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Richard Telling

Richard Telling PhD

Senior Lecturer In Hospitality Management


Dr Richard Telling completed his PhD in Organisation and Management from Sheffield Hallam University in 2018. For his PhD, he explored the influence of family relationships on the employment preferences of offspring with a family business background. He studied Management at the University of Sheffield for his first degree, before studying International Hospitality Management at Sheffield Hallam University for his Master's degree. Richard joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 with a decade of experience working in the restaurant sector across pubs, casual dining chains and independent restaurants. He is a senior lecturer and teaches strategic management and management consultancy, amongst other modules. He supervises postgraduate dissertations in the fields of small business and entrepreneurship.

Richard is the module leader for the Hospitality Management Consultancy module which offers all final year students the opportunity to have a live client experience with a real-life hospitality business. He also leads the Hospitality Business Solutions module, delivered in Hong Kong. Richard has held previous academic management roles in student work placements though more recently manages recruitment to undergraduate courses in hospitality management.

His primary research areas are adolescent work and parent-child relationships and how these play out within the context of family businesses. He is also working on a project exploring the disruptive influence of AirBnB within the lodging sector. He serves as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a Member of the Institute of Hospitality.

  • About


    • 2018: PhD Organisation and Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2015: PgCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2011: MSc International Hospitality Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2010: BA Management, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

    Senior Lecturer

    Teaching expertise

    • Academic and Professional Skills
    • Business and Management Strategy
    • Dissertation supervision
    • Hospitality Management Consultancy
    • Research Project supervision


    • Adolescent work
    • Career decision making
    • Family businesses
    • Parent-child relationships

    Industry Links

    • Massarella Catering Group
    • Institute of Hospitality

  • Teaching

    Department of Service Sector Management

    Sheffield Business School


    2013 to 2018: Various, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    2011 to 2018: Various, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

  • Publications

    Theses / Dissertations

    Telling, R. (2017). A typology of next generation employment preferences in family businesses. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Martin, E., & Goulding, P.


    Telling, R. (2015). Family influences on entrepreneurial activity: Scenes from an Italian restaurant.

    Telling, R. (2014). Exploring the influence of family among Italian food service operators: A multi-generational approach.

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