Professor Jillian Gordon
- Professor (Management)
Prior to joining academia, Jillian worked in industry for a national utilities company in sales and marketing and as a project associate with a service sector SME. Jillian began her academic career at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde, working with some of the pioneer entrepreneurship educators from the UK, teaching across a portfolio of classes which spanned cross faculty and academic years. During her time at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Jillian developed an expertise in the design and delivery of student centred experiential learning programmes in close collaboration with industry. Jillian undertook a PhD on a part time basis whilst working full-time, graduating in November 2011 with a Doctorate titled: Power, Wealth and Entrepreneurial Philanthropy in the New Global Economy.
Jillian joined the Adam Smith Business School in August 2014 and immediately assumed the role of Honours Convenor overseeing the Honours programme for the MA Business and Management degree. Jillian has subsequently led a review of the undergraduate MA in Business and Management and now sits on the Implementation Group for the re-visioning of a new MA degree.
Jillian currently serves as a board member on two key project delivery governance boards as part of the UofG campus re-development. This includes: the Adam Smith Business School Project Board that oversees the provisioning of the Gilbert Scott Building; and the Research and Enterprise Hub Project Board, an exciting new space for multi-disciplinary innovative and collaborative research and industry engagement.
Jillian is a member of the Entrepreneurship, Development and Political Economy research cluster.
Areas of expertise:
Capital accumulation and recycling
Jillian’s research interests are focussed on capital accumulation and recycling by high net worth entrepreneurs (finance, know-how, know-who and reputation). She has explored the different ways that entrepreneurs extend their reach from business into the social domain through their philanthropic endeavours, considering inter alia the relevance of commercial practices within complex social environments. Her research on the social processes of capital accumulation and recycling has led her to explore the different forms of support available and accessible for social entrepreneurship. Exploring social investment, philanthropic investment and the absorptive capacity of social ventures for new forms of finance.
- 2015-2016: ESRC - Understanding loan aversion amongst social enterprises (£4800). PI
- 2015-2016: ESRC - Seminar Series: Philanthropy to the Rescue? Exploring the opportunities and strengths of philanthropy (£26,650). CO-I
- 2011: Strathlinks - ‘Useful knowledge for growing companies’ (£5000). CO-I
- 2010: EPSRC - Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Transferable Skills (£24,982). CO-I
- 2008-2013: ESRC - Individual and Business Giving: exploring contemporary entrepreneurial philanthropy (£381,721.55). CO-I
Jillian currently supervises PhD students undertaking research in the following areas:
- Family business advisors;
- Family business and family foundations,
- Social entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Current PhD students
Jillian has extensive experience of teaching within the University environment. She works with colleagues, including entrepreneurs, to design and deliver learning opportunities that provide a distinctive and relevant learning experience for participants. Drawing on her research to provide teaching that is research informed and led yet relevant to the employability and career progression of participants. Jillian applies a variety of learning methods that support an innovative approach to teaching that create interactive and experiential based learning opportunities for students.
Jillian has considerable industry contacts that are actively leveraged to incorporate guest speaker programmes within her classes. Jillian views the partnership of academic and commercial insights as essential in creating learning experiences that are academically rigorous, practical and relevant. Jillian has taught across a range of entrepreneurship courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA level.
Jillian is a Price Babson Scholar having undertaken entrepreneurship educator training at Babson College, Massachusetts, as part of their world renowned Babson C programme for entrepreneurship educators.