Dr Lola Dada

Senior Lecturer


I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation. I have a BSc degree (First Class Honours) in Economics, an MSc degree (awarded with Distinction) in Corporate and International Finance, and a PhD degree (awarded with no corrections) in Management. Prior to joining Lancaster University Management School in 2009, I worked at the Durham University Business School and the University of Surrey School of Management, UK, where I also obtained my Masters and Doctorate degrees, respectively.

I have been a Visiting Scholar at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria.

My core research areas are in entrepreneurship, franchising, strategy and business-university collaboration. My research has been funded by various bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the British Academy (BA)/ Leverhulme in the UK.

I have been a recipient of multiple international awards and recognitions for my research and expertise. Among others, these include: (1) the 2016 International Society of Franchising (ISoF) Best Reviewer Award received at the 30th conference of the ISoF held in Groningen, The Netherlands; The ISoF is the premier association for franchising scholars globally; (2) three Best Paper Awards received in 2015, 2012 and 2010 at the 29th, 26th and 24th conferences of the ISoF held in Spain, the United States and Australia, respectively; (3) Highly Commended Winner, the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence; (4) the prize for Best Reviewer in the Distribution Track at the conference of the Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC) held in Australia in 2014; (5) the Best Paper Award in the Entrepreneurship Track at the 24th conference of the British Academy of Management (BAM) in 2010; (6) shortlisted for two Best Paper Awards – the Best Paper in the Entrepreneurial Learning in Organisations Track, and the Best Knowledge Exchange and Transfer Paper – at the 35th conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) held in Dublin in 2012; etc.

My research has been published/accepted in top ranked journals, including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Research, Regional Studies, European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Management Reviews, International Small Business Journal, etc. I have been a reviewer for articles and Special Issues in various journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, International Small Business Journal, British Journal of Management, International Business Review, Management Learning, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management, etc. I have been a reviewer and session chair for international conferences in the US, UK, Netherlands, Spain and Australia.

My teaching has been at postgraduate (PG) and undergraduate (UG) levels, including modules on entrepreneurship, franchising, research methods, business ethics and society, organisational behaviour and marketing. I have been an invited Visiting Professor, invited Consultant and invited External Examiner in France, Athens and the UK, for PG and UG degree programmes.

At Lancaster University, I have held various departmental roles, including the Director of UG Programmes (2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014); the Director of UG Studies Part 1, i.e. Year 1 (2009-2010 and 2010-2011); Academic (Plagiarism) Officer (2014-2016); Equal Opportunities and Disabilities Representative (2014 Michaelmas Term); etc.

Selected Publications Show all 37 publications

Entrepreneurial orientation rhetoric in franchise organizations: The impact of national culture
Watson, A., Dada, L., Wright, O., Perrigot, R. 11/09/2017 In: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.
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When do franchisors select entrepreneurial franchisees?: an organisational identity perspective
Watson, A., Dada, L., Grünhagen, M., Wollan, M. 12/2016 In: Journal of Business Research. 69, 12, p. 5934-5945. 12 p.
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University-business engagement franchising and geographic distance: a case study of a business leadership programme
Dada, L., Jack, S., George, M. 07/2016 In: Regional Studies. 50, 7, p. 1217-1231. 15 p.
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A model of entrepreneurial autonomy in franchised outlets: a systematic review of the empirical evidence
Dada, L. 23/09/2016 In: International Journal of Management Reviews.
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Organizational learning, entrepreneurial orientation, and the role of university engagement in SMEs
Dada, L., Fogg, H. 02/2016 In: International Small Business Journal. 34, 1, p. 86-104. 19 p.
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Entrepreneurial orientation and the franchise system: organisational antecedents and performance outcomes
Dada, L., Watson, A. 2013 In: European Journal of Marketing. 47, 5-6, p. 790-812. 23 p.
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The effect of entrepreneurial orientation on the franchise relationship
Dada, L., Watson, A. 12/2013 In: International Small Business Journal. 31, 8, p. 955-977. 23 p.
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Toward a model of franchisee entrepreneurship
Dada, O., Watson, A., Kirby, D. 08/2012 In: International Small Business Journal. 30, 5, p. 559–583. 25 p.
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The changing nature of work among the self-employed: Evidence from Britain
Dada, O., Parker, S.C. 2005 In: Journal of Labor Research. 26, 3, p. 501-517. 17 p.
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