Imperial College London

Professor Mike Wright

Business School

Professor of Entrepreneurship



+44 (0)20 7594 2606mike.wright




Business School 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.



Wright D, De Silva M, Entrepreneurial Co-creation: Societal Impact through Open Innovation, R&d Management, ISSN:1467-9310

Lin D, Zheng W, Lu J, et al., 2019, Forgotten or not? Home country embeddedness and returnee entrepreneurship, Journal of World Business, Vol:54, ISSN:1090-9516, Pages:1-13

Wright D, Bacon N, Hoque K, Is job insecurity higher in leveraged buyouts?, British Journal of Industrial Relations, ISSN:0007-1080

Worek M, De Massis A, Wright M, et al., 2018, Acquisitions, disclosed goals and firm characteristics: A content analysis of family and nonfamily firms, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Vol:9, ISSN:1877-8585, Pages:250-267

Fattoum-Guedri A, Delmar F, Wright M, 2018, The best of both worlds: Can founder-CEOs overcome the rich versus king dilemma after IPO?, Strategic Management Journal, Vol:39, ISSN:0143-2095, Pages:3382-3407

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