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Richard K. Blundel

Senior Lecturer in Enterprise Development, Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise, The Open University

Richard's research is in the field of organisation studies, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship. innovation and sustainability. He has studied the growth process in organisations including small artisanal food businesses, manufacturing firms and social enterprises. He is also interested in public policies for enterprise development, the role of entrepreneurial actors in sustainability transitions, and emerging models of 'socially responsible' enterprise. His work is published in international journals such as Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Enterprise & Society, Industry & Innovation, The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Business Ethics: A European Review, Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, and the Journal of Small Business Management. Richard edits the Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain ( He is also co-editor (with Sarah Underwood, Fergus Lyon and Anja Schaefer) of Social and Sustainable Enterprise: Changing the Nature of Business, Volume 2 in the series 'Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research' (Emerald, 2012) and co-author or two recent book chapters: 'Promoting environmentally sustainable enterprises: some policy options.' In: Robert Blackburn and Michael Schaper (eds.) Government, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development: Policy, Practice and Challenges. (Gower, 2012), and 'Enterprise education for small artisanal businesses: A case study of Sokoban Wood Village, Ghana.' In: Mai Thi Thanh Thai and Ekaterina Turkina (eds.) Entrepreneurship in the Informal Economy: Models, Approaches and Perspectives for Economic Development. (Routledge, 2012).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Enterprise Development, The Open University


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