Richard Blundel The Open University, UK
Richard Blundel is Professor of Enterprise and Organisation at The Open University and an Honorary Fellow of the ESRC Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey. He is an organisational researcher and educator with a particular interest in the links between entrepreneurial activity, innovation and environmental sustainability. Richard has examined the nature and consequences of growth in different organisational contexts, including small artisanal food producers, manufacturing businesses and social enterprises. His work has appeared in 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, and the Journal of Small Business Management. Recent projects include: the ESRC seminar series, ‘Green Innovation: Making it Work’; an ESRC-funded collaboration with the University of Oxford and Climate Outreach to develop new ways of engaging SME owners and managers in the sustainable growth agenda; and a collaborative study that examines learning and growth processes in contemporary designer-maker enterprises. Richard has developed a variety of educational courses in entrepreneurship and innovation, supervises research students and advises on Open University media projects in this area, such as the BBC / OU co-production 'Hidden Histories: Britain's Oldest Family Businesses'.