Professor in Enterprise and Family Business

Business School

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Claire Seaman (D.B.A.) is a Professor in Enterprise and Family Business in the Queen Margaret Business School. She is also a full member of the Centre for Applied Social Science.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning

Claire Seaman is a Professor in Enterprise and Family Business. She has published over 30 journal articles on family businesses in the UK, New Zealand and Latin America and is a regular contributor to family business conferences worldwide. Her recent book, The Modern Family Business, was developed with colleagues and published by Palgrave McMillan. Claire maintains close links with the business community and business organisations such as the Scottish Family Business Association, Family Business United and local economic development agencies. She is a frequent speaker at gatherings of family businesses and professional advisors. This interaction enables her to share insights from evidence based research with practitioners, while ensuring that her research focuses on areas of importance to the family business community, and has lead directly to current research that focusses on the European Family Business Associations. Experiences and close interactions with business and business support agencies help keep her professional work rooted into the realties and complex dynamics of families in business who create enterprises that dominate the economic and societal landscape around the world.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Family Business United (Advisory Board)
  • Institute of Family Business (Research Advisory Board)
  • Family Firms International
  • International Family Enterprise Research Association
  • Regional Studies Association
  • Chartered Management Institute

Professional Social Media:

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

  • Family Business
  • Multi-generational entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Intent
  • Family Business Networks
  • Family Business Education


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

Inspires Project; with M. Ellison, FP7 Funding Project Title: Innovative Social and Employment Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe (2.4 million Euros)

Minority Ethnic Enterprise Research, QMU, European Social Fund, Richard Bent, £176K

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with Outlook Housing Ltd, £110K

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with Simmers of Edinburgh Ltd, £110K

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with Bioforce (UK) and Dr Mary Warnock, £240K

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with Mrs Unis Spicy Foods and Richard Bent, £110K

Primary teaching areas include family business insight & governance, entrepreneurship, strategy and research methods. My learning and teaching portfolio includes modules taught in India, Singapore, Nepal and a variety of European countries. I also supervise a variety of research at doctoral, masters and undergraduate level, focusing upon smaller and family businesses, knowledge management and business strategy.