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Dr Seun Kolade

Job: Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7358




Personal profile

Dr Seun Kolade is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at Department of Strategic Management and Marketing at De Montfort University. Prior to joining DMU, he held research and teaching positions at London South Bank University, University of Wolverhampton, and Loughborough University.

With a background in engineering and a PhD in International Development, Seun’s research activities cover the broad areas of transformative entrepreneuring, social capital, entrepreneurship education and SMEs’ innovation in turbulent environments, agricultural innovations, and post-disaster preparedness and response.

He has published peer-reviewed articles in reputable journals, convened conference panels, and presented his works at various international fora.

Seun is also regular blogger and has engaged publicly via several media, including, newspapers, TV shows and social media platforms, on issues relating to poverty, youth unemployment and inclusive development.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)

Publications and outputs 

Oluwaseun Kolade, Demola Obembe, Samuel Salia, (2018). Technological constraints to firm performance: the moderating effects of firm linkages and cooperation, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, DOI: 10.1108/JSBED-01-2018-0029.

Md. Zahidul Islam, Oluwaseun Kolade, Gaim Kibreab (2018). “Post-disaster housing reconstruction: the impact of resourcing in post-cyclone Sidr and Aila in Bangladesh”, Journal of International Development, DOI:10.1002/jid.3367.

Kolade O. (2018). Venturing under fire: entrepreneurship education, venture creation and poverty reduction in conflict-ridden Maiduguri, Nigeria. Education + Training. doi: 10.1108/ET-08-2017-0124).

Samuel Salia, Javed Hussain, Ishmael Tingbani, Oluwaseun Kolade, (2018) "Is women empowerment a zero sum game? Unintended consequences of microfinance for women’s empowerment in Ghana", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 24 Issue: 1, pp.273-289,

Anosike, P. Kolade O.O., & Ahmed P.K.(2018) Entrepreneurship education service and socio-economic development in sub-Saharan Africa . In The Service Sector and Economic Development in Africa, Routledge Evelyn F. Wamboye & Peter J. Nyaronga. 

Anosike P, Kolade O, Pervaiz A.K. and Wang Y (2016). Transferring Entrepreneurship Education knowledge in a conflict environment : Insights from Boko Haram Heartland. In Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship Annual Conference (pp. 1–16). Paris. 27-28th October 2016.

Kolade, O., & Anosike, P. (2016). “ Teach a man to fish ”: a case study of entrepreneurship education in conflict-ridden Maiduguri , Nigeria. In 30th Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management (pp. 1–25). Newcastle, England. 6-8 September 2016. UK

Kolade, O., & Harpham, T. (2014). Impact of cooperative membership on farmers’ uptake of technological innovations in Southwest Nigeria. Development Studies Research, 1(1), 340–353. doi:10.1080/21665095.2014.978981

Kolade, O., & Harpham, T. (2014). Farmers ’ mobilisation of social capital for beneficial uptake of technological innovations in southwest Nigeria. International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 7(2), 147–166. doi:10.1504/IJTLID.2014.065882

Kolade, O., Harpham, T., & Kibreab, G. (2014). Institutional barriers to successful innovations: Perceptions of rural farmers and key stakeholders in southwest Nigeria. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 6(4), 339–353. doi:10.1080/20421338.2014.966039

Kolade, O., Crawford, C., Fenwick, C., Go, J., & Aiduan, L. (2007). Composting and organic farming for isolated communities: a case study of Alderney. In Proceedings of the Alliance for Global Sustainability Annual Meeting (pp. 82–84). Barcelona: Alliance for Global Sustainability.

Kolade, O. O., Coker, A. O., Sridhar, M. K. C., & Adeoye, G. O. (2006). Palm kernel waste management through composting and crop production. Journal of Environmental Health Research, 5(2), 81–85.

Research interests/expertise

Entrepreneurship education

Transformative entrepreneuring

Cooperatives and social capital

SMEs innovation in turbulent environment

Agricultural value chains

Crisis management

Post-disaster preparedness and response

Areas of teaching

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

International Business

Globalisation and International Development


PhD International Development (London South Bank University)

MSc. Civil Engineering (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

BSc. Civil Engineering (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University College London)

Courses taught

3rd Year Undergraduate: Global Contemporary Business Issues; 2nd Year Undergraduate: Global Operations and Supply Change Management

Membership of external committees

Journal reviewer for:

  • World Development
  • Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
  • African Journal of Science, Innovation and Development (AJSTID)
  • Science and Public Policy
  • International Journal of Management Practice
  • Cogent Business and Management
  • Journal of Destination Marketing and Management

Conference panel convenor for:

  • Development Studies Association Annual Conference 2017 (panel title: land use conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa: innovative pathways to sustainable solutions)
  • Development Studies Association Annual Conference 2018 (panel title:Entrepreneurial resilience and innovation in turbulent environments)

Conference paper reviewer for:

  • British Academy of Management (Entrepreneurship Stream) - 2016
  • Development Studies Association - 2017
  • Academy of Management (Entrepreneurship Stream) - 2018

Peer reviewer for council/funding bodies:

  • ESRC Peer reviewer - 2018

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK - from 2008

Member, Development Studies Association - 2012

Member, British Academy of Management - 2016


Spiritual capital and entrepreneurial resilience in a turbulent environment

South Africa Innovation Support System

Consultancy work

Executive Training

Entrepreneurship education/skill training

Start-ups/business incubation

Rural business

Post-disaster/conflict management

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