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Pittaway, Luke

Chair; Professor

Copeland 514C


Ph.D., University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Entrepreneurship 

B.A. University of Huddersfield, Hospitality Management

Research Interests

Dr. Pittaway’s research focuses on entrepreneurship education and learning and he has a range of other interests including: entrepreneurial behavior; networking; entrepreneurial failure; business growth; and, corporate venturing.

Selected Publications

Pittaway, L. and Tunstall, R., 2016, ‘Is there a Heffalump in the room? Examining Paradigms in Historical Entrepreneurship Research’, Advances in Critical Entrepreneurship Studies, Routledge, London.

Pittaway, L., Gazzard, J., Shore, A. and Williamson, T., 2015, ‘Student Clubs: Experiences in Entrepreneurial Learning’, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Vol. 27, No. 3-4, p.127-153.

Jones, P., Penaluna, A. and Pittaway, L. 2014 Entrepreneurship Education: a recipe for change? International Journal of Management Education, Special Issue: 12(3): 304-306.

Jones, K., Sambrook, S., Pittaway, L. and Henley, A. 2014, ‘Action Learning: How Learning Transfers from Entrepreneurs to Small Firms’, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Vol. 11, No. 2, p. 131-166.

Pittaway, L., Holt, R. and Broad, J., 2014, 'Synthesising Knowledge in Entrepreneurship Research: The Role of Systematic Literature Reviews', In Chell, E. and Karataş-Özkan, M. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar, London. Pp. 83-105.

Leitch, C, Hazlett, S. A. and Pittaway, L., 2012, 'Entrepreneurship Education and Context', Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Vol. 24, Nos 9/10, p. 733-740.

Pittaway, L. 2012, ‘The Evolution of Entrepreneurship Theory’, in Carter, S and Jones-Evans, D., Enterprise and Small Business: Principles, Practice and Policy, 3rd Edition, FT Prentice-Hall.

Pittaway, L. and Edwards, C., 2012, Assessment: Examining Practice in Entrepreneurship Education’, Education and Training, Vol. 54, No. 8/9, p. 778-800.

Pittaway, L. and Thorpe, R., 2012, ‘A Framework for Entrepreneurial Learning: A Tribute to Jason Cope’, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Vol. 24, Nos 9/10, p. 837-859.

Pittaway, L., Rodriguez-Falcon, E., Aiyegbayo, O. and King, A., 2011, ‘The Role of Entrepreneurship Clubs and Societies in Entrepreneurial Learning, International Small Business Journal, Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 37-57.

Tunstall, R., Jordain, C., Pittaway, L. and Brychan Thomas, 2009, ‘Achieving Strategic Intent Through Corporate Venturing: The Role of Strategic Relationships and Market Orientation, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 10, No. 4, p. 301-312. 

Pittaway, L., Missing, C., Hudson, N., and Maragh, D., 2009, Entrepreneurial Learning through Action: A Case Study of the Six-Squared Program, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Vol. 6, No. 3, p. 265.

Pittaway, L., 2009, ‘The Role of Inquiry-based Learning in Entrepreneurship Education’, Industry and Higher Education, Vol. 23, No. 3, 153-162.

Pittaway, L., Hannon, P., Gibb, A. and Thompson, J., 2009, Assessment in Enterprise Education, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 71-93.


USASBE Ray Smilor Volunteer of the Year 2017

Global Entrepreneurship Week Distinguished Partner 2016

Ohio University Honors Tutorial College Distinguished Mentor 2016

Ohio Senate Achievement for Entrepreneurship Education 2015

USASBE Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program 2015

City of Statesboro Proclamation for Encouraging Entrepreneurship 2013

Sigma Nu Theta Kappa, Award of Recognition 2013


Dr. Luke Pittaway is the Copeland Professor of Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Management Department at Ohio University (Athens, OH). Prior to becoming chair, he served as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and held a senior leadership role within the Department of Management including scheduling, junior faculty mentoring and area coordination for entrepreneurship programs and new program development. He was formerly the William A. Freeman Distinguished Chair in Free Enterprise and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership at Georgia Southern University where he managed programs in entrepreneurship until May 2013. Dr. Pittaway has previously worked at the University of Sheffield (UK), Lancaster University (UK) and the University of Surrey (UK). He has been a Research and Education Fellow with the National Council of Graduate Entrepreneurship and an Advanced Institute of Management Research Scholar. He is on a number of editorial boards including: International Small Business Journal; International Journal of Management Reviews; and, the Service Industries Journal.

Non-Executive, Advisory & Charity 

Ohio University Inn and Conference Center (Board of Directors), offering accommodation and conference rooms in Athens, OH.

Ohio University Dublin Campus Hotel and Conference Center (Committee Member), leading the development of a hotel and conference center on the Dublin campus.   

K–Haus Limited (Advisor) an innovative designer and supplier of sustainable passivhaus prefabricated homes in the United Kingdom

United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (Director at Large 2015-2016) the largest independent professional academic organization dedicated to the discipline of entrepreneurship.  

United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (Vice President of Research 2017) the largest independent professional academic organization dedicated to the discipline of entrepreneurship.