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Professor Sarah Jack

Distinguished Professor

Sarah Jack

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 593540

PhD supervision

Available for supervising students and particularly welcome strong applicants who share my research interests in entrepreneurship (especially those related to its social aspects such as social networks, social capital and social innovation) and those who wish to look at entrepreneurship in the context in which it is created and formed.

Research Interests

Social networks.

Social capital. 

Social entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship in rural areas.

Entrepreneurship education. 

Research Grants


ESRC Business Development Fellow in Service Innovation


ESRC, Value £266,866, Period: 2007-2010

Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Innovation and Competitive Advantage: Past and Present. Co-investigator with Rose, M (Principal), Lockett, N. and Robinson, S.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award, Value £67,604, Period: 2004-2006

Purpose: To look at improving the operational efficiency, productivity and profitability of a small successful manufacturing business (Lofthus Signs Ltd.). Co-award Holder: Professor Jeff Hyman (University of Aberdeen)

Nuffield Foundation, Value: £4,393, Period of grant: 1998-2000.

Purpose: To Conduct a Comparative Analysis of Networking Activities of Small Businesses based in Urban and Rural Environments. Co-grant Holder: Mark Freel (University of Aberdeen).

EPSRC, Value: £30, 053, Period of grant: 1995-1997.

Purpose: Integrating Clients: Specifications into R&D and Process Management.  Co-grant Holders: Bower, D.J. (principal), Keogh, W. and Crabtree, E.





BA (Hons) PGCE(S) PhD

Current Teaching

Professor Jack teaches modules at postgraduate and undergraduate levels on entrepreneurship topics.


Sarah Jack is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Lancaster Univerisity. Her research involves the use of qualitative methods to consider social aspects of entrepreneurship.

Her work has been published widely in international and national journals.

She has received various grants from funding bodies including: Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Nuffield Foundation, Carnegie Trust and EPSRC.

Recent awards include The Lewis Institute Award at Babson College for the Best Paper Exploring the Significance of Social Entrepreneurship for the paper titled Who are the social entrepreneurs and what do they really do? Steinerowski, A., Jack, S. and Farmer, J.

External Roles

Professor Jack is on the editorial boards for:

Journal of Management Studies

Journal of Business Venturing

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Entrepreneurship and Regional Development


External examiner: Nottingham University

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