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Mr Deji Olagboye

Job: PhD student

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

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

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Personal profile

Deji O. Olagboye FCA ACITN is a Doctoral Student at the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University. He holds MSc (Distinction) in Accounting and Finance, PGCert in International Business, 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).

Before starting this doctoral study, he held various leadership roles in the banking industry and professional practice - Head Energy Desk, Branch Manager, Team Lead Business Banking and Relationship Manager SME/Local Corporate. He had over fifteen (15) years of professional practice and industry experience before starting this PhD study in 2019. He was also engaged in 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 banking industry, small business development and funding, and professional practice has largely driven his current research interests in entrepreneurship.

His PhD study is on the informal economy enterprises in developing countries. The study is aimed at contributing to the survival and growth of entrepreneurial activities in developing countries and by extension contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs); SDG 17 - partnership between entrepreneurship research and policy-making; SDG 4 - quality education to include entrepreneurial education; SDG 8 - decent work and economic growth for and by the youths through entrepreneurial activities, and SDG 1 - poverty eradication.

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Research interests/expertise

  • Entrepreneurial education and orientation
  • SME survival and growth
  • Strategic management and implementation processes
  • Organisational behaviour and performance measurement
  • Corporate governance and social responsibility
  • Financial management and solutions

Areas of teaching

  • Organisational Management and Strategy
  • Business Continuity Management
  • Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance and Budgeting


  • MSc (Distinction) Accounting and Finance, De Montfort University, UK - 2008
  • Postgraduate Certificate in International Business, De Montfort University, UK - 2007
  • Higher National Diploma in Accountancy, Kwara State Polytechnic, Nigeria, 1998
  • National Diploma in Financial Studies, Kogi State Polytechnic, Nigeria, 1995

Courses taught

  • HRMG5053: Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • HRMG3203: Globalisation and IHRM
  • HRMG2205: People Management

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)


PhD project


Enterprise Survival and Growth: Categorisation, Structures, and Policy Development in Nigeria.


The informal economy and the conditions that might have created and perpetuated its existence has been extensively investigated. However, there is a dearth of research exploring the institutionalisation of the informal economy enterprises as a catalyst for growth and development, particularly enterprises in developing countries, and the implications for institutional structures, systems and policy formulation for entrepreneurial activities in developing countries. This research seeks to contribute to this research gap by specifically investigating the role of categorisation, structures, and policy development for the institutionalisation of the informal economy enterprises, with a view to contribute to the survival and growth of entrepreneurial activities and by extension the achievement of the UN Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs); 1 - poverty eradication, 4 - decent work and economic growth, and 17 - partnership in developing countries.

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