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Dylan Henderson

Dr Dylan Henderson

Lecturer in Innovation and Organisation

Cardiff Business School

+44 29208 76928
Aberconway Building, Room E23A, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


My research and teaching encompass the fields of business innovation, digital technology, and government. I specialise in exploring the spatial dynamics of business activities and strategy development within regional ecosystems. Currently, my research focuses on investigating the roles of actors, organisations, and institutions in regional innovation strategies. I am particularly interested in studying the role of universities and other actors in the emergence of new policy approaches and ecosystem dynamics in this context.

Additionally, I am involved in a separate strand of research that examines the deployment and impact of broadband and mobile technologies in both urban and rural regions. By studying the interplay between technology and regional development, I aim to shed light on the opportunities and challenges that arise from the adoption of these technologies.

My work has been published in leading journals and policy publications, and I have conducted research for organisations such as the European Commission, Welsh Government, regional development agencies, local authorities, and universities across Europe.
















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Primary research interests

  • Innovation ecosystems
  • Digital technologies
  • Public policy for innovation and technology
  • Universities and regional development 
  • Actors, agency and institutitons

Research projects

Recent funded projects:

  • Digital technology adoption and use in the legal service sector in Wales (2023)
  • Review of priority sectors for digital innovation, Welsh Government (2022)
  • 5G Wales Unlocked Observatory, DCMS/Welsh Government (2021-2022)
  • Carmarthenshire Local Innovation Strategy Study, Carmarthenshire County Council (2021)
  • Innovation Advisory Council for Wales Innovation Commission: Scoping the Future (2021)
  • Superfast Broadband Business Exploitation Research Project, WERU / Welsh Government (2016-2020)
  • Final evaluation of the Academic Expertise for Business programme, Welsh Government (2014)
  • End of programme evaluation of the SMART Cymru RD& I programme, Welsh Government (2014)
  • Evaluation of the impact of the KTP programme in Wales, Welsh Government (2013)
  • The role and importance of design in non-design intensive businesses in Ireland, Department for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland (2013)


Courses I currently teach:

Introduction to Management and Organisation, module leader

Masters in Public Leadership, Research Methods, module leader

eMBA, Digital Transformation, Organisations and Society, module leader

MBA, Global Challenges and Strategic Decision Making, guest lecturer

Modern Business Enterprise, guest lecturer

Previous courses:

Management theory and evidence

Business Design


Education and qualifications

  • PhD Interactive Learning and Regional Development, 1999, Cardiff University (ESRC award)
  • MSc Technical Change and Regional Development (Distinction), 1995, Cardiff University (EPSRC / SERC award)
  • BA (Hons) Geography, 1993, Manchester University

    Career overview

    • 2021 - Lecturer in innovation and organisation, Cardiff Business School
    • 2016 - 2020 Senior research fellow, Cardiff Business School
    • 2005 - 2016: Senior consultant, CM International
    • 1999 - 2005: Consultant, CM International
    • 1994 -1995: Research assistant, Centre for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Cardiff University

    Professional memberships

    • Fellow of the Regional Studies Association
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Committees and reviewing

    • 2016 - 2018: Cardiff Business School’s Shadow Management Board
    • 2021: Cardiff Business School Estates Strategy Committee
    • I have acted as a peer reviewer for a range of international journals including Economic Geography, European Planning Studies, Public Policy and Administration, Regional Studies, Regional Studies and Regional Science, Science and Public Policy, Urban Planning.


    My main supervisory interest is in the broad area of the governance of innovation and digital policies. This includes research on topics such as public sector innovation, universities and innovation, and regional innovation ecosystems.

    Current supervision

    Marina Kacar

    Marina Kacar

    Graduate Tutor