BCom, BA, MCom, GradCert University Learning & Teaching (UNSW) ; DPhil (Sydney)
Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program Director, and Co-Director EIRG
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
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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.
The Huffington Post, Women's Agenda
The Huffington Post and Women’s Agenda quoted Dr Richard Seymour about the Inspiring Rare Birds conference to support women entrepreneurs.
The New Daily
The New Daily quotes Dr Richard Seymour in an article about how the principles of building a successful startup can help in day-to-day life.
Cashing in on the River Cottage Australia 02 Oct 2013
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.
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.
Ruskin J, Seymour RG and Webster CM 2016 Forthcoming 'Why Create Value for Others? An Exploration of Social Entrepreneurial Motives', Journal of Small Business Management
Baker MD, Cutcher L and Seymour RG 2016 'Critical realist action research: Informing research design to ensure positive outcomes for Indigenous entrepreneurs, their communities and researchers', 32nd European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium, Naples, Italy, 9th July 2016
Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2016 'Financing social entrepreneurship: The emergence of social impact investment as a collaborative practice', Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 5th February 2016
Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2015 'Should we be excited by linking impact measurement and impact investing?, Social Impact Investing in Health Forum, Sydney, Australia, 4 November 2015
Seymour RG 2014 'Frameworks for enquiry & organising' in Entrepreneurial Women in Asia: Case Studies & Perspectives, ed. Richard Seymour, Myanmar Heritage Publications, Yangon, Myanmar (ex-Burma), pp. 10-16
Ormiston J and Seymour RG 2014 'From Zero to Zero? - Myanmar' in Entrepreneurial Women in Asia: Case Studies & Perspectives, ed. Richard Seymour, Myanmar Heritage Publications, Yangon, Myanmar (ex-Burma), pp. 45-59
Seymour RG 2014 'Understanding & Articulating your Strategy' in Entrepreneurial Women in Asia: Case Studies & Perspectives, ed. Richard Seymour, Myanmar Heritage Publications, Yangon, Myanmar (ex-Burma), pp. 17-41
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
Seymour RG 2014 'Entrepreneurial Women in Asia: Case Studies & Perspectives', Myanmar Heritage Publications, Yangon, Myanmar (ex-Burma)
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
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
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
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
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
Seymour RG, Ormiston J, Gallop G and Howie L 2012 'Building Capacity â" 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 â" 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
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, Vietnam, 28th November 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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',
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
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
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
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
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
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
Seymour RG 2007 'The Significance of culture & context in entrepreneurial learning and teaching', Synergy, vol.26, pp. 21-32
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Public Sector Linkages Program 2011-2013
- Creative Industries
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Strategic management
Recent Units Taught
EMBA6004 Creating and Developing New Opportunities
2015: S1, S2,
2014: S1, S2,
IBUS5002 Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
2015: S1, S2,
2014: S1, S2,
IBUS6012 Business Growth and Innovation
2014: S1, S2,
IBUS6015 Innovation & Enterprise Special Project
2014: S1, S2,
SMBA6106 Innovation and Corporate Venturing
SUST5006 Sustainability, Society and Change
Dr Richard Seymour, Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program, shares how entrepreneurship education is developing economic opportunities for women and people with disabilities in Myanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Dr Richard Seymour talks about measuring and improving enterprise's performance and impact using the tool "StrategicFrame".