Dr Louise Chalkley

Deputy Head of Department for Marketing, Enterprise and Tourism

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Marketing, Enterprise and Tourism

Location: Cambridge

Louise set up and ran a successful professional archaeological consultancy in Ireland for over ten years. She has a PhD in Entrepreneurship, awarded from Dublin City University Business School.



After working in industry for over 20 years, Louise completed a PhD in Entrepreneurship (2012). Her experience includes; Irish Ambassador for Business during 2009, and a fully trained Accredited EU Female Entrepreneurship Mentor (Ireland 2011-2013). Since joining the team in the Business School, Louise has redesigned an innovative new MBA program (2014) for both national and international delivery. Louise has also forged links in South Asia (SAAP) at Chitkara University, The University of Mysore and the Bharathiar School of Management. She is currently external examiner for Enterprise at the University of Plymouth, and reviewer on the Scientific Committee for RENT 2014.

Research interests

  • SME Start-Up Processes in Professional Services Firms
  • Entrepreneurship as Practice
  • Entrepreneurship and Disadvantaged Groups
  • New Venture Creation
  • Philosophy and Enterprise
  • Humanist Approaches to Management
  • Entrepreneurship as Narrative and Lived-Experience
  • Qualitative Research Methods – Phenomenology
  • Small Firm Internationalisation Processes
  • Gender and Enterprise

Areas of research supervision

  • Can small-scale enterprises drive economic development in Africa? The Case for Nigeria - Emmanuel Oghosaine
  • Creating Social Entrepreneurial Opportunity - Linda Piusa
  • SME financial bootstrapping and minority entrepreneurship in the UK - Yahaya Alhassan


  • Sustainable Management Futures
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation


  • PhD Entrepreneurship 2012 Dublin City University
  • MA Archaeological Research University of Wales
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology University of Wales

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Application (pending): ‘Ubiquitous-M: Uniting b-learning into quantum mechanics towards otherness and sustainable management’ with Prof. Carlos Largacha-martinez, Universidad EAN (School of Business, Bogota).

Selected recent publications

Chalkley, L (2014) Experiencing Entrepreneurship: The possibility of Phenomenology as a Research Method for Entrepreneurial Practice (under revision)

Chalkley, L, O'Gorman C. Hogan (2014) Opportunity in Theory and as Practice: A Case Study of the Entrepreneurial Process in a Rapidly Growing Firm (under revision)

Chalkley, L (2014) Experiencing Entrepreneurship: The Case of the Existential Entrepreneur in Segal, S (ed.). Playful Management Inquiry in Times of Creative Destruction: Existential Skills for Inquiring Managers, Researchers and Educators. Surrey, UK. Gower Publishing (Forthcoming)

Chalkley, L and Deprey, B (2013) Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes. The role of the opportunity in the internationalisation processes of nine knowledge intensive firms. IIMP Working Paper Series

Recent presentations and conferences

Chalkley, L. 2013. The Little Pitch: Big Pitch: Fostering Entrepreneurship and the Challenges of Enterprise Competitions. EEUK Conference: The Role of Business Competitions, Challenges and Simulations for Nurturing Graduate Entrepreneurship. Canterbury Christchurch University, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. 23rd April (Guest Speaker).

Chalkley, L. 2013. Advancing European Traditions of Entrepreneurship Studies: A SAMS/ISBE Workshop (Funding Awarded by SAMS). University of Leeds (18-19 March 2013).

Chalkley, L. and Piusa, L. 2013. Creating Social Value or Identifying Opportunities? Analyses of the Entrepreneurial Process in Three Social Enterprises. RENT XXVII November, Lithuania

Chalkley, L. 2013. Homo economicus or Homo habilis? Conceptualising a Post-Opportunity Theory for Entrepreneurial Practice. RENT XXVII, November Lithuania (Nominated for the 2013 Jose Marino's Best Paper Award for a Junior Researcher)

Chalkley, L. and Deprey, B. 2103. The role of 'the opportunity' in the internationalisation process of nine knowledge intensive firms. ISBE Conference, Cardiff, Wales

Chalkley, L. 2012. Female Entrepreneurs Mentoring, Ireland. Conference of Women's Entrepreneurship: European Commission's SME Week Brussels (17-18th October 2012

Chalkley, L. 2012. Experiencing Entrepreneurship: The Possibility of Phenomenology as a research method for practice. RENT XXIV, Lyon (Nominated for the Jose Marino's Best Paper Award for a Junior Researcher).

Chalkley, L. 2011. Female Entrepreneurship Mentor (Inauguration): European Commission’s SME Week, Warsaw, (15-16th November 2011).

Chalkley, L. 2011. After Opportunity: Developing the Processual View of Entrepreneurial new Venture Creation. RENT XXV Norway. (Awarded RENT 25th Anniversary Jose Marino's Best Paper Award for a Junior Researcher in Entrepreneurship).

Chalkley, L. 2009. Exploring the 'Emic' Perspective on the Growth of a Professional Services Firm. RENT XXIII Doctoral Colloquium Budapest, Hungary 19-20 November.

Media experience

BBC Radio Cambridge – Interview 19 Dec 2014

‘The Mentor’ Television Series RTE1 (2009)