Louise Scholes

  • Reader in Entrepreneurship, Loughborough University London.
  • Programme Director, MSc Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management.


Roles and Responsibilities
Module leader: Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Planning, the Dissertation
Editorial Board: International Small Business Journal
Seminar co-coordinator
External examiner: Kent University
Chair: Loughborough University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference

PhD Supervisor:  Ye Zhang, ‘An exploratory study of business angel groups in China: the characteristics and activity, investment processes, impact and development trends.’

After completing a PhD in Radiation Chemistry from Brunel University I joined DiverseyLever and spent 10 years in research and development creating new animal medicines. Following an MBA at Nottingham University I rejoined the education sector and have since worked for Nottingham, Durham and Loughborough business schools. I have taught a diverse range of business-related topics such as entrepreneurship, family business, corporate entrepreneurship, corporate governance, venture capital & private equity, and econometrics to foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students.

My main research interest is family firms. This form of business makes up a majority of firms in the world and is fascinating because family involvement in the ownership and governance of the firm influences the path the firm takes, and ultimately determines the longevity of the business. The family and their desires have a huge impact on the firm, something that is, of course, absent from non-family firms. The influence of family is often positive but not always and my focus is to understand more about the impact of family on outcomes such as entrepreneurship, innovation, performance in general, and even longer term-survival.

I have been a consulting editor for the International Small Business Journal and am now on their editorial board. I have published articles in a number of mainstream academic journals including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Human Relations, Industrial Relations, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Small Business Economics, California Management Review, and Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. I have also published many practitioner-focused articles on family firms and private equity.