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Dr Josip Kotlar

Senior Lecturer

Josip Kotlar

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 594045

PhD supervision

Available for supervising PhD students willing to conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research on entrepreneurship, strategy and innovation, with a focus on family business.


Josip Kotlar is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) at the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation of the Lancaster University Management School.

He co-directs the LUMS Centre for Family Business, working on research, business engagement and executive education programs for family business owners and managers.

He is the Program Director of the MSc in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Practice at LUMS, where he teaches entrepreneurship and family business at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

His research is at the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation, and his work focuses primarily on family businesses. On these topics, he has published articles in leading journals including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Academy of Management Perspectives, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Family Business Review and the Journal of Family Business Strategy.

His research won several awards including the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings in 2016, 2015 and 2014, the 2016 Emerald Citations of Excellence, the Best Practitioner Focused Paper Award at FERC in 2014, the Best Conference Paper Award at IFERA 2014 and the Best Paper Award and Best Doctoral Student Award at FERC in 2012.

Josip Kotlar is member of the Editorial Review Boards of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Family Business Review. He is guest-editor of special issues in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and the International Journal of Management Reviews. He served as the Academic Program Chair of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) 2015 Conference.


Research Interests

  • Fundamental questions in the theory of the family firm, including definition of family firms and the drivers of heterogeneity in family firm behavior and performance.
  • Interplay of financial and non-financial goals in family firms, including (a) definition and antecedents of family firm goals, (b) goal formulation processes, and (c) trade-offs between financial and non-financial goals in strategic decision making.
  • Innovation in family firms, including (a) behavioral and strategic differences in innovation between family and non-family firms, (b) the influence of family governance on the organization of new product development programmes, and (c) distinctive resources and capabilities that enable/constrain innovation in family firms. 
  • Resources, dynamic capabilities and the sources of sustainable competitive advantage in family firms.

Current Teaching

Josip Kotlar teaches modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on family business and entrepreneurship topics:

Current teaching:

  • ENTR509 Family Enterprise Management (Postgraduate taught)
  • ENTR314 Family Business (Undergraduate taught)
  • Research Training Seminar - Presenting your work in public and at conferences (Postgraduate research)
  • MNGT802 Facilitating Innovation (Executive Education)

 Previous courses:

  • ENTR516 China Project (Dissertation MSc II) (2014/2015; 2015/2016)
  • ENTR209 Entrepreneurship in a Global Context (2014/2015; 2015/2016)
  • ENTR101 Entrepreneurship: Key Debates and Concepts (2013/2014; 2014/2015; 2015/2016)
  • ENTR315 Social Contexts of Entrepreneurship (2013/2014)
  • ENTR207 Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship (2013/2014)
  • MNGT360b European Management Dissertation (2013/2014)

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