Dr Louisa Huxtable-Thomas
Associate Professor
Business
Telephone: (01792) 602621
Room: Office 301 - 301
Third Floor
School of Management
Bay Campus

Louisa is an Associate Professor in the School of Management, the Director of Enterprise and Innovation across the School and founding member of the School’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IfEL).  Combining theories and empirical knowledge gleaned from the fields of business, social science, education and psychology, Louisa’s research interests relate to how people’s behaviours, either as leaders, entrepreneurs or policy makers has an influence on societal and economic welfare.

Louisa has had a varied career encompassing work in environmental consultancy, policy making at Regional and Local Government level as well as business support and incubation. Louisa’s PhD brought all of this prior knowledge together and identified the ways in which businesses can successfully participate in environmental policy making.  After completing her PhD in 2009, Louisa’s research interest increasingly moved towards business and management, rather than environmental policy, but always in parallel to practical projects that worked directly to assist the economy of Wales.  Louisa has played a key role supporting businesses through projects such as incubation, innovation and commercialisation as well as early stage R&D. Not limiting herself to the field of entrepreneurship, Louisa has also worked with academics in fields as diverse as healthcare, e-marketing, education, low carbon energy, information systems, manufacturing and tourism. Most recently she has been working with renowned colleague Professor Paul Hannon to deliver a programme of entrepreneurial leadership development to senior managers of Malaysian Universities.

Louisa’s work has been presented at international conferences including ISBE, BAM, ECRM, ICERI, UIIN, QRM, CRRC, ECPR and GIN as well as being a conference Chair at ICERI and Technical Panel member for EDUTEACH. Her work has also been published in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (IJEBR) as well as in key text books for Sage and Springer. Louisa has been a peer reviewer for the journals IJEBR, IJME, Administrative Sciences and professional publications for the Institute of Biology and American Institute of Engineers. Louisa’s Work can be found on Research Gate.

Louisa holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Developing Higher Education and has developed, taught and assessed undergraduate and postgraduate modules on entrepreneurship and leadership as well as supervising Masters and Doctoral students and is currently working on academic papers on the subject of the collaborative cohort model of doctoral supervision as well as teaching research methods to 16-19 year olds on the Talent Bank project.

Areas of Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Sustainable Development
  • Work based learning
  • Pedagogies for post graduate research degrees

Publications

  1. Beyond content and pedagogy: the role of self and place in entrepreneurial leadership development. In The Role and Impact of Entrepreneurship Education. (pp. 66-86). Edward Elgar.
  2. & Social commerce Open Innovation in healthcare management: an exploration from a novel technology transfer approach. Journal of Strategic Marketing, 1-12.
  3. & Life Sciences and Health in South West Wales: A Sub-regional Innovation Ecosystem. In Entrepreneurial Learning City Regions. (pp. 267-292). Switzerland: Springer.
  4. & The Role of Entrepreneurial Leadership in City Region Economies: A Case of Developing Small Firm Leaders. In Entrepreneurial Learning City Regions. (pp. 155-179). Switzerland: Springer.
  5. & An investigation into the role of emotion in leadership development for entrepreneurs. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research 22(4), 510-530.

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Teaching

  • AR-200 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • AR-201 Enterprise & Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • AR-203 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • AR-204 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • AR-400 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • AR-402 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • AR-403 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • AR-404 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • AR-500 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • AR-501 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • AR-700 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • AR-701 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by developing and delivering a project that will make a difference in their communities. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial mindset, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • ARA2002 Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

    This module aims enable learners to: ¿ Understand a range of leadership styles and the impact on organisational performance ¿ Understand themselves as a leader and the importance of personal awareness ¿ Develop the ability to lead, motivate and inspire others to achieve results ¿ Ability to compile and apply business models for operational performance and strategic direction ¿ Establish reflective practice to consolidate and embed learning ¿ Understand coaching skills for self-directed performance and people management ¿ Manage performance and conflict with confidence This module will focus on the essential skills required for leaders and managers in small, medium and large established organisations. It will place particular emphasis on developing their individual and people leadership skills to facilitate enterprise growth. The Developing Leadership module will introduce participants to High Performance Work Practices (HPWP¿s), placing particular emphasis on leading self and leading others, enabling them to develop and implement sustainable plans that further drive the productivity and performance of their organisations. The module will enhance participants¿ knowledge and skills around providing strong direction and motivating their team to achieve the vision and goals of the organisation. The programme develops participants¿ strategy skills - ¿working `on¿ the business and not `in¿ the business¿. The Developing Leadership module encourages the delegation of day-to-day management to a trusted, empowered and skilled workforce, in order for strategic performance to be driven at all levels of the organisation.

  • MN-1007 Marketing and Strategy

    This module provides an introduction to the concept and practice of marketing and strategy.

  • MN-2009 Change Management (with Fujitsu)

    The module outlines the difficult process of implementing and leading change in organisations.

  • MN-3000 Final Year Project

    This module serves as the capstone course for the BSc Business Management programme. The module allows students to undertake in-depth and applied research on an academic or practical topic of their choosing.

  • MN-4001 Enterprise and Creativity (Entrepreneurship in Practice) Placement

    This generic cross-disciplinary module aims to provide an introduction for learners to: (a) the practice of becoming entrepreneurial; (b) Using creativity and creative thinking to generate and develop opportunities (c) the development of entrepreneurial ways of thinking and doing; and, (d) the exploitation of opportunities in the achievement of value. This practical course will help learners to develop their own ideas and pursue personal achievement by providing skills to develop and deliver a discrete project during their placement year . The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites for innovation, new venture creation and successful commercialisation ¿ the entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and behaviours of individuals who are seeking to create their own futures and make a difference in their world. It emphasises the importance of developing new ways of thinking and doing; the need for self-reliance and self-belief; the capacity for identifying needs and problems and seeing them as challenges and opportunities; the ability to take action, execute solutions, manage risk and failure and take responsibility for the consequences

  • PM-344 Capstone Project

    The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students¿ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. Depending on the student's employability strand within the programme, the project may be laboratory, data, or education-based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.

Supervision

  • What influences the adoption and use of ventricular assist devices in advanced heart failure in the UK? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniele Doneddu
    Other supervisor: Dr Gareth Davies
    Other supervisor: Prof Marc Clement
  • Enabling Advanced Broadband in a Rural Community Context: An Innovation Analysis. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Jones
  • Analysing and Evaluating the Impact of Welsh Government Entrepreneurship Policy on Migration Trends (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Marc Clement
  • Design of Entrepreneurship Education drawing from Design Thinking - a European Higher Education perspective (Working Title) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Jones
  • Slum as Urban Tourism Resource: A Case Study of Lusaka, Zambia. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Simon Brooks