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Dr Louisa Huxtable-Thomas

Dr Louisa Huxtable-Thomas

Associate Professor, Business

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602621

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Welsh language proficiency

Intermediate Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Office 325 - 325
Third Floor
School of Management
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Louisa is an Associate Professor in the School of Management, the Director of Enterprise and Innovation across the School and Director 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.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Innovation systems
  • Collaboration
  • Affordances
  • Pedagogy
  • Higher education

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Louisa’s teaching focus is on entrepreneurship, small business management, leadership and strategy. Louisa is responsible for design and teaching of the introductory module for entrepreneurship, available for all students at Swansea. Her teaching interests also extend to the role of peer learning in post-graduate research.

Research

Louisa’s main research interest is in the role of leadership in entrepreneurship and the conceptual nexus between the two. In addition, she has collaborated with colleagues on a more diverse range of fields, including innovation systems, entrepreneurship education, communication and theories of cognition and affordance of social media.

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.

Collaborations

Louisa is responsible for the postgraduate research collaboration with Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart (HdM Stuttgart). Louisa is responsible for the postgraduate research collaboration with Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart (HdM Stuttgart).