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Professor Carole Howorth

  • Emerita Professor 

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Academic biography

Professor Carole Howorth was Chair in Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship and Research Excellence (REF) lead at the University of York. She is currently Professor Emeritus in the School for Business and Society. Carole was formerly Associate Dean for Research and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law at the University of Bradford, and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business at Lancaster University Management School, where she founded the UK’s first Centre for Family Business. Carole researches entrepreneurship in family and social contexts. She was Chair of the Global STEP Family Enterprising Project and Academic Advisor to the Institute for Family Business Research Foundation for 10 years.

Carole continues to write and research on entrepreneurship in family and social contexts. She is editor (with Allan Discua Cruz) of the Elgar Encyclopedia of Family Business (2023), a definitive reference covering over 100 key topics on family business. Carole is also author (with Nick Robinson) of the leading textbook Family Business (2021), published by Routledge.


Areas of expertise

  • Family Business
  • Family Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Business Governance
  • Research Management






















Contact details

Professor Carole Howorth
Emeritus Professor
School for Business and Society