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PhD in Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Family Business and Organizational Behaviour, Texas Tech University.
MSc Business Administration, Texas Tech University.
Prior to moving to Ontario, Cathy Leitch was a tenured associate professor in Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
Cathy's research focuses on the intersection of organizational behaviour, entrepreneurship (family business) and strategy. For example, her research has focused on collaborative relationships, motivation, and family dynamics and their impact on firm performance in the context of small or family businesses.
This research has been published in a variety of journals including; Entrepreneurship, Theory, and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Small Business Strategy, and the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.
Malewicki, D. & Leitch (Folker), C. 2012. “Female & Male Entrepreneurs’ Perceived Value of Formal Networks: Are There Differences?” Journal of Small Business Strategy.
Rosenberg, H., Statham , A., & Leitch (Folker), C. 2012. "Faculty Views on Community Based Learning as a Teaching Tool: Benefits, Barriers and Policy Imperatives for Future Engagement." The Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement.
Sorenson, R. L., Folker, C.A. & Brigham, K. 2008. “The Collaborative Network Orientation: Achieving Business Success through Collaborative Relationships." Entrepreneurship, Theory, and Practice.
Kotey, B. & Folker, C. A. 2007. “Employee Training in SMEs: Effect of Size and Firm Type—Family and Nonfamily." Journal of Small Business Management.
Fitzgerald, M.A. & Folker, C.A. 2005. "Exploring New Frontiers in Women’s Family Business Leadership: The Impact of Women’s Motivations on Family and Business Measures of Success." International Journal of Family Business.
Folker, C.A. 2004. “Family Dynamics in Women Owned Firms: A Qualitative Study.” International Journal of Family Business.
Litz, R.A. & Folker, C.A. 2002. “When He and She Sell Seashells: Exploring the Relationship Between Management Team Gender-Balance and Small Firm Performance.” Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.