Dr Jean S Clarke


Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Theory

Email: jsc@lubs.leeds.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 113 343 8269
Location: G42 Maurice Keyworth
Category: Academic, Management



PhD in Management, Leeds University Business School,
MSc in Occupational Psychology, Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield
BSc in Psychology, Queens University, Belfast


Current interests include:

  • narrative, metaphor and visual symbols in entrepreneurial sensemaking and legitimacy creation;
  • value creation and ethics;
  • qualitative and process approaches to the study of entrepreneurial activities.


LUBS2045            Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice
LUBS2004            Entrepreneurship and Innovation
LUBS5281M        Advanced Qualitative Methods
LUBS5293M        Understanding Your Discipline Seminar Series


Articles Published in Refereed Journals

Cornelissen, J., Clarke, J. and Cienki, A. (2012), Sensegiving in entrepreneurial contexts: The use of metaphors in speech and gesture to gain and sustain support for novel ventures. International Small Business Journal, 30(3), 213-241.

Clarke, J. & Cornelissen, J. (2011), Language, communication and socially situated cognition in entrepreneurship. Academy of Management Review, 36(4), 776-778.

Clarke, J. (2011), Revitalizing Entrepreneurship: How visual symbols are used in entrepreneurial performances. Journal of Management Studies, 48(6), 1365-1391.

Cornelissen, J. & Clarke, J. (2010), Imagining and rationalizing opportunities: Inductive reasoning, and the creation and justification of new ventures. Academy of Management Review, 35(4), 539-557.

Clarke, J. and Holt R. (2010), Reflective judgement: Understanding entrepreneurship as ethical practice. Journal of Business Ethics, 94(3), 317-331.

Clarke, J. and Holt, R. (2010), The mature entrepreneur: A narrative approach to entrepreneurial goals.  Journal of Management Inquiry, 19(1), 69-83.

Gold, J., Anderson, L., Clarke, J. and Thorpe, R. (2009), To act and learn: A Bakhtinian exploration of action learning. Action Learning: Research and Practice, 6(2): 121-130 

Clarke, J. (2009), Review of the book Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Growth and Performance: Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research by Hans Landström, Hans Crijns, Eddy Laveren, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 15(5), 519-521

Clarke, J. (2009), Review of the book The Manager’s Tale: Stories of Managerial Identity, by Patrick Reedy, Business History, 51(5) 2009, 788 - 789.

Clarke, J. Thorpe, R., Anderson, L. and Gold, J. (2006), It’s all action, it’s all learning: action learning in SMEs. Journal of European Industrial Training. 30(6): 441-455

Thorpe, R., Gold, J., Holt, R., Clarke, J. (2006), Immaturity: The Constraining of Entrepreneurship. International Small Business Journal, 24(3): 232-250.

Chapters in books

Cornelissen, J. and Clarke, J. (2013), Language and socially situated cognition in entrepreneurship in Handbook of Entrepreneurial Cognition, Edited by   R. Mitchell, R. Mitchell and B. Randolph-Seng. (Peer-Reviewed)

Clarke, J. (2012), Using visual ethnographies to study entrepreneurs. In E. Bell, S. Warren and J. Schroeder (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Visual Organization. London: Routledge.

Clarke, J. (2008), Video in management research. Dictionary of Qualitative Management Research. London: Sage.

Thorpe, R. and Clarke, J. (2008), Performance in small firms, In R. Thorpe and J. Holloway (eds.) Perspectives on Performance. London: Sage.

Conference Papers

Clarke, J. and Holt, R. (2012), Picture Perfect: Entrepreneurship and innovation through drawing and visualisation, PDW, Academy of Management Conference, Boston.

Clarke, J and Healey, M. (2012) The language and body language of entrepreneurs: How verbal and non-verbal metaphors are used to persuade investors to fund new ventures. European Group for Organizational Studies, Helsinki.

Clarke, J., Cornelissen, J. and Cienki, A. (2012) Embodiment, imagination and meaning: The role of human scale in the language and body language of entrepreneurs. Qualitative Research in Management Conference, New Mexico

Clarke, J. and Cornelissen, J. (2011), Professional Development Workshop: Revealing the Cultural in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Academy of Management Conference, San Antonio

Clarke, J. (2009), The importance of appearance: Visual symbols and entrepreneurial legitimacy, Academy of Management Conference, Chicago.

Cornelissen, J. and Clarke, J. (2009), The Discursive Creation of New Ventures: The Role of Metaphor and Analogy, European Group for Organizational Studies, Barcelona.

Clarke, J., Cornelissen, J. and Cienki, A. (2008), Creative entrepreneurship: Using metaphor in words and gestures to access imagination in entrepreneurs’ theories of action, Researching and Applying Metaphor: Metaphor in Cross-Cultural Communication, University of Extremadura,

Cienki, A., Cornelissen J. and Clarke, J. (2008), The Role of Human Scale, Embodied Metaphors/Blends in the Speech and Gestures of Entrepreneurs 9th Conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language (CSDL9), Cleveland, OH.

Clarke, J. (2008), Seeing entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurs’ use of visual symbols in the strategic legitimation process, Academy of Management Conference, California (August, 2008)

Clarke, J., Cornelissen, J. and Cienki, A. (2008) Beyond Words: How entrepreneurs use metaphors in words and gestures to give sense to themselves and others, European Group for Organizational Studies, Amsterdam, July, 2008.

Clarke, J. (2008), Visualising entrepreneurship: Using video-based ethnographic research to investigate entrepreneurial interaction, International Council for Small Business, Nova Scotia June, 2008

Clarke, J. (2007), Visualising Entrepreneurship: Using Video-based Research to Investigate the Entrepreneurial Process, British Academy of Management Conference, Warwick University, September 2007.

Clarke, J. (2006), Researching the Entrepreneurial Process through Rhetoric and Argumentation: A Dialogical Understanding, British Academy of Management Conference, Belfast

Gold, J., Thorpe, R., Clarke, J. and Anderson, L. M. (2005), Evaluating Action Learning as a methodology to bring about change in owner-manager SMEs: A multi-stakeholder analysis, British Academy of Management Conference, Said Business School, Oxford

Thorpe, R., Clarke, J., Gold, J. and Anderson, L. M. (2005), Strategic performance management and measurement in small and medium sized firms: The use of Gross Value Added (GVA), British Academy of Management Conference, Said Business School, Oxford

Clarke, J., Thorpe, R., Anderson, Powel, J. and Gold, J. (2005), It’s all action, it’s all learning: action learning in SMEs, Sixth International Conference on HRD Research and Practice Across Europe, Leeds.

Media Outputs

Creating a visual identity: The Secret to Entrepreneurs’ Success, Yorkshire Post, 28th of June, 2011.

What makes a successful entrepreneur – and can you learn it from watching The Apprentice? The Guardian, 25th of October, 2010.

Academic duo delves into the gestures behind success, Yorkshire Post, 30th of December, 2008.

Report for Funding Body

Clarke, J., Creasey, R., Marshall, A. and Thorpe, R. (2007), Experiencing Engineering: An exploration into the lived experience of female engineering students and lecturers in Leeds University School of Engineering. Report for UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Thorpe, R., Clarke, J., Gold, J. and Anderson, L. M. (2005), An evaluation of Micro Networking in the North West. Report for Northwest Regional Development Agency.