• PhD Management, University of Connecticut
  • MS Hotel Administration, Cornell University and Groupe Essec (IMHI)
  • BSBA, Bryant College
  • Certificate in Hotel Management, Swiss International Training Center

Selected Publications

  • Eddleston, K.A., Kellermanns, F.W. & Kidwell, R.E. Managing Family Members: How Monitoring and Collaboration Affect Extra Role Behavior in Family Firms. Human Resource Management, forthcoming.
  • Kidwell, R.E., Eddleston, K.A. & Kellermanns, F.W. Learning Bad Habits across Generations: How Negative Imprints Affect Human Resource Management in the Family Firm. Human Resource Management Review, forthcoming.
  • Eddleston, K.A., Ladge, J., Mitteness, C. & Balachandra, L. 2016. Do you see what I see? Signaling effects of gender and firm characteristics on financing entrepreneurial ventures. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 40(3): 489-514.
  • Banalieva, E., Eddleston, K.A. & Zellweger, T. 2015. Family influence, speed of pro-market reforms, and firm performance: An institution-based view of family influence in transition economies. Strategic Management Journal, 36 (9): 1358-1377.
  • Powell, G.N. & Eddleston, K.A. 2013. Linking family-to-business enrichment and support to entrepreneurial success: Do female and male entrepreneurs experience different outcomes? Journal of Business Venturing, 28 (2): 261-280.
  • Kidwell, R.E., Eddleston, K.A., Cater, J.J. & Kellermanns, F.W. 2013. How one bad family member can undermine a family firm: Preventing the Fredo effect. Business Horizons, 56: 5-12.
  • Eddleston, K.A. & Kidwell, R.E. 2012. Parent-child relationships: Planting the seeds of deviant behavior in the family firm. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 36 (2): 369-386.
  • Banalieva, E. & Eddleston, K.A. 2011. Home region focus and performance of family firms: The roles of family versus professional leaders. Journal of International Business Studies, 42: 1060-1072.
  • Eddleston, K.A. & Powell, G.N. 2008. The role of gender identity in explaining sex differences in business owners’ career satisfier preferences. Journal of Business Venturing, 23 (2):244-256.
  • Eddleston, K.A., Kellermanns, F.W. & Sarathy, R. 2008. Resource configuration in family firms: Linking resources, strategic planning and environmental dynamism to performance. Journal of Management Studies, 45 (1): 26-50.
  • Eddleston, K.A. & Kellermanns, F.W. 2007. Destructive and productive family relationships: A stewardship theory perspective. Journal of Business Venturing, 22 (4): 545-565.
  • Eddleston, K.A., Veiga, J.F. & Powell, G.N. 2006. Explaining sex differences in managerial career satisfier preferences: The role of gender self-schema. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91 (2): 437-445.
  • Martins, L.L., Eddleston, K.A., Veiga, J.F. 2002. Moderators of the relationship between work-family conflict and career satisfaction. Academy of Management Journal, 45 (2): 399-409.

Selected Presentations

  • Eddleston, K. (2017). The Fredo Effect: How one bad family member can undermine the family business. Smith Center for Family Business, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • Eddleston, K. (2017). Women in family business: Challenges and opportunities. Keynote address at The Gender Dividend in Family Business, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
  • Eddleston, K. & Cruz, C. (2016). Speak with a scholar series. Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division webinar. Available at:
  • Eddleston, K. (2016). Women entrepreneurs: Challenges and opportunities associated with entrepreneurship and family business. Keynote address at Leadership Excellence and Gender Symposium, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
  • Eddleston, K. (2016). Why Some Family Members Behave Badly in the Family Business?: Causes and Consequences of the Fredo Effect. Keynote address for Family Business Program, European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference, Paris, France.
  • Eddleston, K. (2015). Fostering innovation in the family firm: The role of the family. Keynote address for América Empresarial Family Business Summit, Bogota, Colombia.

Research & Teaching Interests

Eddleston is widely published in the field of entrepreneurship. She has won multiple awards for her research on family businesses as well as women entrepreneurs and managers. She has helped many students successfully join their family’s firms and has also assisted students in the launch of their own enterprises. Eddleston has taught multiple entrepreneurship courses including Family Business Management and Small Business Management. She has also developed a small business consulting project curriculum that has been featured at several entrepreneurship conferences and in Inc. Magazine.

Industry & Academic Experience

Eddleston is recognized as a leading scholar of entrepreneurship by the Schulze Family Foundation that awarded her the nationally recognized Schulze Distinguished Professorship. She also serves as an Academic Scholar at Cornell University Smith Family Business Initiative. Previously, she has served as the Toft Visiting Professor at the Jönköping International Business School, Sweden and a Research Fellow at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She has extensive experience working with family businesses in the U.S. and abroad and is routinely invited to present at family business events for executives as well as academics. Eddleston grew up working for several of her family’s businesses and remains an active stakeholder.

Before joining Northeastern University she was the Assistant Director of the Wolff Family Program in Entrepreneurship at the University of Connecticut. She was also a research assistant in business communications at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. Earlier in her career she worked for several restaurant and hotel companies including Westin Hotels and the Marriott Corporation.

Services to the Profession

Eddleston is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Venturing and a Senior Editor at She is on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Group & Organization Management, Organization Management Review, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Family Business Review and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. She has also served as a guest editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and Small Business Economics.

Eddleston serves as a Member of the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division’s Event Logistics and Planning Committee and a Judge of the division’s Heizer dissertation award. She has served as the Division Chair of the Academy of Management’s Careers Division and the Entrepreneurship Division’s Early Career Development Consortium Chair and Co-Chair. She has been elected twice to serve as President of the Family Business Special Interest Group of the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and currently serves as Past-President Elect. Additionally, she has Co-chaired the Strategic Management Society’s Family Business Extension Conference.

Other professional service includes: Small Business Management and Family Business Track Chair of (USASBE), Family Business Awards Committee Leader at USASBE, Doctoral Awards Panel of the Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC), Conference Organizer of the Theories of Family Enterprise Conference, Board of Directors of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management, Vice President at Large of the Eastern Academy of Management, Program Chair of the International Family Enterprise Research Association (ifera), and Doctoral and Early Career Consortium Chair of the Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC). Professor Eddleston also routinely serves as a judge for the Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards sponsored by the Northeastern University Center for Family Business.

Awards & Recognition

  • Schulze Distinguished Professorship, 2015 – present
  • Academic Scholar, Cornell University Smith Family Business Initiative, 2016 – present
  • Daniel & Dorothy Grady Research Fellow, 2011 – 2016
  • Walsh Research Professorship, 2012 – 2014
  • Raymond E. Miles Distinguished Scholar Award, 2012
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Business Venturing
  • Senior Editor, Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange (
  • Toft Professor, Jönköping International Business School, 2013 – 2015
  • Research Fellow, University of St. Gallen, 2010 – 2016
  • Family-Owned Business Institute Scholar, 2006 – 2007; 2015 – 2016