Research Advisory Board

The Centre draws on the experience and knowledge of leading UK and international scholars in the family business field, who collaborate with the research team in guiding its future research directions and suggesting the main topics to focus on.

Professor Sara Carter

Sara Carter is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Deputy Principal (Learning & Teaching) at the University of Strathclyde. Sara is also a Visiting Professor at the Nordland Research Institute in Norway and Associate Director of the Enterprise Research Centre. Her research focuses on entrepreneurship policy, and includes studies of agriculture and rural economic development, access to finance for diverse SMEs, and economic well-being within the entrepreneurial household.

Professor James J. Christman

James J. Chrisman (PhD, University of Georgia) is a Professor of Management, Head of the Department of Management and Information Systems, and Director of the Center of Family Enterprise Research at Mississippi State University. He holds a joint appointment as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Alberta, is a Fellow of the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the International Family Enterprise Research Academy, and serves as a Senior Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. His research interests include family business, entrepreneurship, and strategic management. He has published approximately 150 articles in refereed journals on those subjects and, collectively, his work has been cited more than 11,500 times. He has conducted approximately 500 studies of the Small Business Development Center program and that work has twice been presented at US Congressional Hearings on small business.

Professor Frank Hoy

Frank Hoy is the Paul R. Beswick Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After earning his PhD at Texas A&M University, Frank Hoy became director of the Small Business Development Center for the State of Georgia. In 1988, he was appointed as the Carl R. Zwerner Professor of Family-Owned Businesses at Georgia State University. From 1991 to 2001 he was Dean of the College of Business Administration and from 2001 to 2009 was director of the entrepreneurship centres at the University of Texas at El Paso. He holds visiting professorships at universities in China, Finland and Iceland. He is a past editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and his research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, Family Business Review, and many others.. His most recent books are Entrepreneurial Family Firms (with Pramodita Sharma, 2010) and Small Business Management (17th ed. with William Petty and Leslie Palich, 2014).


Professor Carole Howorth

Carole Howorth is Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business at Bradford University School of Management. Carole researches and advises on entrepreneurship in family businesses, social enterprises and charities in the UK and internationally. She is particularly interested in issues arising from entrepreneurs balancing social and business values. Carole was the founding director of the LUMS Centre for Family Business. She chairs the Institute for Family Business Research Foundation Academic Advisory Council and has been a member of the global board of the STEP Project for Family Enterprises, as well as a board member of IFERA and ISBE.  

Professor Mattias Nordqvist

Mattias Nordqvist is Professor in Business Administration, Hamrin International Professor of Family Business and Director of CeFEO – Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership at Jönköping International Business School, where he was formerly an Associate Dean. Mattias is a former Co-Director of the Global STEP Project and Visiting Scholar at Babson College, USA, University of Alberta, Canada and Bocconi University, Italy. He has served on the board of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy. He has been selected as a Family Owned Business Institute Scholar twice; 2007-2008 and 2011-2012 by the Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids in the USA. He has also twice won the Family Firm Institute (FFI) Award for Best Unpublished Research Paper, in 2005 and 2011. Mattias was also a recipient of the Young Entrepreneurship Researcher Award 2006 from the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and is a founding associate editor of the Journal of Family Business Strategy, serving on the editorial board of several journals. He is co-editor of the SAGE Handbook of Family Business, published in 2014.

Professor Mike Wright

Mike Wright is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department at Imperial College Business School, Director of the Centre for Management Buy-out Research, and Associate Director of the Enterprise Research Centre. He has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Ghent and Derby. He has published over 50 books as well as over 400 articles on family business boards, survival and innovation, serial entrepreneurs, private equity, etc., in leading academic and practitioner journals, including Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal etc., and was recently ranked #1 worldwide for entrepreneurship publications. He is an editor of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, an Advisory Board Member of Family Business Review and a past Chair of the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division, receiving that division’s Mentor Award in 2009. His research is regularly covered in the Financial Times, Economist, Wall Street Journal, etc. He has previously undertaken research for IFB and teaches highly regarded MBA courses on venture capital.