Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, FRSA

Associate Professor

Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, FRSA

Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, FRSA

Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
By area: Family firms, entrepreneurship, social enterprise, leadership
By industry: Succession planning in family firms, business start-up training, capacity building, social enterprises
By geography: Europe East Africa South Asia
Edith Morley building room 266, Whiteknights campus
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Shaheena is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Henley Business School where she teaches on the MBA programme and MSc in Global Entrepreneurship. Shaheena set up the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship building the foundation for students from across the University of Reading to study entrepreneurship at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.

Over the last seven years, Shaheena has worked extensively in the field of diversity and inclusion in developing innovative solutions to create more inclusive cultures. She has worked with a range of multi-national companies and organisations in the public sector and not-for-profit sector. Her work covers policy development as well as working with organisations to create cultures that are more inclusive. She has delivered leadership programmes in Europe, North America, Brazil, Dubai and Kenya.

In the UK Shaheena has been commissioned to deliver policy reports on gender leadership by the UK Cabinet Office and the Commonwealth Secretariat for the Heads of Government meetings in 2015 and 2018.

Her current areas of work include building stronger frameworks for organisations to measure progress based on diversity and inclusion and further research on gender leadership capabilities. Shaheena is a contributor for Forbes in the field of diversity and inclusion and has published articles and books in the area of leadership.

In her voluntary capacity, Shaheena is a member of the Ismaili National Council the UK and chairperson of the Aga Khan Education Board.


Janjuha-Jivraj, S. And Spence, L. (2009) ‘The nature of reciprocity in family firms’ International Small Business Journal, 27(6); 702-719.

Cornelius, N., Todres, M. Janjuha-Jivraj, S., Woods, A. and Wallace, J. (2008) ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and the Social Enterprise’ Journal of Business Ethics 81(2); 355-370.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. (2004) ‘Exploitation or Indispensable? The role of the mother within Asian family firms.’ Journal of Ethnic & Migratory Studies 30(4); 781 – 798.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. (2003) ‘Is the role of support to business within voluntary (ethnic) networks sustainable?' Journal of Business Ethics 47:31-45.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. & Woods, A. (2002) ‘Successional Issues within Asian family firms: Learning from the Kenyan Experience.’ International Small Business Journal 20(1) :77- 94.


Martin, L. M. Janjuha-Jivraj, S, Carey, C. and Reddy, S. (2008) 'Formalizing Relationships? Time, Change and the Psychological Contract in Team Entrepreneurial Companies' Ch. In International Handbook of HRM and Entrepreneurship, R. Barrett and S. Mayson (Eds.) Edward Elgar: UK.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. and Martin, L. 'Introducing emotions into family firms.' (2007) Ch. In: Introducing Gender and Emotions R. Simpson and P. Lewis (Eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. (2005) Succession issues in South Asian Family Firms Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. (2004) 'The sustainability of informal ethnic business networks' Ch. In: The social world of small and medium sized enterprises: social capital and responsibility L. Spence, A. Habisch and R. Schmidpeter (eds.) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


‘Entrepreneurship as part of Lifelong learning’, Keynote Speaker, Tempus Conference, Serbia, October 2011.

Cornelius, N. and Janjuha-Jivraj, S. ‘Social Enterprise and CSR’ British Academy of Management Conference, Aston September 2011.

King, T. and Janjuha-Jivraj, S. (2011) ‘Independent Retail Store Survival: The Perception of Small Business Retail Service Quality and Its Key To Success’ British Academy of Management Conference Aston, September 2011.

Moderator, Women and High Growth businesses, We Own It Summit, London, June 2011 ‘Entrepreneurial response to the budget’ commissioned by Women in Public Policy, House of Lords, March 2011.

Speaker at the Women in Family Business Forum, Coutts Bank, November 2010

Cornelius, N. and Janjuha-Jivraj, S ‘Entrepreneurial Passion in Small Organisations and its influence on governance and social responsibility practice.’ American Academy of Management Conference, 2010.

Speaker and facilitator on Power, Prosperity and Passion Conference, organised by the All Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship, House of Lords, November 2009.

Women in leadership, Financial Mail Conference, Foreign Office, April 2008 Women in family firms, World Entrepreneurship Summit, London, January 2008.

Creative approaches to barriers – Session delivered for Middle Managers, Lord Ousley’s Leadership.

The future of succession in Asian Family Firms – community and education, Mayor of London’s Asian Business Conference, City Hall, London, December 2007.

Challenges Facing Family Firms, BP Arab Women Business Conference Bahrain, February 2007.

Research collaboration:

Customer care and consumer experiences amongst small independent retailers in the UK, collaboration with T.King, Cranfield University.

Capabilities approach applied to leadership and growth in Social Enterprises, with N. Cornelius, Bradford University

Research supervision:

Family businesses – succession, leadership and governance, gender

Social enterprise – international dimensions, governance, capabilities and capacity building

Entrepreneurship – leadership, growth, gender.

Judge, Coutts Banks Family Business Awards 2009, 2010.

All Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship, House of Lords delivering training programmes on leadership and guest speaker at various conferences.

International Labour Organisation review of social enterprise material for training.

HSBC Enterprise training programmes