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Professor Carole Howorth - Staff Profile

Professor Carole Howorth
BSc (Bradford), PGCE (Bradford), Ph.D. (Bradford)
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business
Associate Dean, Research and Knowledge Transfer
Member of the Marketing, Strategy and International Business group
Member of the BRITE Lab research centre
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Professor Carole Howorth
Bradford University School of Management
Emm Lane
West Yorkshire

Carole joined Bradford University School of Management in 2012 having previously been Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business at Lancaster University Management School. At Lancaster, Carole was Founding Director of the Centre for Family Business as well as undertaking departmental roles as Doctoral Director, Postgraduate Director and Research Director.

Research interests:

Carole undertakes research projects examining issues associated with longevity and performance of family businesses, such as governance, innovation and entrepreneurship. Her research interests centre around the concept of ‘Entrepreneurial Stewardship’ which she developed with Allan Discua Cruz and Eleanor Hamilton. Carole has a particular interest in the juxtaposition of social and business values in organisations and is researching the implications of this in social enterprises as well as family businesses.

Research projects:

Carole is a member of the BRITE Lab. Current projects include an examination of informal enterprise activity, a study of the organisational legitimacy of social enterprises and projects examining entrepreneurship in family businesses.

Research supervision:

Carole supervises doctoral students undertaking research projects that examine entrepreneurship in family businesses or social enterprises. Current students are examining corporate governance in family businesses, entrepreneurial learning in families, and the influence of powerful relationships on entrepreneurship in small firms.


Modules taught:

  • Business Planning (Masters)
  • Entrepreneurship (MBA)
Professional affiliations:
  • Academy of Management

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