Dr. Peter Rodgers

Lecturer in Strategy and International Business

Room: D024
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 2186
Email: peter.rodgers@sheffield.ac.uk
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Peter was appointed a Lecturer in International Business in September 2011 after joining the Management School in June 2010 as an ESRC/SAMS Conversion Fellow. Peter gained a BA (Hons) degree in Social and Political Sciences from Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge and an MA and PhD from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham. Following his PhD, he worked at the Aston Business School, researching business-state relations in the Russian Federation.


Peter´s teaching is research-led and encourages students to think critically. Peter currently runs two modules:

  • MGT695: International Management (post-graduate level)
  • MGT 376: international Business (undergraduate level)

Peter is interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of informal work and entrepreneurship and business-state relations in emerging economies.


Peter is a member of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED). His research interests include:

  • Informal work and informal entrepreneurship
  • Regional economies and resilience: See http://www.project-resilience.co.uk
  • Business-state relations in Russia and the former Soviet Union

Research Funding

Funder: ESRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund
Grant: £9800
Description: Tackling Undeclared Work and the Hidden Economy in South-East Europe
Time Period: November 2016 – March 2017
Co-researchers: Prof. Colin Williams (Sheffield University Management School)

Funder: British Academy
Grant: £9520
Description: Negotiated tactics and strategies of business-state relations in the ‘new’ Ukraine
Time Period: November 2016 – March 2017
Co-researchers: Collaboration with Kyiv Mohyla Academy Ukraine and Tim Vorley, Sheffield University Management School

Funder: Society for the Advancement of Management Studies
Grant: £5890
Description: At a crossroads: exploring the notion of ‘migration’ within the UK’s business and management studies.
Time Period: October 2016 – September 2017
Co-researchers: Natalia Vershinina (Birmingham Business School)

Funder: British Council
Grant: £6600
Description: Internationalising Higher Education in Ukraine
Time Period: March 2016 – March 2017
Co-researchers: Collaboration with Kyiv Mohyla Academy Ukraine and CREED, Sheffield University Management School

Funder: British Academy of Management Transitions 1 Grant
Grant: £3035
Description: The Role of Business Schools in Social Enterprise Incubation: Mapping and Examining Social Enterprises and their Infrastructure in the Sheffield City Region
Time Period: September March 2016 – September 2017
Co-researchers: Zaheer Khan (Kent Business School) and Sergej Ljubownikow, Sheffield University Management School

Funder: Sheffield University Management School
Grant: £7200
Description: Exploring off-the-book practices in small business enterprise development in post-crisis Moscow
Time period: February - December 2013
Co-researchers: Professor Colin Williams (SUMS) & Professor Aleksandr Chepurenko & Dr. John Round, both Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Funder: Interdisciplinary Centre for the Social Science, University of Sheffield
Grant: £1200
Description: Visiting Fellowship for Professor Aleksandr Chepurenko, Dean of Sociology, higher School of Economics, Moscow
Time period: November 2013

Funder: ESRC
Grant: £1650
Description: Opportunities and challenges of internationalising SMEs
Time period: November 2013
Co-researchers: Dr. Tim Vorley and Dr. Nick Williams

Funder: ESRC
Grant: £1350
Description: Illegal enterprise: understanding criminal entrepreneurship
Time period: November 2013
Co-researchers: Professor Ged McElwee and Dr. Stephen Dobson, both Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University.

Funder: ESRC
Grant: £51,000
Description: Evading the taxman: Hidden work practices in UK
Time period: June 2010 to September 2011

Funder: Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Grant: €15,550
Description: Urban agriculture as an integrative factor of climate-optimised urban development in Morocco
Time period: 2010 - 2011
Co-researchers: Prof. Colin Williams (Sheffield) and Dr. Sara Nadin (Sheffield)

Funder: UK Social Policy Association
Grant: £500
Description: Informal Entrepreneurialism and the Formalisation of Work
Time period: January to August 2011
Co-researchers: Dr. Tim Vorley (Sheffield)

Funder: HEFCE – HEIF4, Knowledge Transfer Grant, University of Sheffield
Grant: £8680
Description: Economic Resilience in the Sheffield City Region
Time period: February 2011 to August 2011
Co-researchers: Dr. Tim Vorley (Sheffield)

Funder: EU – ESPON
Grant: €15000
Description: Advanced Monitoring and Coordination of EU R&D Policies at Regional Level
Time period: May 2011 to September 2012
Co-researchers: Dr. Tim Vorley (Sheffield) and Bart Kamp (Innova Europe)

Funder: British Academy Small Research Grant
Grant: £5800
Description: Harnessing Entrepreneurialism: The Resilience of Young High-Growth Firms in the Sheffield City Region
Time period: August 2011 to August 2012
Co-researchers: Dr. Tim Vorley (Sheffield)

Funder: ESRC Festival of Social Science
Grant: £1400
Description: ‘Who wants to be an Entrepreneur?’ - Event involving a learning day for local schoolchildren
Time period: Autumn 2011
Co-researchers: £1400 – Undertake a learning day for local school children


Peter is also currently the Management School’s Widening Participation Officer. This role entails nurturing nurturing links with local schools and colleges and encouraging students to consider the University of Sheffield as part of their future career plans.

Impact and Engagement

  • In February 2017, Peter presented at the Royal Institute for International Affaris at Chatham House a paper entitled, ‘Ukraine’s Business Environment: Corruption and Corporate Political Strategies’ to a selected group of business leaders, diplomats and government representatives.
  • Peter has presented on issues concerning state corporatism and corruption in Russia and Ukraine at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London. In June 2012, Peter briefed the British Ambassador to Ukraine on the business environment in Ukraine.
  • Along with Dr Tim Vorley (Sheffield) Peter is working with Business & Education South Yorkshire to host an outreach event focusing on developing entrepreneurial skills called `Who Wants to be an Entrepreneur?´
  • With Dr. Tim Vorley (Sheffield) Peter has co-hosted a stakeholder forum under project resilience, which involved the Yorkshire Forward, Yorkshire Cities, Ekosgen, Barnsley MBC, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield City Region LEP, CFE, and the Local Government Information Unit.
  • Peter together with Dr. Tim Vorley is also working on a major cross faculty internationalisation project with Russian partner universities.
  • Peter is a regular participant at events on Chatham House (Royal Institute for International Affairs)’s programme on Russia and the former Soviet Union.