After 30 years as an entrepreneur and small business owner Simon took up tertiary education. His undergraduate degree was in adult education and Simon has an MBA from The University of the Sunshine Coast. Simon earned his PhD at Swinburne University of Technology. His thesis was on how entrepreneurs use improvisation as a legitimate strategy to set up and run their businesses. Since then he has presented a number of papers at conferences around the world. Currently at Middlesex University he teaches a number of entrepreneurship modules not only in the business school, but also in other schools such as the School of Health and Education and consults with other schools on developing entrepreneurial programmes. As Programme Leader for the Msc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship he is developing the programme to include opportunities to participate international entrepreneurial programmes. Simon sits on the Academic Standards Board and Advisory Board for the London College of Business and Information Technology.
Simon Best is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University Business School. He is the Programme Leader for the Msc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship and the Project Leader of EDH@MDX. EDH@MDX is an initiative started by Simon to provide support across the university to all students and staff who either want to start a business or have a business already want it to grow.
Simon has been involved in entrepreneurship on a global scale. He has started businesses in India, Viet Nam, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Simon has also been a consultant to small and medium businesses in Japan, Taiwan, India, South Africa and Viet Nam. More recently he has been delivering workshops and seminars in Hungary, USA and Viet Nam to emerging entrepreneurs. In 2011 he organized and led a trip to South Africa with a group of Masters Students to work with micro businesses.