Dr Robert Wapshott

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Room: D028
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3224
Email: r.wapshott@sheffield.ac.uk
Twitter: @RobertWapshott
Robert Wapshott  

I am a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and joined the Management School in February 2012. Prior to this, I lectured in the School of Management at Bradford University. Before becoming an academic, I worked in manufacturing and service sectors of the economy.


In my own teaching, across Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, I seek to incorporate my research interests with students’ experiences and perspectives. Taking this research-led approach I use relevant examples that stimulate students to think about their day-to-day practice and understanding of the world of work. As such most of my courses feature a high degree of student independence and student-led learning.

In class, drawing on the latest research, along with guest-speakers, benefits students by giving them access to up-to-date interpretations of research literature and also insight into the problems facing organizations. Discussing examples from these organizations permits a level of detail that is not always communicated via textbooks or pre-prepared case studies, giving students opportunities to raise questions that interest them. I think about my teaching as oriented towards academic rigour and practical relevance.

Having students engage with a topic and develop interesting questions of their own is something I find really rewarding.


My research interests centre on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs. My research interest in SMEs focuses employment relationships and practices. Most recently I have been looking at how small businesses encounter management challenges as they grow. The owners of these businesses often self-identify as entrepreneurs, but running a larger organization on a day-to-day basis may require a different mind-set and practical approach. I am interested in how the businesses respond to such changes.

I am a member of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED).

I am series editor (with Janine Swail – University of Auckland) for the Routledge Master’s in Entrepreneurship series of textbooks and I have roles with the International Small Business Journal and Human Relations.

PhD Supervision

Employment relations in SMEs (any aspect)