Dr. Susan Hill joined Cass Business School in September 2013. She was previously employed at the London School of Economics (from 2007 to 2013). She received her PhD in Strategic and International Management from London Business School. Her prior degrees, an MBA and BA (Hons) in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, both Cum Laude, were attained from the University of Cape Town (South Africa).
Susan's research focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in large, established firms. In particular, her research in this stream concentrates on entrepreneurial ideas (opportunities), corporate venturing, managing innovation streams (organisational ambidexterity) and emotions in entrepreneurial journeys. She also has a strong interest in research topics relating to the natural environment. In this respect, she is currently conducting interdisciplinary research (with marine scientists) into business owners' responses to ecosystem changes, and emotional responses to imagery in sustainable investment decision-making.
She has received numerous prestigious awards (including the Heizer Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of New Enterprise Development) for her research, which has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Long Range Planning, Organizational Research Methods, and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. In addition, she was listed amongst the 2015 Global 100 Top Entrepreneurship Professors (nominated by tech entrepreneurs and awarded by Hot Topics) and is on the editorial review board for the Journal of Business Venturing.
Prior to entering academia, Susan worked for a number of years in human resources management and corporate venturing (in a renewables unit) in South Africa. She has also conducted executive education for London Business School, working with clients including BT, EDS and IBM.
She is particularly interested in supervising PhD students who share her interests in cognition and emotion in entrepreneurship/innovation; organisations and the natural environment; and the intersection of these topics.
- PhD, London Business School, United Kingdom, 2008
- MBA, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1997 – 1998
- BA (Hons) (Industrial and Organisational Psychology), University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1992
Memberships of committees
- Heizer Dissertation Award Judge 2018, 2019, Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division, Mar 2018 – Jul 2019
- Track Chair, Innovation Strategy and Industry Analysis,, Academy of Management, Strategic Management Division, 2017
- Research Committee Member, Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division, 2015 – 2017
- NFIB Dissertation Award Judge, Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division, 2014
- Strategic Management Society (2017) Outstanding Reviewer Award, Knowledge and Innovation Management Interest Group
- Hot Topics (2015) Global 100 Leading Professors in the Field of Entrepreneurship
- Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy Division (2013) Oustanding Reviewer Award
- Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division (2010) IDEA Research Promise Award
- Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy Division (2010) Outstanding Reviewer Award
- Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division (2009) Heizer Award for Outstanding Research in New Enterprise Development
- Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy Division (2007) Outstanding Reviewer Award
- Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy Division (2006) Outstanding Reviewer Award
- Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division (2006) Best High Potential/Fast Growth Paper Award
- Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy Division (2005) Outstanding Reviewer Award
- Hill, S.A. and Georgoulas, S. (2016). Internal corporate venturing: A review of (almost) five decades of literature. Handbook of Research on Corporate Entrepreneurship (pp. 13–63). ISBN 978-1-78536-872-1.
Journal articles (10)
- Zimmermann, A., Hill, S.A., Birkinshaw, J. and Jaeckel, M. (2020). Complements or substitutes? A microfoundations perspective on the interplay between drivers of ambidexterity in SMEs. Long Range Planning, 53(6), pp. 101927–101927. doi:10.1016/j.lrp.2019.101927.
- Hill, S.A. and Birkinshaw, J. (2014). Ambidexterity and Survival in Corporate Venture Units. Journal of Management, 40(7), pp. 1899–1931. doi:10.1177/0149206312445925.
- Hill, S.A. (2014). Combining versus transforming knowledge? A comparison of the volume and novelty of new ideas. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2014(Supp 13733), pp. 924–929. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2014.184.
- Hill, S.A. and Birkinshaw, J.M. (2010). Idea sets: Conceptualizing and measuring a new unit of analysis in entrepreneurship research. Organizational Research Methods, 13(1), pp. 85–113. doi:10.1177/1094428109337542.
- Hill, S.A., Maula, M.V.J., Birkinshaw, J.M. and Murray, G.C. (2009). Transferability of the venture capital model to the corporate context: Implications for the performance of corporate venture units. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 3(1), pp. 3–27. doi:10.1002/sej.54.
- Hill, S.A., Maula, M.V.J., Birkinshaw, J.M. and Murray, G.C. (2008). Transferability of the venture capital model to the corporate venture unit context. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2008(1), pp. 1–6. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2008.33720704.
- Hill, S.A. and Birkinshaw, J. (2008). Strategy–organization configurations in corporate venture units: Impact on performance and survival. Journal of Business Venturing, 23(4), pp. 423–444. doi:10.1016/j.jbusvent.2007.04.001.
- Hill, S.A. and Birkinshaw, J. (2006). Ambidexterity in corporate venturing: Simultaneously using existing and building new capabilities. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2006(1). doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2006.22898139.
- BIRKINSHAW, J. and HILL, S.A. (2005). Corporate Venturing Units:. Organizational Dynamics, 34(3), pp. 247–257. doi:10.1016/j.orgdyn.2005.06.009.
- Birkinshaw, J. and Hill, S.A. (2003). CORPORATE VENTURING PERFORMANCE: AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE APPLICABILITY OF VENTURE CAPITAL MODELS. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2003(1). doi:10.5465/ambpp.2003.13793258.
- Goodall, A. and Hill, S. (2019). Business as usual won’t help business schools solve the climate crisis.
- Journal of Business Venturing, Editorial Board Member, 2017 – present.