Richard Blundel




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Richard is an organisational researcher and educator with a particular interest in the links between entrepreneurial activity, innovation and environmental sustainability. A common theme in his work is an examination of the nature and consequences of growth in different organisational contexts, including artisanal food producers, small manufacturing businesses and social enterprises. Richard is co-leading, ‘Growing Green’ an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account project with the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and communications specialists, Climate Outreach, developing a values-based approach to promoting engagement with SME owners and managers (2017-19). Recent research projects include the ESRC Seminar Series: ‘Green Innovation: Making it Work’ (2015-17), which provided a discussion forum for researchers and policy-makers.  He is also working with a leading furniture designer-maker, Philip Koomen, on a project that explores the nature of learning and growth in contemporary craft-based businesses.

Work w/ CUSP

Richard is collaborating with Prof Fergus Lyon and colleagues on work related to the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the transition to a more sustainable economy. This builds on earlier work on environmental responsibility in SMEs, and on the effectiveness of policy-making in this area (e.g. Blundel et al. 2013, Underwood et al. 2012). He gave a seminar at Middlesex University (April 2016), which explored the contrasting ways in which SMEs are represented in the green growth and emerging steady state economics literatures.

Recent publications

Blundel, R.K., Smith, D.J., Ackrill, R. and Schaefer, A. (2018) ‘Making “greener” connections: an introduction to the Special Issue.’  The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Special issue: ‘Green innovation’ – connecting governance, practices and outcomes). 19(1): 3-8.

Schaefer, A. Williams, S., and Blundel, R.K. (2018) ‘Individual values and SME environmental engagement.’ Business and Society (Early Access).

Wahga, A., Blundel. R.K. and Schaefer, A. (2017) ‘Understanding the drivers of sustainable entrepreneurial practices in Pakistan’s leather industry: a multi-level approach.’ International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (Online First).

Blundel, R.K., Lockett, N. and Wang, C. (2017) Exploring Entrepreneurship (2nd edition). London: Sage.

Blundel, R.K. and Lyon, F. (2015) ‘Towards a “long view”: historical perspectives on the scaling and replication of social ventures.’ Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 6(1): 80–102.

Clarke, J., Holt, R. and Blundel, R.K. (2014) ‘Re-imagining the growth process: (co)-evolving metaphorical representations of entrepreneurial growth.’ Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 26(3-4): 234-256.

Blundel, R.K., Monaghan, A. and Thomas, C. (2013) ‘SMEs and environmental responsibility: a policy perspective.’ Business Ethics: A European Review, 22(3): 246-262.

Underwood, S., Blundel, R.K., Lyon, F. and Schaefer, A. (eds.) (2012) Social and Sustainable Enterprise: Changing the Nature of Business. Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, Volume 2 (Series Editors: C. Henry and S. Marlow). Bingley: Emerald.