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Position: Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy
Walter joined the University in August 2007,after more than ten years’ experience of delivering business development and consultancy services in the UK and overseas. His previous appointments include:
Walter’s background is therefore in business creation and development. He has extensive experience of offering business advisory and technical support to Small to Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) and Social Enterprises, in both public and private sectors. This also includes delivering a variety of externally funded projects and development interventions. These were mainly focused at assisting individuals within deprived communities to take charge of their lives through enterprise. This included assisting them to develop and understand their business models as well as facilitating further enterprise development through an extensive network of local support agencies and networks. His experience in this arena extends well beyond the UK having also provided business advice and support services in Zimbabwe.
Walter’s research so far has been focussed on the current discourses on the development of social enterprises in the United Kingdom specifically South Yorkshire and abroad, namely Southern Africa and South America. The work seeks to generate knowledge and debate on the importance of legal structures and governance models for social enterprises as they seek to be sustainable and effective agents of social change.
Areas of future research:
While Walter’s work is mainly focused on understanding the development of social enterprises and the impact of legal structures on their operational effectiveness, he is cognisant of the continuous evolution and the multi-faceted nature of social enterprise development. Consequently this requires a discursive shift towards frameworks that recognize these dimensions of evolution of enterprise. It becomes easier to understand nature and character of social enterprise and various internal and external factors that affect their development and effectiveness.
In the next five years Walter aims to:
Current research projects:
2013 to date: Walter is leading a joint research project between University of Huddersfield and Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC), Brazil. The focus of the work in on understanding the nature and character of social enterprises involved in recycling activities, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Yorkshire, UK.
Mswaka, W (2016) ‘Book review: Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice’ The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation , 17 (4), pp. 268-268. ISSN 1465-7503
Mswaka, W., de Sousa, A., Teodosio, C. and Huifen, L. (2016) ‘Understanding social enterprises in the United Kingdom: the case of South Yorkshire’ European business review , 28 (6), pp. 676-689. ISSN 0955-534X
F�tima do Carmo Guerra, J., dos Santos de Sousa Teodosio, A. and Mswaka, W. (2016) ‘Knowledge and Power of the Civil Society: an empirical study of Brazilian professionals working in the NGOs’ Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal , 8 (1). ISSN 1837-5391
Mswaka, W (2015) ‘Scenario planning in social enterprises; the case of South Yorkshire’ International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy , 10 (2/3/4), pp. 165-179. ISSN 1740-2824
Teod�sio, A., Gon�alves-Dias, S., Santos, M. and Mswaka, W. (2015) ‘From Outlaw to Regular Worker: trajectories, challenges and achievements of recyclers running social businesses in Brazil’. In: 5th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, 30th June - 3rd July 2015, Helsinki, Finland
Mswaka, W (2015) ‘Conceptualisation of social enterprise in the UK: A contemporary perspective’ Iberoamerican Journal of Strategic Management , 14 (3), pp. 6-14. ISSN 2176-0756
Borges, Z., Teod�sio, A., de Oliveira, L. and Mswaka, W. (2015) ‘Family Farming, Government and Corporations: A case study about the challenges of rural social enterprises innovations in Brazil’. In: 5th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, 30th June - 3rd July 2015, Helsinki, Finland
Mswaka, W. and Aluko, O. (2015) ‘Corporate governance practices and outcomes in social enterprises in the UK: a case study of South Yorkshire’ International journal of public sector management , 28 (1), pp. 57-71. ISSN 0951-3558
Mswaka, W. and Aluko, O. (2014) ‘Legal structure and outcomes of social enterprise: The case of South Yorkshire, UK’ Local Economy , 29 (8), pp. 810-825. ISSN 0269-0942
Lever, J., Wood, A., Meaton, J. and Mswaka, W. (2014) ‘PRME and The Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Communities at the University of Huddersfield,’. In: Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME. Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing. pp. 55-60. ISBN 978-1-783531-24-0
Mswaka, W. and Aluko, O. (2013) ‘Governance of social enterprises in South Yorkshire, UK: Towards a new orientation’. In: 4th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, 1st - 4th July 2013, Liege, Belgium
Mswaka, W (2011) Not just for profit: an empirical study of social enterprises in South Yorkshire Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Mswaka, W (2010) ‘Social Enterprise and Recovery in Zimbabwe’. In: Moving Forward in Zimbabwe - reducing poverty and promoting growth (2nd edition). Manchester: Brooks World Poverty institute. . ISBN 9780797444072
Mswaka, W (2009) ‘Wither social enterprise? A typology of social enterprises in South Yorkshire’. In: 2nd Emes International Conference on Social Enterprises, 1st - 4th July 2009, Trento, Italy
Prew, M., Mswaka, W. and Nyabadza, B. (1993) 'A' level African history: essay writing skills . Zimbabwe: Longman Zimbabwe. ISBN 9781779030542
Walter is interested in supervising research in all aspects of the following areas:
Current Student Projects
Through his professional experience and research work on social enterprise Walter is involved in a number of interventions designed to generate income for the school through provision of consultancy services.
In 2009, he delivered (under contract from the Charity Bank), over 6 governance and legal structure training workshops across Yorkshire and the Humber on social enterprise legal structures. Between 2011 and 2012 Walter also delivered training workshops for Nigerian Executives in Lagos, on behalf of the University as part of its enterprise and consultancy activities.
2014- Legal structures training for social enterprises on behalf of Kirklees Council.
Below is Walter’s current teaching and module leadership duties.
Modules Credits Level
Membership of Professional bodies
Research Group - Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Communities (CSRC)
Teaching and Professional Activity