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Professor Robert Blackburn

Associate Dean Research, Director of The Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University.

Professor  Robert  Blackburn Areas of expertise

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Overview

Prof Blackburn is Associate Dean Research at Kingston's prestigious Business School. His status as one of the UK's leading small business researchers was recognised when he was appointed to the RAE Panel 2008. The Research Assessment Exercise is a formalised assessment process designed to scrutinise the quality of research undertaken in the HE sector. He has an extensive research portfolio which spans  academic organisations (eg Economic & Social Research Council) through to public (eg HM Treasury; EU Commission) and private businesses (eg HSBC).  Editor of the International Small Business Journal, he combines his academic research whilst teaching postgraduate students.  Prof Blackburn has published a vast amount of papers in his field and has been a guest on BBC Radio 4's "Shop Talk" programme.

Qualifications

Year gained Subject
1987 PhD. CNAA, Dorset Institute (now Bournemouth University).
1981 MA, Regional Planning, Coventry University. (Schuman Scholarship to European Parliament).
1979 BA (Joint Honours). Economics, Politics and Sociology, University of Hull.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2013 - Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Business and Law, Kingston University.
2000 - Director of Research, Faculty of Business and Law, Kingston University.
1996 - Director, Small Business Centre, Kingston University.
1996 - Professor of Small Business Studies, Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University.

Research

Book

Welter, Friederike , Blackburn, Robert , Ljunggren, Elisabet and Åmo, Bjørn Willy, eds. (2013) Entrepreneurial business and society. Cheltenham, U.K. : Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. 240p. (Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research) ISBN 9781782546016

Blackburn, Robert A. and Schaper, Michael T., eds. (2012) Government, SMEs and entrepreneurship development: policy, practice and challenges. Farnham, U.K. : Gower Publishing Limited. 310p. ISBN 9781409430353

Blackburn, Robert A. and Brush, Candida G., eds. (2008) Small business and entrepreneurship. London, UK : Sage Publications Ltd. 2248p. (Sage Library in Business and Management) ISBN 9781412934374

Blackburn, Robert, ed. (2003) Intellectual property and innovation management in small firms. London, UK : Routledge. 184p. (Routledge Studies in Small Business, no. 7) ISBN 9780415228848

Curran, James and Blackburn, Robert A. (2001) Researching the small enterprise. London, U.K. : SAGE Publications Ltd. 180p. ISBN 0761952950

North, Julian, Blackburn, Robert A. and Curran, James (1997) The quality business: quality issues in the smaller firm. London, U.K. : Routledge. 234p. (Routledge studies in small business) ISBN 9780415146081

Blackburn, Robert and Jennings, Peter, eds. (1996) Small firms: contributions to economic regeneration. London, U.K. : SAGE Publications Ltd. 176p. (National small firms' policy and research conferences) ISBN 9781853963391

Curran, James and Blackburn, Robert (1994) Small firms and local economic networks: the death of the local economy? London, U.K. : Paul Chapman. 210p. ISBN 1853962090

Book Section

Smallbone, David, Roman, Zoltan and Blackburn, Robert (2011) SMEs and social dialogue in the new Europe: the case of Hungary. In: Welter, Friederike and Smallbone, David, (eds.) Handbook of research on entrepreneurship policies in Central and Eastern Europe. Cheltenham, U.K. : Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. pp. 65-82. ISBN 9781848440869

Xheneti, Mirela and Blackburn, Robert (2011) Small business and entrepreneurship (SBE): an analysis of publications and implications for the development of the field. In: Lee, Bill and Cassell, Catherine, (eds.) Challenges and controversies in management research. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 367-388. (Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies, no. 45) ISBN 9780415472173

Aaltonen, Satu, Blackburn, Robert and Heinonen, Jarna (2010) Exploring entrepreneurial exits: a study of individual exit experiences in Finland and the UK. In: Smallbone, David , Leitao, Joao , Raposo, Mario and Welter, Friederike, (eds.) The theory and practice of entrepreneurship. Cheltenham, U.K. : Edward Elgar. pp. 145-168. (Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research) ISBN 9781849803793

Blackburn , Robert A. and Kasperova, Eva (2010) La contribuio de les petites i mitjanes empreses a l'ocupacio i al creixment. In: Font, Antoni Riera and Ripoll Penalva, Aina M. , (eds.) Informe economic i social de les Illes Balears 2009. Palma, Majorca : Caixa de Balears "SA NOSTRA". pp. 242-251. ISBN 9788492863099

Smallbone, David, Ram, Monder, Deakins, David and Baldock, Robert (2008) Access to finance by ethnic minority businesses in the UK. In: Blackburn, Robert and Brush, Candida G, (eds.) Small business and entrepreneurship. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. (Sage Library in Business and Management) ISBN 9781412934374

Blackburn, Robert and Brush, Candida (2008) Editors' introduction. "Small business and entrepreneurship: convergence or divergence?". In: Blackburn, Robert and Brush, Candida, (eds.) Small business and entrepreneurship. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. pp. xxvii-lxvi. (SAGE library in business and management) ISBN 9781412934374

Blackburn, Robert (2008) Interviews - groups. In: Thorpe, Richard and Holt, Robin, (eds.) The Sage dictionary of qualitative management research. London : SAGE Publications Ltd. pp. 122-124. ISBN 9781412935289

Stokes, David and Blackburn, Robert (2008) Learning the hard way: the lessons of owner-managers who have closed their businesses. In: Blackburn, Robert and Brush, Candida G., (eds.) Small business and entrepreneurship. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. (Sage Library in Business and Management) ISBN 9781412934374

Blackburn, Robert and Smallbone, David (2008) Small firms' strategic stickiness and the impact of state interventions. In: Barrett, Rowena and Mayson, Susan, (eds.) International handbook of entrepreneurship and HRM. Edward Elgar. pp. 305-325. (Elgar original reference) ISBN 9781845429263

Smallbone, David and Welter, Friederike (2008) The distinctiveness of entrepreneurship in transition economies. In: Blackburn, Robert and Brush, Candida G., (eds.) Small business and entrepreneurship. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. (Sage Library in Business and Management) ISBN 9781412934374

Chell, Elizabeth (2008) The entrepreneurial personality: a few ghosts laid to rest? In: Blackburn, Robert A. and Brush, Candida G., (eds.) Small business and entrepreneurship. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. pp. 246-258. (Sage Library in Business and Management) ISBN 9781412934374

Blackburn, Robert, Edwards, Paul, Storey, David, Saridakis, George and Sen-Gupta, Sukanya (2007) The analysis of SMEs and some methodological challenges. In: Whitfield, Keith and Huxley, Katy, (eds.) Innovations in the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey. Cardiff, UK : Cardiff University. pp. 119-145.

Blackburn, Robert and Hart, Mark (2005) Burden of employment regulation in small firms: hyperbole or reality? In: Gray, Colin and Bannock, Graham, (eds.) Government regulation and the small firm. Milton Keynes, UK : Open University Business School. pp. 53-58. (ISBE Policy Report 2005) ISBN 9780955162602

Hart, Mark and Blackburn, Robert (2004) Labour regulation and SMEs: a challenge to competitiveness and employability? In: Marlow, Susan , Patton, Dean and Ram, Monder, (eds.) Managing labour in small firms. London, UK : Routledge. pp. 133-158. (Routledge Studies in Small Business) ISBN 041531285X

Blackburn, Robert (2004) Researching the employment relationship in small firms: what are the contributions from the employment relations and small business literatures? In: Marlow, Susan , Patton, Dean and Ram, Monder, (eds.) Managing labour in small firms. London, UK : Routledge. pp. 43-65. (Routledge Studies in Small Business) ISBN 041531285X

Kitching, John and Blackburn, Robert A. (2003) Innovation, intellectual property and informality: implications for policy. In: Blackburn, Robert A., (ed.) Intellectual Property and Innovation Management in Small Firms. London, UK : Routledge. pp. 16-34. (Routledge Studies in Small Business) ISBN 9780415228848

Curran, James, Blackburn, Robert, Kitching, John and North, Julian (1997) Small firms and workforce training: some results, analysis and policy implications from a national survey. In: Ram, Monder , Deakins, David and Smallbone, David, (eds.) Small Firms: Enterprising Futures. London : Paul Chapman Publishing Ltd. pp. 90-101. ISBN 1853963755

Blackburn, Robert and Jennings, Peter (1996) Introduction: The contribution of small firms to economic regeneration. In: Blackburn, Robert and Jennings, Peter, (eds.) Small firms: contributions to economic regeneration. London, U.K. : SAGE Publications Ltd. pp. 1-11. (National small firms' policy and research conferences) ISBN 9781853963391

Abbott, Brian, Blackburn, Robert and Curran, James (1996) The privatisation of local authority services and market opportunities for small firms. In: Blackburn, Robert and Jennings, Peter, (eds.) Small firms: contributions to economic regeneration. London, U.K. : SAGE Publications Ltd. pp. 99-111. (National small firms' policy and research conferences) ISBN 9781853963391

Blackburn, Robert and Curran, James (1993) In search of spatial differences: evidence from a study of small service sector enterprises. In: Curran, James and Storey, David, (eds.) Small firms in urban and rural locations. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 164-193. ISBN 9780415100373

Curran, James and Blackburn, Robert A. (1993) Local economies and small firms: a view from the ground. In: Chittenden, Francis , Robertson, Martyn and Watkins, David, (eds.) Small Firms: Recession and Recovery. London, U.K. : Paul Chapman. pp. 94-112. ISBN 185396249X

Blackburn, Robert and Curran, James (1993) The future of the small firm: attitudes of young people to entrepreneurship. In: Atkin, Roderick , Chell, Elizabeth and Mason, Colin, (eds.) New Directions in Small Business Research. Aldershot, U.K. : Avebury. pp. 1-17. ISBN 185628378X

Blackburn, Robert (1992) Small firms and subcontracting: what is it and where? In: Leighton, Patricia and Felstead, Alan, (eds.) The new entrepreneurs: self-employment and small business in Europe. London, U.K. : Kogan Page. pp. 305-321. ISBN 9780749403591

 

Media Highlights

BBC Radio 4: Shop Talk.

Professional Body Membership

Member of RAE2008 Business and Management sub-panel
Member of ACCA Small Firms Committee
Member of Association of Business Schools Research Committee
Member of Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Member of the British Academy of Management
Member of Academicians of the Academy of Social Science

Key Industry Roles

Editor in Chief, International Small Business Journal http://isb.sagepub.com

Referee for: Economic and Social Research Council,  Nuffield, British Council and Leverhulme research grant fund applications.

Referee for numerous journals.

 

 

Academic Accolades

In 2011 a paper he co-authored with Kingston's Tom Wainwright won an award at the annual Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference. The paper, 'Who are you calling old?: Revisiting notions of age and ability amongst older entrepreneurs' won the 'Business creation, resource acquisition, business closure' track/category.

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