Portrait of  Paul Armitage Paul Armitage

p.armitage@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473187


Position: Lecturer in Strategic Leadership and Change Management, Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics
Qualifications: MBA, MCMI, FIT-IAAI

Paul is a Lecturer in Strategic Leadership and Change Management in the Business School.  Paul joined the University of Huddersfield in 2011 on retiring from the Fire Service after 28 years.

Committed to the student experience, Paul has provided development to management modules to ensure they meet the needs of students helping them to develop the skills and knowledge required by businesses today. Recently Paul was nominated by students for the staff Thank You awards recognising his support of students and their learning.

Paul’s management background is based in the public sector, working for a large Metropolitan Fire & Rescue Service.  Having achieved business and project management qualifications in a real world context, Paul leads on a module examining the role of strategic leadership in managing organisational change.  Paul is experienced in teaching and supporting UK, EU, post experienced and international students and has taught in Hong Kong delivering a final year module at our partner organisation.


  • Master in Business Administration – University of Huddersfield
  • PGR Research Methods – awarded with Distinction - University of Huddersfield

Professional Body Membership
Paul is a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI).

Research and Scholarship

Paul is currently working towards his PhD entitled ‘An empirical investigation into project management assets as a source of sustained competitive advantage in Local Authority sponsored Social Enterprise Schemes’.  Paul is also currently working towards his PGCHE and acceptance as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Armitage, P., Bamford, D., Handley, J. and Dehe, B. (2016) ‘Project management assets for competitive advantage: applying RBV to social enterprise’. In: 23rd EurOMA conference, 17th - 22nd June 2016, Trondheim, Norway


Paul has supervised undergraduate students with their research dissertation with an impressive success rate of 70% achieving 1st or upper second. He has also been dissertation supervisor to students awarded the Bryman & Bell Prize for Undergraduate Business Research Methods on Business Management BA(Hons) (2013 & 2014)

Research Degree Supervision

Paul has supervised dissertations at undergraduate level and has been involved in student research related to competitive advantage, employee psychological contracts and shared leadership and innovation in SME’s.

Enterprise Activities

Research opportunities in the Social Enterprise sector have including project management awareness training and providing business advice for new start-up social enterprise organisations.

Administrative Responsibilities

Paul is module leader for one final year core module and takes the lead for a module he delivers with our Hong Kong partner organisation.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Paul is teaching the following modules:

  • Developing Business Skills and Personal & Professional Development (Business MSc)
  • Managing Organisational Design and Change (Business Management BA(Hons) programmes)

Paul also supervises students completing their undergraduate dissertations.