Dr Louise Scholes

Reader, Loughborough University London

Dr Louise Scholes is a Reader at Loughborough University London. Her main research interests include the relationship between governance and ownership of family firms and firm strategy (particularly related to innovation and entrepreneurship) as well as management buyouts and their consequences.

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Research Themes

  • Finance and Governance Research Theme

Biography

Dr Louise Scholes is a Reader at Loughborough University London. Her main research interests include the relationship between governance and ownership of family firms and firm strategy (particularly related to innovation and entrepreneurship) as well as management buyouts and their consequences. She is on the editorial board of the International Small Business Journal. She has 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, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and California Management Review. She has also published many practitioner-focused articles on private equity and on family firms.

Research Paper

Resources and innovation in family businesses: The Janus-face of family socio-emotional preferences. Research Paper No 34

ERC Research Paper No 34. Resources and innovation in family businesses:The Janus-face of family socio-emotional preferences.

Family business socio-emotional preferences are often Janus-faced: Some strive to create a strong business they can pass on to offspring by building innovation-promoting resources such as human, relational and financial capital. Other family firms cater to family desires for unqualified nepotism, altruism towards undeserving kin, and appropriation of firm assets to fulfill parochial desires that erode these resources.
We explore how some such preferences, together with their impact on resources and the innovation demands of their markets, shape the approach to innovation.

Associated Themes
Research Paper

Business Survival and the Role of Boards. Research Paper No 1.

This paper examines the question of whether family firms are more likely to survive than non-family firms, focusing on the role of board composition.

Associated Themes
  • Finance and Governance Research Theme