I head the BA Business Management programme as well as the MSc Entrepreneurship. Along with my management role I teach and have taught on range of modules at both undergraduate and Master’s levels. These include the subject areas Researching and Developing a Business for a New Venture, Economics, Small Business Management and Strategy.
My academic background is in the field of Economics and Business Development, subjects which I have taught at a number of Scottish and English Universities.
I am also External Validator for a number of UK Universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
I hold the following memberships
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Institute of Directors
Fellow of the Institute of Leadership Management
Fellow of the Carted Management Institute
My research interests and current doctoral supervisions are in the areas of enterprise, research into SME growth and success, business development and innovation.
Programme Leader for MSc Entrepreneurship, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present
Programme Leader for BA Business Management, Liverpool John Moores University, 2009 - present
Principal Lecturer in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Liverpool John Moores University, 2009 - present
Duarte Alonso A, Alexander N, O Brien S. 2018. ‘Every brew is a challenge and every glass of a good beer is an achievement’: home brewing and serious leisure Leisure/ Loisir, 42 :93-113 >DOI
Alonso AD, Kok S, O'Brien S. 2017. Sustainable culinary tourism and Cevicherías: a stakeholder and social practice approach Journal of Sustainable Tourism, :1-20 >DOI
Duarte Alonso A, O'Brien S. 2017. Family firms’ management decision to export/not to export: A resource-based view Journal of Advances in Management Research, 14 :270-287 >DOI
O'Brien S. 2015. Innovation and its Drivers in SMEs Change Management: An International Journal, >Link
Conference Publication (journal proceedings)
Kok SK, O'Brien S. 2016. Student Development - Examining Critical Understanding from the student’s point-of-view. http://www.sbc-usst.edu.cn/10years/en/papers.html, SBC 10th Anniversary Conference and Inaugural Annual Conference
Groves CJ, Lawless A, O'Brien S. 2014. Contributing to a revival and a research agenda: the psychology of entrepreneurship British Academy of Management Conference
Nwachukwu , Akwei , O'Brien S. AN INVESTIGATION OF THE LINKAGE OF BUSINESS STRATEGY WITH HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN NIGERIAN MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES
Kah S, O'Brien S, Frost A, Kok S. An investigation into performance measurement in social enterprises in the UK.
O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. FDI in rural Unitary Authorities: the case of the North-West of England.
O'Brien S. Does SME size affect rural SME management? BAM Conference - The Value of Pluralism in Advancing Management Research, Education and Practice
O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. What makes a successful Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) in a rural location University of Liverpool Doctoral Conference.
O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. FDI in rural Unitary Authorities: the case of the North-West of England 40th AIB-UKI conference 2013
O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. Successful rural SMEs – which catalysts work? http://conference.bam.ac.uk/BAM2014/htdocs/conference_papers.php?track_name=Entrepreneurship, British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2014
Engagement & Impact
Institution: Institute of Six Sigma Professionals, Collaborator: Steven Anthony
Fellowship title: Member of the Institute of Directors, Organisation: Member of the Institute of Directors, URL: https://www.iod.com/full-membership
Fellowship title: Fellow of the Institute of leadership and Management, Organisation: Fellow of the Institute of leadership and Management, URL: https://www.institutelm.com/membership.html
Fellowship title: Fellow of Charted Management Institute, Organisation: CMI, URL: http://www.managers.org.uk/
Fellowship title: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Organisation: Higher Education Academy
Membership of professional bodies:
Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), FCMI stands for Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), http://www.managers.org.uk/
Member of the Institute of Directors, Institute of Directors
Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Institute of Leadership and Management
Title of qualification gained: PGCE