Entrepreneurship & Family Business Research Centre

Our vision is to contribute to the knowledge of entrepreneurship and family business and use this for scholarship, research and enterprise purposes. We also aim to inform and develop the teaching of related undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

The Research Centre fits with the University’s mission ‘to develop internationally-aware, enterprising and employable graduates’ and reflects the fact that many of our students and alumni are strongly linked to family businesses internationally.

Our strategy is to publish, support teaching, aid continuous professional development for staff and generate income through research funding and enterprise initiatives. Activities include guest speakers, applications for research funding, bursaries for Doctorate/PhD students, pedagogy and support for related initiatives.

Our team

Director: Prof Simon O’Leary

Business & Management Faculty: Robin DickinsonEd GonsalvesProfessor Jonathan LiuDr Ana-Maria PascalDr Jacob Schmidt; Dr Zubin SethnaAsh Snijder-MajumbderChris Swaffin-SmithDr Eric ChanKaye Nightingale.

Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty: Dr Orit Gal

Regent's Institute of Language & Culture: Robert Johnson

Professional Services: Matthias FeistJulian Childs

Each member has an established academic profile in entrepreneurship and family business and promotes this through publications, conferences and other research, scholarship and enterprise initiatives. Each also has an international network of partners at academic and professional institutions around the world.

During 2018, additional external input has been sought and the following new members have also been added to the team.

After successfully publishing joint papers on entrepreneurship with the Research Centre Director, two further researchers have been welcomed to the team:

  • Dr Anabel Gutierrez, Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing, Kent Business School at Medway, University of Kent, UK.
  • Dr Federica Carlotto, Course Leader, The Art of Luxury, Sotheby's Institute of Art, London, UK.

Also, following the Higher Education Panel on How Universities Foster Entrepreneurship at the Regent's International Partners' Conference 2018, four further additions were made:

  • Professor Michael H. Levenson, William B. Christian Professor of English, University of Virginia, USA.
  • Professor Dr Klaus Deimel, Director Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Medium Sized Companies, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
  • Dr Evaristo Doria, Institute of International Business, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, USA.
  • Dr Juan Freire, Academic and International Dean of the Business School of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.