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Professor Dave Cooper

Head of Business School

Professor of Management and Economic Development and Head of Business School

Career Background

As Head of Department, Dave is responsible for the management of 25 full time and 10 associate members of staff, supporting some 400 undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is also responsible for the co-ordination of research provision and the delivery of enterprise and incubation support services.

This includes the development of leadership programmes, consultancy, applied research, KTP products and services, business support services and the delivery of the University’s enterprise and employability education strategy.  He represents the University externally on regional regeneration and strategic growth initiatives and committees and has been involved with the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership since it was first proposed. 

Dave has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Computer Integrated Manufacturing.  He spent 3 years working in the Aerospace industry before spending 14 years with global management consulting and computing services business, Cap Gemini.  During this time he worked with the health, manufacturing and telecommunication sectors.

He joined the University of Chichester in 2003.  He undertook the development of a regional top-down smart specialization strategy in support of Coast to Capital’s submission to the government for their Strategy for Local Growth. 

He is involved in the development of the University’s Engineering and Digital Technology Park with a specific interest in Data Science and Sustainable Business. He is also involved with EU funded research focused on the development of Channel maritime economies.

Dave is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow the Higher Education Academy.

Learning and Teaching Interests

Dave teaches modules across information systems and business management disciplines, specialising in operations management, project management, information systems design and analysis and business strategy. 

He also teaches strategic management to MA students in Leadership and Management.  He is an advocate for work based learning through placements, internships and the value of acquiring entrepreneurial skills.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Dave’s research focuses on applied business and economic research, strategic consultancy and support for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.  He is interested in enterprise and its role in regional regeneration.  He has a strong commercial and strategic change management background which he brings to his research and consulting work.

He sits on a number of regional committees promoting regeneration, growth and enterprise including; the Coast to Capital LEP’s Strategic Review Group, the Innovation South Science and Innovation Audit Steering Committee and is Chair of the Bognor Regis Town Centre Manager, Management Group.

Dave is currently supervising a number of PhD students who are researching a variety of management and economic development themes.

Indicative Examples of Consultancy Work

o    Project management of the University’s involvement in the Channel Arc Manche Integration Strategy programme (CAMIS), a substantial EC funded project.  The University worked on characterisation and comparisons of marine innovation clusters and transport on both sides of the Channel.

o    Project management of the University’s involvement in the EU funded Channel MOR project to investigate and develop opportunities for Channel based businesses to engage in the Offshore Renewable Energy Supply Chain.

o    Working with a small aerospace business to facilitate the development of the company’s 5 year strategy.

o    Coordinating work to identify a local business supply chain for the Rampion wind farm off the coast of Sussex.

o    Development of a business plan for an arts based social enterprise using a Business Model Canvas approach.

o    Cooper, D. and Horwood, J. (2009), Final Report on the West Sussex Post Office Closure Impact Study, West Sussex County Council

o    Cooper, D. and Simmonds, D. (2011), Third Force: An Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Third Sector in West Sussex, West Sussex Social Enterprise Network

o    University of Chichester, (2011), Bognor Regis Watersports Centre Feasibility Study,

o    Tullet, S. Cooper, D. and Batchelor L. (2012), Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development, Report for Coast to Capital

o    Tullett,, Ranmuthumalie de Silva, Sear and Cooper (2012), Bognor Regis Town Centre Project: Making use of empty and underutilised commercial spaces, prepared on behalf of Arun District Council

o    McKinley, E. Cooper, D. de Silva, M. (2013), Port Centricity: Growth and Diversity for Local Ports , Report produced as part of CAMIS Interreg IV EU funded project

o    Robins, D. Cooper, D. (2013), Aldrington Basin, Shoreham Harbour; A Delivery Plan,  Report produced for the Shoreham Harbour Regeneration Partnership

o    Batchelor, L. Cooper, D. (2013), Size doesn’t matter: enterprise education at the shallow end, International Enterprise in Education Conference, Sheffield

o    Leseure, M. Cooper, D. Robins, D. (2014), Supply chain, sustainability, and industrial policy - the case of the UK offshore wind energy supply chain , EurOMA Forum Groningen

o    Cooper D. (2014), Developing Networks of Innovation; Space to Be Creative, Report for Coast to Capital LEP

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