Staff Profile

Dr Sola Adesola

Senior Lecturer

Department of Business and Management

Location:  N216, Wheatley

Telephone:  +44 (0) 1865 485764

E-mail:  sadesola@brookes.ac.uk


 About Sola

Sola is a Senior Lecturer and teaches at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. She leads modules in International Business, Operations management, Business Strategy, Regional Studies: Asia, Africa or Europe, and Corporate & Business Law. Sola is the Chair of the OBU Africa Forum, a think tank intellectual dialogue and a voice on Africa research and academic matters. Prior to joining Oxford Brookes University, Sola was a Research Fellow at Cranfield University where she taught Strategic Decisions at MSc level and completed two EPSRC/IMRC funded research projects on supply chain positioning and human performance modelling research network.

 Research

Sola's research interests include local content policy development, entrepreneurship development in Africa, knowledge management, business process improvement and strategic positioning. She has published articles in journals including Business Process Management and International Journal of Operations and Production Management. Sola has conducted EPSRC/IMRC funded research projects in the areas of supply chain positioning, human performance modelling; and British Council/Joint Brookes-Burgundy Small Research Grant on entrepreneurship development in which she collaborates with other academics in in Africa and Europe on Enterprise Partnership for Africa and European-Africa Student Entrepreneurship Initiative. Sola was instrumental in the initiation and delivery of bespoke leadership programmes for senior executives from Nigeria to OBU. Sola was the co-chair of the 1st Africa Enterprise Education Conference 2013.

 Journal articles

  • Adesola, S. and Baines, T. S. (2005) 'Developing and evaluating a methodology for business process improvement', Business Process Management Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 37-46, January, ISSN 1463-7154.

  • Baines, T. S., Adesola, S., Gwyn, K. and Higson, M. (2005) 'Strategic positioning: creating competitive space for manufacture', Control, vol. , no. 3, pp. 23-27, January, ISSN 0266-1313.

  • Baines, T. S., Gwyn, K., Adesola, S. and Higson, M. (2005) 'Strategic positioning: an integrated decision process for manufacturers', International Journal of Operations and Production Management, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 180-201, January, ISSN 0144-3577.

  • Baines, T., Adesola, S., Gwyn, K. and Higson, M. (2005) 'Strategic positioning: creating competitive space for manufacture', Journal of Operations Management, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. , January, ISSN 0272-6963.

  •  Other publications including books, book chapters and reports

  • Adesola, S. (2011) 'Do our higher institutions have expertise to train entrepreneurs?' Business Day Newspaper, August

  • Baines, T., Adesola, S., Perryman, R. and Ellis, C. (2000) 'Chapter', in , ed. ', , Methodology for process improvement: a practical guide, pp. , Wiley-Blackwell: : , .

  • Baines, T., Adesola, S., Perryman, R. and Ellis, C. (2000) 'Chapter', in , ed. ', , Development of a methodology for assessing the performance of a team, pp. , Wiley-Blackwell: : , .

  • Adesola, S. and Baines, T. (2000) 'Chapter', in , ed. ', , Developing a methodology for business process improvement, pp. , MCB University Press: : , .

  •  Conferences

  • Adesola, S. (2013) 'Entrepreneurship Curriculum for Africa'. Paper presented at the 2nd Entrepreneurship Directors Conference 2013, Kwara State University, Nigeria, June.

  • McLean, J., Altinay, L., James, P. and Adesola, S. (2013) 'The Influence of Organisational Variables on Knowledge Management in New Product Development'. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Services Management, Cyprus, June.

  • Amadi-Echendu, J. E., Adesola, S. and Falaiye, A. O. (2013) 'Knowledge Management in the Oil and Gas Sector'. Paper presented at the 22nd International Conference on Management of Technology (IAMOT2013), Brazil, April.

  • Adesola, S. (2013) 'An Emerging entrepreneurship Education Market in Africa: Myth or Reality?'. Paper presented at the 1st Africa Enterprise Educators Conference 2013, Lagos Business School, Nigeria, January.

  • Adesola, S. (2011) 'Developing entrepreneurial talent in the Nigerian higher education'. Paper presented at the 2011 EFMD Annual Conference Business Education in 2025, Brussels, June.

  • Adesola, S. (2011) 'Developing entrepreneurial talent in the Nigerian higher education'. Paper presented at the 2011 EFMD Annual Confrence, Brussels, June.

  • Adesola, S. (2010) 'Coping with Challenges of students from Africa - evidence from case studies'. Paper presented at the The African Students Recruitment International Conference, London, November.

  • Adesola, S., Beresford, R. and Bamkole, P. (2010) 'Enterprise education for employability - case of Nigerian Higher Education'. Paper presented at the EFMD, Lisbon, September.

  • Adesola, S. (2008) 'The role of education in developing an enterprising economy. Paper presented on behalf of Richard Beresford.'. Paper presented at the , London, July.

  • Adesola, S. (2008) 'Opportunities and challenges of WTO in developing countries: implication for the Nigerian legal profession'. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 9th International Academy for African Business & Development Conference, University of Florida, May.

  • Adesola, S. (2008) 'Improving participation of black minority students in class discussion'. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 9th International Academy for African Business & Development Conference, University of Florida, May.

  • Adesola, S. (2008) 'Access to global trade: challenges and opportunities for Africa'. Paper presented at the , Abuja, Nigeria, January.

  • Adesola, S. (2007) 'Opportunities for Outsourcing in Africa.'. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the International Academy for African Business & Development Conference, London Metropolitan University, May.

  • Adesola, S. (2007) 'Internationalisation of Indian and Chinese firms'. Paper presented at the International Business and Strategy Group, Brunel Business School, Uxbridge, April.

  • Baines, T. S. and Adesola, S. (2003) 'Exploring future challenges in the field of human performance modelling'. Paper presented at the Operational Research Society Annual Conference, University of Keele, September.

  • Baines, T. S. and Adesola, S. (2003) 'Human performance modelling'. Paper presented at the Industrial Simulation Conference, Valencia, Spain, June.

  • Adesola, S. and Baines, T. S. (2001) 'A process approach for assessing a BPI methodology implementation in practice'. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on ISO 9000 & TQM, Paisley Business School, Scotland, January.

  • Adesola, S., Baines, T. and Darlow, N. (2000) 'MIPIM: Framework for Business Process Improvement'. Paper presented at the National Manufacturing Conference, London, May.