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Raised in Russia, she graduated from one of the leading universities, the Urals State University of Economics, with a Master's Degree in Enterprise Management and Planning. She obtained her PhD in Economics in 1993 from the Ural State Technical University. Her doctoral project was focused on assessment of economic impact of environment protection activities of industrial enterprises. In 2008 she completed a second PhD at Manchester Business School which addressed the development of academic spin-off firms.
Dina speaks fluent Russian and previously worked as Senior Lecturer at the Ural State University of Economics. She also has consultancy experience with TACIS & A.T.Kearney Project "Enterprise Support Centre". She provided consultancy services in restructuring local post-privitased industrial enterprises. In 1998-1999 Dina held a Fulbright/Junior Faculty Development Programme visiting scholar position at University of Tennessee, Knoxville USA.
Dina is awarded fellowships of Higher Education Academy (2006) and National Council of Entrepreneurship Education (2010). She serves as an advisor to EURECA project of the American council and Visiting Professor at the Kazakh National Research Medical University.
Dina joined the University of Huddersfield Business School as Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in September 2005. Throughout her academic career she designed and delivered a wide range of coursed aimed on undergraduate, graduate and executive level.
Her specialist teaching is in the fields of Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy for undergraduate and graduate students. Currently Dina leads on BFS0004 Creativity and Innovation for Business; BIS0011 Business Planning for Enterprise; BHS0015 Business Policy. In addition to this teaching Dina supervises a wide range of dissertation topics.
Dina is an active researcher and a member of the Universitys The Enterprise Research Network (TERN). Her current research is focused on entrepreneurial university with a particular focus on technology-based spin-off firms and tailoring business support services to this group of firms. The emerging area of research focus is enterprise education including use of technology and impact of enterprise education on entrepreneurial propensity of individuals. She was awarded the University Teaching and Learning grant to explore the impact of gaming in enterprise education. Dina also secured Enterprise Educator grant to evaluate the state of enterprise education for post-graduate researchers in British universities.
Williams, D (2013) ‘Building support infrastructure for technology-based businesses: What emerging economies can learn from the Western experience?’. In: New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium. Bingley, UK: Emerald. .
Yasin, N., Williams, D. and Pitchford, I. (2012) Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for Postgraduate Research Students : Report 3 : Training Needs Analysis University of Huddersfield
Yasin, N., Williams, D. and Pitchford, I. (2012) Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for Postgraduate Research Students : Report 2 : Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Five UK Universities University of Huddersfield
Yasin, N., Williams, D. and Pitchford, I. (2012) Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for Postgraduate Research Students : Report 1 : Desk Exercise: Enterprise Skills Development Programmes University of Huddersfield
Williams, D (2012) ‘Russias innovation system: reflection on the past,present and future’ International Journal of Transition and Innovation Systems , 1 (4), pp. 394-412. ISSN 1745-008X
Williams, D (2011) ‘Impact of Business Simulation Games in Enterprise Education’. In: Paper presentations of the 2010 University of Huddersfield Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 11-20.
Dinas research interests are:
Dina is interested to hear from potential PhD candidates in any of these areas.