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Akash Puranik

Akash Puranik BBA, MBA, PGCE, MRES


Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies


Akash joined Solent University in 2020 as he nears completion of his PhD with the Open University.

He completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with University of Westminster and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with the University of Wales.

He has been lecturing in the UK for more than four years, and has delivered for various business studies modules at undergraduate, as well as postgraduate level, primarily the latter. Prior to this, Akash worked in the hospitality and service industry for over five years and often draws on these practical aspects for his teaching.

Akash's doctoral research focuses on exploring how non-contractual, informal collaborations, set up with the intention of benefitting communities, are organised. His ethnographic work intends to develop an inductive understanding of such a unique phenomenon through an in-depth exploration of exceptional cases. His background in the service and education industry, involvement with numerous charities, as well as his personal interest in understanding ethical and moral implications of ‘working together’ inform his usual research work.

Further information

Industry experience

Akash did his bachelor's degree in management in hospitality and worked in hospitality and the service industry for over five years before joining academia.

Teaching experience

Before beginning his PhD with The Open University, Akash worked as a lecturer on MBA programmes delivered by Glyndwr University and University of Wales for over four years, designing and delivering modules for strategy, marketing, and business environment. He also worked as a lecturer in marketing for Ealing Hammersmith and West London College for courses ranging from level 4 to level 7.

Research interests

Akash's research interests lie in informal organising, strategy in practice, collaborative work, and research methodologies.

Recent publications

Cooper, M. and Puranik, A., 2014. The Elements Driving Higher Education Students' Choice of Institution. The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 20(3), pp.1-12.


‘(Dis)ordering within and through a chaotic method: justifying a messy ethnography’ presented at the 14th Annual Ethnography Symposium, Portsmouth – won the best paper presentation award – paper currently under review for the Journal of Organisational Ethnography