Dr Demola Obembe

Job: Associate Professor: Strategic Management

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

Research group(s): Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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

T: +44 (0)116 250 7916

E: dobembe@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/bal


Personal profile

Demola Obembe joined the Business School as a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management in October 2011. Before this, he held academic teaching and research appointments at; University of Roehampton, Queen Mary University of London, Warwick Business School and University of Leicester. He has previously undertaken research in the banking, construction, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, exploring a range of issues such as mergers and acquisitions, knowledge sharing, innovation network development and general organisation studies.  Prior to entering academia, he worked in the Nigerian Banking Industry with Citibank and also had a stint teaching at secondary school level.

Research group affiliations


Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Knowledge and Innovation Management Strategies
  • Strategy Implementation Processes
  • Organisation and Employee Behaviour
  • Change Management
  • Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • Social Capital
  • Organisational Networks

Areas of teaching

  • Strategy and Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship 


PhD in Management (University of Leicester)

MBA (University of Leicester)

PGD Financial Management (University of Ibadan-CSU)

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (University of Ibadan)

PGC Learning & Teaching in HE (University of Roehampton)

Courses taught

3rd Year Undergraduate: Current; Strategic Management. Previous; Contemporary Business Issues, Perspectives on Creative Leadership

Postgraduate: Current; International Strategic Management, Markets and Resources, Business Creation and Innovation. Previous; Entrepreneurship and Innovation,

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow, Chartered Management Institute, UK –  (membership since 2007)

Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK – 2008

Conference attendance

Obembe, D., Chukwudum, V. and Nnabuife, N. (2015) ‘Exploring crisis management and business continuity among Nigerian small and medium scale enterprises’, British Academy of Management Conference, University of Portsmouth, 8-10 September. Contribution Type: Full paper; Attendance Funding: De Montfort University

Obembe, D. and Howlett, S. (2010) ‘Knowledge Management in the Voluntary Sector: Investigating Knowledge Sharing Practices for Value Creation’, British Academy of Management Conference, The University of Sheffield, 14-16 September. Contribution Type: Working paper; Attendance Funding: Roehampton University Business School

Obembe, D. and Baptiste, N. (2009) ‘Interim Assessment Feedback as ‘Best-Practice’ in Facilitating Student Learning in HE’, Submission to the Roehampton University 6th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2009, London, 28 April. Contribution Type: Full paper; Attendance Funding: N/A

Obembe, D. (2008) ‘Understanding Individual Action: When Employees Contravene Management Directives to Foster Knowledge Sharing’, Submission for the European Group for Organizational Studies 2008 Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 10-12 July. Contribution Type: Full paper; Attendance Funding: Roehampton University Business School

Consultancy work

Strategy; knowledge & innovation management, change management.

Current availability: Y

Current research students

First Supervision

Ahmad Alfadly - Exploiting Customer Experience for Competitive Market Advantage: A Potential Marketing Strategy for Construction Firms in the Gulf Region       

Adekunle Isaac Ogunsade - The Influences of Institutional Environment on Individual Entrepreneurial Orientation and Venture Creation among Nigerian Youths

Jarrah Al Mansour - Strategy Transition Processes and Practices in Public Sector Organisations


Second Supervision

Kiran Kaur - Managing Family Firm Continuity and Growth Dilemma       

Eisa Alqaydi - Resident's Perception of Police Services in the Unites Arab Emirates Immigration Department


Professional esteem indicators

Journal Refereeing information:
Organization Studies (Sage Publications)
Management Learning (Sage Publications)
Public Money and Management (Taylor & Francis)

Other Reviewing Activities:

Conference paper reviews:

2010: International Conference on Information Systems. Track: Organization Theory, Strategy and IS

British Academy of Management Conference. Tracks: Knowledge and Learning; Entrepreneurship

PhD Completions

Henry Mumbi - Shared Leadership: An Exploratory Study taking a Stakeholder Approach in Voluntary Organisations. (1st Supervisor)

David Cantliffe - Precursors to Organizational Resilience: A Study of Strategic Decision-Making at the Antecedent Stage of a Crisis (2nd Supervisor)

Peter McHardy - Illuminating Boundary Spanning Behaviour in Business Students of Higher Education (2nd Supervisor)

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