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Chair in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Richard Harrison joined the Business School in 2013 as Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He was previously Director of the Management School at Queen's University Belfast (2006-2012), where he was academic lead on the development of new Management and Postgraduate and Executive Education Centre facilities and initial Director of the Leadership Institute at Queen's (2012-13), the University's executive education delivery channel. Prior to that he held the Dixons Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Edinburgh, and has held senior academic positions at Aberdeen, Ulster and Queen's.

He has extensive experience in research, programme development, executive education and consultancy/advisory work in entrepreneurship (particularly early stage finance and business angels, technology transfer and business development) and in strategic leadership development nationally and internationally (eg US, Canada, Malaysia, China, Australia), and is a regular speaker at national and international practitioner conferences and workshops.

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Research Interests

Richard's research interests straddle the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and strategy. Current themes and projects include:

  • entrepreneurship and venture development
  • business angel finance and early stage risk capital
  • technology transfer and academic entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurship and public policy in economic development
  • entrepreneurial learning
  • strategic leadership in entrepreneurial contexts (including family businesses).

He is founding co-editor of Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance (Routledge).

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