Dr. Robert Blunden

Bob Blunden is the firm’s Principal Consultant. He was Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Family Enterprise at the Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia for many years.

Areas of Speciality:

  • Family Business Management
  • Strategic Planning and Management
  • Strategy Formulation and Implementation
  • Organizational Capability Assessment
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation

Education and Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy: Business Administration, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Master of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Bachelor of Commerce, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Dr. Blunden’s practical business experience includes general management, strategy formulation and strategy implementation in startups, turnarounds and ongoing operations. He grew up in a family in business and led a division of the family business for a number of years. He has served on the boards of directors of a number of small and medium-sized businesses and organizations.

Dr. Blunden’s consulting activities have spanned 40 years and a wide range of strategic issues. He has provided strategic planning and strategy formulation assistance to large firms and organizations; feasibility analysis and business planning services to entrepreneurs starting new businesses; turnaround and exit strategy assistance to businesses in trouble; and governance, conflict resolution and succession management advice to family businesses.

Dr. Blunden taught Strategic Management, Strategy Formulation, Strategy Implementation, New Venture Creation and Managing the Family Enterprise at the Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University and internationally. He is an accomplished case writer and researcher with his cases having appeared in the leading Canadian strategic management text books.

Professional Memberships

  • Family Firm Institute (FFI)
  • International Family Enterprise Research Academy (ifera)
  • Academy of Management (AoM)
  • Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC)
  • Family Business Association Atlantic (FBAA)
  • North American Case Research Association (NACRA)