Dr Lola Dada

Senior Lecturer

Profile

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and the Director of the PhD Programme in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Management School, Lancaster University. I am also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Small Business Management.

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 various international awards and recognitions. Among others, these include: (1) four Best Paper Awards received in 2018, 2015, 2012 and 2010 at the 32nd, 29th, 26th and 24th conferences of the International Society of Franchising (ISoF) held in Ecuador, Spain, the United States and Australia, respectively; The ISoF is the premier association for franchising scholars globally; (2) the 2016 ISoF Best Reviewer Award received at the 30th conference of the ISoF held in the Netherlands; (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 Management Studies, 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, European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Hospitality Management, etc. I have been a reviewer and session chair for international conferences in the US, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Iceland, Australia and Ecuador.

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 Officer (2014-2016, 2018-); Assessment Officer (2018-); Equal Opportunities and Disabilities Representative (2014 Michaelmas Term); etc.

Selected Publications Show all 37 publications

A model of entrepreneurial autonomy in franchised outlets: a systematic review of the empirical evidence
Dada, L. 04/2018 In: International Journal of Management Reviews. 20, 2, p. 206-226. 21 p.
Journal article

Entrepreneurial orientation rhetoric in franchise organizations: The impact of national culture
Watson, A., Dada, L., Wright, O., Perrigot, R. 22/11/2017 In: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

Journal of Small Business Management (Journal)
Editorial activity

International Assessment Board, Irish Research Council, Dublin (External organisation)
Membership of board

Journal of Management Studies (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Production Planning and Control (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Journal of International Entrepreneurship (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Journal of Business Research (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Journal of Business Venturing (Journal)
Publication peer-review

European Journal of Marketing (Journal)
Publication peer-review

BRQ Business Research Quarterly (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Invited Panel Member, Revalidation of BSc (Hons) Business Administration degree programme, Athens (Event)
Membership of committee

Management Learning (Journal)
Publication peer-review

British Journal of Management (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Invited Talk; Center in Franchising, Retail and Service Chains; Graduate School of Management; University of Rennes 1; France
Invited talk

International Journal of Hospitality Management (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Journal of Small Business Management (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Universite de Rennes 1
Visiting an external academic institution

BA (Hons) degree programme
Visiting an external academic institution

Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (Journal)
Publication peer-review

International Business Review (Journal)
Publication peer-review

International Small Business Journal (Journal)
Publication peer-review

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Journal of Retailing (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Highly Commended Winner, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence
Prize (including medals and awards)

The 2016 International Society of Franchising (ISoF) Best Reviewer Award, Groningen, The Netherlands
Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Paper Award, Florida, United States
National/international honour

Best Paper Award, Sydney, Australia
National/international honour

Best Paper Award in the Entrepreneurship Track, UK
National/international honour

Best Reviewer in the Distribution Track, Brisbane, Australia
National/international honour

Shortlisted for two awards: (1) the Best Paper in the ‘Entrepreneurial Learning in Organisations’ Track, and (2) the Best ‘Knowledge Exchange and Transfer’ Paper, UK
National/international honour

Best Paper Award, Oviedo, Spain
National/international honour

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