Albert James

Associate Professor; Chair, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, & International Business Department

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Related Information

Phone: 902-494-4589
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue, PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Family business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Indigenous entrepreneurship



  • BA/BSc (Windsor)
  • MBA (Alberta)
  • PhD (Alberta)

Research Interests

My research is motivated by my non-academic work experiences. My research crosses two streams, Family Business and Business Families and, second, Indigenous Peoples and Entrepreneurship. In my research I want to understand success factors for both business activities and the families or people who engage in business.

Selected Publications

  • Bifurcated HR practices in family firms: Insights from the normative-adaptive approach to stepfamilies. Jennings, J.E., Dempsey, D., James, A.E. Human Resource Management Review 28(1), 68-82  (2018)
  • Is it better to govern managers via agency or stewardship? Examining asymmetries by family versus nonfamily affiliation. James, A.E., Jennings, J.E., Devereaux Jennings, P. Family Business Review 30(3)  (2017)
  • When family members are also business owners: Implications of business ownership for family theory and research. Jennings, J.E., Breitkreuz, R.S., James, A.E. Family Relations 62(3), 472-489 (2013)
  • Theories from family science: A review and roadmap for family business research. Jennings, J.E., Breitkreuz, R.S., James, A.E. Invited chapter in Melin, L., Nordqvist, M., Sharma, P. (Eds.), Handbook of Family Business. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage (2013)
  • Worlds apart? Re-bridging the distance between family science and family business research. James, A.E., Jennings, J.E., Breitkreuz, R.S. Family Business Review 25(1), 89-110 (2012)

Selected Awards and Honours

  • 2017  SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant: Indigenous entrepreneurship.
  • 2016  KPMG Family Enterprise Research Grant (with B. Sundararajan, B. Foster) $10,000
  • 2012  J Gordin Kaplan Graduate Student Award
  • 2009  FERC–FEUSA Doctoral Fellowship

Current Teaching

  • COMM 3308/BUSI 6006 - Managing the Family Enterprise
  • COMM 3307 & MGMT 3907 - New Venture Creation