Jean Clarke

Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organization, Management Division
Emlyon Business School, Lyon, France

Academic, Management, Visiting Faculty


PhD Leeds University Business School, 2004-2007
Title: Seeing Entrepreneurship: Visual Ethnographies of Embodied Entrepreneurs

University of Leeds Teaching Award (Professional Standard 1), 2010-2011

MSc in Occupational Psychology (Distinction), Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield

BSc in Psychology, Queens University, Belfast 


2015 – present             Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organization (LUBS)
2011 – 2015                 Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Theory (LUBS)
2010 – 2011                 Lecturer in Entrepreneurship (LUBS)
2008 – 2010                 Research Fellow, Centre for Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship (LUBS)
2007 – 2008                 ESRC funded Postdoctoral Fellowship (LUBS)
2004 – 2006                 Research Assistant (LUBS)


I am currently working on a three year research project funded by the ESRC Future Research Leader’s Grant (2012-2015). This project draws on a linguistic perspective of entrepreneurship and suggests that by using certain forms language and body language entrepreneurs can be more effective in interactions with potential stakeholders and develop legitimacy. Over the period of the project three studies will be conducted with the support of my research assistant Rowena Viney. Study 1 (linguistic analysis of videotaped pitches to investors) will develop insights into the form, frequency and function of language and body language used by entrepreneurs. Study 2 (an in-depth visual ethnographic study) and Study 3 (an experimental study) will provide information on whether these tactics have an impact on investor's decisions.

Other current research interests include:

-        visual symbols in entrepreneurial legitimacy creation;

-        value creation and business ethics;

-        qualitative and process approaches to the study of organizations

Research Grants

-        ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant (Approx £250,000) 2012-present

-        University of Leeds Research Impact and Innovation Fund, £8,000, 2010.

-        Co-applicant WUN grant (£12,000) for international collaboration between Leeds, Alberta, Penn State Universities.

-        ESRC Post-doctoral Fellowship (£85, 000)

-        ESRC Festival of Social Science (£2, 000) 2008, 2009


I am on the editorial board of:

Journal of Management Inquiry (2009-Present)

Organization Studies (2013-Present)

Also review regularly for Journal of Management Studies and Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Journal of Business Ethics.



Entrepreneurship and Innovation (BA Management)


Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MBA)

Advanced Qualitative Methods (PhD Programme)

Understanding Your Discipline (PhD Programme)

PhD Supervision

Paul Elwood

Lee Beniston


Articles in Refereed Journals

Clarke, J. and Holt, R. (2017). Imagery of ad-venture: Understanding entrepreneurial identity through metaphor and drawing. Journal of Business Venturing 32 (5), 476-497

Clarke, J., and Holt, R. (2016) Vivienne Westwood and the ethics of consuming fashion. Journal of Management Inquiry. 25(2), 199-213.

Clarke, J., Holt, R. and Blundel, R. (2014). Re-imagining the growth process: (Co)-Evolving metaphorical representations of entrepreneurial growth. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 26(3-4), 234-256.

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. (Dialogue)

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. 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. (2014), 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. (2013), 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.

Book Reviews

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

Media Outputs

The Communication Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs. Yorkshire Post (Business Section), 7th of June, 2013

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.

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