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About Dr Phil Smith

He has enjoyed an extensive career in consumer environments, which includes over 35 years’ experience of holding key management roles for household name retail businesses such as Asda and B&Q. He has held major positions to Managing Director level in international businesses such as Dutch owned SHV-Makro and French conglomerate Saint-Gobain. He brings this real-world understanding within his academic teaching to enhance classroom engagement and student learning.


  • Fellow of the Institute of Directors
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute


Dr Smith started teaching students at Chester Business School in 2013, as a Visiting Lecture, now as a part-time faculty member.


  • International Business Operations
  • Applied Professional Practice.


  • Research Methods
  • Intercultural Communication
  • MBA Dissertation
  • Leadership & Change Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Business and Management
  • Retail Management

He has also been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in China.


Dr Smith was awarded ‘Best Research Paper – Technology Entrepreneurship Track’ at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference in November 2019.


  • MBA
  • DBA