 6(1): 80-88.
  • Lean, J., Down, S. and Sadler-Smith, E. (1999) ‘An examination of the developing role of PBAs within Business Link’, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 17: 609-619.
  • Sadler-Smith, E., Down, S. and Field, J. (1999) ‘Adding value to HRD: evaluation, Investors in People and small firm training’, Human Resource Development International 2(4): 369-390.
  • Down, S. and Smith, D. (1998) ‘It pays to be nice to people: Investors in People; The search for measurable benefits’, Personnel Review 27(2): 143-155. (Also published in summary form in Personnel Review Select (1999), 2(3): 146-57).
  • Down, S. and Bresnen, M. (1997) ‘The impact of Training Enterprise Councils on the provision of small business support: Case studies in London and the Midlands’ , Local Economy 11(4): 317-332.


  • Speaker and mentor at ‘Pyongyang startup week’ at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, together with Newton Fellow Dr Jukka-Pekka Heikkila, May 23rd-27th May 2016.
  • Co-leader of Sustainable Sainji volunteer group, September 2016, an ARU International Community Experience project which involved taking a group of students to a remote village school in Himalayan India to enhance English teaching and understanding of nutrition and hygiene (, #sainji2016 or @GSI_ARU)