Jennifer Jennings

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Entrepreneurship, Gender and Family Business, Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management


Professor, Canada Research Chair in Entrepreneurship, Gender and Family Business, Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management
(780) 492-0648
4-21E Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2R6



I received my BCom from Carleton University in 1990 and my Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2000. In between, I worked for several years in Vancouver as a Marketing Manager for an educational institute and as a Business Consultant for an immigration law firm. I started my career as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Strategic Management and Organization at the Alberta School of Business in 1999, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2014.


I currently serve on the editorial boards for the Journal of Business Venturing (JBV) and the International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship (IJGE). I just completed a three-year term on the editorial board at the Academy of Management Review (AMR), where I received an Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2018. I have also served as a former Field/Associate Editor at JBV, where my contributions were recognized with an Outstanding Service Award in 2015.

I was a co-author, with Tony Briggs, on two impact reports conducted on behalf of the University of Alberta. Our 2012 report examined the university’s general economic impact. Our 2013 report examined the impact of the university’s alumni through entrepreneurship and innovation.


2020 Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Entrepreneurship, Gender and Family Business

2018 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Review

2015 Outstanding Service Award, Journal of Business Venturing

2015 Kauffman Foundation Best Paper Award, DIANA International Research Conference

2014 Bertarelli Family Best Paper Award, BCERC-IVEY Entrepreneurship Research Conference

2014 Best Paper Award, DIANA International Research Conference

2012 Best Paper Award (Entrepreneurship and Gender), ACERE-DIANA Conference

2011 McCalla Professorship, University of Alberta

2010 Aldrich and Cliff (2003) appears on list of “25 Most Influential Family Business Articles”

2008 Best Paper Award, DIANA International Research Symposium 

2007 Best Paper Award (High Potential/Fast Growth), AOM ENT Division

2006 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Journal of Business Venturing

2003 Best Paper Award (Women’s Entrepreneurship), AOM ENT Division


Over the past 20 years, I have examined a variety of research questions pertaining to entrepreneurship, family business, gender, and the work-family interface. Examples include: How and why do women’s perceptions of entrepreneurship differ from those of men? Do female and male entrepreneurs tend to organize, manage, and grow their firms differently? Do family considerations and gendered labour market experiences play a contributing role? What are the implications for firm innovativeness, venture performance, and the wellbeing of entrepreneurs and their families? 

My work on these topics (and others) has been published in several books and numerous academic journals. Some of my studies have even been featured in the media and recognized with Best Paper awards at international academic conferences. 

In 2020, I was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Entrepreneurship, Gender, and Family Business.


Over the past two decades, I have taught courses in general management, family enterprise, and entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels respectively.

Early on in my career, I played a lead role in designing a Major in Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise for the Alberta School of Business (the first of its kind in Canada). In the summer of 2018, I co-designed and co-delivered a unique summer course for undergrad students, dedicated to the issue of gender-based pay inequity, which was nominated for a university-wide teaching award.

In addition to acting as the supervisor (or co-supervisor) of several Ph.D. students, I have supervised numerous individual research projects for undergrad and MBA students. I previously served as the Course Coordinator for SMO 310, the Faculty Advisor for the SMO Club, and the Associate Director (Programs) for the school’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise (CEFE).

In 2011, my contributions on the teaching front were recognized with a McCalla Professorship.

Teaching Experience

  • SMO 201 Introduction to Management
  • SMO 310 Introduction to Management
  • SMO 428 Managing Family Enterprise
  • SMO 488 Topics in Organization Theory
  • SMO 628 Managing Family Enterprise
  • SMO 704 Individual Research
  • SMO 707 Seminar in Special Organizational Topics


Gender gaps in perceived start-up ease: Implications of sex-based labor market segregation for entrepreneurship across 22 European countries.
Author(s): Tonoyan, V., Strohmeyer, R., & Jennings, J.E.
Publication Date: 3/1/2020
Publication: Administrative Science Quarterly
Volume: 65
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 181 – 225
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A legacy of attention to embeddedness in gendered institutions: Reflections on a key emphasis (and contribution) of women’s entrepreneurship research.
Author(s): Hughes, K.D. & Jennings, J.E.
Publication Date: 1/15/2020
Publication: International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 53-76
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Going home and helping out? Returnees as propagators of CSR in an emerging economy. Journal of International Business Studies
Author(s): Han, Q., Jennings, J.E., Liu, R., & Jennings, P.D.
Publication Date: 1/18/2019
Publication: Journal of International Business Studies
Volume: 50
Page Numbers: 857-872
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Looking in the other direction: An ethnographic analysis of how family businesses can be operated to enhance familial wellbeing
Author(s): Nordstrom, O. & Jennings, J.E.
Publication Date: 3/1/2018
Publication: Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice
Volume: 42
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 317-339
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Bifurcated HR practices in family firms: Insights from the normative-adaptive approach to stepfamilies.
Author(s): Jennings, J.E., Dempsey, D., & James, A.E.
Publication Date: 3/1/2018
Publication: Human Resource Management Review
Volume: 28
Page Numbers: 68-82
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Jacks-(and Jills)-of-all-trades: On whether, how and why gender influences firm innovativeness.
Author(s): Strohmeyer, R., Tonoyan, V. & Jennings, J.E.
Publication Date: 7/22/2017
Publication: Journal of Business Venturing
Volume: 32
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 498-518
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Is it better to govern managers via agency or stewardship? Examining asymmetries by family versus nonfamily affiliation.
Author(s): James, A.E., Jennings, J.E., & Jennings, P.D.
Publication Date: 7/14/2017
Publication: Family Business Review
Volume: 30
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 262-283
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Living the dream? Assessing the ‘entrepreneurship as emancipation’ perspective in a developed region
Author(s): Jennings, J.E., Jennings, P.D., & Sharifian, M.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume: 40
Page Numbers: 81-110
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Emotional arousal and entrepreneurial outcomes: Generating elaborated theory by combining qualitative methods.
Author(s): Jennings, J.E., Edwards, T., Jennings, P.D., & Delbridge, R.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Journal of Business Venturing
Volume: 30
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 113-130
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Gender and entrepreneurial self-efficacy: A learning perspective.
Author(s): Dempsey, D. & Jennings, J.
Publication Date: 3/4/2014
Publication: International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 28-49
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