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Professor Mathew (Mat) Hughes BSc (Econ); MSc (Econ); PGCHE; PhD

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Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Professor Mathew (Mat) Hughes is Professor and Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University. Prior to his appointment, he was Reader in Entrepreneurial Management at Durham University Business School and served as Director of the PhD Programme. He has also served as Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Nottingham University Business School where he was also Director of the MSc Entrepreneurship and Deputy Director of Doctoral Programmes.  He obtained his PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, under the supervision of Professor Robert Morgan (Cardiff University).

Mat’s research interests and knowledge lie at the nexus of entrepreneurship and strategy and include entrepreneurial orientation, innovation and ambidexterity, social capital, absorptive capacity, corporate entrepreneurship and strategy, family firms, internationalization, and business acceleration/incubation. His work has been published in such journals as Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of World Business, British Journal of Management, and Journal of Small Business Management.  Mat is a member of the editorial review boards of Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, British Journal of Management, Journal of Family Business Strategy and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing.

Mat has won awards for his research and teaching. For research, in 2017, his work was nominated for Best Paper at the Family Business track and Best Conference Paper at the ISBE annual conference, and received a Highly Commended Paper recognition. In 2015, he received the Emerald Citation of Excellence Award for the most highly-cited and influential paper published in 2012 in Business Management (Chang, Y.-Y. and Hughes, M. (2012), “Drivers of Innovation Ambidexterity in Small-to Medium-Sized Firms”, European Management Journal, 30(1), 1-17); his Hughes and Morgan (2007) paper on entrepreneurial orientation is widely cited and is considered an influential and important paper on EO, its conceptualisation and measurement (Covin, J.G. and Wales, W.J., 2012, The Measurement of Entrepreneurial Orientation’, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 36(4), pp.677-702); in 2008 his paper was nominated and shortlisted for an IDEA Award in the ‘Research promise’ category at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, USA, August 2008; and in 2006 his paper titled “Time-Based Competitive Performance and Entrepreneurial Orientation” won an Honourable Mention in the Best Paper Prize Competition at the 26th Annual Strategic Management Society Conference held in Vienna, Austria.  For teaching, in 2016, he won the Durham University Business School Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence; in 2015, he was awarded the Durham University Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Award; and in 2008, Mat was nominated and shortlisted for the Lord Dearing Award in Teaching & Learning for teaching excellence at the University of Nottingham.

Mat is a member of the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of Management. He has also served as a keynote speaker at international conferences, session chairs, and invited as an expert to conducti executive workshops on building the innovative organisation and building effective incubator networks, for example.

Professor Hughes’ research interests lie at the nexus of entrepreneurship and strategy and include entrepreneurial orientation, innovation and ambidexterity, social capital, absorptive capacity, corporate entrepreneurship and strategy, family firms, and internationalization.

2017: Paper titled “The Influence of Family Firms on the Sustainability of Start-up/Nascent Enterprises” nominated and shortlisted for Best Paper at the Family Business track and Best Conference Paper at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Annual Conference held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 8th – 9th November 2017. The paper received a a Highly Commended Paper competition.

2017: Former PhD student Dr Stephanie Scott (Durham University) won the Durham University Business School’s ‘Outstanding Thesis’.

2015: Emerald Citation of Excellence Award for most highly cited and influential paper published in 2012 in Business Management. Paper: Chang, Y.-Y. and Hughes, M. (2012), “Drivers of Innovation Ambidexterity in Small-to Medium-Sized Firms”, European Management Journal, 30(1), 1-17.


2015: Session and Discussion Chair at the Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA, October 2015.

2014: Session and Discussion Chair at the Strategic Management Society Special Conference, Tel-Aviv, Israel, March 2014.

2012: Hughes and Morgan (2007) paper on entrepreneurial orientation is highlighted as an influential and important paper on EO, its conceptualization and measurement by Jeff Covin and William Wales (Covin, J.G. and Wales, W.J., 2012, The Measurement of Entrepreneurial Orientation’, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 36(4), pp.677-702).

2012: Appointed External Expert Advisor on Approval Panel for MSc Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship programme at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.

2008: Recipient of the Best Reviewer Award for the BPS division of the Academy of Management.

2008: Session Chair at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, USA, August 2008.

2008: Paper titled “The Effect of Competence Exploration and Competence Exploitation on Strategic Entrepreneurship” was nominated and shortlisted for an IDEA Award in the ‘Research promise’ category at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, USA, August 2008.

2006: Paper titled “Time-Based Competitive Performance and Entrepreneurial Orientation” nominated and shortlisted for Best Conference Paper prize at the 26th Annual Strategic Management Society Conference held in Vienna, Austria, October 29th – November 1st 2006. The paper won an Honourable Mention in the Best Paper Prize Competition.

2005: Session Chair at the 25th Annual Strategic Management Society Conference, Orlando, Florida, October 22nd-26th 2005.

Professor Hughes is a regular expert speaker about matters of entrepreneurship and business for BBC Radio. He has served in an external consultant capacity to several start-ups and SMEs, worked with large corporations including Procter & Gamble, and organisations such as the Rugby Football Union and the Institute for Family Business in the UK.

In 2017, he was a keynote speaker at the 2017 International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Jilin University.

In 2016, he delivered a workshop at the Southern Denmark University on creating effective accelerator/business incubator and incubator networks for start-ups.

He has served as external examiner for a variety of MSc programmes at leading universities in the UK (e.g., External Examiner for the MSc Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Cardiff Business School).

 

Here are examples of Professor Hughes’ many external activities and recognition.

Editorial Review Board Member:

Journal of Management Studies

Journal of Business Venturing

British Journal of Management

Journal of Family Business Strategy

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing

 

External Examiner:

2013 – 2017: External Examiner for the MSc Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.

Memberships:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of the Strategic Management Society.

Member of the Academy of Management.

Academic speaking invitations:
2018: Invited research seminar speaker at Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain, March 2018.

2017: Expert Speaker at the Global Entrepreneurship Week, De Montfort University, 13-17 November 2017.

2017: Keynote speaker at the International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2017 ICIE) held by Jilin University (School of management, Center for entrepreneurial studies, and Innovation research center) on 23th Sept.2017 and 24th Sept. 2017.

2017: Invited to hold and lead a one-day research workshop on ‘Moving from Project to Publication’ at Canterbury Christchurch University, UK.

2016: Invited research seminar speaker on “The Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy of Family Firms” at Utrecht University, The Netherlands (29th November 2016).

2016: Invited expert speaker at University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, for their business incubator initiative (7th September 2016). I presented 15 years of my research on business incubation, incubators and networks, and the role of social capital and network behaviour for the development and growth of young technology-based firms.

2015: Presentation at the Institute for Family Business Annual Conference on the IFB-commissioned reach into innovation in family firms, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

2012: Invited research seminar speaker on “Innovation Ambidexterity and Strategic Entrepreneurship” at Newcastle University Business School, UK.

2012: Invited research seminar speaker on “Product Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship” at Warwick Business School, UK.

2012: Invited research seminar speaker on “Strategic Entrepreneurship” at Durham University Business School, UK.


Business engagement:

2016: Worked with Rugby Football Union to provide a tailored on-day workshop on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial management for leaders in rugby.

2015: Commissioned research and report for Institute for Family Business into innovation in UK family firms

2013 – ongoing: Working with Procter & Gamble on open innovation and university-business network management with a co-funded PhD student. Chief contacts are David Jakubovic, Euan Magennis and Lianne Pelmi.

2005 – Ongoing: Consultant and Mentor for Tanabi Group. Chief contact is Euros-Jones Evans (CEO and Founder).

2008 – 2012: Developed and led High Growth Masterclass on ‘Building the Innovative Organization’, a one- to two-day training event for high-growth SMEs across the East Midlands for PERA.

2014: Submitted written evidence to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) submission to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Management’s Commission on the Future of Management and Leadership. Published January 2016.

2004 – ongoing: Expert speaker on issues of business and entrepreneurship for BBC Radio Cymru (typically monthly but also more regularly based on events in the business world).

Hughes, M., Filser, M., Harms, R., Kraus, S., Chang, M.-L., and Cheng, C.-F. (2017), “Family firm configurations for high performance: The role of entrepreneurship and ambidexterity”, British Journal of Management, forthcoming.

Cesinger, B., Hughes, M., Mensching, H., Bouncken, R., Fredrich, V., and Kraus, S. (2016), “A Socioemotional Wealth Perspective on how Collaboration Intensity, Trust, and International Market Knowledge affect Family Firms’ Multinationality”, Journal of World Business, 51(4), 586-599.

Kyriakopoulos, K., Hughes, M., and Hughes, P. (2016), “The Role of Marketing Resources in Radical Innovation Activity: Antecedents and Payoffs”, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 33(4), 398-417.

Hughes, M., Morgan, R.E., Ireland, R.D. and Hughes, P. (2014), “Social Capital and Learning From Network Relationships: A Problem of Absorptive Capacity”, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 8(3), 214-233.

Hughes, M. and Morgan, R.E. (2007), “Deconstructing the Relationship between Entrepreneurial Orientation and Business Performance at the Embryonic Stage of Firm Growth”, Industrial Marketing Management, 36(5), 651-661.