Curriculum VitaeProfessor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Daniel and Dorothy Grady Faculty Fellow

Kimberly Eddleston

209 Hayden Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000




PhD in Management, University of Connecticut
MS in Hotel Administration, Cornell University and Groupe Essec (IMHI)
BS in Business Administration, Bryant College
Certificate in Hotel Management, Swiss International Training Center

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Eddleston is widely published in the field of entrepreneurship. She has won multiple awards for her research on family businesses as well as women entrepreneurs and managers. She has helped many students successfully join their family's firms and has also assisted students in the launch of their own enterprises. Professor Eddleston has taught multiple entrepreneurship courses including Family Business Management and Small Business Management. She has also developed a small business consulting project curriculum that has been featured at several entrepreneurship conferences and in Inc. Magazine.

Industry & Academic Experience

Professor Eddleston has served as the Toft Visiting Professor at the Jönköping International Business School, Sweden and is a Research Fellow at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She has extensive experience working with family businesses in the U.S. and abroad and is routinely invited to present at family business events for executives as well as academics. Professor Eddleston grew up working for several of her family's businesses and remains an active stakeholder.

Before joining Northeastern University she was the Assistant Director of the Wolff Family Program in Entrepreneurship at the University of Connecticut. She was also a research assistant in business communications at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Earlier in her career she worked for several restaurant and hotel companies including Westin Hotels and the Marriott Corporation.

Services to the Profession

Professor Eddleston is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Venturing. She is on the editorial boards of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Group & Organization Management, Organization Management Review, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Family Business Review and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. She has also served as a guest editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Family Business Strategy, and Small Business Economics.

Professor Eddleston currently serves as the Division Chair of the Academy of Management's Careers Division and as a Member of the Entrepreneurship Division's Event Logistics and Planning Committee. She has also served the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management as the Early Career Development Consortium Chair and Co-Chair. She has been elected twice to serve as President of the Family Business Special Interest Group of the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and currently serves as Past-President Elect. Additionally, she is Organizer of the Strategic Management Society's Family Business Extension Conference.

Other professional service includes: Small Business Management and Family Business Track Chair of (USASBE), Family Business Awards Committee Leader at USASBE, Doctoral Awards Panel of the Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC), Conference Organizer of the Theories of Family Enterprise Conference, Board of Directors of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management, Vice President at Large of the Eastern Academy of Management, Program Chair of the International Family Enterprise Research Association (ifera), and Doctoral and Early Career Consortium Chair of the Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC). Professor Eddleston also routinely serves as a judge for the Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards sponsored by the Northeastern University Center for Family Business.

Awards & Recognition

Daniel & Dorothy Grady Research Fellow, 2011 - present
Walsh Research Professorship, 2012 - 2014
Associate Editor, Journal of Business Venturing
Editor, Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange (
Toft Professor, Jönköping International Business School
Research Fellow, University of St. Gallen
Family-Owned Business Institute Scholar


Selected Publications

Banalieva, E., Eddleston, K.A. & Zellweger, T. Family influence, speed of pro-market reforms, and firm performance: An institution-based view of family influence in transition economies. Strategic Management Journal, forthcoming.

Marion, T., Eddleston, K., Friar, J., & Deeds, D. The evolution of interorganizational relationships in emerging ventures: An ethnographic study within the new product development process. Journal of Business Venturing, 30 (1): 167-184.

Powell, G.N. & Eddleston, K.A. 2013. Linking family-to-business enrichment and support to entrepreneurial success: Do female and male entrepreneurs experience different outcomes? Journal of Business Venturing, 28 (2): 261-280.

Kidwell, R.E., Eddleston, K.A. & Kellermanns, F.W. 2013. How one bad family member can undermine a family firm: Preventing the Fredo effect. Business Horizons, 56: 5-12.

Eddleston, K.A. & Kidwell, R.E. 2012. Parent-child relationships: Planting the seeds of deviant behavior in the family firm. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 36 (2): 369-386.

Banalieva, E. & Eddleston, K.A. 2011. Home region focus and performance of family firms: The roles of family versus professional leaders. Journal of International Business Studies, 42: 1060-1072.

Eddleston, K.A. & Kellermanns, F.W. 2007. Destructive and productive family relationships: A stewardship theory perspective. Journal of Business Venturing, 22 (4): 545-565.

Eddleston, K.A., Veiga, J.F. & Powell, G.N. 2006. Explaining sex differences in managerial career satisfier preferences: The role of gender self-schema. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91 (2): 437-445.

Martins, L.L., Eddleston, K.A., Veiga, J.F. 2002. Moderators of the relationship between work-family conflict and career satisfaction. Academy of Management Journal, 45 (2): 399-409.

Jennings, J.E., Eddleston, K.A., Jennings, P.D. & Sarathy, R. Firms Within Families: Enterprising in Diverse Country Contexts. Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming.


Selected Presentations

Ladge, Jamie, Eddleston, Kimberly, Academy of Management, "Does this make sense or is it nonsense?; Translating scholarship to practice oriented outlets", AOM.

Eddleston, Kimberly (Presenter Only), Marion, Tucker (Presenter Only), Friar, John (Presenter Only), U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, "Challenges for entrepreneurs in managing interorganizational relationships and innovation", U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Fort Worth, Texas. (January 2014).

Eddleston, Kimberly (Presenter Only), U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, "Family Business Workshop: Research-based practice and its implications for family business teaching: Moving from research to the classroom", U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Fort Worth, Texas. (January 2014).

Marion, Tucker, Eddleston, Kimberly, Friar, John, U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, "Interorganizational relationships of new ventures: The good, bad, and ugly", U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Fort Worth, Texas. (January 2014).

Eddleston, K.A. Family business research trends: Opportunities for future research. Presented as part of the workshop: "Effective strategies for building programs, collations and research to support family business initiatives." Presented at the U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Conference, San Francisco, CA (2013).

Selected Media Appearances

June 04, 2017

Meet Alice, the siri for female entrepreneurs

Professor Kimberly Eddleston comments on the benefits of Alice, a Siri for female startups, that enables women entrepreneurs to reach business success by connecting with potential funders, business owners, and like-minded individuals for Forbes.

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