Dr Adekunle Ogunsade

Job: Senior Lecturer in Business Management

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6369

E: adekunle.ogunsade@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr Adekunle Ogunsade joined Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University in September 2016 as an Associate Lecturer and subsequently appointed as a Lecturer in Business and Management in September 2018. Before joining De Montfort University, he held a Part-time Lecturing post in Leicester international College and built up over a decade industry experience at very senior levels in government departments and financial institutions in Nigeria. 

As Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Adekunle leverages on industry and research experience to advance excellent teaching and innovative classroom practice. Adekunle teaches both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also served as programme leader for level 6 top-up BA (Hons) Business and Management and currently the Module leader for Global Business and Finance. 

His research portfolio includes international journals and book chapter publications, conference proceedings, symposium and research funding. Adekunle is a reviewer for leading peer-reviewed journals. Also, an investigator with a team of researchers on various ongoing research projects including Fin Tech Innovation Network Project exploring the ecosystem framework and emerging opportunities across Africa. He is the Co-Founder and Vice President of the International Network of Scholars for Youth Enterprise Africa Project (YEAP), an organization that fosters youth innovative start-ups and expand research collaboration between academics and practitioners. His research interests are around Institutional Entrepreneurship, Small Business innovation, Entrepreneurship Education and Business Start-ups. He is also interested in PhD students with similar interests.

Research group affiliations

  • People Organisations and Work Institute (POWI)
  • The Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)

Research interests/expertise

Building on his professional and PhD research background, Adekunle’s research cuts across disciplinary areas that include institutional entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystem, entrepreneurial governance and policy framework. Additionally, Adekunle is keenly interested in entrepreneurial orientation and new venture creation, small business innovation and strategy, entrepreneurship education and business continuity. Particularly, his research works explore the connection between theory and practice to offer unique insights into issues relating to formal and informal institutional environments, and charting policy framework for emerging entrepreneurial opportunities across Africa.

Areas of teaching

Global Contemporary Business Issues, Global Business and Finance, Understanding Business,Organisational Management and Strategy


  • PhD Entrepreneurship and Business Management(De Montfort University University)
  • MSc International Business and Market (De Montfort University University)
  • MBA Business Administration (Lagos State University-Nigeria)
  • PGD Economics (Lagos State University-Nigeria)

Courses taught

CORP3544: Global Contemporary Business Issues, CORP 1530:Global Business and Finance, CORP1502: Understanding Business

Honours and awards

  • 2019 June Best paper in the Regional Perspectives on African Entrepreneurship Opportunities track in the 1St International Conference on African Entrepreneurship (ICAE) held at De Montfort University, 13-14th 2019.
  • 2014 December Best paper in the Nascent Entrepreneurship and Innovation track in the Copenhagen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference held at Denmark Technical University (December 1st to 3rd 2014).

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. UK
  • British Academy of Management
  • African Academy of Management (AFAM)
  • Fellow Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria (ISMN)
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 
  • European Academy of Management (EURAM)

Professional licences and certificates

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria (ISMN)


Publications and outputs

  • Ogunsade, I.A., Murithi, W., Mafimisebi O.P. (2020) Institutional determinants and entrepreneurial mindsets of university educated youth in sub-Saharan Africa. In: Enterprising Africa: Transformation through Entrepreneurship (pp. 191-205). London Routledge Book https://www.routledge.com/Enterprising-Africa-Transformation-through-Entrepreneurship/Dobson-Agyapong-Jones-Mass/p/book/9781138371231 
  • Ogunsade, I.A. and Obembe, D. Ojebode, A (2020) Institutional Change and Entrepreneurial Governance in Sub-Sharan African: Implications for Inclusive Growth and Development http://editorial.worldscinet.com/jec/editorial/paper/9661728.docx
  • Ogunsade, I. A., Obembe, D., Woldesenbet, K., & Vershinina, N. (2018). Institutional Environments and Youths Entrepreneurial Orientation: Evidence from Nigeria. Dora De Montfort University Leicester 
  • Ogunsade, I.A. and Obembe, D. (2016) “The influence of informal institutions on informal entrepreneurship: a study of Nigeria's hand-woven textile industry”. Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, DOI: 10.1080/08276331.2016.1202093 

Conference Papers 

  • Ogunsade, I.A. Mafimisebi O.P., Ojebode. A (2020) ‘Africapitalism’ and Entrepreneurialism: A Deontological Perspective. African Academy of Management (AFAM) Conference. Lagos, Nigeria, 6-11 January 2020. 
  • Ogunsade, A.I, Obembe, D. Woldesenbet, K., (2019) The Impact Institutional Context on Entrepreneurial Cognitions and Business start-ups, presented at the International Conference of African Entrepreneurship, Leicester, UK 13-14th June 2019 
  • Murithi, W.K., Woldesenbet, K. and Ogunsade, A.I (2019) Exploring the Intersection of Entrepreneurial Activities and Socio-Cultural Institutions: How Technology Entrepreneurs (Firms) Create Social Value in Kenya, presented at the International Conference of African Entrepreneurship, Leicester, UK 13-14th June 2019 
  • Ogunsade, I.A. and Obembe, D. (2018) Institutional Environments and Youths Entrepreneurial Orientation: Evidence from Nigeria. British Academy of Management Conference. Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, 4-6 September. 2018. 
  • Ogunsade, I.A. (2016) The influence of Institutional Environment on Individual Entrepreneurial Orientation and Venture Creation among Nigerian Youths. British Academy of Management Conference. Newcastle University, 6-8 September.2016. 
  • Ogunsade, I.A. and Obembe, D. (2016) Institutional Determinant of Entrepreneurship in the Informal Economy. African Academy of Management (AFAM) Conference. Nairobi, Kenya, 5-10 January. 2016. 
  • Ogunsade, I.A. (2014) Nascent entrepreneurship, challenges and opportunities for new venture- Creation. Denmark Technical University, Conference. Copenhagen Denmark, 1-3 December 2014.

Consultancy work

  • Fluid bootstrapping management 
  • Start-ups incubation
  • Lean business model

Current research students

  • Adebowale Adeyeye - 2nd Supervisor
  • Kehinde Wasiu - 1st Supervisor 
  • Oyerinmade Idowu – 1st Supervisor 
  • Mirna Allam – 1st Supervisor

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