Professor Jillian Gordon
- Professor (Management)
Jillian joined the Adam Smith Business School in 2014 as Lecturer in Entrepreneurship. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016 and to Professor of Entrepreneurship in 2021. She has extensive teaching experience, delivering entrepreneurship education across UG, PGT, PGR levels including MBA. Throughout her career she has worked closely with industry stakeholders to design, develop and deliver her learning and teaching.
Jillian is co-investigator on a €4.5 million Horizon 2020 project that examines the legitimisation of new technologies, including internet of things, 6g technology innovation, digital platforms and fluid ethics with colleagues in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. She is also co-investigator on a €1.2m European Union HIE project to support data-driven entrepreneurship across a consortium of European universities. Her current research examines emerging entrepreneurial ventures, internet of things, fluid ethics, digital entrepreneurship trends and wealth recycling. She is particularly interested in how the practice and logic of entrepreneurship translates across social contexts. Her research has been published in leading international journals, including Harvard Business History Review, Business History, and FT 50 ranked journals including the Journal of Business Ethics and Human Relations.
Jillian has extensive leadership experience having served as Director of Learning and Teaching of the Adam Smith Business School from 2019-2022. She devised the strategy for learning and teaching, securing investment for needed resource to support learning innovation and initiated and overseen the launch of a number of strategic initiatives including a review of the learning and teaching portfolio.
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.
- 2022: EU EIT - Accelerate-EEE (€1.2m)
- 2020: MCSA-ITN Legitimation of Newness and Its Impact on EU Agenda for Change (€4.35m)
- 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 has a full complement of doctoral students at present.
Current PhD students
- Business Start-up
- Integrating Business and Management in Practice (compressed capstone course)
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.