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PhD, FHEA, MRes, LLM, LLB (Hons)
Business and Management
Oxford Brookes Business School
+44 (0) 1865 485764
Headington, CLC 1.20
Cranfield University alumnus Dr Sola Adesola is an international management and law specialist, researcher and director of studies with research interests in entrepreneurial role model, entrepreneurship development, energy policy, and university-industry collaboration, particularly university spinout. Sola has produced five successful PhDs and currently supervises four PhD researchers. She leads PG and UG modules in international organisations and corporate & business law respectively. She is currently a Visiting Professor at Kigali Business School, Rwanda and previiously a Visiting Associate Professor at Kwara State University, Ilorin, Nigeria
She won grant awards from Oxford Brookes University and British Council and has published in leading international journals, participated in national and international conferences and co-organised a number of conferences including the COSINUS 2018 International Conference and the 1st Africa Enterprise Education Conference 2013.
Dr Sola co-edited a book with Professor Feargal Brennan on “Energy in Africa: Policy, Management and Sustainability”, Palgrave Macmillan. In 2018-2019 she serves as a co-guest editor for the International Journal of Technology Management & Sustainable Development Special Issue on “Innovation Systems and the New Role of Universities”. Sola is currently working on another editorial book volume on ‘Entrepreneurial Universities -Creating Institutional Innovation in Times of Turbulence" to be published by Palgrave in 2020
She is a buddy to international franchise programmes, validation panel expert, and external examiner at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels. Sola is an Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Technology Management & Sustainable Development; and Transnational Marketing Journal.
She is a prominent representative in the race and gender equality agenda at Brookes, as well as representing Africa matters through OBU Africa Forum. She is an Athena SWAN and EDI Champion in the Oxford Brookes Business School, and acts as a catalyst to institutional policy on race and diversifying leadership on the Race Equality Steering Group and Race Equality Action Group. She is a BME Diversifying Leadership Champion from the AdvanceHE.
She is passionate about sharing her career trajectory and encouraging BME early career academics, (read her story here)
/research/work-life-experiences/oxford-brookes-business-school/sola-adesola/, as well as developing leadership in students and young adults. Sola is a multi-award winner, received the “2009 Best of Nigeria Education Award” by the Nigerian Achievers Award Institute, UK; and “Outstanding Achiever in Education” in 2014 by the Nigeria UK Achiever’s Award and also. In 2015, Sola was nominated for the Brookes People Individual Award for ‘Generosity of Spirit’. Apart from her work, Sola supports the Multifaith Chaplaincy running the lunch time ‘Finding God @Brookes Bible Study’.
International Business Strategy
Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage
International Markets & Competition
International Business Law
Regional Studies: Africa, Asia or Europe
Critical Enquiry Research Project
International Buddy Roles:
Research Degree Supervision
Current PhD Supervisions:
Completed PhD Supervisions
An Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Nigeria’s Inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Flows: A Cointegration Analysis – July 2017, Oxford Brookes University Business School – INTERNAL EXAMINER
An exploration of the way in which the use of heuristics and cognitive biases affects entrepreneurial decision-making and venture success, and of the dissemination of the understanding of these issues in undergraduate, business education - November 2018, University of Sunderland - EXTERNAL EXAMINER
SERVICES PROVIDED BY BANKS FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES. A CROSS-COUNTRY ANALYSIS USING A MARKETING APPROACH- CardiffMet/LSC - EXTERNAL EXAMINER - 2018
PhD Research Registration and Transfer viva panel member – Oxford Brookes University
PhD research proposal reviewer and interviewer
MSc/MBA, Undergraduate and Placement Supervisions -cross cutting topics on management, entrepreneurship, startups, foreign direct investment and trade, internationalisation, ecommerce, consumer behaviour and regional development Africa
Sola's research interests cover areas of:
1. Entrepreneurship education, role model, entrepreneurial university
2. University-Industry Government interactions
3. Women spinouts and academic entrepreneurship
4. Energy policy & international business, energy education, stakeholder engagement
5. Business process improvement
Sola is a qualitative researcher with strong process-based approach to research and a keen interest for interdisciplinarity.
SUCCESSFUL RESEARCH GRANTS
The knowledge generated by our research on enterprise education in Nigeria contributed to the establishment of the Nigerian Enterprise Education Network and the 1st Africa Enterprise Education Conference held in Lagos, Nigeria in 2013. The outcome of the Student entrepreneurship study led to a facebook page to monitor students' progress on their entrepreneurial journey. Two of the participants have since the study set up their food supply chain and fashion house businesses in Ibadan, Nigeria.
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Diversifying the Curriculum: Knowledge Sources for Inclusive Learning
Bringing together conceptual, theoretical and evidence-based contributions from a diverse set of experts, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of energy in Africa, from a management perspective. Taking a closer look at the global energy environment and security in developing areas of the region, the authors discuss the significance of energy policy to the socio-economic growth of the continent. This important book tackles the challenge of ensuring sustainability in Africa and focuses on both fossil fuels and renewable energy. Essential reading for researchers interested in energy management, sustainability, and energy policy, this noteworthy collection of interdisciplinary contributions provides examples of effective energy management in Africa.
This article applies social network analysis (SNA) as a methodological tool to investigate University-Industry (U–I) dynamism within the context of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. It examines the roles multiple stakeholders should play in enhancing an up-to-date curriculum in higher education institutions (HEIs). Based on stakeholder theory, participants were categorised into real stakeholders, stakewatchers and stakekeepers. Drawing from documentary evidence and 28 semi-structured interviews, three main themes emerged from thematic content analysis: (1) curriculum dynamism and the need for curriculum modification, (2) tutor-practitioner interaction and (3) issues surrounding U-I dynamism. Findings revealed that the present curriculum is not in tandem with current industry requirements, and the level of interactivity between the industry stakeholders and universities is low, thus having a knock-on effect on the dynamicity of the HEI curriculum. Further tests revealed that industry stakeholders occupy the position of global centrality within the network rather than government who are the regulators; a network density of 0.86 was obtained, mainly consisting of industry stakeholder groups while HEIs largely accounted for the residual unconnectedness (14%) within the network.
Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to determine if and how role models presented in entrepreneurship education can influence students’ entrepreneurial activity given that the lack of financial and material means render most role models unattainable. Design/methodology/approach.
Data were collected in three stages from an entrepreneurship workshop programme held in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian and European undergraduate and graduate business students worked together to develop sustainable business ideas for the European and African market. In this exploratory paper, the emphasis for analysis is on the Nigerian students. Findings. Based on the research results, the authors identified four types of role models and gained insight into how and why they could inspire students at different stages of entrepreneurship education. Research limitations/implications.
This research is highly contextual with an emphasis on Europe and Africa. Given the relatively small sample of the European students in this study, this paper only presents findings from the Nigerian students. In view of time and sample size constraints, it would be useful to do a longitudinal international study to compare the approaches taken by European and African higher education institutions to develop an understanding of role models in entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial activity. Further study is needed to explore whether role models are the way forward to address the processes of student entrepreneurial learning in the context of entrepreneurship education in Nigeria. Further work could also uncover deeper convictions, the attitudes of students with regard to race and gender, and consider implications for practice between university and industry. Practical implications. The paper contributes to the development of entrepreneurship education in the context of Nigeria’s emerging economy and makes suggestions on how to stimulate entrepreneurial activity through the targeted use of role models. Social implications. In view of financial, material or societal constraints to attain role models, the result of this study can be applied in other African contexts or emerging economies to develop the understanding of the relationship between role models in the industry, higher education practices and government policy. The findings of this study show that the highest impact gained is from “real-life” exchanges between students and entrepreneurs. Originality/value. Traditional entrepreneurship education fails because the learner’s process of integrating and applying behaviours of entrepreneurial examples and programmes is opaque. Research on role models suggests that where they have a positive impact is where they are perceived as self-relevant and attainable. This idea is explored in the particular context of entrepreneurship education in Nigeria in West Africa, which is characterised by highly limited and fluctuating resources despite Nigeria’s relative wealth. The authors conclude with suggestions for the use of role models in entrepreneurship education, especially in the Nigerian higher education context. This paper, therefore, contributes to research on entrepreneurship role model education in emerging economies.
The origin of this paper goes back to the first stakeholder analysis of the Nigerian oil and gas industry local content development policy (LCD) and its impact on the indigenization of employment and job creation. This paper undertakes to understand the extent to which oil and gas education has an impact on indigenous employment based on the criteria of curriculum and industry demand; suitability and employability of graduates. Drawing from policy documents and semi-structured interviews, one of the stakeholder groups identified and categorised as key ‘player’ is the Higher Education Institutions, the focus for this paper. A social network analysis reveals that: a marginal role is played by higher education institutions within the network. Our findings provide valuable evidence of the absence of a relationship between universities and other stakeholder groups, notably a disjoint between academia and industry in the Nigerian oil and gas industry; and the resulting effects of the linkages.
Adesola, S. and Brennan, F. (2019) Energy in Africa: Policy, Management and Sustainability. Palgrave Macmillan
Palgrave Contemporary Crises Blog Contribution:
Datta, S, and Adesola, S (2018). Universities in the Innovation Triad. International Journal of Technology Management & Sustainable Development. Vol 17, Issue 3. https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/tmsd/2018/00000017/00000003
Lagoke O, Adesola S, Soname S. (2020) 'Social Network Analysis as a methodological tool to understand University-Industry Dynamism in enhancing HEIs curriculum - A case of Nigerian Oil Industry'. Studies in Higher Education. ISSN: 0307-5079
Adesola, S; den Outer, B; Mueller, S, (2019) 'New entrepreneurial worlds: can the use of role models in higher education inspire students? The case of Nigeria. Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies https://doi.org/10.1108/JEEE-08-2018-0076
Kolawole, A; Adesola, S; and De Vita (2017) 'Factors that drive energy use in Africa: Panel Data evidence from selected SSA Countries. OPEC Energy ReviewDecember , vol. 41, issue 4, Article DOI: 10.1111/opec.12115
Somorin T; Adesola, S; and Kolawole, A. (2017). A. “A state-level assessment of the waste to energy potential of municipal solid wastes in Nigeria” Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 186, pp 804-815. Rank: 1.721: Impact Factor: 4.959 ISBN 0959-6526; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.228
Kolawole, A; Adesola, S; and De Vita, G. (2017) “A Disaggregated Analysis of Energy Demand in Sub-Saharan Africa” International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 7 (2) pp. 224-235. ISBN 2146-4553
De Vita, G; and Lagoke, O; and Adesola, S. (2016) ‘Nigerian oil and gas industry local content development: A stakeholder analysis’- Public Policy and Administration, DOI: 10.1177/0952076715581635, 31(1) pp51-79
Adesola, S. and Baines, T. S. (2005) 'Developing and evaluating a methodology for business process improvement', Business Process Management Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 37-46, January, ISSN 1463-7154.
Baines, T. S., Gwyn, K., Adesola, S. and Higson, M. (2005) 'Strategic positioning: an integrated decision process for manufacturers', International Journal of Operations and Production Management, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 180-201, January, ISSN 0144-3577.
Baines, T. S., Adesola, S., Gwyn, K. and Higson, M. (2005) 'Strategic positioning: creating competitive space for manufacture', IOMControl Journal, vol 31, no. 31, pp. 23-27, January, ISSN 0266-1313.
Baines, T, Adesola, S, Perryman, R, and Ellis, C. (2000) Methodology for process improvement: a practical guide. Wiley-Blackwell 2000
Baines, T, Adesola, S, Perryman, R, and Ellis, C. (2000) Development of a methodology for assessing the performance of a team. Wiley-Blackwell 2000
Adesola, S, and Baines, T. (2000) Developing a methodology for business process improvement. MCB University Press 2000
Adesola, S; Lagoke, O; and John, I, (2018) “The Role of Universities in Oil and Gas Education in Nigeria”. Presented at the 5th Cosinus 2018 Conference, 11th-12th January, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford Brookes University
Alkali, U and Adesola, S (2018) “Conceptualising the Roles of University-Industry-Government Interactions for Knowledge-Based Economy in Nigeria” Presented at the 5th Cosinus 2018 Conference, 11th-12th January, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford Brookes University
Adesola, S; and Mier Iniguez, J, “Evaluating the state of Entrepreneurship in the Legal Profession”. Accepted for Presentation at the British Academy of Management Conference. September 2017
Adesola, S; and Alkali, U. (2016) The new role of the Nigerian universities in the development of knowledge and innovation for sustainable economy. Presented at the International Research Conference, 16th June 2016, Oxford Brookes University.
John, I.J; Singh, P; and Adesola, S (2014) Factors that Influence Entrepreneurial Intentions among Undergraduates of South-south and Southeast Nigeria, 5th GW Global Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Conference, Held at George Washington Business School, Washington DC
Adesola, S., (2013) ‘Entrepreneurship Curriculum for Africa’. Paper presented at the 2nd Entrepreneurship Directors Conference 2013, 10 -14 June 2013, Kwara State University, Nigeria
McLean, J; Altinay, L; James, P; and Adesola, S. (2013) ‘The Influence of Organisational Variables on Knowledge Management in New Product Development’. Work in Progress Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Services Management, Cyprus, June
Amadi-Echendu, J.E.; Adesola, S; and Falaiye, A.O. (2013). ‘Knowledge Management in the Oil and Gas Sector’. Paper presented at the 22nd International Conference on Management of Technology (IAMOT2013), 14th – 18th April, Brazil
Adesola, S. (2013) ‘An Emerging entrepreneurship Education Market in Africa: Myth or Reality?’ Paper presented at the 1st Africa Enterprise Educators Conference 2013, Lagos Business School, Nigeria, January
Adesola, S., Bamkole, P., Beresford, R and Mueller, S. (2012) ‘Implementing entrepreneurship education across borders: Insights from three collaboration projects in Nigeria’ Paper presented at the IEEC 2012, University of Plymouth, Sept
Adesola, S. (2012) ‘From policy to practice: institutionalizing entrepreneurship education in Nigeria’ Paper presented at the Joint Research Conference, OBU and Burgundy School of Business, May, Oxford.
Adesola, S. and Mueller, S. (2012) ‘Exploring the impact of entrepreneurship role models on students’ attributes: The case of a Nigerian-European Entrepreneurship Education’ Paper presented at the Joint Research Conference, OBU and Burgundy School of Business, May, Oxford.
Adesola, S. (2011) 'Developing entrepreneurial talent in the Nigerian higher education'. Paper presented at the 2011 EFMD Annual Conference Business Education in 2025, Brussels, June.
Adesola, S. and Mueller, S (2011) ‘Developing Sustainable Entrepreneurial Competences’ Paper presented at the Alliance for the Future of Higher Education in Europe, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, May
Adesola, S. (2010) 'Coping with Challenges of students from Africa - evidence from case studies'. Paper presented at The African Students Recruitment International Conference, London, 4th November.
Adesola, S., Beresford, R. and Bamkole, P. (2010) 'Enterprise education for employability - case of Nigerian Higher Education'. Paper presented at the EFMD, Lisbon, September.
Adesola, S. (2008) 'The role of education in developing an enterprising economy’. Paper presented at the Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce Conference, London, July.
Adesola, S. (2008) 'Opportunities and challenges of WTO in developing countries: implication for the Nigerian legal profession'. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 9th International Academy for African Business & Development Conference, University of Florida, May.
Adesola, S. (2008) 'Improving participation of black minority students in class discussion'. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 9th International Academy for African Business & Development Conference, University of Florida, USA, May.
Adesola, S. (2008) 'Access to global trade: challenges and opportunities for Africa'. Paper presented at the Nigeria Bar Association Annual Conference, Business Law Section, Abuja, Nigeria, January.
Adesola, S. (2007) ‘Opportunities for Outsourcing in Africa’. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the International Academy for African Business & Development Conference, London Metropolitan University, May 29th -June 2nd
Adesola, S. (2007) ‘Strategies for Educational and Training Collaboration in Nigeria’. ‘Paper presented at the Opportunity Nigeria: Doing Business in Nigeria Conference, Nigeria British Chamber of Commerce, London Chamber of Commerce, Sept 27
Adesola, S. (2005) ‘Strategic Offshoring in the developing and emerging economies’ Paper presented at the Business School Research Conference, May, Oxford.
Baines, T. S. and Adesola, S. (2003) 'Exploring future challenges in the field of human performance modelling'. Paper presented at the Operational Research Society Annual Conference, University of Keele, September.
Baines, T. S. and Adesola, S. (2003) 'Human performance modelling'. Paper presented at the Industrial Simulation Conference, Valencia, Spain, June.
Adesola, S. and Baines, T. S. (2001) 'A process approach for assessing a BPI methodology implementation in practice'. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on ISO 9000 & TQM, Paisley Business School, Scotland, January.
Adesola, M.S, Baines, T, Darlow, N. (2000) ‘MIPIM: Framework for Business Process Improvement’. Paper presented at the National Manufacturing Conference, London, May 2000
Internationalisation of India & Chinese firms, organised by the International Business and Strategy Group, Brunel Business School, Uxbridge, 18-19 April 2007
Adesola, S, (2011) Do our higher institutions have expertise to train entrepreneurs? Business Day Newspaper, pp.30-31, 22 August 2011, Nigeria
Editorial Board - International Journal of Technology Management & Sustainable Development (Current)
Guest Editor - International Journal of Technology Management & Sustainable Development - 2018-2019
Member of the Editorial Board - Transnational Marketing Journal
Academic Independent Consultancy Project: Impact Assessment of Entrepreneurship Education on Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria – April-June 2012
Executive Programmes - 2009 - 2011
FIVE revenue generated leadership programmes for senior managers and academics from Nigeria to Oxford Brookes University. Revenue Income: £52,500 - £60,000
FRANCHISE VALIDATION PANEL EXPERT
Visiting Associate Professor, Kwara State University, School of Business & Governance, Ilorin Nigeria - August 2014 -August 2015
UKTI University Mission to Nigeria: 2009 Participated in the University mission to Abuja as part of the UK and NUC’s plan to seek overseas partnership on higher education in Nigeria.
University of Ibadan, Nigeria: Research and Network collaboration on Enterprise Education
Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria: Visiting Associate
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria: Visiting Fellow- Centre for Industrial and Research Development
Research Fellow: Cranfield University -2002-2005
Sola worked as a Research Fellow at Cranfield University on supply chain positioning and contributed to managing a human performance modelling research network as part of the EPSRC/IMRC funded research projects
LEADERSHIP AND COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
Sola represents the OBBS and serves as a Committee member on a wide range of initiatives across the School and University:
Developed- Knowledge Sources for Inclusive Curriculum
Academic, researcher, author, PhD Director of Studies, PhD examiner, mentor, international buddy, assessor, validation expert, Athena SWAN/EDI Champion, Brookes' voice for Africa, founder of Finding God@ Brookes lunchtime Bible Study.
PhD Mock Vivas- Cranfield University (2010 -2016)
Outreach PhD mock viva examinations: Cranfield University (co-initiated in 2010 as part of local church community outreach service to student members at Cranfield university campus)
KEYNOTE/PANEL ADDRESSES AND LECTURES
UNIVERSITY ROLE AT THE OBU 1st AFRICA GRADUATION CEREMONY
Reader - October 2009, Nairobi, Kenya