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Dr Milan Gyanwali

Job: Lecturer in Business and Management

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 366 4603



Personal profile

Dr Milan Gyanwali joined De Montfort University as a Lecturer in Business and Management. Prior to this, he worked at Solent University (July 2018 – September 2019) and the University of Leicester (September 2015 – October 2018) where he taught a wide range of subjects including strategy, management, business ethics, organisational behaviour, marketing and human resource management. He has designed dozens of training packages and facilitated hundreds of training programmes for prospective and existing entrepreneurs. His business training packages include business creation, business development and management, saving and credit, entrepreneurship and human resources development.

Milan completed his PhD from the University of Leicester in 2018 in management. He studied a successful business in the recession of 2008-09 and investigated growth phenomena. Milan’s main research focus lies on small and medium enterprises – business start-ups, growth and development, growth strategies and entrepreneurial behaviour. 

He has taken a lead role in establishing and operating businesses including Rajanee Industrial Service, Human Resource Training Centre, Hamro Multipurpose Cooperatives Limited, Barahi Saving and Credit Cooperatives Limited, Samadhan National Daily and Everest Times. Everest Times publishes a weekly newspaper in Nepalese language. He is also a promoter of a bank.

Research group affiliations

The Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)

Publications and outputs

  • Gyanwali, M (2021), Understanding Contemporary Business Environment, In Ratish C G and Shreshth C (eds), Anveshak – Demystifying Contemporary Business Scenarios, Kolkata: Asian Press
  • Gyanwali, M (2020), SME Growth in a Recession: What does a growing business tell? Open Journal of Business and Management, 8(1), pp. 208-230
  • Gyanwali, M (2019), Educating the Enterprise: SME Learning in Collaboration, In: Enterprising Education in UK Higher Education: Challenges for Theory and Practice, Editors: Gary Mulholland and Jason Turner, London: Routledge

Key research outputs

  • SME Growth in a Recession – investigated management strategies and their impact on business performance during the recession of 2008-09.
  • Problems and Prospects of Industrial Development in Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City – looked at internal and external barriers of industrial enterprises and identified feasible industries in the study area.

Research interests/expertise

Milan is interested in researching business performance which includes SME dynamics, growth strategies and customer focus strategies.

Areas of teaching

  • Business and Management
  • Business Strategies
  • Business Ethics
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Human Resource Management


  • PhD in Management – University of Leicester
  • MA in Geography – Tribhuvan University
  • PGDip in HRM – University of Surrey / Farnborough College of Technology
  • PGCert in Learning and Teaching in HE – Solent University
  • BA in Geography and Math – Tribhuvan University

Courses taught


  • DBA/PhD: Introduction to Action Research.
  • MBA: Strategy of Management and Organisational Change.
  • SLMDA: Strategy of Management and Organisational Change.
  • SLA: Change Management.


  • CMDA: Human Resource Management.
  • Level 6: Contemporary Business Issues; Global Strategic Management; Business Start-up; Human Resource Management; Strategy for Management and Marketing; Business Strategy; Business Ethics.
  • Level 5: Management and Strategy; Contemporary Management; Strategy for Business and Management; Business Research and Analytics; Organisational Behaviour.
  • Level 4: Global Business Issues; Global Business and Finance; Global Organisation and Resource Management; Marketing for Products and Services.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • CMBE – Certified Management & Business Educator
  • FHEA – Advanced HE (Higher Education Academy)
  • FCIM – The Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • MCMI – Chartered Management Institute
  • Graduate Member / Assoc CIPD – Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • ISBE Member – Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Conference attendance

  • Gyanwali, M (2022), Where does sustainability lie in cooperatives? paper presented to International Multidisciplinary Conference on Future Vision for India at 100 in 2047, 28-29 January 2022, DCBS/RFI
  • Gyanwali, M, Gyanwali, S, Emambocus, W and Chai, F (2021), A Sustainable Business Model: An Examination of HAMCOL, paper presented to the 43rd ISBE Conference, Cardiff
  • Gyanwali, S., Yadav, U. S. & Gyanwali, M. (2021), Owner-manager Perception on Entrepreneurial Marketing: A study of MSMEs in the Western Region of Nepal, Paper presented at Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship, 25-27 February 2021, EDII, Gandhinagar, India
  • Gyanwali, M and Pyakurel, P (2019), A Cooperative Business Model: Achieving Economic and Social Sustainability, paper presented at the ESU2019 Conference, Naples
  • Gyanwali, M (2018), SME growth in a recession: Contextualised customer focus strategy, paper presented to the 41st ISBE Conference, Birmingham
  • Gyanwali, M (2017), SME Restructuring in a Recession: A Desire for Growth, paper presented at the 40th ISBE Conference, Belfast, 8-9 November 2017, Borders’, Prosperity and Entrepreneurial Responses
  • Gyanwali, M (2016), SME Learning in a Recession: In Search of Growth, paper presented at the 39thISBE Conference, Paris, 26-27 October 2016 – Institutional Voids, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development.
  • Gyanwali, M (2016), SME Growth in a Recession: Lesson Learned, paper presented at the 8thInternational Conference on Global Business Environment (ICGBE), Shinawatra University, Bangkok, 23-24 July 2016
  • Gyanwali, M (2016), SME Learning in a Recession: For What? paper presented at the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development, 1st Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Loughborough University London, London, 24-25 May 2016
  • Gyanwali, M (2015), SME Growth in a Recession: Glimmers in the Dark, paper, presented at the 38thISBE Conference, Glasgow, 11-12 November 2015 – Internationalisation, Innovation and Leadership

Current research students

Constance Ehiozee

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