Dr Simon Best joined Middlesex University in 2010 following a number of career changes. Simon's first career was 15 years as a chef; this was followed by two years as a Market Researcher and then 28 years as self-employed business owner. During his time as a business owner Simon started businesses in Australia, Papua New Guinea, India and Viet Nam. Simon has extensive networks across a number of countries. Currently Simon leads the Enterprise development hub – EDH@MDX as well as lecturing in Entrepreneurship and small business development.
PGCHE Middlesex University, Hendon, UK, 2011
PhD Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 2006
Migration Law for Migration Agents, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, 2002
MBA University of the sunshine coast, Maroochydore, Australia, 2000
Justice of the Peace Qual, North Point TAFE, Brisbane, Australia, 1998
BA Adult and Vocational Education, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, 1996
Learning & Teaching Interests
Simon is a Teaching Fellow, and teaching and learning interests are widely set around how people learn. He is particularly interested in disruptive learning and the use of dysfunctional groups to enhance learning.
Modules currently taught:
MGT3193 Business Start-up
MGT4465 Networking for Entrepreneurs
MGT4520 International Entrepreneurship
MBA4712/3 Business Transformation Project
MGT3197 Introduction to Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Research Outputs & Interests
Simon's research interests are relatively broad but centre around entrepreneurship and enterprising behaviour. He is developing a number of research papers drawing on the data collect through the Enterprise Development Hub at Middlesex University (EDH@MDX).
Current Research Projects:
APInno, an Erasmus Plus funded project to research and develop a module on Innovation for students from a non-business background.
The value of rewarding badges for achievement in non-assessed learning in the classroom.
The role of text books in perpetuating myths about entrepreneurship
The linguistic disconnect between the language use in the business school and other schools at Middlesex University regarding the concept of entrepreneurship
Best, Simon and Soyode, Alistair and Muller-Camen, Michael and Boff, Andrew (2015) The complex concept of sustainable of diversity management:…and why forming policies in this area is far from straightforward. Human Resource Management International Digest, 23 (5). pp. 45-48. ISSN 0967-0734
Best, Simon (2005) Towards a model of improvisation: a review of the literature. In: 18th Annual SEAANZ Conference on Small Business, 25-28 Sep 2005, Armidale, NSW, Australia.
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
Simon has a number of funding bids for research activities. Currently he is working with a consortium of 6 organisations to develop a module on innovation. This is funded by Erasmus Plus.
Other Knowledge Exchange activities are:
EDH@MDX, an enterprise development hub that supports student and staff across the university
Facilitate Global Entrepreneurship Week at Middlesex University
Working with St Cyrills and Methodius University, Macedonia on developing enterprise hubs
Kazakhstan University Leaders programme
Academic Excellence Exchange – Middlesex University
Teaching Fellows Academic Practice Forum – Middlesex University
Member of Birkbeck University Entrepreneur Hub
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Member of MINCA
Guest lecturer at Pecs University, Hungary; Penn State University, USA and St Cyrills and Methodius University, Macedonia
IEEC Conference 2014 Newcastle University
Via Futuri Conference 2014 Pecs University
Entrepreneurship and homes: policy and practice 2015 ESRC Seminar Series
What must tech clusters outside London do to thrive? 2015 Birkbeck University
Engagement & Impact
In 2011 Simon set up EDH@MDX, a university wide support service that helps staff and student develop businesses ideas. Over 1200 students have engaged with EDH@MDX and from that a number of successful self-employed and small businesses have emerged.
Other activities include:
Link Tutor for Foreign Trade University, Viet Nam
Trustee and Board Member Institute of Small Business and Enterprise
Academic Standards Board Member London College of Business Management and Information Technology
Academic Standards Board Member Compass Education Viet Nam