Imperial College London

Professor Mike Wright

Business School

Professor of Entrepreneurship



+44 (0)20 7594 2606mike.wright




Tanaka BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professor Mike Wright joined Imperial College Business School as Professor of Entrepreneurship  in September 2011. He is Director of the Centre for Management Buy-out Research, the first centre to be established devoted to the study of private equity and buyouts, which was founded in March 1986 at the Nottingham University Business School.

Previously he was Professor of Financial Studies at Nottingham University Business School since 1989. He has written over 40 books and more than 300 papers in academic and professional journals on management buy-outs, venture capital, habitual entrepreneurs, academic entrepreneurs, and related topics. He served two terms as an editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (1994-99), was a joint editor of the Journal of Management Studies until 2009 and is editor elect of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He is a member of the BVCA Research Advisory Board. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghent and was recently ranked #1 worldwide for publications in academic entrepreneurship.



Ahlers O, Hack A, Kellermanns F, et al., 2016, Opening the Black Box: Power in Buyout Negotiations and the Moderating Role of Private Equity Specialization, Journal of Small Business Management, Vol:54, ISSN:0047-2778, Pages:1171-1192

Amess K, Stiebale J, Wright M, 2016, The impact of private equity on firms' patenting activity, European Economic Review, Vol:86, ISSN:0014-2921, Pages:147-160

Baert C, Meuleman M, Debruyne M, et al., 2016, PORTFOLIO ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND RESOURCE ORCHESTRATION, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol:10, ISSN:1932-4391, Pages:346-370

De Massis A, Frattini F, Kotlar J, et al., 2016, INNOVATION THROUGH TRADITION: LESSONS FROM INNOVATIVE FAMILY BUSINESSES AND DIRECTIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH, Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol:30, ISSN:1558-9080, Pages:93-116

Devigne D, Manigart S, Wright M, 2016, Escalation of commitment in venture capital decision making: Differentiating between domestic and international investors, Journal of Business Venturing, Vol:31, ISSN:0883-9026, Pages:253-271

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