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Associate Professor Naomi Birdthistle

Deputy Chair, Department of Business Technology and Entrepreneurship
Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, University of Limerick, Ireland; PhD, University of Limerick, Ireland; Masters (by research), University of Limerick, Ireland; BA (Hons), Stirling University, United Kingdom

Biography

Naomi is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. A graduate of Stirling University (B.BS 1995) and the University of Limerick, (MBS 1998, PhD 2004), she has authored and co-authored over 50 referred journal articles and book chapters and 10 commissioned reports. Her research has won numerous awards including the Family Firm Institute, Best Doctoral Dissertation award and EmeraldLiterati Network awards. Naomi holds a Visiting Professor appointment at Aalto University – Mikkeli campus and has delivered distinguished lectures and invited presentations at several leading universities and business schools in the United States, Ireland, Belgium, and Russia. Her research interests include entrepreneurship education, high growth firms and family business issues. Naomi has acted as an independent expert evaluator for FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects in association with the European Commission. Naomi has completed a summer school programme at Harvard University, where she studied Japanese business and Legal writing. She has also participated in two executive training programmes in the US, one programme called the Symposium for Entrepreneurship Education at Babson College and the Harvard Business School/European Entrepreneurship Colloquium at Harvard University. Naomi has supervised two PhD's to completion and is currently supervising three PhDs.

Research interests

Entrepreneurship; Education; Family business management issues; Succession planning; Entrepreneurship education; High-growth firms; Female entrepreneurship; Ethnic minority entrepreneurship; Venture capital funding

Fields of Research

  • Entrepreneurship - 150304
  • Small Business Management - 150314

Publications

Also published as: Birdthistle, Naomi; Birdthistle, N.
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