Dean Patton is Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Business School at Bournemouth University. He has worked in the field of entrepreneurship and small firms for some three decades; involved in both the research and the teaching of the subject. Over that period his work, in collaboration with a number of colleagues, has been disseminated widely through journal articles, books and reports. His focus is upon applied research and he has worked closely with agencies charged with supporting entrepreneurial activity both regionally and nationally. His most recent project examines the adoption and use of digital technologies by SMEs and its impact upon performance. Dean is also a consulting editor for the International Small Business Journal.