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Dr Rita Klapper

Dr Rita Klapper


Dr. Rita G. Klapper is presently Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and small business management at Liverpool John Moores University. She researches and teaches at the interface of entrepreneurship, sustainability and leadership and was most recently a Senior Researcher at Leuphana University, Germany. Her research interests include a focus on sustainable enterprise education (SEE) and innovative business models for sustainable enterprise. She recently created an undergraduate e-learning programme that bridges business administration/management and sustainability and she has taught entrepreneurship and leadership to both undergraduate and executive postgraduate audiences.

Rita specializes in applying innovative tools drawing on art,
music, theatre, visualisation, yoga and meditation in her work. Rita has been coaching and mentoring students, ex-students, academic colleagues, small business owners for professional career progression internationally for more than 10 years. To give formal recognition to her experience she undertook training as ILM level 7 Executive Coach and Mentor and became accredited with the institute for Leadership and Management in the UK in 2014. She has also first hand experience of being an ‘academic’ entrepreneur’, having created two microcompanies herself in France and Finland, and having free-lanced in Germany, Finland and the UK. She works in English, German, French fluently and has a good grounding in Spanish.

Rita has extensive international programme design and implementation experience for undergraduate, postgraduate and executive audiences at all levels. She has also most recently been External Adviser for an Erasmus Plus project to create an MSc in Sustainable Enterprise.


Journal Articles

Upham P, Dütschke E, Schneider U, Oltra C, Sala R, Lores M, Klapper R, Bögel P. 2018. Agency and structure in a sociotechnical transition: Hydrogen fuel cells, conjunctural knowledge and structuration in Europe Energy Research and Social Science, 37 :163-174 >DOI >Link

Martin CJ, Upham P, Klapper R. 2017. Democratising platform governance in the sharing economy: An analytical framework and initial empirical insights Journal of Cleaner Production, 166 :1395-1406 >DOI >Link

Upham P, Klapper R, Carney S. 2016. Participatory energy scenario development as dramatic scripting: A structural narrative analysis Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 103 :47-56 >DOI >Link

Refai D, Klapper R. 2016. Enterprise education in pharmacy schools: Experiential learning in institutionally constrained contexts International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 22 :485-509 >DOI >Link

Klapper RG, Farber VA. 2016. In Alain Gibb's footsteps: Evaluating alternative approaches to sustainable enterprise education (SEE) International Journal of Management Education, 14 :422-439 >DOI >Link

Refai D, Klapper RG, Thompson J. 2015. A holistic social constructionist perspective to enterprise education International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 21 :316-337 >DOI >Link

Wyness L, Jones P, Klapper R. 2015. Sustainability: what the entrepreneurship educators think Education and Training, 57 :834-852 >DOI >Link

Klapper RG, Feather D, Refai D, Thompson J, Fayolle A. 2015. Special Issue: Innovative Pedagogy in Entrepreneurship: Introduction Industry and Higher Education, 29 :321-325 >DOI >Link

Klapper RG. 2015. Repertory grids in entrepreneurship: Practical examples from research Handbook of Qualitative Research Techniques and Analysis in Entrepreneurship, :359-366 >DOI >Link

Klapper RG. 2015. Concluding thoughts on repertory grids Handbook of Qualitative Research Techniques and Analysis in Entrepreneurship, :441-442 >DOI >Link

Upham P, Carney S, Klapper R. 2014. Scaffolding, software and scenarios: Applying Bruner's learning theory to energy scenario development with the public Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 81 :131-142 >DOI >Link

Klapper RG. 2014. A role for George Kelly's repertory grids in entrepreneurship education? Evidence from the French and Polish context International Journal of Management Education, 12 :407-421 >DOI >Link

Klapper R, Tegtmeier S. 2010. Innovating entrepreneurial pedagogy: Examples from France and Germany Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 17 :552-568 >DOI >Link

Klapper R, Léger-Jarniou C. 2006. Entrepreneurship Intention among French Grande ÉCole and University Students: An Application of Shapero's Model Industry and Higher Education, 20 :97-110 >DOI >Link

Curtis S, Klapper R. 2005. Financial support systems: The student experience in England and France International Journal of Social Economics, 32 :121-132 >DOI >Link

Klapper R. 2005. Training entrepreneurship at a French grande école: The Projet Entreprendre at the ESC Rouen Journal of European Industrial Training, 29 :678-693 >DOI >Link

Klapper R. 2004. Government goals and entrepreneurship education – an investigation at a Grande Ecole in France Education + Training, 46 :127-137 >DOI >Link


Klapper RG, Neergaard H. 2017. Teaching entrepreneurship as lived experience through ‘wonderment exercises’ 7 :145-170 >DOI >Link


Klapper R, Upham P. 2015. The impact of micro-firm everyday practices on sustainable development in local communities Handbook of Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development Research :275-295 >DOI >Link

Mesure H, Klapper R. 2008. Internationalization of French SMEs Handbook of Research on European Business and Entrepreneurship: Towards a Theory of Internationalization :223-244 >Link