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.


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

Rasmussen E, Mosey S, Wright M, 2015, The transformation of network ties to develop entrepreneurial competencies for university spin-offs, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Vol:27, ISSN:0898-5626, Pages:430-457

Miller D, Wright M, Le Breton-Miller I, et al., 2015, Resources and Innovation in Family Businesses: THE JANUS-FACE OF SOCIOEMOTIONAL PREFERENCES, California Management Review, Vol:58, ISSN:0008-1256, Pages:20-40

Lockett A, Wright M, Wild A, 2015, The Institutionalization of Third Stream Activities in UK Higher Education: The Role of Discourse and Metrics, British Journal of Management, Vol:26, ISSN:1045-3172, Pages:78-92

Sun P, Mellahi K, Wright M, et al., 2015, Political Tie Heterogeneity and the Impact of Adverse Shocks on Firm Value, Journal of Management Studies, Vol:52, ISSN:0022-2380, Pages:1036-1063

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