Dr Punita Bhatt

Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Management

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Leadership and Management Staff - beta version

Location: Chelmsford

Punita Bhatt is a Senior Lecturer at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School based in Chelmsford. She holds qualifications in business, finance and economics. Her PHD from Oxford Brookes University investigated social innovations in social enterprises in India.

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In her previous role, she provided consultancy to a national institution supporting enterprise educators through fellowships. She has also developed courses for international markets and professional doctorate programs in entrepreneurship.

Punita has over ten years teaching experience in business/management within Higher Education Institutions in UK. She has taught strategy, entrepreneurship, finance and international business at business schools in Coventry University, Bedfordshire University and Oxford Brookes University. 

Research interests

  • institutional support for women entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • social innovation in resource constrained environments
  • leveraging social capital in social innovations

Punita’s thesis examined social innovations within for profit social entrepreneurial ventures in India. She has published on women’ empowerment through collective entrepreneurship in a women’s cooperative and recently completed a study on mentoring of women entrepreneurs in North West England. In the area of social innovations, she has published on leveraging social capital in social innovations and has recently completed a study investigating the development of free and open source software based social innovations in developing countries.  

Areas of research supervision

  • innovation in the context of women’s/social entrepreneurship
  • social innovations 


Punita teaches international business modules at the Chelmsford campus. 


  • PHD in business from Oxford Brookes University
  • PGCE in Higher Education from University of West of England

Selected recent publications

Bhatt, P., and Altinay, L. (2013) How social capital is leveraged in social innovations under resource constraints, Management Decision Vol. 51, No. 9, pp. 1772-92.

Datta, B. P. and Gailey, R. (2012) Empowering Women through Social Entrepreneurship: Case of a Women's Cooperative in India, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, special issue on women's entrepreneurship, Vol. 36 No. 3, pp. 569-587.

Datta, B. P. (2011) Exploring the evolution of a social innovation: a case study from India, International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development's, special issue on India, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 55-75.

Recent presentations and conferences

Bhatt, P., Waligo, V., Roomi, M. A., (2014) Mentoring Women Entrepreneurs in North West England: Challenges and Prospects. In: Gender, Work and Organisation 2014 8th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, 24-26 June, 2014. Keele University, Staffordshire, UK.

Bhatt, P., Preciado, J.S. D. and Claes, B. (2014) Social capital in community based enterprises, case study of APROPESCA and CORSEDA, Colombia. In: The 6th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) 1-3 Sept 2014. Northampton University, Northampton, UK.