Sam Appleton

Sam Appleton


Current Research

Sam is a post graduate researcher studying family business in the agricultural industry. Sam was inspired to do his PhD from his experience in his own family business as it lead him to notice the differences between this and non-family businesses. Sam is interested in all family businesses but for his PhD is focusing on farming family businesses. Farming family businesses have a rich history through their continuous capacity to adapt. Adaptations have been in response to changes in purchasing, technology and policy. Sam feels privileged he has the opportunity to research such a grounded set of organisations.

Teaching Experience

Sam is developing a range of teaching experience throughout his PhD in order to pass on his insights to other students. Sam has experience teaching on the following modules:

2018-2019 LUBS 1850 Organisational Behaviour

2018 & 2019 LISS Leeds International Summer School

2019 LUBS 2900 Operations and Supply Chain Management

2019 LUBS 1010 Understanding Social Enterprises

Research Conferences

Sam is  gaining experience by being invited to present at academic conferences. In 2018, Sam presented “A critical evaluation of Family Business studies" here at the University’s Festival of Ideas. This year, Sam presented “A critical evaluation of Family Business studies” at the Family Enterprise Research Conference hosted by Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont a full write up of the conference can be found here.

Research interests

Strategy, Family Business, Entrepreneurship.


  • MSc Enterprise
  • BA (Honours) Busienss & Management

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies