Management and Entrepreneurship Education

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    Research carried out by cluster members allows for a broad interpretation of management and entrepreneurship education and its responsibilities, encouraging the linking of ideas across disciplines, subjects and communities.

    Straddling the domains of responsible management, management education, and entrepreneurship education, central activities of the cluster include:

    • Building on the established international reputation of the Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange (ASKe) in research and support for evidence-based practice in the area of assessment and feedback.
    • Bidding for research and project income in pedagogy, management and entrepreneurial education.
    • Providing research and academic underpinning for the development and teaching of modules in the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) domain, meeting PRME obligations of the Business School.
    • Contributing to the Brookes’ research (REF) and teaching (TEF) narratives through publications on key issues in management and entrepreneurship education such as student engagement, assessment and feedback, and responsible management.
    • Developing and organising co-curricular, student engagement activities, such as ethics debates, student publication, and cross-disciplinary learning
    • Engaging in dialogue with external practitioners and policy makers to promulgate research findings and implications.
    • Seeking out quality partnerships with both educational and professional organisations


    Assessment and Feedback Projects

  • Commencing with an award of over £4.5million in 2004 to set up the ASKe Centre of Excellence in assessment standards, ASKe members continue to research into assessment and feedback, particularly assessment literacy and academic standards. Recent projects include ‘What makes good feedback good?’ (funded by the Higher Education Academy) and ‘The assessment experience of students studying across disciplines’ (funded by the Higher Education Academy). Over the years a body of research publications and ‘123’ leaflets aimed at practitioners have been produced and authored by the ASKe Centre.

    2004 - current


    Selected publications:

  • Current Assessment and Feedback Projects

  • Building on research into assessment standards, cluster members, Margaret Price (Emeritus), Jane Hudson (no longer with OBU) and Birgit den Outer have carried out three projects investigating the practice and effectiveness of the UK external examining system. The first project, funded by the Higher Education Authority and the Quality Assurance Agency, investigated how external examiners use and understand academic standards. This project led to an HEA and HEFCE commissioned research. Data collection methods included a large scale survey of external examiners and quality officers, qualitative interviews, and desk-based research, culminating in the report ‘A review of external examining arrangements across the UK: Report to the UK higher education funding bodies’. This report, in turn, has informed a current (2016-2018) national pilot project across four institutions on examiner training and calibration of standards practices - ‘Academic Standards: External Examining’.

    2012 - current



  • Management Education

  • This project builds upon a body of research undertaken by Berry O’Donovan into the epistemic assumptions of business and management students including an HEA funded project into the assessment experience of students studying across disciplines. In the most recent phase of the work funded by Oxford Brookes University, Berry O’Donovan, Claire Jones and Ivan Mitchell have worked with student research assistants to investigate how successful students cope with studying across disciplines with a particular focus on students studying within the multidisciplinary context of business and management and ability to identify and use different ways of knowing.

    2008 - current



    O'Donovan, B. - Students' beliefs about knowledge and knowing

  • Responsible Management

  • Cluster member Dr Jill Millar has carried out three discourse based projects, two of which were funded by the HEA, investigating responsibility within management education. The first, ‘Assessing Global Citizenship: What Works?’, in conjunction with a colleague Jo Feehily, explored the role of assessment in developing understandings of responsibility and citizenship. The second, ‘Developing Moral Judgement’, drew on ideas of communicative rationality to institute a Student Ethics debate to promote ethical awareness among staff and students. The third, ‘Educating Responsible Business Managers for the Future’, British Academy funded and conducted in conjunction with Margaret Price (Professor Emeritus), responded to the adoption of the UN Principles for Management Education by the Business School. In addition Cluster member Dr Jonathan Louw has conducted a critical discourse analysis of the UN Principles themselves as well as of associated reports from a cross-section of UK business schools.

    2012 - current



    Louw, J - “Paradigm Change” or No Real Change At All?

    The Cluster has designed and is currently running a UK and Ireland-wide Responsible Business and Management Writing competition under the auspices of the UK and Ireland PRME Chapter. This competition aims to increase engagement with ethics, responsibility and sustainability themes at secondary school, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Cluster now supports an annual Student Ethics Debate which takes place in the second Semester at Oxford Brookes. The debate aims to raise the profile of business ethics within the Business School with plans for development of connections with other universities to support inter university debates.

    June 2016 - current

    Involved academics:

    PRME at Oxford Brookes

  • Entrepreneurship Education

  • Summary – max. 100 words The Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Programme was initially developed jointly through the European Social Fund and Ale Kommun, Gothenburg, Sweden in 2002 and has run subsequently as the Entrepreneurs of New Europe Programme fully funded by the Ale Kommun. It brings together young people between the ages of 16-21 from across Europe to develop the confidence, entrepreneurial understanding and behaviours of the next generation. The focus of the programme is the highly experiential and immersive nature of the experience with students spending an intensive multi-national week engaging in creativity, idea generation, networking and team-building activities and sometimes experiencing challenging new experiences. The programme has run for over 15 years and worked with almost 500 delegates from over 17 different countries. The positive impact of the programme on the young delegates’ entrepreneurial understanding, attitude and behaviours has been evidenced and the experiential pedagogic approach continues to influence the curriculum at Oxford Brookes University and publications sharing this best practice.

    2002 - 2016



    Beresford, R. & Michels, N. (2016) To what extent can live projects contribute to creating entrepreneurial learning environments. Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching Vol. 8, No. 1
    Beresford and Michels - Live Projects

    Cluster member Dr Sola Adesola has carried out two projects on embedding entrepreneurship education for employability in the Nigerian higher education system and investigating the effect of the use of role models in entrepreneurship education on student efficacy. The two projects were funded respectively by the British Council under the DELPHI project and by OBU and Burgundy Small Grant Fund. The first project was in collaboration with Pan Atlantic University, Lagos Nigeria. The second project was in conjunction with colleagues in the Burgundy School of Business, Dijon, France. In addition, cluster members successfully organised the first Africa Enterprise Education Conference (AEEC 2013) in collaboration with Pan Atlantic University, held in Lagos, Nigeria.

    2010 - ongoing


    • Dr Sola Adesola
    • Dr Richard Beresford (Late)
    • Dr Sabine Mueller
    • Peter Bamkole
  • Individual Research Topics for PhDs

    Title: Responsible Management Education
    We welcome any applications within the field of responsible management education and its component elements e.g. ethics, CSR and education for sustainability. Proposals might be pedagogy, policy or organisational management oriented. Geographical settings could be within or outside the UK and we welcome a variety of methodological approaches. Our approaches are principally qualitative and critical but in collaboration with colleagues we are able to supervise and support candidates working from other perspectives as well.


    Title: Entrepreneurship and the role of university-industry in knowledge economy
    Applications within the field of entrepreneurship education and innovation, university-industry cooperation to facilitate knowledge economy are welcome. Strong emphasis on policy, practice and pedagogy. Applications could be comparative or country focus. Applicants with quantitative and qualitative methodological perspectives are particularly welcome, as well as interests in interdisciplinary approaches.