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Richard K. Blundel

Professor of Enterprise and Organisation, Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise, The Open University

Richard is Professor of Enterprise and Organisation in the Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise at The Open University. His research focuses on approaches to promoting environmental sustainability in SMEs and in related work on eco-innovation. Richard was co-lead for a recent ESRC impact acceleration project with the colleagues from University of Oxford and Climate Outreach, which developed a new values-based course and toolkit for intermediaries, ‘Promoting Sustainability in Business’. Richard has also studied growth and innovation processes in small, craft-based firms, including boat builders, furniture designer-makers and musical instrument manufacturers. His work has been published in journals such as Business & Society, Business Strategy and the Environment, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Enterprise & Society and The Journal of Small Business Management. He is co-author of the research-based textbook, Exploring Entrepreneurship (3e) (SAGE, 2021).


  • 2017–present
    Chair professor, The Open University


  • 2003 
    University of Birmingham, PhD
  • 1988 
    University of Bradford, MBA
  • 1983 
    The London School of Economics, BSc (Econ): Social Policy