Dr Paul Knott - People - Management - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Paul KnottDr Paul Knott


Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management


  • Ph.D. Manchester Business School, UK
  • B.Sc.(Hons), M.Eng. University of Bath, UK

Contact Details

Business and Law Building, Room 227
Phone: +64 3 369 3709
Internal Phone: 93709
Email: paul.knott@canterbury.ac.nz

Postal Address
Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand


Dr Paul Knott is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management. As well as teaching into the B.Com, M.Com and MBA programmes, he undertakes research and publication in strategic management, strategy-as-practice, and innovation management. The central theme of his research is the relationship between strategy tools, techniques and ideas and practitioner cognition and action. Current focus areas around this central theme include:

Strategy tools, cognition and action – how strategy practitioners take in and interpret information and methods, and how this affects their decisions and actions. For example, the 2015 paper Does VRIO help managers evaluate a firm’s resources?’ (Management Decision 53:8, 1806-1822).

Strategy development processes – a practice perspective on how these operate in different contexts, including formal strategic planning in large multi-business firms (with Chatchai Thnarudee), and networks of firms in the distinctive informal sector in Ghana (with William Darbi).

Development of new high-technology ventures – including use of innovation tools and techniques, team learning, and outcomes (with Anton de Waal). For example, the 2013 paper ‘Innovation tool adoption and adaptation in small technology-based firms’ (International Journal of Innovation Management 17:3).

Although now a strategic management specialist, earlier he qualified as an engineer and gained experience in the UK aerospace industry, where he worked in systems integration and later in design process efficiency. He joined the University of Canterbury in 1999.

Full details of my research interests and publications are available on my UC Spark page.

Additional information is available on my Staff Profile page.

Undergraduate Courses

I act as coach for the University of Canterbury's teams in the SDS Business Case Competition.

Postgraduate Courses

Project and Dissertation Supervision

  • MBAD 680 MBA Project (consulting projects undertaken to complete the MBA degree)
  • MGMT 680 Management Dissertation (research projects undertaken to complete the M.Com degree)

PhD Supervision Opportunities

My entry in the Department's PhD Supervision Opportunities' page sets out the research areas I am available to supervise.

Current PhD students:

  • Christian Walsh – The role of entrepreneurial intuition in making sense of strategic opportunities

Completed theses:

  • Anton de Waal (completed 2011): New product development: a study of the adoption, usage and impact of tools among small high technology firms
  • Chatchai Thnarudee (completed 2012):  Interaction dynamics of strategic planning within M-form based firms
  • William Darbi (completed 2016): Strategy practice in the informal economy: a case from strategic networking of informal printing businesses in Ghana

Research Interests

Research and Publications

You can find out about my research interests, projects I'm presently involved in and items I've published by visiting my entry in the UC Research Profile. Once you've completed your visit there, you can return to this page by clicking “Staff Web Page” under my photo on that page.