The holder of a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Entrepreneurship, Gender, and Family Business, Jennifer is one of Canada’s leading researchers at the intersection of gender, entrepreneurship, and the family embeddedness of entrepreneurial activity. She has published two edited books and approximately 30 scholarly articles and book chapters on these and other topics. Seven of her articles have received “Best Paper” awards at international academic conferences. One of her articles, Aldrich and Cliff (2003), was recently recognized as a “Foundational Paper” by the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management.
Over the course of her career, Jennifer has played an integral role in strengthening the global profile of scholarly research on gender and entrepreneurship in particular. In 2010, she co-organized and co-hosted the Diana International Conference on Women’s Entrepreneurship Research in Banff. Key outputs of this conference included the production of a co-edited book (for Edward Elgar) and a special issue of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (a top entrepreneurship journal on the FT50 list).
Recognized internationally for her research on female entrepreneurs, Jennifer was recently invited to produce an online compilation entitled “Women’s Entrepreneurship” for Oxford Bibliographies as well as a special “legacy” article to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship. Most recently, she served as an academic advisor for a COVID and women’s entrepreneurship advocacy tool developed by the WE EMPOWER Program (sponsored by UNWomen/EU/ILO).
Jennifer obtained her Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour from the University of British Columbia in 2000 (as Jennifer Cliff). She was the silver medalist in the BCom graduating class from Carleton University in 1990 (as Jennifer Huyda). Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she worked in Vancouver as a marketing manager for an educational institute and as a business consultant for an immigration law firm.
Jennifer currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Business Venturing (JBV), and is a prior editorial board member of the Academy of Management Review (AMR) and the International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship (IJGE). In 2018 she received an Outstanding Reviewer Award at AMR. In 2015 she was recognized with an Outstanding Service Award for her contributions as a Field/Associate Editor at JBV from 2010-2015.
Jennifer also served as a co-author, with Dr. Anthony Briggs, of two outreach reports conducted on behalf of the University of Alberta. The 2012 report examined the institution’s general economic impact. The 2013 report examined the impact of alumni through entrepreneurship and innovation.
In 2009, Jennifer was elected as a Representative-at-Large of the worldwide Academy of Management (AOM)’s Entrepreneurship Division. She served as the Chair of the Membership Committee from 2009-2012, launching the division’s inaugural “New Member Meeting Point” event. She frequently serves in a mentoring capacity at doctoral, new faculty, and mid-career consortium at the AOM annual meetings.
- 2022 Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) Honor Roll
- 2021 Foundational Paper Award, Academy of Management (AOM) ENT Division
- 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 course of her academic career, Jennifer has 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? To what extent are the entrepreneurial decisions and activities of women versus men differentially affected by family embeddedness considerations, gendered labour market experiences, and gender stereotypes? What are the implications for firm innovativeness, venture performance, and the wellbeing of entrepreneurs and their families?
Jennifer’s research on these topics (and others) has been published in numerous leading general management journals, including the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, and Organization Studies. Her work also appears in several top entrepreneurship, family business, and family science journals, including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Family Business Review, Family Relations, and the Journal of Business Venturing.
An outreach article summarizing several of her women’s entrepreneurship studies was recently published in the leading science communication publication, Scientia.
When asked to state the main thing that she has learned from conducting research on female entrepreneurs, Jennifer responded as follows: “It’s that entrepreneurship is not a gender-neutral phenomenon.”
Since arriving at the Alberta School of Business in 1999, Jennifer has taught courses in general management, family enterprise, and entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels respectively.
Early on in her career, she played a lead role in designing a Major in Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise for the Alberta School of Business, which was the first of its kind in Canada. In the summer of 2018, she and Dr. Angelique Slade Shantz led a research-oriented course for undergrad students dedicated to the “grand challenge” of gender-based pay inequity. This unique course was nominated for a university-wide teaching award.
In addition to acting as the supervisor (or co-supervisor) of several Ph.D. students, Jennifer has overseen numerous individual research projects for undergrad and MBA students. She 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, Jennifer’s contributions on the teaching front were recognized with a university-level McCalla Professorship.
- 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
- SEM 705 Seminar in Contemporary Issues – Becoming a Management Professor
- SMO 707 Seminar in Special Organizational Topics
- SEM 711 Seminar in Entrepreneurship
Jennifer is thrilled to be back in the classroom. She will be delivering the SEM Ph.D. seminar in Entrepreneurship in the Winter 2023 term.
Prerequisite: Registration in Business PhD Program or written permission of instructor. Approval of the Business PhD Program Director is also required for non-PhD students.
This seminar introduces students to the major phenomenological topics and theoretical perspectives within the domain of entrepreneurship research. Illustrative phenomenological topics include opportunity recognition/construction, new venture creation, and resource acquisition. Illustrative theoretical perspectives include cognitive, affective and cultural approaches. The course enhances understanding of mid-range theory building and testing more broadly. Prerequisite: Registration in Business PhD Program or written permission of instructor. Approval of the Associate Dean, PhD Program is also required for non-PhD students.