David Paulson completed his Ph.D. in business history at Cambridge University part-time whilst leading small and medium-sized manufacturing and service businesses. His thesis, "A Comparative Study of Business Cultures and the Pursuit of Industrial Competitiveness in Britain and Germany, c.1949-1979"; compared the management and performance of British SMEs with their Mittelstand counterparts through six business micro-histories. He has been Professor of Practice in Management at Queen's University in Belfast for two years, where he teaches undergraduates, MBAs, and executives. He is the current Programme Director for the MSc in HRM and is a member of QUB's Centre for Economic History and Centre for Leadership, Ethics, and Organisation. He welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on research on SMEs and family firms, especially in relation to their leadership and sustainability, and especially from a transnational perspective.