Richard Bent (BA, MBA) is a Senior Lecturer in the Queen Margaret Business School. He is also a full member of the Family and Smaller Enterprises (FASE) group.

Richard Bent is a Senior Lecturer. He has published over 22 journal articles in the areas of SME, family businesses and retail, with numerous presentations at a range of UK and International Conferences. A regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland programmes in the areas of topical consumer and retail issues. Involvement in consultancy work through a wide range of Innovation projects ensures that his teaching and interaction with business and business support agencies are kept rooted in both practical realities and theory. Richard has extensive experiences in both leading validation panels or as a Convenor of UG and PG validation panels at QMU. An additional interest is in the areas of theme parks. Richard is also a Trustee of the Teapot Trust a Scottish based Art Therapy charity.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

Higher Education Academy

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre membership:

Family and Smaller Enterprises (FASE) group

Developing from initial work that focused on minority ethnic independent retail communities, my research focus, based on business evidence and situational factors has moved more towards challenges and development within the wide and diverse SME Community. This has opened up a number of research opportunities including the role of family and leadership dynamics. Additionally more recent work has included developments and management/generational issues in family owned businesses

Active research interests:

  • SME
  • Family Business
  • High Street change and challenges
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Theme parks

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

 2013 - Variety of Government funded INNOVATION Fund vouchers for Business development projects

- Feel Better friends,

- East Links Family Farm,

- Belhaven Smokehouse,

- Pakashac etc.


Other Funding:


Concept planning and development team om consultancy and Viral marketing film for Cairns’ whisky liqueur launch


Scottish Institute for Enterprise. £25,000 (5K per annum) awarded towards QMUC  Student interns/Enterprise promotion


  • MBA/MSC International Management and Leadership
  • Courses within the Division of Business, Enterprise and Management
  • MBA and Undergraduate Dissertation/Project supervision
  • MBA/MSC Project Co-ordinator (Business Impact and Practice and Community Impact and Practice) & Supervisor
  • Modules within QMU Division of Business and Enterprise undergraduate programmes (e.g. New Enterprise Creation, Entrepreneurship)
  • PHD Supervisor

Programme Leader:

  • MBA (All routes)

Richard Bent's lectures and seminars focus on topics such as Entrepreneurship, New Enterprise Creation, International Marketing, Business Impact and Practices, amongst other topics.