Dr Deji Olagboye

Job: Lecturer in Business and Management

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: School of Leadership, Management and Marketing

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


E: deji.olagboye@dmu.ac.uk

Social Media: www.linkedin.com/in/deji-olagboye


Personal profile

Deji O. Olagboye PhD. MSc. FCA. ACITN. is a Lecturer in Business and Management at the School of Leadership, Management, and Marketing, Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University. He holds PhD in Business and Management Studies (De Montfort University), MSc (Distinction) in Accounting and Finance (De Montfort University), PGCert in International Business (De Montfort University), HND in Accounting, and OND in Financial Studies. He is also a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).

His PhD focused mainly on Enterprise Survival and Growth: Classification, Structures, and Policy Development in Nigeria. During his PhD, he was a Part-Time Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at De Montfort University.

Before joining academia, he held various leadership roles in the financial service industry and professional practice - Head Energy Desk, Branch Manager, Team Lead Business Banking and Relationship Manager SME/Local Corporate. He has over fifteen (15) years of professional practice and industry experience. He also had volunteering engagements - Head, Credit Risk Management RMF/RCCG Multipurpose Cooperative Society, and Member School Leadership Team in charge of Administration for RMF/RCCG Business and Entrepreneurship Skill Acquisition Centre (BESAC). His many years of experience in the financial service industry, small business development and funding, and professional practice has largely driven his current research interests in entrepreneurship and SMEs, business development and sustainability, innovation and change management, strategy process and practice, and institutions.

Publications and outputs

Olagboye, D.O., Mafimisebi, O.P., Obembe, D., Beta, K.W. (2023). Natural Resources, Sustainable Entrepreneurship, and Poverty Reduction in Resource-Rich African Countries: The Missing Link. In: Adomako, S., Danso, A., Boateng, A. (eds) Corporate Sustainability in Africa. Palgrave Studies in African Leadership. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-29273-6_6 

Olagboye, D.O., Obembe, D., and Okafor, G., (2022). ‘Enterprise Survival and Growth: A Conceptual Exposition of Entrepreneurial Activities in Sub-Saharan Africa'. In Kolade, S., Rae, D., Obembe, D., and Woldesenbet Beta, K., (Eds). The Palgrave Handbook of African Entrepreneurship: London. (See https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030758936)

Research interests/expertise

  • SME/Enterprise survival and growth
  • Sustainable business/entrepreneurship
  • Business ethics and Fairtrade 
  • Business innovation and change management
  • Strategic process and practice
  • Corporate governance and social responsibility
  • Business financial management and solutions

Areas of teaching

  • Business Continuity Management
  • Business Innovation
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Organisational Management and Strategy
  • Business Management and Sustainability


  • PhD Business and Management Studies
  • MSc (Distinction) Accounting and Finance
  • PGCert in International Business
  • HND in Accountancy
  • ND in Financial Studies

Courses taught

  • Module Leader - Contemporary Business Issues - UG Level 6
  • Leadership and Change Management - MSc IB Suite
  • Global Contemporary Business Issues - UG Level 6
  • Business and Sustainability - UG Level 5
  • Managing Change and Innovation - UG Level 5

Honours and awards

Master of Science with Distinction, DMU Leicester, UK 2008
Student Representative Achievement Award, DMU Leicester, UK 2008
Commendation for Outstanding Performance, DMU Leicester, UK 2007

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)
  • Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN)


Conference attendance

Olagboye, D.O., Obembe, D., and Okafor, G., (2023). 'Informal Entrepreneurship and Institutionalisation: The Mediating Effect of Entrepreneurial Motivation on Willingness to Institutionalise', British Academy of Management Conference. University of Sussex, 1 - 6 September 2023. Brighton.

PhD project