Josip Kotlar is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) at the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation of the Lancaster University Management School.

He co-directs the LUMS Centre for Family Business, working on research, business engagement and executive education programs for family business owners and managers.

He is the Program Director of the MSc in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Practice at LUMS, where he teaches entrepreneurship and family business at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

His research is at the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation, and his work focuses primarily on family businesses. On these topics, he has published articles in leading journals including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Academy of Management Perspectives, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Family Business Review and the Journal of Family Business Strategy.

His research won several awards including the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings in 2016, 2015 and 2014, the 2016 Emerald Citations of Excellence, the Best Practitioner Focused Paper Award at FERC in 2014, the Best Conference Paper Award at IFERA 2014 and the Best Paper Award and Best Doctoral Student Award at FERC in 2012.

Josip Kotlar is member of the Editorial Review Boards of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Family Business Review. He is guest-editor of special issues in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and the International Journal of Management Reviews. He served as the Academic Program Chair of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) 2015 Conference.