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Dr Aqueel Wahga

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
  • aqueel.wahga

Professional biography

I am associated with The Open University since October 2012; first as a PhD student (2012-2017) and after that as a Central Academic.

Professional memberships:

  • Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), Member 
  • British Academic of Management (BAM), Member 
  • Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN), Member

Research interests

My research interests broadly relate to entrepreneurship, enterprise development, sustainability, dynamic capabilities of firms and SMEs. My current research looks into the microfoundations of environmental capabilities in leatherworking SMEs, while also examining the environmental drivers and barriers in these firms. This research particularly investigates the role of intermediaries that are related to the leatherworking sector and are acting as proto-institutional actors having the aim to institutionalise and advance environmental practices in Pakistan.    

Another stream of research that fascinates me is enterprise education. I am particularly interested in undertaking research on entrepreneurial universities in the context of developing economies.

Recent scholarly work that has been published inlcude:

Understanding the Drivers of Sustainable Entrepreneurial Practices in Pakistan’s Leather Industry: A Multi-Level Approach (2018) 
Wahga, Aqueel; Blundel, Richard and Schaefer, Anja
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 24(2) (pp. 382-407)

Human Capital and Environmental Engagement of SMEs in Pakistan: A Comparative Analysis of the Leather Industry (2018-01) 
Wahga, Aqueel; Blundel, Richard and Schaefer, Anja
In: Spence, Laura J.; Frynas, Jedrzej G.; Muthuri, Judy and Navare, Jyoti eds. Research Handbook on Small Business Social Responsibility: Global Perspectives. Edward Elgar Research Handbooks (pp. 401-412)
ISBN : 978-1-78471-181-8 | Publisher : Edward Elgar | Published : Cheltenham

Teaching interests

I have multiple teaching interests ranging from entrepreneurship, business studies and business ethics to research methods and economics. Currently, I am chairing the module B100 An Introduction to Business and Management; and am also a team member for the modules B327 Creating futures: sustainable enterprise and innovation and BB846 Entrepreneurship: experience and perspective.