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Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour

BCom, BA, MCom, GradCert University Learning & Teaching (UNSW) ; DPhil (Sydney)
Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program Director, and Co-Director EIRG

Room N452
H10 - Storie Dixson Wing
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 7095
Fax +61 2 9036 5378
richard.seymour@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Richard Seymour joined the University of Sydney in 2006. Prior to this he worked in the corporate, NGO and consulting sectors. As well as having run his own business, he has over 5 years experience advising small and medium-sized enterprises on corporate divestments, capital raisings and cross-border transactions. He also has over 10 years experience with a number of European, Asian and Australian organizations in the financial, property, and environmental sectors.

Richard's research interests include the creative industries, innovation and entrepreneurship (both social and business). His current research projects include:

  • Defining and measuring entrepreneurial activity (a project which includes membership of the OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Program Steering Group).
  • Multiple case studies of internationalising enterprises.
  • Exploring the value created by entrepreneurial activity, including via: technology-driven innovation, design/creativity-led innovation, and social entrepreneurship.
  • Understanding how innovation and enterprise can best be taught and encouraged (in technical, creative and social contexts).

As Programme Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Richard is responsible for the entrepreneurship & innovation courses and units of study within the School. Programmes are offered at the postgraduate level. All teaching programmes focus on Problem-Based Learning utilising 'real' and current business engagements. Businesses or entrepreneurs interested in participating in the programme are welcome to contact Richard with ideas.

Richard is Co-Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Research Group (EIRG). Other research group memberships include Organisational Discourse, Strategy and Change Group (ODSCG), the Sustainable Management of Organisations Group (SMOG) and the CEMS Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Faculty Group.

Richard organizes and advises a number of outreach activities, including the Sydney Genesis StartUp Program, the Remote and Rural Enterprise (RARE) Program, and the Entrepreneurship Development Network Asia (EDNA) which includes multiple education and research initiatives with leading universities in the region, with the largest initiative educating over 10,000 (mainly women) entrepreneurs in Myanmar in collaboration with EDNA Myanmar.

Newsroom articles

  • Cashing in on the River Cottage Australia 02 Oct 2013

    Narooma News

    A GROUP of university students last month visited the Narooma district to explore ways the region can cash in on the television show River Cottage Australia. The show airing on The Lifestyle Channel on Foxtel is being shot at the River Cottage property at Central Tilba and filming on a second series is set to begin early next year.

  • Business School students and Broken Hill Council collaborate on new film studio 07 Nov 2012

    ABC Broken Hill

    ABC Broken Hill radio has interviewed Dr Richard Seymour, the University of Sydney Business School, and Professor Michael Tawa, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, on the University's partnership with Broken Hill City Council. Earlier this year 22 architecture and business students planned how Broken Hill's underused film studio area could be redeveloped, with the ideas printed in a book for prospective investors.

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Publications

2014

2
Book Section/s

Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2014 'The Emergence of Social Investment as a Moral System of Exchange: The Australian Experience' in Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise: Concepts in Context, ed. H Douglas and S Grant, Tilde University Press, Prahran, Australia, pp. 301-23

4
Journal Article/s

Ruskin J, Seymour RG and Webster CM 2014 Forthcoming 'Why Create Value for Others? An Exploration of Social Entrepreneurial Motives', Journal of Small Business Management

5
Conference Paper/s

Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2014 'Measuring and reporting social returns in social investment: The art of rhetoric', 4th Finance, Risk and Accounting Management Perspectives FRAP Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, 24th September 2014

Ormiston J, Charlton K, Donald S and Seymour RG 2014 'Dispelling the myths and overcoming the challenges of impact investment: Insights from institutional investors and charitable foundations', 6th International Social Innovation Research ISIRC Conference, Northampton, United Kingdom, 3rd September 2014

Nguyen L, Szkudlarek B and Seymour RG 2014 'Social Impact Evaluation & Resource Allocation in Social Enterprises: An Inter-Organizational & Relational Perspective', 30th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 5th July 2014

Nguyen L, Szkudlarek B and Seymour RG 2014 'Social impact measurement in social enterprise context: Organizational capacity and inter-organizational relations', 4th International Network of Business and Management Journals (INBAM) Conference 2014, Barcelona, Spain, 27th June 2014

Nguyen L, Szkudlarek B and Seymour RG 2014 'Social Impact Measurement: An Embeddedness Perspective on Vietnamese Social Enterprises', 25th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Business and Society (IABS), Sydney, Australia, 22nd June 2014

Nguyen L, Seymour RG and Szkudlarek B 2014 'Embeddedness, Resource Dependence and Social Impact Measurement: An Exploratory Study of Social Enterprises In Vietnam', Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Research Exchange Conference 2014, Sydney, Australia, 7th February 2014

10
Report/s

Charlton K, Donald S, Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2014 'Impact Investments: Perspectives for Australian Charitable Trusts and Foundations', Link

2013

2
Book Section/s

Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2013 'Measuring Performance in Social Entrepreneurship: Are Mission, Strategy and Measurement Aligned?' in Social Entrepreneurship: How Business Can Transform Society- Volume 3, ed. T. Lyons , Praeger/ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, United States, pp. 63-79

5
Conference Paper/s

Salignac F, Seymour RG and Khan A 2013 'A Systems Approach to Addressing Financial Exclusion: Australian Case Studies', 3rd Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference - “Managing Ethics on the Edge”, Hobart, Australia, 3rd December 2013

Seymour RG, Ormiston J and Dickson A 2013 'Exploring the Relationships between Social Impact Assessment, Strategy, Practitioners, and Praxis', 25th Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics SASE 2013 – “States In Crisis”, Milan, Italy, 29th June 2013

Seymour RG, Dickson A and Ormiston J 2013 'Workshop: How to measure a social enterprise's impact', Measuring Social Outcomes Conference, Sydney, Australia, 14th February 2013

10
Report/s

Charlton K, Donald S, Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2013 'Impact Investments: Perspective for Australian Superannuation Funds', Link

11
Seminar Paper/s

Seymour RG and Ormiston J 2013 'Understanding uncertainty, risk & loss in the context of social entrepreneurship: Exploring how hermeneutic phenomenology could advance social entrepreneurship research, International Centre for Research in Organizational Discourse, Strategy & Change ICRODSC Workshop on Risk, Melbourne, Australia, 6 December 2013

2012

2
Book Section/s

Seymour RG 2012 'Understanding the Social in Social Entrepreneurship' in Handbook of Research Methods on Social Entrepreneurship, ed. Richard G. Seymour, Edward Elgar , Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 3-25

Seymour RG 2012 'Researching Social Entrepreneurship' in Handbook of Research Methods on Social Entrepreneurship, ed. Richard G. Seymour, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 26-47

Seymour RG 2012 'Drawing and Verifying Conclusions' in Handbook of Research Methods on Social Entrepreneurship, ed. Richard G. Seymour, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 218-28

Tasker M, Westberg L and Seymour RG 2012 'Participating in Research' in Handbook of Research Methods on Social Entrepreneurship, ed. Richard G. Seymour, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 79-105

Ahmad N and Seymour RG 2012 'Defining Entrepreneurial Activity: Definitions Supporting Frameworks for Data Collection' in Entrepreneurship determinants: culture and capabilities, Eurostat: European Commission, Belgium, pp. 33-42 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Seymour RG, Ormiston J, Gallop G and Howie L 2012 'Building Capacity – University Entrepreneurship Education for Small to Medium Enterprises', 9th SMEs in a Global Economy Conference "Rising to the Global Challenge: Entrepreneurship and SMEs development in Asia, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, 11th November 2012

Seymour RG, Ormiston J and Donnelley M 2012 'Entrepreneurial Women in Myanmar', 9th SMEs in a Global Economy Conference "Rising to the Global Challenge: Entrepreneurship and SMEs development in Asia, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, 11th November 2012

Rumyantseva M and Seymour RG 2012 'Where Innovation Fails: The Role of Externalities', Academy of Management Annual Meeting AOM 2012 - “The Informal Economy”, Boston, United States, 7th August 2012

Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2012 'Doctoral Proposal – The Role of Measurement in Mediating Expectations and Relationships Between Stakeholders in Social Investment Eco-systems', Research Colloquium on Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford, United Kingdom, 19th July 2012

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Nguyen L and Seymour RG 2012 'Social impact investment - international perspectives and suggestions for Vietnam', 4th International Conference on Vietnamese Studies: "Vietnam on the Road to Integration and Sustainable Development", Hanoi, Viet Nam, 28th November 2012

2011

4
Journal Article/s

Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2011 'Understanding Value Creation in Social Entrepreneurship: The Importance of Aligning Mission, Strategy and Impact Measurement', Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, vol.2:2, pp. 125-50

5
Conference Paper/s

Salignac F and Seymour RG 2011 'The Ethics of Fairtrade - Reconciling profit-seeking with alternative ethical-seeking behaviour: Cases in Vietnam and India', 1st Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference: “Business Ethics: Expectations and Disappointments”, Auckland, New Zealand, 3rd December 2011

Webster C, Seymour RG and Ormiston J 2011 'The Influence of inter-organisational networks on internationalisation and sustained innovation in the Australian documentary film industry', 27th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2011 - "Reassembling Organizations", Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th July 2011

Rumyantseva M, Seymour RG and Ormiston J 2011 'Reorganising Energy Markets: Green Technologies & Commercialisation in Australia', 27th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2011 - "Reassembling Organizations", Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th July 2011

Salignac F and Seymour RG 2011 'A Discursive Approach to Understanding the Institutionalization of International Change: Fairtrade Cases in Vietnam and India', 27th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2011 - "Reassembling Organizations", Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th July 2011

10
Report/s

Seymour RG, Ormiston J and Rumyantseva M 2011 'Chapter 2: Australia', 38th Session of the WPSMEE 18-19 April 2011, Paris, France - Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE): SME Innovation and Intellectual Asset Management in Creative and Selected Manufacturing and Services Industries - Final Report

2010

4
Journal Article/s

Webster CM, Seymour RG and Daellenbach K 2010 '"Behind Closed Doors": Opportunity identification through observational research', Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, vol.13:1, pp. 24-35

Tasker M, Westberg L and Seymour RG 2010 'Action Research in Social Entrepreneurship: A Framework for Involvement', International Journal of Action Research, vol.6:2-3, pp. 223-255

5
Conference Paper/s

Seymour RG and Ormiston J 2010 'The role of higher education institutions in advancing entrepreneurship in the third sector', 10th Biennial Australia New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference 2010, Sydney, Australia, 16th November 2010

Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2010 'Understanding social impact and value creation: Exploring the explanations and consequences of a mission measurement paradox', 7th Annual Satter Conference on Social Entrepreneurship 2010, New York, United States, 5th November 2010

Salignac F and Seymour RG 2010 'Discursive Fairtrade Identities: Case Studies in France and in the UK', 26th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2010 - "Waves of Globalization: Repetition and difference in organizing over time and space", Lisbon, Portugal, 3rd July 2010

Seymour RG, Tasker M and Westberg L 2010 'Action Research in Social Entrepreneurship: A Framework for Involvement', 26th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2010 - "Waves of Globalization: Repetition and difference in organizing over time and space", Lisbon, Portugal, 3rd July 2010

Styles C and Seymour RG 2010 'Authentic Problem-Based Learning in International Business: An Application to a Global EMBA', Academy of International Business AIB Annual Meeting 2010 - "International Business in Tough Times", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 29th June 2010

Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2010 'Innovating in Latin America: Understanding the value created by social entrepreneurs', 3rd Latin American and European Meeting on Organizational Studies LAEMOS 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10th April 2010

10
Report/s

Seymour RG 2010 'Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme & Australia - A report prepared for Enterprise Connect and The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - Final Report - 5th October 2010',

2009

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Weeks R and Seymour RG 2009 'Innovation and entrepreneurship education: Embracing Web 2.0 across a postgraduate program', Proceedings of the 26th Annual Ascilite International Conference 2009 - "Same Places, Different Spaces", Auckland, New Zealand, 9th December 2009

Middleton J and Seymour RG 2009 'Microcredit and Poverty Alleviation: Advancing Understanding of Institutions and Complementary Activity', Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management ANZAM Conference 2009 - "Sustainability Management and Marketing", Melbourne, Australia, 4th December 2009

Ruskin J, Seymour RG and Webster CM 2009 'Motivations and Value Creation: A Comparison of Commercial and Social Entrepreneurs', Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management ANZAM Conference 2009 - "Sustainability Management and Marketing", Melbourne, Australia, 4th December 2009

Salignac F, Seymour RG and Welch C 2009 'A Discourse Analysis of the Fairtrade Movement in France and in the UK', Corporate Responsibility Research Conference - "Responsible Leadership", Vaasa, Finland, 9th September 2009

Salignac F, Seymour RG and Welch C 2009 'Institutional Entrepreneurship: A Framework for a better understanding of Fairtrade?', Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy Conference ANZIBA 2009 - "The Future of Asia-Pacific Business: Beyond the Crisis", Brisbane, Australia, 18th April 2009

2008

5
Conference Paper/s

Seymour RG, Moylan T, Byrne O and Taylor C 2008 'Innovation & Enterprise Education in the Creative Industries: A Research Programme', WUN Hangzhou China Enterprise Conference, Globalisation: Integrating Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Hangzhou, China, 16th May 2008

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Fetherston J and Seymour RG 2008 'Ignoring Good Advice?: Making Sense of the Literature on the Mass-Marketing of Prestige Brands', 22nd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Annual Conference ANZAM 2008 - Managing in the Pacific Century, Auckland, New Zealand, 5th December 2008 Link

Seymour RG 2008 'Business Attitudes & Behaviours to Foster Creative Deliverables: Themes & Findings of Interest in the Creative Industries', 14th International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising: A new wave of innovation in Collaborative Networks, Lisbon, Portugal, 25th June 2008 Link

7
Thesis

Seymour RG 2008 'Advancing Innovation Theory for New Creative Products: The Significance of Process Flexibility, Gifts and Exchanges of Value', PhD thesis, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

10
Report/s

Seymour RG and Ahmad N 2008 'Defining Entrepreneurial Activity:Definitions Supporting Frameworks for Data Collection', OECD Statistics Working Paper, Statistics Directorate, Paris Link

13
Film or Broadcast

Webster C, Seymour RG and Daellenbach K 2008 Forthcoming 'Behind Closed Doors: Opportunity Identification Through Observational Consumer Research', Inaugural Qualitative Market Research Audio-visual Special Issue, 1st January 2008-31st December 2008

2007

4
Journal Article/s

Seymour RG 2007 'The Significance of culture & context in entrepreneurial learning and teaching', Synergy, vol.26, pp. 21-32

5
Conference Paper/s

Dunford N and Seymour RG 2007 'Entrepreneurial Strategic Decision Making: Strategy as Simple Rules?', Australia and New Zealand International Business Conference (ANZIBA), Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 1st January 2007-31st December 2007

Seymour RG 2007 'Social & Indigenous Entrepreneurship', Koori Centre Lectures, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1st January 2007-31st December 2007

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Federspiel C and Seymour RG 2007 'Agency Theory in the Entrepreneurial Financing Context: Grand Theory or Great Sham', Australia and New Zealand International Business Conference (ANZIBA), Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 1st January 2007-31st December 2007

Moss A and Seymour RG 2007 'Creative Renovation: Creative Destruction & Core Competency in Entrepreneurial Firm Behaviour', Australia and New Zealand International Business Conference (ANZIBA), Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 10th November 2007

Huynh L and Seymour RG 2007 'Entrepreneurs & Sports Leaders: Recognising the Significance of Context', Australia and New Zealand International Business Conference (ANZIBA), Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 10th November 2007

Seymour RG 2007 'Entrepreneurship Research, Teaching & Outreach: A Triptych of Active Learning', Entrepreneurship in a Global Context & The Impact of Social Entrepreneurship- WUN Chicago Conference, Chicago, United States, 6th October 2007

2006

4
Journal Article/s

Styles C and Seymour RG 2006 'Opportunities for marketing researchers in international entrepreneurship', International Marketing Review, vol.23:2, pp. 126-145

Seymour RG 2006 'Hermeneutic phenomenology and international entrepreneurship research', Journal of International Entrpreneurship, vol.4:4, pp. 137-155

5
Conference Paper/s

Seymour RG 2006 'Measuring Entrepreneurial Activity - What Theory and Australian Case Studies Indicate', ISTAT-Eurostat-OECD Seminar on Entrepreneurship Indicators, Rome, Italy, 7th December 2006

Seymour RG and Brunswicker S 2006 'Surprise! Look Who’s Capturing the Value Created from a Design Excellence Award', International Conference on Strategic Innovation and Creativity in Brand & Design Management, Seoul, Korea, (South) Republic of, 12th November 2006

13
Film or Broadcast

Daellenbach K, Seymour RG and Webster C 2006 'Festival Frenzy: A film on arts festival consumers', Borderless Consumption: Advances in Consumer Research (ACR) Asia Pacific Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 17th June 2006

Daellenbach K, Seymour RG and Webster C 2006 'Opportunity identification through observational consumer research: Behind closed doors', Borderless Consumption: Advances in Consumer Research (ACR) Asia Pacific Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 17th June 2006

2005

5
Conference Paper/s

Seymour RG 2005 'Entrepreneurial opportunity & creativity recognition (aka value recognition) in the creative industries', Building Competitive Advantages: The Roles of Entrepreneurship and Innovation - The Copenhagen Conference on Strategic Management, Copenhagen, Denmark, 15th December 2005

Seymour RG 2005 'Implications of the various extant definitions of "International Entrepreneurship"', Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 11th November 2005

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Seymour RG and Webster C 2005 'Expert and public judgements in the visual arts', Broadening the Boundaries - Proceedings of the 8th Australia and New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC) Conference, Perth, WA, Australia, 7th December 2005

2004

5
Conference Paper/s

Caldwell M, Seymour RG and Henry P 2004 'Escalating individualism effects in cultural consumption', 2nd workshop on managing cultural organisations, European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM), Bologna, Italy, 14th December 2004

Seymour RG, Caldwell M and Webster C 2004 'Developing innovative cultural products: A creative industry and cultural systems view', 2nd workshop on managing cultural organisations, European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM), Bologna, Italy, 14th December 2004

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Styles C and Seymour RG 2004 'Creativity and strategic innovation', ANZMAC Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 1st December 2004

Seymour RG and Webster C 2004 'Public Art as New Product Development', ANZMAC 29, Wellington, New Zealand, 1st December 2004

Research Expertise

  • Creative Industries
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic management

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Dr Richard Seymour talks about measuring and improving enterprise's performance and impact using the tool "StrategicFrame".

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