Dr Jane Glover

Job: Research Fellow

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6097

E: jlglover@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/bal

 

Personal profile

Jane is a research fellow at CREME.  Jane’s research interests lie in entrepreneurship and small family business.  She is also interested in rural sociology, focusing on non-financial reasons to be in business and the social, cultural and symbolic importance of small family firms.  She is particularly interested in how small agricultural family firms have shown particular resilience and entrepreneurial tendencies, when compared to other family businesses, throughout a long history of disruptive change, ranging from changes in how the business is operated to unforeseen natural disasters.  Other projects Jane has worked on at Loughborough University include: daily learning and innovation in small firms, how can we measure innovation, designing for innovation and safety, problem-solving and emotions, problem-solving, recovery and creativity, the work-life balance of home-working, self-employed women and energy reduction across the food supply chain.  Jane has also reviewed papers for Human Relations and the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  Jane is also a member of the Centre of Organisational Resilience (COR) and LIRN (Loughborough Innovation Research Network).at Loughborough University, where she works part-time and has recently been awarded some seedcorn funding to explore the role of emotions in farming businesses.

Jane is currently working on the EDA project Making Enterprise and Diversity a way of Doing Business with Prof. Monder Ram and Prof. Kiran Trehan from Birmingham University. 

Research group affiliations

CREME

Publications and outputs 

  • The Examination of Entrepreneurial Activities of Diverse SMEs at a time of Disruptive Change
    The Examination of Entrepreneurial Activities of Diverse SMEs at a time of Disruptive Change Beckinsale, M. J. J.; Glover, Jane Objectives The paper examines how diverse small firms engage in entrepreneurial activity during times of disruptive change and in doing so seeks to gain an understanding of how to stimulate small firm resilience. The paper acknowledges that diverse small firms can be resilient and innovative through utilising multiple strategies, but the question is how in the current policy climate following radical change to business support models. Prior Work Research has only just begun to explore what drives entrepreneurial decisions during challenging times (Bullough and Renko, 2013). Recent changes to government policy on business support (Mole et al, 2009; Lockett et al, 2008 & 2012) drives the research in this paper seen as a key construct of disruptive change. The themes emerging from the current research focus on new entrepreneurial structures, increasing technological reliance across all stakeholders and the need for clear lines of communication, structures and strategies from key stakeholders. How diverse small firms go about navigating through these policy changes whilst also experiencing disruptive change in the form of the recent recession and how they develop resilience is a primary focus of the research. Approach The research will follow an engaged scholarship approach to the methodology and the principles of public engagement outlined by PEALS (Policy Ethics and Life Sciences at Newcastle University). The methodology suggested is a ‘participative form of research for obtaining the different perspective of key stakeholders … to understand a complex social problem’ (Van de Ven, 2007:9). Stakeholders include diverse SMEs, business support, policy deliverers and third party organisations and these will yield qualitative data by way of action learning sets (i.e. workshops and focus groups) as well as providing a source of quantitative survey data. Results The findings indicate that small firms have to respond entrepreneurially to disruptive change particularly when multiple factors affect change in this case policy changes and economic downturn. Implications The work contributes to the diversity research agenda as well as growing interest in entrepreneurial resilience. The paper also generates policy implications for the diverse business population of Leicester and a Framework for public engagement to support academically and practically those businesses beyond 2014. Value The value relates to policies or interventions that can be put in place in order to help small firms build innovative capacity particularly in order to survive disruptive change.
  • Rural resilience through continued learning and innovation
    Rural resilience through continued learning and innovation Glover, Jane
  • Have we seen the historical demise of the farming community?
    Have we seen the historical demise of the farming community? Glover, Jane
  • Resilient Family Firms in the Rural Landscape: The Role of Symbolic Capital
    Resilient Family Firms in the Rural Landscape: The Role of Symbolic Capital Glover, Jane
  • The entrepreneurial farmer in action: The use of different forms of Capital.
    The entrepreneurial farmer in action: The use of different forms of Capital. Glover, Jane
  • Capital Usage in Adverse Situations: Applying Bourdieu’s Theory of Capital to Family Farm Businesses.
    Capital Usage in Adverse Situations: Applying Bourdieu’s Theory of Capital to Family Farm Businesses. Glover, Jane
  • An experience sampling study of learning, affect and the demands control support model
    An experience sampling study of learning, affect and the demands control support model Daniels, K.; Boocock, G.; Glover, Jane; Hartley, R.; Holland, J.
  • Daily learning, job design and problem-solving in SMEs
    Daily learning, job design and problem-solving in SMEs Boocock, J. G.; Daniels, K. J.; Glover, Jane; Holland, J.


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Key research outputs

Glover, J.L. (2011), Resilient Family Firms in the Rural Landscape: The Role of Symbolic Capital. Conference Paper presented at the 34th ISBE conference Sheffield.  Awarded Best Paper in the Family Business Track. 

Research interests/expertise

Entrepreneurship

Family Business

Problem-solving

Innovation

Conference attendance

Glover, J.L. (2011) Where has all the cream gone: How sustainable is the English dairy supply chain? Paper presented at the 85th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society Warwick University, 18 - 20 April 2011.

Glover, J.L. (2009), Using Bourdieu’s theory of capital to explore how small family firms use different forms of capital in their business operations, paper presented at the 32nd Annual national conference for the institute for small business and entrepreneurship, Liverpool, November 2009.

Glover, J.L., Bhamra, R. & Dani, S. (2009), Rural innovation – do we need to measure it? Paper presented at the 7th rural entrepreneurship conference, rheded centre Penrith, May 2009.

Glover, J.L. (2007), Using an ethnographic study to explore the life-world of a small family dairy farm, paper presented at the 2nd symposium on current developments in ethnographic research in the social and management sciences, Keele University, September 2007.

Glover, J.L. (2007) “The entrepreneurial farmer: the use of different forms of capital,” paper presented at the 5th rural entrepreneurship conference, Lincoln University, February 2007.

Glover, J.L. (2005), Why do some family businesses continue when the financial rewards are minimal? Paper presented at the 25th annual national conference for the institute for small business and entrepreneurship, Blackpool, November 2005.

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